Hospice by the Bay is fortunate to have so many exceptional leaders among our staff and the community volunteers who make up our Board of Directors.

Corporate Officers

MARY C. “KITTY” WHITAKER, RN, MS
Chief Executive Officer

WENDY RANZAU, RN, BSN
Chief Operating Officer

DENIS VISCEK, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

ROBERTINA SZOLAROVA, RN, MS
Chief Administrative Officer

KAI ROMERO, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Board Officers

DANIEL E. COHN, J.D., Chairman
Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP

ROBERT J. SIMON, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Investments, Stifel Investment Services

MICHAEL A. KADEL, Treasurer
Vice President of Retail Experience
SF Fire Credit Union

JO ELLEN HYLIND, RN, MNA, Secretary
Past President and CEO of Lumetra Healthcare Solutions

Directors

HELEN L. ABE, CIMA®, CRPC®
Senior Vice President-Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management

SHELBY K. DECOSTA
Chief Strategy Officer, UCSF Health

PATRICIA KENDALL
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

KENNETH MEISLIN
Principal, Meislin Investments

MICHELLE S. MOURAD, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Value, Department of Medicine, Medical Director, Transitions in Care, UCSF Health

STEVEN Z. PANTILAT, M.D.
Chief of Palliative Medicine, Division of Palliative Medicine, UCSF

GERALD R. PETERS, J.D.
Retired Attorney
Former Partner, Latham & Watkins

SCOTT TAYLOR SMITH
CEO, Viant Group & Viant Capital

MARY C. “KITTY” WHITAKER, RN, MS
CEO, Hospice by the Bay

EMERITI

MARY TAVERNA, President Emeritus

STEPHEN A. THAL, Chair Emeritus


Hospice by the Bay Physicians

Kai Romero, MD – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kai Romero is board certified in Emergency Medicine. She completed her residency at UCSF-ZSFGH and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at UC San Francisco. She continues to practice Emergency Medicine at Kaiser San Francisco, and outpatient Palliative Care at UCSF. She joined Hospice by the Bay in 2018.

Jessica Keane, MD

Dr. Jessica Keane is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her residency at UC Davis and later went on to serve as Chief Resident. She practiced primary care in San Rafael for seven years before joining Hospice by the Bay in 2014.

Jessica Safra, MD

Dr. Jessica Safra is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She completed her residency at Oregon Health & Science University and fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at UC San Francisco. She practiced inpatient and clinic-based Palliative Care for three years before joining Hospice by the Bay in 2015.

Corby Kessler, MD

Dr. Corby Kessler is board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Care. He has provided Hospice care services for over 10 years and continues to manage a chronic pain and palliative care outpatient clinic in Napa.

Michelle Bourke, MD

Dr. Michelle Bourke is board certified in Internal Medicine. She completed her medical school and residency at UCSF. She practiced in primary care and as a hospitalist for 15 years before focusing her clinical practice on Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She joined Hospice by the Bay in 2017. She compliments her Hospice practice with work in medical education and serves as Medical Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Dominican University.

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