About Us

Board of Directors



Elizabeth J. McCormack is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Partnership for Palliative Care. She formerly directed the Rockefeller Philanthropy office and remains a philanthropic advisor to members of the Rockefeller family. She was president of Manhattanville College in New York from 1966 to 1974.

Ms. McCormack has chaired the Asian Cultural Council since 1992 and been a Trustee since 1980. Ms. McCormack currently serves on the boards of the Population Council, Storycorps, The Juilliard School, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Asian Cultural Council, Manhattanville College and Hamilton College. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Century Association. Ms. McCormack was previously vice chair of the board of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; a director of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and a trustee of Cambridge, Spellman and Marlboro Colleges.

Ms. McCormack is a graduate of Manhattanville College and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Fordham University.



Margaret Booth is the Founder and Chairman of M Booth and Associates, a public relations firm that specializes in building strong brands. She has over 30 years experience in public relations and branding and has led M Booth and Associates for much of that time.

Ms. Booth has won the Matrix Award for Women in Communications and has been recognized by the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers. She also serves on the board of trustees for the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Community Resources Exchange.

Ms. Booth is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison.



In July 2010, John R. Campbell received a Presidential appointment to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy, where he was responsible for ensuring that 35,000 wounded, ill, injured and 200,000 transitioning Service members receive the high quality services they deserve.

John enjoyed a successful career in the financial services industry, first at J.P.Morgan & Company, Inc. and and then at Credit Suisse, as Managing Director and Head of Commercial Banking, North America and later Chief of Staff for Global Banking.

Mr. Campbell holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) from Georgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Columbia University.



Dr. Deutsch serves as a chief medical officer for Complex Care Solutions, a privately held company which offers integrated care management services for patients with complex diseases. Dr. Deutsch has over twenty years of medical management experience on behalf of physicians, including senior management positions at HealthCare Partners IPA and MSO, AMC Health Inc., Touchstone Health HMO, CareAdvantage Inc., and Contemporary HealthCare Management, Inc. He was the founder and president of Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Inc. and also served for 2 years in the United States Air Force. Dr. Deutsch serves as a Member of the advisory board of Socios Mayores En Salud, Inc. He is a clinical associate professor at Brown University Medical School and is a widely published author. He also practiced as a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon for 19 years.

Dr. Deutsch received his medical degree at the University of Iowa; completed his surgical training at Columbia University and Montefiore Hospital; and fulfilled his orthopedic training and residency at Harvard University.



Dr. Kathleen M. Foley is an attending neurologist emeritus in the Pain & Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Foley was also professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Clinical Pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and previous Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Cancer Pain Research and Education at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition to her academic appointments, Dr. Foley held the chair of the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Pain Research, was the medical director of the International Palliative Care Initiative of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations and was the director of the Project on Death in America of the Open Society Institute

Dr. Foley was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for her national and international efforts in the treatment of patients with cancer pain. She received the Distinguished Service Award and the Humanitarian Award and the Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society, the David Karnovsky Award from American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Frank Netter Award from the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Foley earned her M.D. from Cornell University. She is a previous Rita Allen Scholar.



Harry S. Grand is a Senior Vice President and Head of Client Advisory at Chilton Trust Company. Mr. Grand is an experienced relationship manager and wealth specialist advising high net worth families, individuals, foundations and family offices. In addition, he sits on the External Managers Investment Committee. Prior to joining Chilton Trust, Mr. Grand served as a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager at Lazard Wealth Management. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Grand was a Client Advisor at Rockefeller & Co., where he was responsible for managing client assets. He also served as the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO and as Manager of Marketing and Sales.

Mr. Grand graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in World Politics and French. He earned a Masters of Business Administration from Columbia Business School. He is fluent in French and holds the Certificat Pratique de Langue Française from the Sorbonne in Paris.



Mr. Brian T. Lally is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation. In leading the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation, Mr. Lally oversees development efforts for the health system.

Mr. Lally comes to North Shore-LIJ from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor where he was chief development officer/associate vice president. Previously, he was with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon/Hanover, NH, last serving as chief advancement officer. Mr. Lally began his career at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he held numerous positions of increased responsibility over 16 years, including director of development/individual gifts.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and an MBA in finance from St. John’s University, Queens, NY.



Greg Licholai, MD is President of Elpidera using proprietary messenger RNA technology as therapeutic. Previously, he was senior vice president at Quintiles. Earlier he was a partner-level consultant at McKinsey & Co. He was chief operating officer of Proteostasis and was a senior executive at Amicus, and was also co-founder of Immunome. He received his MD degree from Yale School of Medicine and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He trained in neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s, Children’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health. He is currently on the advisory boards of the National Tay Sachs and Allied Disease Foundation and the Partnership for Palliative Care. He lectures at the Harvard Innovations Lab and is teaches in the healthcare MBA program at the Yale School of Management.



Maureen P. Lynott is a senior level Director and Executive in healthcare, human services and public sector reform. She has extensive experience in governance and management with particular expertise in performance systems and strategic change.

She held senior Executive and Board posts in Ireland with the Ministry for Health and national health service through a health reform and reconfiguration program. She led and managed the development of the first online analytics performance system in the Irish public service. She has been appointed by the Irish Government as Chairperson of a number of state agencies and commissions and has been Board member of a number of nonprofit and community organizations.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, a Master’s from Hunter College, and is a graduate of the Institute for Not-For-Profit Management at Columbia University School of Business and the Executive Programme at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1987, Ms. Lynott was invited for a year’s appointment as a Visiting Academic at Trinity College Dublin lecturing in nonprofit and public management.



Dr. Deborah R. Phillips is currently a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, where her work in Dr. Ellen Langer’s Mindfulness Research Lab focuses on learning-based cognitive methodologies primarily in health and business applications. She is on the Faculty of the Langer Mindfulness Institute and is a Review Editor for “Frontiers in Psychology for Clinical Settings”.

Prior to Harvard, Dr. Phillips’ served as Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Philanthropies. She also oversaw the Aging Program, and was the key senior management member to oversee board governance for the CEO. Her role through Atlantic’s earlier years is captured in Tony Proscio’s “Winding Down the Atlantic Philanthropies, The First Eight Years: 2001-2008” (Duke University, School of Public Policy, July, 2010).

Deb received her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.A. from Goucher College.



Gail Sheehy is the bestselling author of 17 books. In 2010 she wrote Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos Into Confidence, which tells of her own journey with palliative care through the 17 years she spent caring for her husband. Her positive experience in her husband’s final year with terminal cancer turned her into a passionate spokesperson for home-based palliative care. She served as AARP's first Ambassador of Caregiving.

Her most recent book is a memoir titled Daring: My Passages.

Ms. Sheehy was one of the original contributors to New York Magazine. A contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 1984, she won the Washington Journalism Review Award for Best Magazine Writer in America for her in-depth character portraits of national and world leaders. Ms. Sheehy is a seven-time recipient of the New York Newswomen's Club Front Page Award for distinguished journalism.

Ms. Sheehy is a graduate of the University of Vermont and earned a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University.



Since 2013, Edward Skloot is an independent consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations based in New York City.

Edward Skloot founded the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society at Duke University in 2008. He was also Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. He was CEO of the Surdna foundation from 1989 to 2007. Before Surdna, Mr. Skloot was founder and president of New Ventures, a nonprofit consulting firm that assisted other NGOs in earning income as a complement to fund-raising.

Mr. Skloot is an honorary board member of Venture Philanthropy Partners, serves on the board of the Citizen Schools and is an Ambassador for the Performance Imperative.

Skloot has written and spoken widely on the subjects of nonprofit management, social venturing and sectoral leadership. Surdna has published a compilation of his recent speeches in a book called "Beyond the Money." He also was the principal writer and editor of "The Nonprofit Entrepreneur," and is co-editor of Scaling Social Impact: New Thinking.

BJ Miller

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. BJ Miller is a hospice & palliative medicine physician. He sees patients and families at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he also teaches and serves on faculty. Dr. Miller also consults at the intersection of palliative care and design & frequently speaks publicly on this topic. He and his coauthor, Shoshana Berger, are currently writing a practical manual for preparing for death that will be a highly practical and provocative guide to navigating dying in contemporary American society.

His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), a reflection of his vision to make empathic palliative care available to all, ranked among the Top 15 Most Viewed Talks of the year and he continues to speak internationally on the topics of perspective making, aesthetics, and palliative care.


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