Richard is a physician with an interest in helping with medical decisions at the end-of-life. A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he practiced Emergency Medicine in Aurora, Colorado from 1976 until his retirement from Emergency Medicine in 2006.
He actively participated in the writing and production of Tomorrow's Choices videos whose intent was to address issues of medical care at the end-of-life. By facilitating Advance Care Planning through workshops, individuals will prepare advance directives, designate health care surrogates, have the needed conversations with loved ones and better inform their medical care providers about their wishes and so be in a better position to make decisions at the end-of-life.
Joan Stearns was an Assistant United States Attorney. In her capacity as such, she specialized in handling federal criminal appeals. She is now retired. In addition to her work in end-of-life options with Tomorrow’s Choices, Joan has promoted individual autonomy in other capacities, has volunteered for her local NPR and PBS stations, for her public library, and for an animal shelter. She has worked as an editor, and she has conducted research in health economics and in legal sociology in academic settings. Joan researched and wrote for federal courts for many years.
Nancy Hallowell is a community volunteer who has developed a strong interest in Advance Care Planning due to her experience as a family caregiver, a hospice volunteer and professional associated with palliative care. “Serious or life-threatening illness can be an emotionally charged time for families and loved ones as they are presented with making difficult medical choices. One of the greatest gifts you can offer your family and loved ones is to think about, articulate and document the care choices you would want should you become seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself.”
Nancy spent 36 years as an employee of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. She was a secretary, project assistant, and budget analyst. She is a graduate of Regis University summa cum laude with a BA in communications. Nancy is a member of the First Universalist Church and several linage societies.
Dr. John Lobitz is a retired gastroenterologist who has had a career long interest in End-of-Life healthcare choices and the importance of documenting them and discussing them with one's family and healthcare providers. In his retirement, he is continuing the legacy of his mother, Dr. Caroline R. Lobitz, who was one of the founders of Oregon Health Decisions. He has given presentations to groups in Denver about Advance Directives and having "The Conversation" about one's wishes. He is a former board member of Life of Quality Institute that promoted education of healthcare providers and the public about Palliative Care and is now a member of the CACPW. John is excited to be a workshop facilitator and new board member of Tomorrow's Choices.
For more than 30 years, Tom Dudzinski has been developing educational media projects for broadcast and non-broadcast clients. He specializes in working with education, health care and non-profit organizations to tell stories that make a difference.
As founder and president of Renaissance Media, Tom has produced many PBS and cable documentaries and television series that have been distributed locally, nationally and worldwide. Some of his non-broadcast clients have included Kaiser Permanente, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, City of Hope Cancer Center, Temple University, the State of Colorado and the Rolf Institute for Structural Integration.
Previously, Tom served as Executive Producer for Learning Services at KRMA-TV (currently Rocky Mountain PBS) and as a producer-director at WDCN-TV, Nashville's PBS station. Tom's work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including Emmy Awards, New York International Film Festival, Tell, CINE Golden Eagle, among others.
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Lynn Weitzel, BSN, is a facilitator and trainer for Tomorrow's Choices Workshops. A graduate of Duke University and Regis University School of Nursing, she is a retired hospice RN case manager and was Director of Nursing at a hospice in Lakewood, CO. Since retirement, she has volunteered with hospice and currently is an end-of-life consultant for terminally ill clients in the Denver/Boulder area and is now a member of the Colorado Advance Care Planning Workgroup (CACPW). Having also worked as a teacher, secretary and editor, Lynn brings a variety of experience to Tomorrow's Choices.