Dr. Karl Steinberg is a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician and Long-term Care Geriatrician. He has been a hospice and nursing home medical director in the San Diego area since 1995 and is currently Chief Medical Officer for Mariner Health Central and medical director at Life Care Center of Vista, Carlsbad by the Sea Care Center, and Hospice by the Sea. He received his bachelor’s in biochemistry from Harvard and studied medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Steinberg then did his family medicine residency at UCSD. Dr. Steinberg is editor-in-of AMDA's monthly periodical, Caring for the Ages. He is a past chair of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and is active in advance care planning and palliative care initiatives, including education and public policy on a statewide and national level, also serving on the National POLST Paradigm and the National Quality Forum's standing committee on geriatric and palliative care. However, Dr. Steinberg is probably best known for taking his dogs on patient care rounds with him on most days.
Hugh Wunderman is an industry Veteran with over 30 years experience and has owned his own Boutique Entertainment business since 1980. He travels the globe providing Innovative solutions for unforgettable Meetings and Special Events; consistently delivered On Time and On Budget! He is the sole owner of the boutique global Events & Entertainment Company "A Gala Event"- a division of Gala Creative Group International, LTD, based in New York.
Hugh’s extraordinary talent and creative abilities coupled with award- winning Event Services, have resulted in the production of some of the most unique and memorable, one-of-a-kind events that many guests have been fortunate to experience around the world.
Shawn LaValleur Adame 2019-2020 BDE Advisor
Shawn LaValleur-Adamehas has worked in the Dying and Death Industry since 2006. She has seen this industry grow into quite a movement. Shawn created innovative ways to bring caseloads from 40 to 300 per month. The industry was watching. She opened up Argos Funeral Services with a past colleague creating extraordinary services like sending ashes to the moon and full body burials at sea.
Shawn founded DIY Dying early 2018. She is trained as a Death Doula and Funeral Celebrant. DIY Dying is opening soon (Do It Yourself Dying.) She offers full body green burials both in ground and at sea as well as cremation services. Her mission is to bring back the funeral service to the people and help those dying to die consciously. Death is not to be feared, for it is the last event in one’s life, so talk about it with your loved ones and make it special.
Peter J. Gray, Business Consultant 2019-2020 BDE Advisor
Peter J. Gray Consulting, Inc.
Business Consultant, Leadership Training and Development, Accountability Partner and Customized Training Design Working directly with individuals at all levels of organizations; from Executive Leadership, Managers, and Team Members, Peter helps identify learning gaps, training, and coaching opportunities to enhance company culture, productivity, and desired outcomes. By focusing on the connection between individual competencies, commitment, and goal accomplishment, Peter's twenty-plus years on the frontline to executive leadership, affords a partnering experience that is insightful, creative, and both personally and professionally meaningful.
Adam Englund, Esq. 2019-2020 BDE Advisor
Adam Englund, Esquire, has been in solo practice for over 30 years. He handles transactions in the areas of business entity formation and operation, contracts, intellectual property, including trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights; many aspects of entertainment law and trust and estate planning. In the estate planning arena, in addition to advanced health care directives, power of attorney, real estate transfers and wills, Adam helps individuals and families avoid probate all together by preparing a revocable living trust.
Adam says, “The best bequest is to have your affairs in order”.
Penny Little 2019-2020 BDE Advisor
Penny Little - Producer and Project Shepherd - author, artist, musician, teacher, event organizer and film director on award winning movies and documentaries. Penny was signed as a singer songwriter to Warner Brothers UK. She has recorded on numerous albums and toured the US, UK, Europe, and Japan with various musical projects. Penny has facilitated creative arts workshops - music, drama, dance, and the arts - for children and adults in Japan, the UK, and the US. Penny's most recent book "Goodbye Yellow Butterfly" explores her grieving process after the death of her husband and musical partner Nik Green who died of cancer on March 13, 2016.
Adam says, “The best bequest is to have your affairs in order”.
Dr. Ben Janzen 2020 BDE Advisor
Ben Janzen, Dr. Theol., Ph.D., APBCC, Chaplain Bereavement Services Manager-VITAS Healthcare
Ben grew up in Germany. Upon finishing High School, he joined the Franciscan Capuchin Order of the Catholic Church where he enjoyed his education as a Catholic Theologian within the Franciscan tradition. When he received his doctorate in Theology, he became a lecturer at the Franciscan College for Philosophy and Theology in Muenster, Germany. His love for Star Trek and anything SciFi brought him to the USA. He studied comparative literature at UC Riverside working on the role of Spirituality and Religion in Star Trek and graduated with a Ph.D. in 2006. A year earlier, he had met his now husband Sal and consequently left the Order. Ben has been working with VITAS Healthcare, San Diego, as a Chaplain since 2010. He was trained at VITAS, and he worked as a resident and a team chaplain for five years. In 2015, he took the position of Bereavement Services Manager. In 2018 Ben was certified as a Grief Recovery Method Specialist. Ben and Sal have a dog, Sammy, and they enjoy traveling, cooking, baking and anything having to do with food.
Karen Wyatt, MD 2019 BDE Advisor
Karen Wyatt, MD is the best selling author of the books The Tai of Death and What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from Stories of the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we mush each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.