Our Team

IraByockMDIra Byock, M.D., Founder/Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. Dr. Byock is professor of medicine and community & family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and served as director for Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is the author of Dying Well (1997), The Four Things That Matter Most (2004), and The Best Care Possible (March 2012). Ira.Byock@providence.org
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KomatsuGlen Komatsu, M.D., Senior Advisor for Strategy and Education
In addition to his senior advisor duties for the Institute, Glen serves as chief medical officer for Providence TrinityCare Hospice and Regional Palliative Care. Dr. Komatsu earned a BS in biological sciences at the University of Arizona and his MD at the Arizona College of Medicine. After a pediatric residence at University of California Irvine-affiliated hospitals and a Neonatology Fellowship at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital, he entered private practice. He also pursued adult palliative care fellowships at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Glen.Komatsu@providence.org

KozakowskiJennifer Kozakowski, Executive Director
Jennifer most recently served as health system director in Clinical Transformation at Cedars-Sinai. Earning her bachelor’s in nursing and master’s in both public health and nursing (focusing on health services management) at UCLA, Jennifer has a track record of achieving results and leading high-performing teams. She began her career in hospice and has a strong operational background, serving in a number of executive roles in a variety of health care settings. Jennifer.Kozakowski@providence.org

AreyanAshley Areyan, Community Engagement Liaison
Ashley has been with the Institute since May ‘15. She is working with The Conversation Project to help bring advanced care planning to people where they live, work and pray. She recognizes that each community is unique and the people within those communities have different ways of dealing with conversations about the future and, ultimately, death. Ashley enjoys learning about different cultures and helping people take control of their care through the end of life. Ashley.Areyan@providence.org

CorbeilYvonne Corbeil, Director of Program Development and Education
Yvonne is a former senior project director for the health care consulting firm Clinical Transformation Specialists. She previously held faculty positions at McGill University Medical School and Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth. She served as executive director of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Yvonne co-founded and co-directed the Reclaiming the End of Life Initiative, an advocacy effort for aging, serious illness and family caregiving issues. Yvonne.Corbeil@providence.org

David_DelgadoDavid Delgado, Project Manager
David is helping the Institute for Human Caring make whole person care a standard across Providence Health & Services and nationwide. David completed his undergraduate education in human biology at Stanford University. He has focused his career on health care management, most recently helping start up and run the operations of MetroHealth Station. David is committed to creating sustainable, patient- and family-centered health care delivery. David.Delgado@providence.org

DrummondMichael Drummond, Director of External Affairs and Communications
Michael supports the groundbreaking work of Dr. Byock. Michael has a background in noninvasive medical devices, and most recently served as head of corporate communications for Irvine, Calif.-based Masimo Corp. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Renegades of the Empire, an inside story of Microsoft, Michael worked for many years as an editor and journalist for magazines and newspapers, including two reporting and editing tours in Iraq. Michael.Drummond@providence.org

Lindsay_FlacksLindsay Flacks, Project Manager
Lindsay is a former administrative fellow for Kaiser Permanente. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Stanford University, and then earned a dual MBA/MPH from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and Fielding School of Public Health, focusing on health care management. Lindsay will be supporting Dr. Byock in the Institute’s visionary partnership with StoryCorps, Inc., capturing poignant patient and caregiver stories system-wide. Lindsay.Flacks@providence.org

GonzalesMatthew Gonzales, M.D., Associate Medical Director
Matthew is a fellowship-trained, board-certified palliative medicine physician. He completed his undergraduate degree in human biology at Stanford University, and as a software engineer helped develop a public database that allows clinicians to tailor treatment for those with HIV. Dr. Gonzales attended the Keck USC School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine and palliative medicine training at the University of California San Francisco. Matthew.Gonzales@providence.org

JohnsonGayle Johnson, Executive Assistant
Gayle worked for eight years in administration supporting Providence Health & Services executives. She now manages the agenda of Dr. Byock and the Institute. Gayle prepares and manages presentations, speeches and correspondence as well as serves in key project-management and program-development roles. During her time with Providence she has built vital relationships with physicians, executives, core leaders and caregivers across the system. Gayle.Johnson@providence.org

Vivian_LeiVivian Lei, Project Manager
Vivian is a graduate of the Health Policy and Management program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Growing up in Los Angeles, she saw first-hand that many patients, especially low-income or non-English speaking people, are constantly challenged with navigating health care systems. This disparity motivated Vivian to pursue a career in health care, and work to transform and improve care delivery.Vivian.Lei@providence.org

Tyler_LloydTyler Lloyd, Project Manager
Tyler received his bachelor’s in public health from the University of Arizona. He worked closely with the Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Promotion where he developed and implemented programs for the southern Arizona community. During his undergraduate career, he provided support on program operations for a medical clinic he helped manage in Ghana, Africa. Tyler is passionate about refocusing health care to be more patient-centric. Tyler.Lloyd@providence.org

Marlo_MorrisMarlo Morris, Administrative Assistant
Marlo is a seasoned administrative professional with more than 20 years of experience in various settings, including entertainment, health care, and other nonprofit organizations. She served in the Marine Corps as an armorer, where she repaired small weapons during Operation Desert Storm. She is an administrative assistant for the Institute for Human Caring, focused on education and the Storybank project. She has a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from National University. Marlo.Morris@providence.org

Tue_NguyenTue Nguyen, Project Manager
Tue’s passion for health care drew him to the intersection of the patient, care delivery, and technology. Across the disciplines, he has relied on his ability to effectively communicate and build relationships to navigate the demands associated with the constantly evolving health care environment. He earned his bachelor’s in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in public health from UCLA. Tue.Nguyen@providence.org

SafabakhshNusha Safabakhsh, Director of Quality, Implementation and Measure
Nusha, a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has proven success in leading and managing complex programs that delivered bottom-line results. Nusha has been with Providence Health & Services since 2008, leading quality improvement initiatives with sustained outcomes in California. She has an MS in industrial and systems engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in health care business administration from University of California Irvine. Nusha.Safabakhsh@providence.org

ScibettaColin Scibetta, M.D., Associate Medical Director
Colin, a fellowship-trained palliative medicine physician, completed his undergrad in neuroscience and biology at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Ecuador where he worked on a health initiative for indigenous communities impacted by oil development. Dr. Scibetta did his undergraduate medical training at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where he also completed an internal medicine residency and a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine. Colin.Scibetta@providence.org

ShateriMahsa Shateri, Ph.D., Clinical Data Analyst
Mahsa received her doctorate in industrial engineering with a focus on health care systems from the University of Toronto, and worked at Cancer Care Ontario on strategic planning. Mahsa is passionate about reducing health care costs and risk while increasing the quality of service for patients. Mahsa considers each patient’s needs unique, and that patient care is the combination of different fields united toward one goal: improving the patient’s quality of life. Mahsa.Shateri@providence.org

VanderKieftGregg VandeKieft, M.D., Co-Medical Director, Palliative Care Portfolio
Dr. VandeKieft practices palliative medicine in Olympia, Wash. He has held leadership positions within Providence and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He attended the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine and the Phoenix Baptist Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. He completed Michigan State University’s master’s program in Health and Humanities and Harvard Medical School’s program in Palliative Care Education and Practice. Gregg.VandeKieft@providence.org

VanZantCarrie VanZant, Director, Palliative Care Portfolio
Carrie has a nursing associate degree from Pewaukee College, an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Alverno College and an MBA from DeVry University. Carrie has worked in the OR, ER and spent the majority of her career in health care management. Her experience includes account executive at Cerner Corp., vice president of primary care operations at Sea Mar Community Health Centers and associate vice president of palliative care at Providence St. Joseph Health. Carrie.VanZant@providence.org