Board of Advisors
Marcia is senior lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is author of the book “Science on Trial: The Clash of Medical Evidence and the Law in the Breast Implant Case.”
Dr. Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) is a ’60s counter-culture icon, author and spiritual teacher. He has authored several books including “Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying.”
Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LL.B.
Nancy is director of the Bioethics Division at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. Her many published works include “Ethics on Call: Taking Charge of Life and Death Choices in Today’s Health Care System.”
Olympia is an Academy Award-Winning actress and activist for issues including human rights, civil rights and the environment. Memorable roles include her Best Supporting Actress Oscar-winning performance in “Moonstruck” and her portrayal of a mother of an AIDS-afflicted man who seeks aid in dying in “The Event”
Bruce is a constitutional and international lawyer and legal scholar. He was associate deputy attorney general under President Reagan and served on the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements in 2006. He is a frequent expert guest for the BBC, CNN, MSNBC and NPR.
Judith has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her novels. Her first effort “Scruples” shot to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Her most recent work is her memoir “Sex and Shopping: Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl.”
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith
Smith is a pastor with the First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. As Board Chairman of the Ethics Committee at Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital, he worked with Doctors and Staff to inform and support regarding difficult patient care decisions. Facing Death, Dr. Smith’s recently published book, chronicles ministering intimately to the dying and their loved ones. Currently, Dr. Smith is Executive Director of Healthy Families Brooklyn, a foundation dedicated to the improvement of access to health care in underserved communities.
Rev. John Shelby Spong
Spong is the retired bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J., and the leading liberal theologian of our time. He has authored several best-selling books challenging the Bible’s teachings on homosexuality, the virgin birth and Christ’s resurrection.
Marilyn is a distinguished professor and co-director of the Journalism Department at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book “The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life” chronicles the lives of 15 terminally ill patients and explores the social, legal and moral issues surrounding death in America. She is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today and a contributing writer and editor for New York Magazine among other publications.
Rev. Howard Moody
Moody, a self-proclaimed “trustful agnostic” presided over the congregation of Judson Memorial Church in the West Village neighborhood of New York City for 35 years. Moody led a group of peaceful protestors in the March on Washington, helped open a clinic to provide safe, affordable abortions years before Roe v. Wade and created an AIDS task force at Judson.