Dr. Alan LaVine received his BA from SUNY Albany 1972 and MD from Bologna University, Italy, in 1978. His Internal Medicine residency took place at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital then Nephrology Fellowship at Medical College of Georgia. He is Founder and Medical Director of Nephrology Associates PC, as well as Nephrology Center of Augusta, an outpatient dialysis clinic treating over 100 patients with chronic renal failure. At one time Dr. LaVine served as Chief of Nephrology at University Hospital, a 550 bed tertiary care center.
Maxine Skurka is a Social Worker with extensive experience working with people at the end of life. Ms. Skurka was the first Coordinator of the Doula to Accompany and Comfort program and contributed to the foundation of the Program. She had an essential role in developing the volunteer training curriculum, and establishing the Program's volunteer guidelines. She was a Senior Social Worker in the Intensive Care Unit NYU Medical Center providing clinical support to patients and their families. Ms. Skurka received her Masters of Social Work degree at Yeshiva's University and trained through The New York Health Care Chaplaincy at Beth Israel Medical Center as a Hospice Interfaith Chaplain.
Michael Campagna trained as a Doula Volunteer in 2015 and has been Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors since the same year. He also leads the Business Task Force, a committee designed to facilitate involvement and interaction with the for-profit community and to facilitate in-kind donations of professional insight and expertise.
Professionally, Michael is a Research Analyst and co-founder at Moerus Capital Management LLC, an investment adviser registered with the SEC that is the manager of investment vehicle for institutions and individuals. Michael is part of the team responsible for sourcing and analyzing investment opportunities in listed equities around the world and participates in the management of the firm's fund vehicles. Michael holds a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Information Systems from New York University. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.
Mike McGowan trained as a Doula Volunteer in 2013. Since then he has had a number of meaningful relationships with people facing the end of death alone. Mike joined the Doula Program board in 2016 and, as the chair of the Events Committee, has helped raise thousands of dollars to support this essential work.
Professionally, Mike is an actor and singer. On Broadway, he has appeared in The Producers, Ragtime, Grease, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and the Apple Tree. He has toured with The Book of Mormon, Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey, and has played many roles in a number of regional theaters across the country. His television credits include: The Good Fight, Blindspot, Time After Time, Delocated, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has also appeared in the movies Big Words and The Dark Rite.
Aarti S. Jindal, LMSW initially came to the Doula Program as an administrative volunteer and very quickly developed a strong passion for helping those at the end of life stage. Aarti has a background in social work working with a variety of populations including victims of abuse, mental illness and addiction. Additionally, Aarti has a Human Resources background working for private corporations as an Organization Development Consultant and HR Generalist.
Aarti received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Cailifornia, Berkeley.