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.
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 life 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.
Sheila Erdos trained as a Doula Volunteer in 2011. She is dedicated to forming a relationship with patients and making a difference in their ability to have companionship at the critical end stage of life. Sheila is currently a volunteer at Bellevue Hospital reporting to the Palliative Care team.
Sheila has a background in curriculum development in education, and has experience working with underserved populations in both urban and rural areas in the country. In partnership with Community Health and Social Services,Sheila brought necessary resources for all age groups onto the school site.
She also served as the Director of Education at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.
Sheila received her Master's Degree in Education from California Lutheran University and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport.
Madelyn Sierra, MBA, PCC, is an executive coach and leadership development consultant who helps executives and their teams improve business results. She works with clients to develop high-performing teams, manage organizational change, lead others effectively and widen their network and sphere of influence. She also coaches them on how to enhance their executive presence and personal brand. In addition, she helps leaders transition to new roles and supports them during on-boarding.
Her clients have included MasterCard, S&P Global, Brown-Forman, Abbott, Cardinal Health, Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, Cablevision, Anheuser-Busch, Graybar, Havas Media, National GeoSpatial Intelligence Agency, and Deloitte, among others.
Madelyn’s leadership development experience includes launching and managing Harvard Business Publishing’s virtual leadership development program. She has a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Certificate in Organizational Development from Columbia University Teachers College.
Aarti Jindal, LMSW, is a psychotherapist currently in practice at A Good Place Therapy in Manhattan who has been involved with the Doula Program since 2015. As both a clinical care manager and a social worker, she has worked in multiple healthcare settings, including Managed Health Care (Health Net), AREBA Casriel-Rehabilitation Services and the Next Step Center. Aarti earned her BA in psychology from The University of California, Berkley where she serves on the Advisory Board for Hindi in the South Asian Studies Department. She earned her MSW from the University of Southern California.