February 15, 2012

LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation adds local business leaders to Board of Directors

- Karen Ladner, David Oates to play active role in fulfilling the mission of LBHCF -
SAN DIEGO – February 13, 2012 – The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation (LBHCF) announced today the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors.

The LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation has a passion for funding exceptional programs that enhance the end-of-life journey for patients and their families throughout San Diego County.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors, including Peg Eddy, Principal of Creative Capital Management Incorporated and Julie Sugita, California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, I am delighted to officially welcome these new members to the LightBridge family,” said Jill Mendlen, founder and president of LightBridge Hospice. “We’re so fortunate to have two distinguished business leaders, Karen Ladner and David Oates, joining our Board. They will undoubtedly bring new insights and perspectives that will enhance the work we do with the foundation.”

Karen Ladner is the owner of the Karen M. Ladner Law Office and has practiced in San Diego for more than 30 years, in areas such as Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Business Formation and Contracts, and Commercial Real Estate Transactions. She previously served as Owner and CFO of Fisch, Spiegler, Ginsburg, Ladner & Attarian, APLC. Ladner serves on the Board of Directors for UCSD’s Town and Gown, and is actively involved in a variety of local organizations including the San Diego Foundation and Rolling Readers. She is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association and the State Bar of California. Ladner graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science from the University of Houston, later receiving her J.D. at the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

David Oates possesses more than 15 years of experience managing marketing and public relations programs on a tactical and strategic level that spans both agency, corporate and military environments. He is the Founder and President of Stalwart Communications, a Pay-on-Performance public relations and marketing firm. He previously held positions as Marketing Director for Financial Profiles, a financial planning software company, and he served as a combat and public affairs officer for the U.S. Navy. Oates is an accredited public relations (APR) expert affiliated with the Public Relations Society of America, and serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Venture Group, Association of Corporate Growth, San Diego Chapter, the Chairmen’s RoundTable and the Rotary Club of San Diego Rotary. He received his MBA from San Diego State University’s Executive Program and is a University of Maryland graduate, with a bachelor’s degree in arts.

The non-profit LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation strives to bring peace, comfort and support to patients and their families by funding programs and services that enhance the end-of-life journey. For example, “Simple Gifts” provides small grants to fulfill end-of-life wishes and dreams of hospice patients. Recent gifts include a legacy garden, Kindle, Chargers sweatshirt, long distance calling card and Big Mac-a-Day meals. Another program finances integrative therapies such as aromatherapy, healing touch, music, and pet therapy. The foundation also hosts an annual “Remembrance Walk” to honor loved ones lost.

LightBridge Hospice Community Foundation, the charitable arm of LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care, has a passion for funding exceptional programs that enhance the end-of-life journey for patients and their families throughout San Diego County. To volunteer, donate or learn more about the foundation, please contact the foundation at www.lbhcf.org, contact@lbhcf.org or (858) 458-2992.

San Diego-based LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care provides patients and their families an individualized program of care that focuses on comfort, support and peace of mind, wherever a patient calls home. The company is Accredited by The Joint Commission. LightBridge is a licensed Medi-Cal, Medicare-certified provider and accepts most insurance plans including TriCare and Champus. Find out more about LightBridge Hospice & Palliative Care at www.LightBridgeHospice.com.