Speakers and Coaches

Jean Abbott The Conversation Project in Boulder County

Jean Abbott
Co-founder of The Conversation Project In Boulder County, Dr. Abbott has worked in various Emergency Departments in Boulder County, but has been an Emergency Medicine physician and faculty member at the CU Health Sciences Center for the past 28 years. For the past 20 years, Jean has been a member and the lead ethics consultant for the Ethics Committee at University of Colorado Hospital.


Peg Arnold
Peggy Arnold, M.A. in Counseling, is Program Coordinator of AgeWell, Longmont United Hospital’s senior wellness program. She assists people with advance planning and end-of-life issues, teaches a monthly class on Advance Directives, and is part of the hospital’s Transitions of Care team. Her background includes social work, educational research, counseling, massage therapy, personal history work and serving as a CU Ombudsman.


Eben Carsey
Eben Carsey, MD, is a retired pediatrician. He is currently doing some work as a spiritual director following up on the Masters of Divinity degree that he secured prior to medical school. He serves as a member of the Boulder Community Health ethics committee.


Kathy Dansky
Kathryn Dansky recently retired from Pennsylvania State University, where her teaching and research focused on management issues in healthcare organizations. Kathryn earned a PhD from Ohio State University, College of Business, and MBA from Ohio University. She is a registered nurse and was formerly Director of the Athens County Visiting Nurse Association in Athens, Ohio.


Bev Fest
Beverly Fest was ordained as a United Methodist minister after studying at Morningside College, University of Colorado and the Iliff School of Theology. She is an accomplished pianist and retired in 2014 from Boulder Community Health where she was the head of the chaplaincy program, a member of the palliative care and ethics consultation teams.

Constance Holden The Conversation Project in Boulder County

Constance Holden
Constance Holden, RN, MSN, co-founder of The Conversation Project in Boulder County, is recently retired from Boulder Community Hospital. She served as the Executive Director of Hospice of Boulder County (now known as TRU Community Care) from 1994-2001. During her career she worked at six hospitals and four hospice programs in three states.

Susan Mackey The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Susan Mackey
Susan Mackey is the director of Out of the Box Funeral Planning, educating those who are interested in being proactive about planning for their “final exit.” She specializes in alternative and less costly funeral planning and in the creation of comprehensive health care advance directives. She also works as family support for Family Hospice.

Lynn Malkinson The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Lynn Malkinson
Lynn Malkinson, MSW, is a widow with two adult children and 3 grandchildren. After teaching English and African history in Baltimore and Kenya, she went back to school for masters degrees in journalism and social work. She worked as a hospice social worker for 20 years at both Hospice of Boulder County (now TRU) and Family Hospice.

William Malling The Conversation Project In Boulder County

William Malling
William Malling, M.Div. LLC, has been in the caring field for over 30 years. William is a Professional Care Manager, Psychotherapist, Pilates/Yoga Instructor, and in the past has been a Psychiatric and Hospice Chaplain. “I am happy and honored to be a part of an organization that seeks to make end of life choices healthier for all of us,” says William.

Marianne McCarthy The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Marianne McCarthy 
Marianne McCarthy, M.A., worked as a trainer and facilitator with a variety of organizations and businesses for over twenty five years designing presentations and activities that allow for interaction and self-discovery.  She is semi-retired and, for more than the past ten years, has volunteered with the Longmont Senior Center.

Michele Seipp The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Michele Seipp
Michele Seipp, MA, CMC is a certified Geriatric Care Manager who has lived in Boulder for 26 years and has been involved in the field of aging for 11 years. She has worked in the public sector, with nonprofit organizations and private homecare agencies. Her care management business is ElderWays. She also works with Dignity Care.

Richard Smith The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Richard Smith
Richard Smith, RN, MSHS, CHPN has been serving people with terminal illnesses and their families for over 25 years. In addition to working as a Triage, On-Call and Case Manager Nurse, he has served hospice as a volunteer and a full-time volunteer coordinator. Currently Richard is a nurse with Honor Hospice in Wheat Ridge.

Reva Tift The Conversation Project In Boulder County

Reva Tift
Reva Tift MA is a long time psychotherapist and the director of AHCD guidance. She provides classes and individual sessions on Midlife and Aging issues, Advance Health Care Directives and Resource Coordination for families of the dying. Reva began AHCD Guidance in order to provide a comprehensive process for identifying and documenting wishes for medical emergencies and for end of life care.

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Jackie Colby
David Hibbard
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