Dr. Ferdinando Mirarchi
Dr. Mirarchi, is the Chief Medical & Scientific Officer of the Institute on HealthCare Directives and the Founder of MIDEO® (My Informed Decision on VidEO). He is the Principal Investigator of the TRIAD (The Realistic Interpretation of Advance Directives) Research Series which has been featured by the New York Times & Wall Street Journal. His research reveals there is a new nationwide patient safety risk effecting patients who have living wills, Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment orders and those who are critically ill. His TRIAD VIII study, released by the Journal of Patient Safety, is groundbreaking and reveals we can do better for patients if we incorporate video testimony into their advance care plans. Dr. Mirarchi, is also a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UPMC-Hamot in Erie PA.
Thaddeus Mason Pope
Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C, is a foremost expert on medical law and clinical ethics. He maintains a special focus on patient rights, healthcare decision making, and end-of-life options. Pope is a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. While he serves in a range of consulting capacities, Pope has been particularly influential through his extensive, high-impact scholarship. Ranked among the Top 20 most-cited health law scholars in the United States, Pope has over 250 publications in leading medical journals, bioethics journals, and law reviews. He coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and he runs the Medical Futility Blog (with over four million page-views).
Michael is a partner at RoundGlass and the Founder of EOL.community and Deathoverdinner.org. His second book “Let’s Talk About Death” was published by Hachette in the U.S., U.K., and Australia in October of 2018 and Russia, China, Indonesia, Poland and Romania in the fall of 2019. He currently serves as a Board Advisor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts; and in the recent past as Senior Advisor to Summit Series, Theo Chocolate, CreativeLive, Architecture For Humanity, and Mosaic Voices Foundation.
Dr. Jason C. Chenault
George G. Couch
George Couch is a member of the Faculty, teaching health care management and business at Gannon University’s Dahlkemper School of Business.He received his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina in May of 2017. His professional background includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville, West Virginia; President and Chief Executive Officer of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation in Wheeling West Virginia; Vice President of Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, West Virginia; and he was the owner and Administrator of New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville, West Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives; a member of the Health Care Financial Management Association and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He was a guest lecturer in Health Care Administration at West Liberty University. He has consulted to hospitals and health care organizations. He also owns and operates GeoEquity, Inc. a real estate development and investment company.
- $153 million in improvements to the hospital’s clinical facilities, physical plant, technology and infrastructure to improve patient care, including the construction of the Bayview Centre and the new patient lobby and healing garden.
- More than $25 million annually in community benefits, including charity care and unreimbursed amounts for programs for the poor, community health programs and donations, and medical research and education.
- Recruiting dozens of new physicians and clinical specialists, including those in women’s health, neurosurgery, pediatrics, behavioral health, pain management and critical care, as well as primary care.
Jonathan is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Office of The Urban Oasis Project. Jonathan is also the founder and CEO of the D’Silva Law Group, PLLC d.b.a MMI Intellectual Property, an intellectual property boutique law firm located in downtown Erie. Jonathan is a registered patent attorney and registered to practice law in New York, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Jonathan received a B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and an M.Eng. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and his J.D. from the University at Buffalo. Prior to attending law school, Jonathan practiced as a consulting civil and environmental engineer for the firm of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. in the Buffalo, NY area. Jonathan is very involved in the Erie community and is the founder and Lead Curator of TEDxErie, TEDxYouth@Erie, and TEDxErieSalon events. He is also a member of the board of the Innovation Collaborative and the V.P. of the board of the Purple Martin Conservation Association and is a former board member of many other local non-profits. He ran the Innovation Erie Design Competition for five of its seven years of operation. In addition, Jonathan provides lectures and seminars at many regional schools, economic development entities, and local organizations on intellectual property law basics.
Mary is a Tax attorney, tax advisor and consultant with other professional firms on a collaboration basis to assist their clients. She is based in Illahee, Washington, but has been fortunate to work with advisors and their clients throughout the U.S.
Mary is licensed to practice law in both California and Washington and has practiced for more than 40 years. She was certified as a tax specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization for over 38 years. Ms. Vigal was a former full-time associate professor of law at the Graduate School of Taxation of Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California; and an associate professor in the MS Taxation program at Golden Gate University. She was also a visiting professor in taxation at the Santa Clara University School of Law in Santa Clara, California, and a former lecturer at the San Jose State Graduate School of Business in San Jose, California. She frequently speaks at domestic and international venues on wealth preservation, tax, elder law and estate planning, and has numerous published articles in her areas of expertise.
Ms. Vigal received her B.A. degree in economics from Colorado College, her J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara, and her LL.M. degree in taxation from Golden Gate University. She is a member of the Senior Lawyers Division of the ABA; the ABA Elder Law, Elder Abuse, and Estate Planning Committees; and the Health Law Division of the ABA, Task Force Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals.
Mary is an active Board Member of the Survive a Stroke Foundation, a 501(c) (3) IRS tax exempt entity since 2012. The foundation focuses on educating the public on stroke prevention, symptoms of a stroke, and how to respond timely in this medical emergency when a person may not be able to communicate.