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 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.
Elizabeth M. Formidoni began working with the Doula Program in 2017 as a legal volunteer. She became very excited about the mission of the organization and joined the board in 2018. Elizabeth worked as a corporate attorney structuring large scale financial transactions and represented numerous pro bono clients seeking political asylum as well as companies applying for 501(c)(3) status. In her second career, Elizabeth worked as a chef at Lupa Osteria Romana.
Elizabeth received her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law and her BA in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia. Elizabeth also completed her Culinary Arts training at the Institute of Culinary Education.
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.