Kimberly Bower, M.D., FAAHPM, HMDC, Division Chief, Palliative Medicine
Krishelle Marc-Aurele, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, UC San Diego
JoAnne Auger, R.N., CHPPN
Joanne is the supportive care nurse coordinator in the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. She was instrumental in the development of the Supportive Care Program, which enables palliative care to be a key part of the pediatric cancer treatment plan. The parent of a childhood cancer survivor herself, JoAnne has special insight into the challenges shouldered by families when a child is diagnosed with cancer. She is the author of “When Every Moment Counts,” a booklet written for parents of children living with serious illness. In 2008 and again in 2014, she and her team were recognized with the Daisy Award for the kindness and compassion they provide to patients and families. In 2012, she was recognized by the Hospice & Palliative Nurse Foundation with their National Nursing Leadership Award. Her two dear, sweet grandbabies bring joy to her days.
Samantha Brown B.S.N., CPON, CHPPN
Originally from North Carolina, Samantha attended nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she moved to San Diego and began working at Rady Children’s on the hematology/oncology floor. She was the charge nurse and bone marrow transplant nurse for many years, as well as an inpatient bedside nurse, specializing in palliative care. With a passion for helping patients and families with palliative and supportive care needs, she now works in the outpatient clinic of the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and recently joined the Supportive Care Program as the supportive care clinic nurse. Samantha brings tremendous excitement and appreciation to this new role.
Lisa Newby, B.S.N., CHPPN
Lisa graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grandview College. A certified hospice and palliative pediatric nurse, she has many years of experience in pediatric oncology as well as pediatric and perinatal hospice. In January 2015, Lisa became the inpatient palliative case manager at Rady Children’s and a member of the Supportive Care Team, providing inpatient palliative consultations. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, travel and hanging out with her dog.
Robin Short, R.N., B.S.N.
Robin joined our team in 2014 as the home supportive care coordinator. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and is currently working on earning her master’s degree in leadership of healthcare organizations through UC San Diego. Robin’s palliative care experience began in 2003, and she quickly realized this was her love and passion in healthcare. She worked at San Diego Hospice as the pediatric admission nurse before joining our Supportive Care Program. As the home supportive care coordinator, she works closely with families to navigate through the challenges experienced
Nelly Medina, M.S.W.
Wende West, LCSW, M.P.H.
Wende joined our team in 2015. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, she completed both a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health program at Tulane University, with a focus on maternal and child health. Licensed in the state of California in 2001 as a clinical social worker, Wende provides compassion and support to help our patients and their families improve their quality of life by overcoming obstacles. When not working, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her two children and husband.
Rev. René Roth, M.Div.
René is currently the staff chaplain at Rady Children’s and solo pastor of Linda Vista Presbyterian Church. A graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, she is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church USA and has over 20 years of experience ministering to families, youth and children. René completed her chaplain residency in clinical pastoral education at Rady Children’s, with an emphasis on palliative care for children. After completing her residency, she worked as a chaplain in an adult hospice setting. René accepted the position of staff chaplain three years ago and has been involved with supporting families through trauma, end-of-life and grief counseling; providing spiritual support; giving sacraments; training volunteers, raising funds for spiritual care; and being a member of the Supportive Care team.
Rev. Ryan Sey, M.Div.
Ryan oversees the Hospital’s Spiritual Care Department. He received his clinical chaplain training at Rady Children’s, where he completed a one-and-a-half year residency, and earned his credentialing as a professional chaplain with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. After his residency, Ryan worked as a staff chaplain for Sharp Healthcare, providing support to families throughout San Diego. He returned to Rady Children’s in 2011 and has been a member of the Supportive Care Team ever since. Along with providing clinical pastoral care to patients, families, staff and physicians, Ryan is a trained ethics consultant for the Hospital and also directs the Hope Bereavement Support Program. Additionally, he works with the Hospital’s Solid Organ Transplant Team & Bone Marrow Transplant Team as the independent living donor advocate, for individuals donating an organ or stem cells. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Biola University and a Master of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary.