Linda Bulman BSPT, PA-C
Program Manager of Palliative Care Services
Linda began her career in the medical field as a physical therapist working with patients who experienced stroke and spinal cord injuries. After graduating from UC Davis’s FNP/PA program in 2000, she worked in primary care and geriatrics before finding her home in palliative care. She came to Highland in 2009 when there was a sole doctor doing part-time palliative care and has been integral to the development and expansion of the service across AHS’s many sites and patients. In addition to caring for seriously ill patients, Linda has discovered her passion for teaching other clinicians the value and importance of listening to patients and helping them make informed decisions. Linda balances her life outside work with creative cooking and hiking
Anne James, LCSW
Palliative Care Inpatient Social Worker
Anne has been a social worker for many years with the majority of her experience being related to serving those with chronic, serious and/or terminal illnesses. Her role as the inpatient palliative care social worker at Highland is her dream job. Anne has a passion for serving patients and families helping them get the services they need. When not at work Anne is often found in her yard pulling weeds and planting California native plants, or in her garage refurbishing neglected furniture.
Betty Clark, MDiv
Palliative Care Chaplain, Volunteer and Intern Chaplain Coordinator
Betty has been the glue of the Palliative Care Team for longer than she needs to admit. She has contributed to patients, families, and her community at large in so many impactful ways. She served on the National Chaplains Board, and earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She continues to lead talks and services in various organizations, including creating and supporting a virtual spiritual community during the pandemic. She has worked as a Chaplain for twenty six years.
Rachel Witter, RN MSN
Serious Illness Care Coordinator
After working in research and international aid, Rachel found a love for nursing and using compassion to solve problems, and earned her nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2012 and later a Master’s in nursing from George Washington University in 2019. Over her nursing career she has had roles in intensive care units, home hospices, teaching undergraduate nursing students on both coasts, and now in bringing palliative care to the people who need it the most. She is passionate about population heath, leadership, and connecting communities.
Jessie Sohn, LCSW
Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic
Serious Illness Care Social Work Educator
Jessica has been a social worker for 15 years, devoted to serving compromised populations in the Bay Area. She has built a career in medical social work, including hospice and transplant specialty roles. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work at San Francisco State University and is a board certified License Clinic Social Worker. Jessica is passionate about understanding the cultural dynamics of minority groups and how that effects their ability to be served within the medical system.
Faren Clum, MD
Palliative Care Attending Physician
Director Outpatient Palliative Care Clinic
She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care. Her goal is to listen well and understand what is most important to her patients, so that she can help them feel better and plan for the future. Outside of work, she likes to hike, eat good food and spend time laughing with her loved ones.
Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD, MPH
Palliative Care Attending Physician
Jessica is a strong advocate for a new approach to caring for the seriously ill. She specializes in Critical Care and Palliative Care medicine, and has been on the Palliative Care team at Highland Hospital since 2009. She is committed to reorienting care of the seriously ill to a more collaborative process whereby the patient, rather than her organ or disease, is the primary focus of care. Dr. Zitter attended Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University Medical School, and earned her Masters of Public Health at UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and her poodle, Jinx.
Claudia Landau, Ph.D MD
Palliative Care Grant Project Manager
Thomishia Booker LCSW, EdDCP
Manager, Care Management
Thomishia is a licensed social worker and the Palliative Care Department manager. She manages multiple departments within Alameda Health System including spiritual care, sexual assault, system wide housing, and transportation. Her wide range of responsibilities allow her to serve as an valuable resource within the team and address complicated programmatic and patient related issues . She began her career as a psychiatric social worker working in older adult services and has worked in a variety of clinical settings over the years. Thomishia is passionate about addressing social determinants of health and closing equity gaps for marginalized groups. In her spare time she loves to garden, dance, and travel.
Sue Magidson BCC, MDiv
Palliative Care Chaplain Champion – San Leandro Hospital
Sue is a Board Certified Chaplain who has been serving as the Spiritual Care Coordinator and Chaplain at San Leandro Hospital since 2013. She enjoys working with people of every religion and no religion, providing emotional, spiritual and/or religious support to patients and families navigating serious illnesses. Sue has a Certificate in the Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy and enjoys the interdisciplinary teamwork that’s central to Palliative Care. When she’s not at the hospital, Sue loves Farmers Markets, cooking, singing, reading, and long walks in the East Bay Hills.
Amber Wasem, RN
Palliative Care Nurse Champion – San Leandro Hospital
Amber has been a dedicated nurse on the medical/surgical unit at San Leandro Hospital since 2002 and is proud to be a part of the San Leandro Palliative Care team from its start. Her goal is to listen closely to her patients and their families to help provide and to help guide the support they need to meet their goals. Away from work, she enjoys being with family, watching her children’s sports, boating and traveling adventures.