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Guiding caregiving and end-of-life conversations, plans and programs

I am passionate about “meeting people where they are” especially during challenging life transitions such as caregiving, end of life, and bereavement. As an Eldercare Coach & Consultant,  Aging Life Care Manager®, and End-of-Life Doula, I offer coordination, guidance, and resources to support individuals and families in adapting to their changing healthcare needs as well as creating and facilitating informative and intimate conversations and workshops on care planning. 

In addition, I am the "brewmaster" of  Death over Drafts. Death over Drafts  is an opportunity for those who serve in the end-of-life space and the curious to gather for community and connection In a  started in 2019 at the Reimagine Festival  in San Francisco, when Stefanie Elkins, Be Present Care and Jill Schock, Death Doula LA welcomed others to join them in having meaningful connections by combining two of their passions:  craft beer & conversations on life & death.   If you are interested in crafting a Death over Drafts in your community, please let me know. 

I pride myself on being an attentive, creative, and empathetic professional who is able to bring levity and clarity to varied dynamic situations that desperately need them. I'm dedicated to empower people, identify needs and find solutions.

My diverse professional experience in the non-profit and Jewish sector includes managing community-based initiatives, advocacy, organizing, and fundraising. My extensive experience serving as CA Medical Outreach & Organizing Manager for Compassion & Choices, where I was part of the CA End of Life Option Act Campaign team that advocated and provided technical assistance to improve care and expand choice at end of life. In addition, I was the Program & Outreach Director for Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, where I oversaw operations, management and programming of two centers which supported family caregivers and individuals recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's and other memory impairment.

My educational background includes Masters in Management specializing in Human Services and Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University. I received my Bachelors at UC Riverside in Social Relations.

Stefanie Elkins, MA, MM
Eldercare Manager & End-of-Life Doula, Death over Drafts Founder


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