Our Board of Directors
Looking Ahead’s staff and founders are grateful to the community leaders, business professionals and medical experts who serve on our board of directors, sharing our passion and providing us with guidance and support in pursuit of our mission.
Marvin (Marv) L. Woodall
After 50 years in the medical devices field and along with continuing service on various boards of medical organizations and companies, Marv devotes his retirement years to assisting a variety of community endeavors through financial support and board service. During his 12 years on the board of Doylestown Hospital he supported initiation of interventional cardiology and heart surgery systems. He and his wife funded the hospital’s Marvin & Dee Ann Woodall Chest Pain Center that opened in 2010. He also serves on the board of the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic and as chairman of the board of Heritage Conservancy, a nonprofit land preservation organization in Bucks County.
James P. Blore Jr, MD
A board-certified family practitioner, Jim earned additional board certification in geriatrics. Besides his private practice, he is on staff at Doylestown Hospital and serves as medical director for Doylestown Health’s Pine Run Community and Health Center, Lakeview Personal Care and The Garden (Dementia Personal Care). He was named to the Philadelphia “Top Docs” list for 2014 and Pennsylvania’s 2003 Family Physician of the Year, and among his committees and board he has served on Doylestown Hospital’s board of directors, president of its medical staff and chair of its Department of Family Practice.
Brian G. Firth, MD, PhD, MBA
A board-certified cardiologist, Brian practiced medicine in South Africa, England and the United States before shifting to academia and later into business, giving him a breadth of education and experience across different health systems and ways of serving his community through medicine. His involvement with Looking Ahead has its foundations in the sometimes truly tragic situations he’s experienced where families and medical teams, not knowing a patient’s wishes, are pressed into costly and futile options for end-of-life care.
Jeffrey Buckwalter, MD
Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery as well as the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Jeff specializes in balance disorders that emphasize the effects of the aging process and associated medical illnesses. His medical practice focused on the diagnosis and treatment of balance disorders that present with dizziness, vertigo and gait abnormalities. He is committed to ACP and patient advocacy because it promotes the best health care.
Jane Tuller Gallant, MD
Jane is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and was a primary care physician in internal medicine in private practice before accepting the position of medical director of Palliative Care for Doylestown Hospital. She currently serves as medical director of Doylestown Hospital Hospice.
Sunny White, MBA
Co-founder and managing partner of Xavier Creative House, a strategic creative agency specializing in pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech and healthcare systems world-wide, Sunny brings age diversity to the board’s perspective while her connection with the next generation potentially expands the application of Looking Ahead’s mission. Her dedication to giving back to the community was recognized by PACE (Professional Association for Customer Engagement) in 2013 with its Individual Spirit of Philanthropy award.
82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing.
23% have actually done so.
Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)
Looking Ahead Advance Care Planning operates as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. Its board of directors, which provides direction to the principals, is comprised of community leaders, business professionals and experts in a variety of fields who support Looking Ahead’s mission: To teach and promote advance care planning (ACP) and to participate at the one-on-one level as a means to enhance personal healthcare and lifecare decisions before the need arises.