Soul Sitter Advisory Board

Dr. Linda Strause - Chairperson

Dr. Strause is a professor of Human Nutrition at UCSD. She is also a clinical research professional with over 25 years experience. She’s considered among the top in her field and had previously spent 15 year volunteering and working at San Diego Hospice. She is committed to improving the quality of life of people suffering from chronic, debilitating and terminal illnesses.

Dr. Strause was the Executive Director and Head, Clinical Operations for Vical Incorporated where she is responsible for the conduct of all infectious disease programs and all aspects of a phase 3 clinical trial in malignant melanoma.  As Executive Director, Oncology Clinical Operations she launched the pivotal phase 3 clinical trial in melanoma at over 100 sites in 15 countries.  With over 25 years in the drug development industry, Dr. Strause has served as Executive Director of Global Site Development for CancerVax Corporation, Vice President, Business Development for Cyber Medica, Vice President, Corporate Accounts for Innovative Clinical Solutions, Ltd., and as Senior Director, Investigative Site Resources for Quintiles CNS Therapeutics. With expertise in metabolic bone disease, she served as World-Wide Clinical Project Advisor for Quintiles, Inc., providing clinical and contractual expertise to a large, global, Phase III osteoporosis study. 

Dr. Strause’s passion of end of life care began while serving as Director of Education and Research at San Diego Hospice. She is currently the Senior Research Scholar and Founding Chair of the San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care IRB, where she served as chair of the IRB for over 15 years.  This interest and passion led her to Stacey Canfield, founder of Soul Sitters.  After sharing her personal and professional story she became involved at numerous levels including writing and editing. She has accepted the position as Chairperson for the Soul Sitter Advisory Board. In addition, Dr. Strause serves on numerous boards including; ACRP Board of Trustees for 2005-2008, Editorial Board for the Monitor, and Advisory Board for Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE). She is a founding member of CISCRP Leadership team. CISCRP – Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research - a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of trust and education of the clinical trial process.

Dr. Strause received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  During her twenty-five year career in research, she maintains an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of California, San Diego, where she teaches an undergraduate course in Human Nutrition (enrollment >400) (since 1989).  Dr. Strause is an invited speaker at clinical research conference where she speaks on issues of site development and the ethical conduct of clinical studies.

Dr. Bob Uslander

Dr. Bob has been practicing medicine since graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1988.  While his actual training was in Emergency Medicine, as his career has evolved he has naturally gravitated toward taking care of the elderly, and those nearing the end of their lives. Providing care to patients and families as a hospice physician has been the most fulfilling and meaningful calling imaginable for him.

In 2003 Dr. Bob created Sierra Housecalls Medical Group to provide medical care to the homebound and elderly members of his northern California community.  The following year, he helped form Seniority Life care at Home, a provider of non-medical in-home care for seniors, which allows them to remain in their own homes more safely and independently. He was a founder and past president of Sierra LifeNet, a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the frail elderly, including the operation of a local Adult Day Health Care program. 

Dr. Bob says, “It has been a genuine honor, and, I believe, my life’s purpose, to provide expertise, guidance, reassurance, and love to people facing major life challenges.” His true blessing is to help people release their fears and “free the joy of their souls.”  To Dr. Bob, there is no group of people more deserving of and desperate for this type of care than those facing the end of their life and the people who love and care for them.

Dr. Bob believes that end-of-life can be a truly magical time if approached with the proper mindset and when the appropriate support is available. He also believes that being involved in helping to create a “good death” for someone else can allow people to live with far more appreciation and intention each day of their life.  Dr. Uslander serves as the medical advisor to Soul Sitters.

Janice Frechette-Artinger - Executive Director of Parentis Foundation

In 2016, after joining the Parentis Health Senior Care family, Janice realized that becoming the Executive Director of the Parentis Foundation and launching the Experience Corps intergenerational literacy program complimented both her humanitarian and philanthropic passions: Youth Development and Senior Advocacy.  

For the past six-years, Janice has proudly served as an Executive Board Member and Major Events Chair for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, receiving several prestigious volunteer awards including 2018 Champions of Youth Award, 2017 Eddie Arnold Award, 2016 Spirit of Volunteerism Award, and in 2015 the Humanitarian Award. 

In addition to championing programs that support the future of children, Janice is extremely committed to providing advocacy and support of the Elderly.  As a young adult faced with caring for her terminally ill mother, Janice realized her calling to support and educate those facing their end-of-life journey and their families.  It was a natural transition for Janice to oversee the volunteer program for Parentis Health Hospice and later begin the Cuddles4Comfort initiative through Parentis Foundation. 

Janice possesses a broad professional background in business sales, education and community outreach. Skilled in project management and operational planning, she has successfully led teams of professionals, directed social services programs, and managed small businesses. In all cases, she has utilized her innate marketing and PR skills to achieve success. She began her college education at Cal State Fullerton and later received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and is a licensed real estate agent and member of the California Board of Realtors.

Janice is also the proud wife to California native Sam Artinger, mother of three, and grandmother of five!


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