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Meet the Founders

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Stefanie Elkins


Stefanie Elkins has over 20 years of diverse non-profit experiences in the eldercare field.  “To meet individuals where they are,” Stefanie started Be Present Care, which guides and supports caregiving and end-of-life conversations, plans and programs. From empowering family caregivers and solo agers to facilitating end-of-life option discussions (including Medical Aid in Dying), Stefanie is a compassionate, dedicated and resourceful connector, who is committed to fully addressing her clients’ quality-of-life goals and assist in navigating the relationships between individuals, families, healthcare professionals/systems and community.   

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Jill Schock 


Jill Schock is the owner of DDLA (est.2016) She is a Los Angeles native with over a decade of experience in end-of-life care. She received a Master’s Degree in Ethics and Theology from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Jill is a certified Clinical Chaplain, Spiritual Counselor, and Ordained Minister. She identifies as “spiritual not religious.” Her core values are to honor and advocate for options and choice for ALL humans at end-of-life. Jill is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and on the Advisory Board at End Of Life Choices California. She has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Spectrum News 1, Parade, Wired, Goop and more! She is also a frequent guests on podcasts and speaks to groups at conferences and universities.

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