About Us

Gateway End-of-Life Coalition membership is open to individuals or agencies that support the mission and goals of the Gateway End-of-Life Coalition.


The Mission of the Gateway End-of-Life Coalition is to Promote High Quality End of Life Care for Patients and Their Families.


  • Educate the public, health care providers and students regarding optimal care for the maximum benefit of persons at end of life.
  • Promote collaboration among health care providers, patients, family members, educators and organizations that provide or promote end-of-life care.
  • Advocate for quality end-of-life care with policy makers.


Since its inception in 1999, the Gateway End-of-Life Coalition has been a leader in providing the St. Louis community with critical information regarding end of life health care.  Its dedicated board of volunteers, professionals, educators and community leaders initiate opportunities for learning and dialogue about end of life decisions by offering workshops for both the general public and those working in the field.

For more information, click here.

Board of Directors

President – Joan Bretthauer

Vice President – Kim Gladstone

Secretary – Heather Bell

Treasurer – Brian Carpenter

Professional Development Chair and Minority Outreach Co-chair – Kelly Karavousanos

Community Relations Chair – Carrie Burggraf, MS, PA-C

Past Chair – Gary U. Behrman, PhD

Community Relations Chair – Carrie Burggraf, MS, PA-C

For a list of the full board and more information about our board members click here.