Our Team

Celine Regalia , MSW, MA CCC-SLP

Celine Regalia, MSW, MA CCC-SLP

Executive Director

Celine was appointed Executive Director of Collabria Care in 2019. In her previous role of Director of Operations, she was responsible for new program development and implementation and evaluation of cross organizational processes while overseeing Human Resources, Volunteer Services, Facilities and Medical Records departments, along with the Day Program.

As Program Director, Celine was instrumental in building our innovative, award-winning Collabria Day Program, which she headed for over 20 years. She has successfully developed collaborative partnerships with local community organizations, expanded outreach and community education programs. Celine holds a master’s degree in Medical Social Work, as well as both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Speech Pathology from California State University at San Jose.

Carol Williams, BSN, MS

Ashland G. Evans, MHA, CHPCA

Director of Hospice & Palliative Care

Ashland holds a Masters of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator (CHPCA) and a Certified Lean Green Belt.

Prior to Collabria Care, Ashland Mary was Director of Hospice, Palliative Care, and Grief Support Services at Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, VA. There, he led an 80-person, multi-disciplinary team of clinical and non-clinical staff, and more than 120 community volunteers.

For Ashland, Hospice and Palliative Care are a calling. He has a true passion for helping and serving others, especially children and the elderly. And, he believes that the West coast is at the forefront of innovation for Hospice and Palliative Care and is excited to be joining our Team.

 Elizabeth Durkin, MD

Paul Laband, MD

Medical Director
Palliative & Hospice Services, Collabria Day Program

Paul Laband, MD, is board-certified internist with almost 3 decades of experience in primary and hospital-based care. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine, and completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He joined St. Joseph Health in 2015, and in 2016 also began working as a part-time hospice physician with Kindred Hospice. After several years of experience as a hospice physician, he acheieved the designation of Certified Hospice Medical Director through the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board.

“Early in my career, I noticed this aspect of patient care was often overlooked and that frustrated me.” says Dr. Laband. “I often saw people in the hospital suffering from aggressive treatments and not having a voice in their own healthcare. When I had those conversations and really listened to patients to understand what quality of life meant to them as an individual, I found that people really appreciated those discussions. That changed the way I practiced medicine, and ultimately made the transition to hospice and palliative care an easy one.”


Jennifer McConnehey

Director of Philanthropy


Erika Tavakoli

Director of Development Operations


Highly skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers

Collabria Care and Collabria Hospice also has a well-trained and experienced staff of nurses, therapists, social workers, spiritual care providers, case managers, home health aides and volunteers who have found their calling in caring for those who are facing the transition of aging, learning to live with chronic conditions or facing the end of life.