Board of Directors

Jeff Goldenberg, MD

Board President

Talia’s father, Jeff, is well-acquainted with the way medicine is practiced in North America, having been a doctor for almost 30 years. Jeff completed a residency in Family Practice at McGill University in 1990 and worked as a family physician with Oregon Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon (where he variously sat on the board, chaired the IT Committee, the Patient Care Committee and the Operations Committee) from 1991 until Talia’s death in 2014. As a father and a doctor, Jeff’s voice carried no weight when he tried to advocate for Talia and get her medical providers to pay attention to the care she needed (care that would have saved her life).  Jeff is now on a mission (along with Talia’s mother, his wife Naomi) to get medical, administrative, and support staff to listen, hear, believe and act on behalf of their patients so that no other patient experiences the kind of unnecessary death Talia did, and no other parent experiences the kind of devastating loss that he and Naomi have.

Rita Radostitz


Rita Radostitz is a mother, an attorney and a specialist in nonprofit communications. She has worked with nonprofit organizations in various capacities for more than two decades. She’s an Oregonian, a cyclist and a lover of books. She and her twin daughters currently reside in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Reis


Elizabeth Reis is a professor at the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York where she teaches courses on Transgender Issues, Reproductive Technologies, The Politics of Women’s Health, and Medical Ethics. Before that she was Professor and Department Head of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She graduated from Smith College and received her Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Reis is the author of Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex; Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England; and the editor of American Sexual Histories. She is interested in both the history and contemporary analysis of medical ethics, gender, sexuality, and religion and has published essays in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics Forum, Journal of American History, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, and the New York Times. Reis is a member of the Ethics Committee at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital and an editor of, a collaborative blog project that focuses on the intersection of gender, history, and medicine.

Jeff Kirtner

Jeff has personal and professional connections to Talia’s Voice. He is a health care law attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP in Eugene, Oregon, where he represents physicians, physician groups and health care providers. He has been a patient and so have his loved ones. And he is Talia’s uncle. Jeff graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with a JD in 1995, from the University of Michigan with an MS in computer science in 1992, and from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in 1981.

Deborah Fuerth, MD

Debbie completed her residency in Pediatrics at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and has been practicing with PeaceHealth Medical Group in Eugene, Oregon since 1987.  Debbie knew Talia from the time Talia was a baby, so the mission of Talia’s Voice holds special meaning for her both personally and professionally.  As a physician, Debbie strives to listen to and advocate for her patients.  She believes that effective communication is critical to patient safety and that it must be embraced by everyone involved in patient care.



Naomi Kirtner, Founder and Talia’s mother

Samuel Reis-Dennis, Ph.D., Philosophy; Hecht-Levi Fellow (John’s Hopkins University, Berman Institute of Bioethics)

Emily Winer, MPH (Columbia University)

Hannah O’Leary, DNP Program (University of Washington)

Rebecca Gourevitch, Doctoral Student; Health Policy (Harvard University)

Daniel Nathan, MD Program (Albert Einstein School of Medicine)

Gwendolyn Neumeister, MSN Nurse Midwifery (Oregon Health and Science University)

Cara Coren, MD/MPH Program (Tulane University)

Hannah Gissel, MD Program (New York Medical College)