Howard Stahl, LCSW, is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley. He helped pioneer (1972-1994) the development of community-based care for the aged and hospice care for the critically ill and people with AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. Trained by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Howard sat on the original board of The Shanti Project, and spent two decades as an educator and frequent lecturer in Hospitals and Universities throughout California. He now focuses on the philanthropic work of preserving Tibetan culture and on issues of ecology and environmentalism in Tibet. Howard has played an active role in The Bay Area Buddhist Community since 1968.