Robert Free, JD, President
Bob served on the End of Life Washington Advisory Committee for many years before joining the Board of Directors. Bob and other lawyers from his firm, MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless, generously provided many pro bono hours authoring seven amicus briefs on behalf of survivors of our former clients. These briefs described for the courts the differing realities of what happens to families when a competent, terminally ill person is granted, or forbidden, the choice of aid in dying. They were presented to the Washington and United States Supreme Courts as well as various lower federal courts. Bob retired after 35 years practicing law and enjoyed teaching immigration law at the University of Washington.
Catherine L. Longhi, MPA, past president
Catherine joined the board in 2000, and served as president or co-president from 2005 until June 2008. She has been involved in medical ethics and issues of personal choice for many years. Over 20 years’ experience as a health care administrator and personal experience with the needs of terminally ill people and their families have strengthened her commitment to the principles of End of Life Washington.
Jordan Posamentier, Esq., Vice president
Jordan is a legislative and policy attorney who currently works at an education think tank affiliated with the University of Washington. Jordan has an ongoing interest in health law and policy. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center where he held the position of Chief Notes & Comments Editor of the Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy. He interned through the University’s health law clinic as an ethicist at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Clinical Ethics Service. He practiced law at a law firm in Oakland with Kaiser Permanente as its main client. And for the past eight years he served on Compassion & Choices California’s board of directors before moving to Seattle.
Rachel Schachter, secretary
Rachel has been working in the nonprofit sector since 2005, focusing on fundraising and capacity-building to help organizations achieve their goals. In addition to her work, she volunteers on several fundraising committees for small, community-based nonprofits. Rachel is a lifelong supporter of personal choice and aid in dying, and has been an active hospice volunteer, supporting individuals and families at the end of life. She is proud to be a member of the End of Life Washington board, advocating for dignity and choice for all.
Terry Barnett, JD, treasurer
Terry is retired after 30 years practicing law. His legal work included matters related to death and dying. He served on ethics committees for the VA Medical Center, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Allenmore Medical Center, and Western State Hospital. He advocated on matters related to withholding and withdrawing life sustaining medical treatment. He authored the book, “Living Wills and More,” a comprehensive guide for avoiding unwanted life-sustaining medical treatment. In 2002 he received the Leadership Award from the Lambda Legal Society for precedent-setting legal work to secure property rights for same-sex partners in Washington. He has been a member of End of Life Washington’s board since 1997.
ARLINE HINCKLEY, ACSW, Client Support program representative
Arline has long had an interest in the areas of personal freedom, choice, and end-of-life issues. Arline was a Public Health Social Worker for high-risk pregnant women and infants. She also worked with the hematology/oncology team at the University of Missouri Medical Center, where she instructed medical students in the needs of dying patients and their families. She joined the board in 1990. Arline now volunteers for a local hospice and is a Client Support Volunteer for End of Life Washington.
Sheila B. Cook, Editor
Sheila served as a board member of the Hemlock Society of Washington State in the late 1980s. In 1991, she was the volunteer coordinator for the Washington Citizens for Death with Dignity campaign (Initiative 119). In 1993, she was one of eleven founders of Compassion In Dying. Since that time, Sheila was a Client Support Volunteer and served as End of Life Washington Client Support Coordinator for 15 years.
Richard Gibson, MDiv
Richard retired following 30 years of ministry as the pastor of Terrace View Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. He is active with Peace Action, a grassroots organization opposed to war and violence. Dick is a board member of the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition and founded the Mountlake Terrace food bank. He teaches classes on religion, archaeology, and the Bible at churches and the Creative Retirement Institute of Edmonds Community College.
Judith Gordon, PhD
Dr. Gordon is a licensed psychologist with a psychotherapy practice in Seattle and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. For many years she conducted research, wrote, and trained mental health professionals regarding changing health risk behaviors. She has focused on policy and research in end-of-life decision-making since 1996. She chaired the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) End-of-Life Task Force from 1997-2010 and received the WSPA Social Issues Award in 1999 and 2007 for her work related to end-of-life issues.
THerese Law, M.D.
Terry retired in 2014 after 35 years of a general Internal Medicine practice in Seattle. She has been active with EOLWA for the last 6 years and has seen over 100 clients in that time. She believes strongly that dying patients should have choices and be able to control their circumstances. “It is a great honor and priviledge to serve these people when they are most vulnerable.”
Midge Levy, ACSW
Midge is a retired social worker with extensive experience in hospice. She has been involved in the right-to-die movement since her student days as a member of the Exit Society in the UK. She was a founding member of the Hemlock Society of Washington State, and served as its president from 1993-2005. Midge was Co-President of the board from 2005-2006. She is active with the Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), served on their board and Executive Committee, and was a consultant for the NASW Policy on End-of-Life Decisions in 1993. Midge received the “Social Worker of the Year” award in 2000 for her legislative activities. She served on the leadership team of the Initiative 1000 (Washington Death with Dignity) campaign in 2008.
Robb Miller was the Executive Director of Compassion and Choices of Washington (now End of Life Washington) from 2000 – 2015 and was one of the leaders in passing the Washington Death with Dignity Act in 2008. Robb is the author of End of Life Washington’s Advance Directive, a combined Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, that set a new standard for advance planning documents and has been widely acknowledged to be the best advance directive available in Washington. He also co-authored a first-of-its-kind Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Mental Health Advance Directive. He is currently a consultant working in the areas end-of-life advocacy, political strategy, patient advocacy and advance planning. In 2005, Robb received the Hugh Gallagher Award, a national social justice award given to the person who has most effectively advocated for the rights of people from diverse populations.
Joe retired in 2001 as President and CEO of Kidder Mathews, a commercial real estate services firm. He has over 20 years experience working with corporate real estate clients personally and through the direction of the activities of other real estate professionals. Prior to entering the corporate real estate field, Joe held various sales and management positions with Parke Davis & Co/Warner Lambert (now part of Pfizer). Joe joined End of Life Washington in 2014 and has served as a Volunteer Client Adviser since that time.
MARYANNE VANDERVELDE, PHD
Maryanne is a psychologist who joined the End of Life Washington’s board in 2012. Her career in New York City, Connecticut, and Seattle includes clinical work in five teaching hospitals, private practice, consulting and organizational development for major corporations, author of five books and many articles, and media experience. As president of Pioneer Productions, her current work is based mostly on Retirement for Two (Bantam/Random House). Her new book is Parallel Play: The New System for Retired Couples. Her board memberships have included Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, The 72nd Street East Corporation, two for-profit businesses, and a New York City-based ballet company. She has served on several panels regarding end-of-life issues, and she volunteered for the Initiative 1000 Campaign in 2008.
Robert L. Wiley
Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, were active in both initiative campaigns that led to Washington State’s Death with Dignity Law. They were married for 60 years. Bob grew up in Wisconsin, attending Harvard College and Business School and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Bob’s career has been in business management where he was president of a Simpson Timber Company affiliate and owned a company that distributed RCA TV and video products and appliances in Washington and Alaska. He served the Boy Scouts as Council President and on the national board. He is currently active at the Burke Museum and with Planned Parenthood.
Robert Wood, MD
Robert retired in 2010 after 40 years practicing internal medicine, the last 24 also as Director of HIV/AIDS for Public Health – Seattle & King County. AIDS greatly expanded his experience with death and dying. He has been on the UW faculty of medicine since 1977, still teaches at undergrad and graduate levels, and is a part-time faculty of the Socio-behavioral Prevention Research Core of the Center for HIV/AIDS & STD Research. He became a volunteer medical director (VMD) for End of Life Washington in late 2010 and joined the Board in early 2015. As a VMD he helps advise End of Life Washington client support volunteers. He works with the state’s medical community to expand physician awareness of dying patient’s wishes and participation in the state death with dignity law. Bob is a member of the board of Lifelong AIDS Alliance, an organization he helped to found in 1983.