SALLY MCLAUGHLIN, MA
Community Education Director
Sally McLaughlin, who joined the staff in February 2015 as End of Life Washington’s first Community Education Director, was promoted to Interim Executive Director in December 2015. She has developed and implemented End of Life Washington’s Advance Planning Seminars across the state and has presented on end-of-life choices and Washington State’s Death with Dignity law to physicians, nurses, social workers, clinics, hospices, retirement communities, service organizations and many others. Sally graduated from the University of Washington with a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and additional degrees in French and German. She did post-graduate work in education at Seattle University. As an educator and administrator in Seattle Independent Schools for over forty years, Sally came to End of Life Washington after serving as Dean of Faculty for Seattle Girls’ School. She has trained as a Providence Hospice, Evergreen Health Hospice and Harborview Hospital’s NODA program volunteer, as well as an End of Life Washington Client Support Volunteer and speaker. Sally is committed to promoting education on advance planning for health care and expanding choice at the end of life throughout Washington State.
KATHY SPARKMAN, MA, CAP™
Kathy Sparkman became Development Director on March 1, 2016. She is intimately involved in the care of her mother, who is declining from dementia. Over the years, it really made Kathy think about the quality of life we all desire at the end of our lives. From a social justice perspective, do underserved populations and communities of color have even fewer choices and less access to end of life care? These thoughts and questions drew Kathy to End of Life Washington where she hopes to take fund development to the next level. She is an experienced fundraiser with a track record of cultivating major gifts and is skilled in planned giving identification and cultivation. Before making the move into non-profit fund development at Emerald Heights Retirement Community, The Seattle Foundation and YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, Kathy had a long career in the financial services industry working for Merrill Lynch, Bank of America and Fidelity Investments. She is honored to work for an organization through which she can educate, advocate and solicit support for improving care and expanding choice at the end of life.
Client Support Director
Beth became interested in death with dignity after spending 9 months working in Calcutta in Mother Teresa’s house for the dying. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling in 1997 and has worked in Social Services for many years doing a variety of work from coordinating services for poor families in Guatemala to coordinating volunteers and services for a homeless women’s shelter in Chicago and more recently working as a home health and hospice social worker with Visiting Nurse Services and Swedish. Beth loves working with people and families who are navigating the last chapter of life. It is important to her that all people in this phase are given the time, information and support that they need to make their own unique choices.
Luke Volkmann joined the staff in December 2015. He became involved with end of life issues through volunteering with Hospice Family Care in Prescott, AZ. Luke holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Prescott College where his culminating project focused on death, dying, and community engagement. This project, built on self-directed study and hospice experience, ultimately took the form of a series of personally facilitated, candid conversations about death in the form of “Death Brunches.” Luke’s passion for choice at the end of life is deeply personal as he believes in each person’s right to a peaceful and well-informed death.