End of Life Washington Staff
Judy Kinney, MSW
Judy comes to End of Life Washington (EOLWA) with a passion for end-of-life choices, a collaborative approach to leading a well-run nonprofit organization, and a natural ability to rouse, rally, and engage people to uphold essential rights.
Judy has a Masters and Bachelors in Social Work, with a focus on Community, Administration, and Programs. She became an end-of-life choice advocate in 2012 through her work as the Executive Director of North East Seattle Together (NEST), Seattle’s first virtual retirement village, and has continued to prioritize end-of-life choices in her work ever since.
Judy’s experiences as a nonprofit leader, equity and inclusion trainer, life coach, advocate, and event organizer has equipped her well for her role as EOLWA’s Executive Director. She is a systems thinker who is equally skilled with people and data. Judy’s idea of a life well spent definitely includes partnering with a broad spectrum of volunteers, the board of directors, staff, donors, and community members to bring bold visions to life.
Community Engagement Coordinator
Linda Estes (Community Engagement Coordinator) has spent a lifetime figuring out how to do things. In her career as an educator, she traveled to Australia and figured out how to teach teenagers to sail, kayak and live outdoors. She had one week to figure out how to do that herself. She then figured out how to teach math to middle schoolers who were 2nd language learners and disadvantaged by poverty.
In 2009, she became a member of the staff of 6 people who were starting the first STEM school in the Tri-Cities and figured out not only a brand-new math curriculum but everything else that needed to be done to start a “think outside the box” school. Linda resigned in 2015, just in time to help her dad through his final illness and decision to use the Death with Dignity Act. Since then, she’s been figuring out how to bring more and better access to the law in her part of the state.
Linda is thrilled to join the staff of End of Life WA to bring her “figuring out” skills to bear on getting the word out about EOLWA to people across the whole state.
Client Support Coordinator
Sally Thomae (Client Support Coordinator) is originally from Wisconsin where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to graduate school she worked as a lab assistant, a medical assistant, and a pharmaceutical sales rep. She earned her MSW specifically with intent to work with people around end-of-life issues. Sally worked with Hospice in both Wisconsin and California, and also spent a year with Golden State Organ Donor Services in Sacramento. In 2009 she completed a course of study at the Center for Loss in Ft. Collins, Colorado, earning a Certificate in Death Studies.
Since moving to Seattle in 2009 Sally dove head first into a midlife crisis and explored several other areas including animal welfare, a short, ill-fated partnership in a wine shop, and a return to school to study skin care. She has been self-employed as an Aesthetician for the past 4 years. Sally is thrilled to be returning to the work that truly speaks to her heart and soul.
“I work at End of Life Washington (EOLWA) because I believe in our statement “My life, My choice, My death.”
When a person calls End of Life Choices Washington, it is often a very emotional and vulnerable time. The caller deserves an empathetic, attentive listener who will deliver the tools they need, and the support to implement the tools, while making them feel cradled in care.
“Being able to provide any peace of mind to potential clients is extremely rewarding to me.”