SALLY MCLAUGHLIN, MA
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, and Executive Director in March 2016. 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
Jillene became interested in death with dignity after losing her Mother to pancreatic cancer in a state where end of life choices were not offered. Passionate about meaningful final moments, she came to End of Life Washington in January 2016 as a Volunteer Client Adviser and was selected for the directorship in August 2017. Jillene is a former leader in Federal Government with expertise in the areas of strategy, advocacy, and international engagement. Her skills support a long success story of working with other nations to achieve complex and wide-reaching goals. Jillene has a passion for meaningful engagement, strong commitment to collaborative and innovative problem solving, and a desire to positively impact the lives of others. Trained in India, she is a Jnana Yoga and mindfulness practitioner with more than ten years of experience complemented by other contemplative arts and modalities, including Non-Violent Communication, Mindful Leadership, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and Yoga for Healing. Jillene is thrilled to be part of a leadership team that seeks to create a future where people understand their end of life choices and can die on their own terms.
LINdsay Soyer, MA
Lindsay is a licensed funeral director, home funeral guide, and green burial advocate. She originally came to end of life work through her passion for environmentalism. While earning her MA in Ecopsychology at Antioch University, Lindsay became intrigued by the green burial movement. She began working with a local alternative funeral service, specializing in home funerals, green burial, and other family-centered and sustainable deathcare options. Lindsay has worked with nonprofits in varying capacities since 2002, primarily social service, civic, and environmental organizations. She’s thrilled to be in a position that combines her multi-faceted nonprofit experience with her firm belief in the importance of options and empowerment at end of life.