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.
“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.”
Client Services Manager
Cassandra Sutherland is originally from Bellingham, WA. She earned her undergraduate degree in San Francisco before moving to Bolivia to work in sustainable development where she supported volunteers and local communities. Up until five years ago, Cassa was unfamiliar with EOLWA’s work. It wasn’t until she moved back to Washington to support her Father to navigate his end-of-life that she was introduced to EOLWA’s resources.
Cassa used her personal experience of her father’s dementia and death to earn her Master’s in Global Public Health from the University of Washington. She values fairness, education, and adventure. Her work has taken across the globe from Paraguay to Rwanda. She enjoys asking questions, staying curious, and learning new things.
Outside of work, you will find Cassa billy goating up a mountain with her dog, in the kitchen with her partner, or with her nose buried in a book. As part of the EOLWA team, she is committed to supporting the community and showing up authentically. She passionately joins the organization to make end-of-life options readily available and is hopeful that one day soon every Washingtonian will be in choice about their death.
Client Services Coordinator
Lashanna (she/her/they) is a Doula working with End of Life WA, as part of the client services team, as the Client Services Coordinator.
Lashanna was grown in Detroit and raised with a sense of responsibility to community and has always gravitated towards caregiving, learning, and community growth, which led Lashanna to the University of Michigan to study medicine. Five years later she left with a BA in English Lit, a minor in Minority Women’s History, a two-year-old, another human on the way, a life partner, and one triptych to Seattle. In almost 20 years in Seattle, Lashanna has grown into community roots through action. She is a member of the African American Health Board, Cultivate South Park, South Park Business District, National Home Funeral Alliance, National Black Doulas, and Washington Serious Illness Coalition.
Alex is excited to contribute her systems-thinking skills, and a deep passion for doing what’s right and doing it well, to End of Life Washington.
Alex has a Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. After finishing graduate school she spent 3 months working with Maher, an organization near Pune, Maharashtra, India that shelters, nurtures, and empowers people grappling with domestic abuse, poverty, mental illness, and neglect. After returning to Seattle, she spent several years working for the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) in several roles spanning from administration to managing programs such as the PNA Village aging in place program and the Membership program. Alex believes deeply that people deserve choices and dignity in their choices, and is proud to join End of Life Washington in doing this work.
Administrative & Provider Coordinator
Laura Lucas is a native New Yorker who lived in the Seattle area for 13 years and completed her undergraduate degree there. The pandemic brought her back to New York and completely changed her life.
She has worked as an office manager, administrative assistant, and/or “person who makes lists and organizes things” for most of her professional life.
Outside work she navigates writing, dancing, and caring for her three cats, her partner, and a century-old farmhouse. She is happy to be a part of EOLWA to help ensure that everyone can have access to the choices that they need.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Rachel is excited to participate in the important work of End of Life Washington through education and outreach!
Most recently, Rachel worked with Pacific Lutheran University for several years in community partnerships. She also worked with environmental and faith-based non-profits: California Interfaith Power & Light and Sierra Club in San Francisco, California, Sojourners in Washington D.C. and the World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland and also studied theology and social theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Rachel is committed to social, economic and environmental justice and building community wherever she lives and works.
She lives in Tacoma with her partner Zane, their children: Sam and Phoebe, and two awesome cats – Rainier and Rhubarb. Tacoma is an amazing city full of amazing people and Rachel volunteers with Tacoma Community House, attends Bethany Presbyterian Church and is active in the Master Gardener Program. Rachel loves the amazing landscape of the Pacific Northwest, especially the trees, ferns, mountains and the sound and advocates on their behalf as a board member with Earth Ministry.
End of Life Washington Contractors
Sally Thomae, MSW
Sally Thomae 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, a health educator, and a pharmaceutical sales rep. After volunteering with hospice and with the Milwaukee AIDS Project she earned her MSW specifically with intent to serve people facing end-of-life issues. Sally worked with Hospice in both Wisconsin and California and spent a year with Golden State Organ Donor Services in Sacramento revamping their donor family aftercare program. In 2009 she completed a course of study at the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado, earning a Certificate in Death Studies.
Since moving to Seattle in 2009 Sally dove headfirst 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 continues to volunteer with a local greyhound rescue. Sally is thrilled to be with EOLWA doing the work that speaks to her heart and soul – helping people who seek compassionate end-of-life care.
Nancy Sapiro is a lawyer and contract lobbyist. She has represented clients in Olympia since 2012, and has worked with End of Life Washington since 2016. She specializes in health care, civil rights, economic and social justice, domestic violence, promoting policies that support working families, and civic engagement. Prior to this, she worked as a staff attorney for a women’s legal rights organization that worked to advance the law through litigation, legislative advocacy and legal rights education strategies. She also worked for over 7 years as a public defender representing individuals charged with crimes as well as indigent parents and children involved in the juvenile justice/child welfare system. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008 she was honored by the King County Washington Women Lawyers and given the Friend of the Judiciary Award for her work championing women’s rights to comprehensive health information and care. She is also a principal in a family owned commercial real estate business that has been in existence for over 70 years, based in Green Bay WI.
She is passionate about the work of End of Life WA based on her deeply rooted belief in autonomy around health care decision-making, particularly at the beginning and end stages of life.