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.
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.
Sally Thomae, MSW
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. Sally is thrilled to be back to the work that speaks to her heart and soul – helping people who seek compassionate end-of-life care.
“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.”
Community Outreach Manager
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.
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.