Board of Directors

Robert Free, JD

President

Bob served on the End of Life Washington Advisory Committee for many years before joining the Board of Directors. Bob and other lawyers from his firm, MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless, generously provided many pro bono hours authoring seven amicus briefs on behalf of survivors of our former clients. These briefs described for the courts the differing realities of what happens to families when a competent, terminally ill person is granted, or forbidden, the choice of aid in dying. They were presented to the Washington and United States Supreme Courts as well as various lower federal courts. Bob retired after 35 years practicing law and enjoyed teaching immigration law at the University of Washington. 

Teresa Chiftis

Vice President / Treasurer

Teresa is a Pacific Northwest native whose professional background is in corporate tax, specializing in state and local income tax.  Currently, she manages Microsoft’s state income tax audits.  Her involvement with End of Life Washington is a direct result of supporting her husband as he faced a progressive, degenerative neurological disease.  Together, and with the support of EOLWA, he was able to make his own decisions around the end of his life.  Teresa is passionate about ensuring everyone has the access to information about end of life decisions and the support needed to make those decisions for oneself. 

Judith Gordon, PhD

Dr. Gordon is a licensed psychologist with a psychotherapy practice in Seattle and Clinical Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. For many years she conducted research, wrote, and trained mental health professionals regarding changing health risk behaviors. She has focused on policy and research in end-of-life decision-making since 1996. She chaired the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA)  End-of-Life Task Force from 1997-2010 and received the WSPA Social Issues Award in 1999 and 2007 for her work related to end-of-life issues. 

Catherine L. Longhi, MPA

Past President

Catherine joined the board in 2000, and served as president or co-president from 2005 until June 2008. She has been involved in medical ethics and issues of personal choice for many years. Over 20 years’ experience as a health care administrator and personal experience with the needs of terminally ill people and their families have strengthened her commitment to the principles of End of Life Washington.

Erin Crissman Glass

Sunil Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR

Board Member

Sunil Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FAAPMR is a Board-Certified Physician in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Medical Geographer and serves as the Past Chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group and an inaugural member of the Safe Use in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies Forum. He is a co-investigator on the AIMS Cancer Outcomes Study, the AIMS Medical Outcomes Study, and the 
Canadian Psilocybin Safety Initiative Registry. He is an Affiliate Assistant Clinical Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, and an Affiliate Clinical Faculty with Bastyr University. He is a Co-Founder, Co-Director and Practitioner at the Advanced Integrative Medical Science (AIMS) Institute in Seattle, a multispecialty teaching clinic and research institute offering cutting edge care in oncology, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation, pain, and palliative care. 

Erin Crissman Glass

Cindy Nover, PhD, LICSW

Board Member

Cindy Nover started teaching in EWU’s School of Social Work in 2013 after completing a doctorate in social work at the University of Utah. She previously received a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento, and worked as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW/LICSW) in California and Washington, D.C.

In addition to her work at EWU, she worked in K-12 education, public radio and welfare-rights advocacy. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps (Philippines) from 2003-2005. Nover currently works as a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington and has a private practice providing clinical supervision to LICSW and LMHC candidates working in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, hospice, developmental disabilities, and Native mental health/domestic violence. She is also the founder and owner of Sagebrush Crossing, an End-of-Life Space. She has served on the board of directors for the Center for Justice and Odyssey Youth Movement and currently facilitates workshops for the Alternatives to Violence Project, an initiative that promotes conflict resolution and nonviolence in prisons, schools, and the community.

Nover teaches diversity and practice classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as courses on clinical diagnosis and evidence-based treatment in the advanced Master of Social Work curriculum. Nover’s current research projects and interests include Death with Dignity and disability. 

Erin Crissman Glass

Erin Crisman Glass, JD

Board Member

Erin Crisman Glass is an estate planning, elder law, and adoption attorney at Barron Smith Daugert PLLC in Bellingham, Washington.  Erin believes every person deserves to have an estate plan that is shaped by their own set of unique circumstances, whatever those may be.   Erin is especially dedicated to ensuring that her client’s end of life wishes are thoughtfully considered and documented so that their values can be honored at the end of life.  Additionally, Erin prepares special needs trusts to assist families as they navigate the often complex legal and financial issues that are raised when a loved one has a cognitive or physical impairment.  Erin advises clients on the myriad of issues encountered regarding access to public benefits, particularly long-term care Medicaid and veterans’ benefits planning.  Many times, these issues require the appointment of a guardian, as well as trust creation and administration.  Erin is a frequent speaker on these and other issues.  Erin graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law where she served as editor-in-chief of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice

Richard Gibson, MDiv

Board Member

Richard retired following 30 years of ministry as the pastor of Terrace View Presbyterian Church in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. He is active with Peace Action, a grassroots organization opposed to war and violence. Dick is a board member of the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition and founded the Mountlake Terrace food bank. He teaches classes on religion, archaeology, and the Bible at churches and the Creative Retirement Institute of Edmonds Community College.

Midge Levy, LICSW

Board Member

Midge is a retired social worker with extensive experience in hospice. She has been involved in the right-to-die movement since her student days as a member of the Exit Society in the UK. She was a founding member of the Hemlock Society of Washington State, and served as its president from 1993-2005. Midge was Co-President of the board from 2005-2006.

She is active with the Washington State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), served on their board and Executive Committee, and was a consultant for the NASW Policy on End-of-Life Decisions in 1993. Midge received the “Social Worker of the Year” award in 2000 for her legislative activities. She served on the leadership team of the Initiative 1000 (Washington Death with Dignity) campaign in 2008.

Beth Rudolph

Secretary / VCA Liaison

Beth has been a Volunteer Client Advisor for the nine years since her retirement.  During her career as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner she combined clinical work in the public sector with teaching nursing in several universities including The University of Washington and Seattle University.  Beth became a VCA because she wanted to assist clients and their significant others as they confront and problem solve the difficult issues of terminal illness.

Robert Wood, MD

Board Member / Volunteer Medical Advisor

Robert retired in 2010 after 40 years practicing internal medicine, the last 24 also as Director of HIV/AIDS for Public Health – Seattle & King County. AIDS greatly expanded his experience with death and dying. He has been on the UW faculty of medicine since 1977, still teaches at undergrad and graduate levels, and was a part-time faculty of the Socio-behavioral Prevention Research Core of the Center for HIV/AIDS & STD Research. He became a volunteer medical adviser (VMA) for End of Life Washington in late 2010 and joined the Board in early 2015. As a VMA he helps advise End of Life Washington client support volunteers and finds physicians for clients when their own physicians don’t participate. He works with the state’s medical community to expand physician awareness of dying patients’ wishes and participation in the state death with dignity law. Bob is a Fellow of American College of Physicians.