A Seattle resident since 1978, Robb Miller became the Executive Director of Compassion & Choices of Washington in 2000 and has more than 25 years of administrative experience in both for-profit and nonprofit fields. He holds bachelors degrees in music theory and performance; and kinesiology and applied science.
Robb had his first experiences with death and dying as musician in residence at Children’s Hospital in Seattle where he worked with several children who died of leukemia.
In 1994, Robb’s long-term partner was diagnosed with AIDS and the following year, his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. His experience caring and advocating for his partner and father — from their diagnoses until their deaths — made him an activist for better end of life care and expanded choice at the end of life.
Since 2000, Robb has been a steering committee member of the Washington End of Life Consensus Coalition, sponsored by the Washington State Medical Association.
In 2005, Robb received the Hugh Gallagher Award, a national social justice award given to the person who has most effectively advocated for the rights of people from diverse backgrounds. He also created a new Compassion & Choices of Washington advance directive that set a new standard for advance planning documents in Washington.
Robb was one of the leaders of, and key spokespersons for, the I-1000 Coalition which passed Initiative 1000, the Washington Death With Dignity Act, with nearly 60 percent of the vote in November, 2009.
Kathryn Jans, MDiv
Kathryn joined the staff in May of 2012. For many years she has provided executive leadership for advocacy, human rights, social justice, and service organizations on the local, state, regional, national, and international levels. An ordained American Baptist minister, Kathryn has also been a consultant and elected leader of many regional, national, and global interfaith and ecumenical organizations. In 2008, Kathryn collected signatures for the I-1000 Campaign to pass the Washington Death With Dignity Act. She has been a champion for excellent end-of-life care and patient autonomy for more than two decades.
Sally McLaughlin, MA
Community Education Director
Sally joined the staff in February 2015. After over forty years as an educator and administrator in Seattle Independent Schools, she turned her attention to a lifelong passion: end-of-life services. Sally is a trained volunteer for Providence Hospice, Evergreen Health Hospice and Harborview Hospital’s NODA program, as well as a Compassion & Choices of Washington Client Support Volunteer and speaker. In addition, she is a certified facilitator for Heartworks Advance Directives seminars. Sally holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature, with additional degrees in French and German, and has taught at every educational level from preschool to university classes. In her role as Community Education Director, she works with Compassion & Choices of Washington’s trained speakers to educate the public and professionals such as physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice staff, and pharmacists about the Death With Dignity Act. She will also provide educational seminars on advance planning and Compassion & Choices of Washington’s free advance directive.
Client Support Coordinator
Beth became interested in death with dignity after spending 9 months working in Calcutta in Mother Teresa’s house for the dying. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling in 1997 and has worked in Social Services for many years doing a variety of work from coordinating services for poor families in Guatemala to coordinating volunteers and services for a homeless women’s shelter in Chicago and more recently working as a home health and hospice social worker with Visiting Nurse Services and Swedish. Beth loves working with people and families who are navigating the last chapter of life. It is important to her that all people in this phase are given the time, information and support that they need to make their own unique choices.
Erica joined the staff in July 2013. She had been a Compassion & Choices of Washington Client Support Volunteer since 2012 in Bellingham. She is originally from Denver and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wyoming. Erica has lived in many places all over the country and has held a variety of positions. She became interested in end-of-life issues after watching the documentary, How to Die in Oregon. She is honored to inform people about their options at the end of life.