JOHN ERIC ROLFSTAD, JD, MBA, MSW
John Eric Rolfstad has 25 years of experience advocating for quality end-of-life care, including 15 years as a hospice social worker as well as experience as an oncology social worker, HIV/AIDS case manager and hospital chaplain. Most recently he served as Executive Director of People’s Memorial Association—an organization that partners with Compassion & Choices of Washington to promote advance planning for end-of-life.
He has served on the boards of several local and national nonprofit organizations that advocate for both equality and end-of-life issues. In addition, John Eric was a signature gatherer for I-1000, the Death with Dignity campaign that was approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2008.
John Eric’s education includes a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington, a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, AZ and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota. He is thrilled be able to share his education and experience to further the work of Compassion & Choices of Washington.
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.