About Us

The Washington State Hospice & Palliative Organization (WSHPCO) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to taking a leadership role in improving end-of-life care through education and advocacy efforts.

We are dedicated to promoting and maintaining quality, compassionate care for those facing life-threatening illnesses.

The WSHPCO works to broaden the conversations surrounding quality end-of-life care in general wherever that care is being provided — at home, in nursing homes or inpatient facilities, and we take an important leadership role, working with legislators and governmental agencies to promote hospice as the model of care at the end-of-life in any setting and to improve access to hospice services.

The WSHPCO was incorporated in 1983 and is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.


The Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization strives to promote competency in hospice and palliative care professionals and to advocate for accessible, appropriate end-of-life care.

We do this by:

  • Collectively working towards promoting common goals and concerns of hospice and palliative care providers in the State of Washington.
  • Educating and informing membership and facilitating the sharing of information among programs.
  • Promoting statewide acceptance of hospice and palliative care standards.
  • Striving to represent hospice and palliative care programs in the State of Washington in appropriate regional and national organizations.
  • Working to influence state and national policies concerning hospice and palliative care issues.
  • Establishing reasonable rules and regulations for the Organization.
  • Promoting non-discriminatory access to hospice and palliative care for all residents of the State of Washington.
  • Supporting research on hospice and palliative care programs and issues.

Board of Directors

2017 Officers

President – Gary Castillo
Hospice at the Chaplaincy in Kennewick

Vice President
– Chris McFaul
Horizon Hospice in Spokane

– Mark Rake-Marona
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place

– Sonjia Hauser
Hospice Southwest in Vancouver

Past President
– Dixie Randall
Central WA Home Care Services in Wenatchee

Board Members

David Bucher

Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place

David Brunelle
MD, Mary Bridge Children’s/MultiCare Health System in Tacoma

Laurie Jackson
Compass Care, Virginia Mason Memorial in Yakima

Stacey Jones
Providence Hospice of Seattle in Seattle

Kathy Katzenberger
RN, MN, CHPN, Evergreen Hospice & Palliative Care in Kirkland

David Kregenow
MD, EvergreenHealth Palliative Care in Kirkland

Pat MacDonald

Carmen Morbach
VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle

Jodi Newcomer
Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham

Cynthia Tomik
EvergreenHealth Palliative Care in Kirkland

Our Team

Barb Hansen, MA, RN, CWON

Executive Director

Meg McCauley

 Director, Association Management

Leslie Emerick, MPA

Director of Washington State Public Policy & Outreach

Larlyn Fitzpatrick

Financial Analyst