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

2020 Officers

President – Chris McFaul
MBA, CEO, Horizon Hospice in Spokane

Vice President
– David Bucher, MSW
Franciscan Hospice and Palliative Care in University Place

Treasurer & Past President – Gary Castillo
Executive Director, Hospice at the Chaplaincy in Kennewick

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

2020 Board Members

Gina Drummond, RN, MSN, CEO
Hospice of Spokane in Spokane

Juan Iregui, MA, MD, FAAHPM
CHI Franciscan Palliative Care in University Place

Stacey Jones, LICSW, ACHP-SW
Providence Hospice of Seattle in Seattle

Gloria Lay, RN COQS, Administrator Frontier Home Health & Hospice in Omak

Patricia MacDonald, RN, BSN, PHN, MBA
Accreditation Commission for Health Care

Kimberly Morris, MD

Jodi Newcomer, RN, BSN, CHPN
Whatcom Hospice in Bellingham

Cynthia Tomik, LICSW
Manager, Palliative Care, 
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