Sarah Bear stands in front of green bushes and smiles in a blue top.

Director - Sarah Bear


Marie smiles in a bright green forest with glasses on and short gray hair.

Community Champion - Marie Eaton

360 671 6371

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Program Coordinator - Carola Williams

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Advisory Committee

The Palliative Care Institute’s Advisory Committee works to guide program development both on and off-campus and links the Palliative Care Institute to the Northwest Life Passages Steering Committee, which oversees the implementation of the PDF iconCommunity-End-of-Life-Blueprint.pdf

The Advisory Committee is composed of respected campus and community leaders with professional or voluntary ties to Western Washington University who are dedicated to advancing excellence in palliative and end of life care.

Bonnie Blachly

Faculty, RN-BSN Nursing Program

Western Washington University

Devyani Chandran

Associate Professor, Health and Community Studies

Western Washington University

Hope Corbin

Associate Professor, Health and Community Studies

Western Washington University

Claudia Fischer


Palliative Care Services, PHSJMC

Australia Cosby

Program Coordinator

Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement

Catherine (Caty) Strong

Clinical Psychologist

Private Practice

Carola Williams

Staff, Palliative Care institute

Western Washington University

Meg Jacobson

Medical Director

Whatcom Hospice (on leave)

Bree Johnston

Palliative Care MD, Faculty

University of Arizona (on leave)

Ying Li

Associate Professor, Health and Human Development

Western Washington University

Baozhen Luo

Associate Professor, Sociology

Western Washington University

Tonya Myers


Christian Health Care Center

Mary Ann Percy


Kulshan Cares

Sean Bruna

Professor, Anthropology

Western Washington University