Founder

Rose Crumb, founder of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

A Tribute to Rose Crumb
Founder of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County

Volunteer Director 1978-2009

The first 30 years of VHOCC as told by Rose.


Board of Directors

Officers

Ed Hopfner, MD – President

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A graduate of University of Washington, Ed is a semi-retired family medical physician practicing in Port Angeles since 1962.  He started the PARRC Free Medical Clinic in 2001, and is still seeing patients at VIMO and Dungeness Valley Health and Wellness Clinic.  Ed has been married 56 years to Phyllis and is the father of 6.  He currently serves on the OlyCAP Board of Directors and Headstart Policy Council.  Ed is a retired Navy doc and remains active in Voices for Veterans and Stand Downs.

David Gilbert PE, EM, F.ASCE – Vice President, IT Committee Lead

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A retired mining engineer, Dave graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 1960.   He had a forty-year international career of construction engineering and management for large mining and petrochemical projects.  Dave was in overall charge of multidisciplinary field construction teams of up to 5000 people.  He has been a volunteer at VHOCC since 2010. Dave is also a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a volunteer exam question writer for the state licensing of professional mining and civil engineers.  He has been happily married 43 years to Lyn Gilbert from Perth, Western Australia.

Nancy Bargar CPA – Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

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Nancy Bargar is a mostly retired CPA with over 30 years experience, primarily in the tax area. Nancy has been involved with numerous nonprofits as both a professional and a volunteer. She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Whitman College and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Washington. Nancy is a native Washingtonian and has lived in Port Angeles for over 9 years.

Michael J. Bucierka, M.S.W., Secretary

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Michael is a retired social worker, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in 1989. “I have spent over thirty years working with various disadvantaged populations: emotionally disturbed children, chronically mentally ill adults and for the last 14-years of my career as a Child Protective Service worker in Port Angeles, WA. My history of various volunteer works started in the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area in my mid-twenties. I have always considered myself a street social worker, being outside of the office and working with people in their environment. I became interested in volunteering at VHOCC after having personal experience with hospice care for three people dear to me.” Michael has been a volunteer at VHOCC since April 2015. He and his lovely wife Florence have been married for over 25 years. They moved to Sequim in 1997.

At Large Directors

Michael Hatch, Director

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Michael Hatch is a semi-retired lawyer who has worked as a JAG officer with the Marine Corps, a lawyer who negotiated contractors for two Fortune 500 corporations, and thirty years as a public defender in the U.S. and a Legal Aid barrister in British Columbia, Canada.  Michael raises most of his own food, sews, and is owned by a cat named Milo.

David James, DDS, Director, COC Co-Chair

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David James is a graduate of USC Dental School, and practiced dentistry in southern California for 42 years. In addition to an innovative, patient-focused private practice, he lectured internationally on dental technology. He retired at the end of 2014 and moved to Port Angeles with his wife Midge. David is passionate about climate change, and is working hard to help preserve this beautiful environment we live in. He is active as a volunteer with Olympic Climate Action. In addition to his duties as a member of the VHOCC Board, he feels a deep commitment to his work as a respite volunteer.

Mary Sherwood, RN, Personnel Committee Chair, Director

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“Life is filled with opportunities, each experience lends excitement and a sense of fulfillment.  I have worked for the FBI, spent many years in the Intelligence field with the military and dabbled in politics. Extensive traveling, became the mother of five great children and worked with Critical Care patients for over 25 years.  During this time, I earned a degree in Psychology, volunteered as an Ombudsman, and recently served as a CASA/GAL. Currently, I am actively involved with patient care at VIMO, volunteer at Hospice, and work with the alumni of LIFT court.”

Amy Weber, MFA, Director

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Amy Weber earned her B.F.A. degree in Design/Illustration from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle; and an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in New York. Before joining VHOCC Amy was a teacher for over 25 years including a Professor and Provost at Northwest College of Art and Design. She lives in a cabin in the woods in a rural area of the Olympic Peninsula—with an old blue heeler, a couple of cats, various tropical fish and a writer—in a land of real mountains, tall trees, serious coffee, and the salty smell of the sea. She attempts to make enough money from her art to happily exist and create a lot of work that will have a positive effect on people & this home we call Earth. Amy first joined VHOCC in 2014 as a respite volunteer.

Class II Directors

Lyn Gilbert, Office Service Manager (OSM), Class II Director (STAFF)

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Lyn Gilbert became the VHOCC Office Manager after volunteering as a respite caregiver for two years and on the front desk for nine years. As the manager of the Victoria Hotel in Roebourne, Australia for several years, she managed 150 employees and several restaurants in the hotel. She left Perth, Australia in 1972 when she married David, a mining and construction engineer for Bechtel Corporation. They lived in London, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Emirates, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi before retiring and moving to Washington State. When asked about her many years of volunteering with hospice, she said “I believe it is important to share your life with others.”

Astrid Raffinpeyloz,  Volunteer Services Manager (VSM), Class II Director (STAFF), COC Co-Chair

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Astrid obtained an MA in Political Science in France and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology in California. She held various managerial positions in non-profit groups, large and small businesses.  Following a close friend’s death, her heart found its place in hospice. She has been a hospice volunteer since 1996, primarily in California (Sutter VNA, Zen Hospice, Hinds Hospice), joined the Board in May 2015, and accepted the position of Volunteer Services Manager in January 2016. After raising 3 adopted boys, she now co-owns a small farming business with her husband in Sequim and can often be seen with her dog on the Olympic Discovery Trail.

Bette Wood, RN, Patient Care Manager (PCM), Class II Director (STAFF)

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“Hospice has been my passion for the last 18 years. As I approach over 40 years in nursing, it is the most holistic area in health care I have encountered. I am constantly learning from clients and families as we walk the journey to end-of-life. Our focus is in living day-to-day and managing symptoms for the goal of comfort in all realms: mind, body and spirit. We are community compassionately caring for community. This is what makes VHOCC so very special and unique.”

Connie West, Board Recording Secretary

Connie is a native of Alaska, born in Skagway. A graduate of Alaska Methodist University, she married Randy West in 1964, the year of the big Alaska quake. They have two beautiful adult children, one grandson and one very happy dog.  Connie retired from Natividad Medical Center, where she was a medical staff credentials specialist.  Three years ago Connie joined VHOCC, finding that the commitment to helping others was exactly what she needed. Connie works in bereavement and respite, and is on several committees,as wells being the recording secretary for the Board of Directors.

 

Advisory Group

  • Dr. Michael Crim MD
  • Rose Crumb RN (Founder)
  • Howie Ruddell
  • John Rutz, Attorney

Nursing Team

“As a nurse, every day you know you will touch a life, . . . and a life will touch yours.”

VHOCC employs 9 nurses, led by a dedicated manager. They are a hardworking and compassionate team, whose services are much appreciated.

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