Rose Crumb, Founder

Rose Crumb, founder of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County
Founder of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County
National Jefferson Award for Public Service in 1998
Volunteer Director 1978-2009

Pat Neal: Thank you, Rose

Rose Crumb dies: Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County founder remembered for touching lives

Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

The first 30 years of VHOCC as told by Rose.


Nursing Team

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

VHOCC employs 12 nurses and one CNA, led by a dedicated manager. They are a hardworking and compassionate team, whose services are much appreciated.

Seated: Bette, Rose Crumb, founder (deceased)  — Standing front row: Lynn, Juanice, Molly — Standing back row: Trish, Danielle, Marca, Lauren, Paula. Not pictured: Elizabeth, Mariah, Pennie, Stacy and Tammy, CNA  — November 2018

From left to right: Lynn, Juanice, Marca, Molly, Lauren, Elizabeth, Paula, Bette, Mariah, Danielle, Pennie, Stacy.  Not pictured: Tammy, CNA  — Summer 2018


Board of Directors

Officers

Tim Guthrie, MD, President

Timothy Guthrie graduated in 1983 from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and specialized in Family Medicine. During a 20-year career with the USAF, he delivered direct health care and held a number of medical director positions, ending as TRICARE regional medical director for Region 11 at Madigan Army Medical Center. After “retiring” in 2006, he began working part-time as an Integrative Medicine physician for the Jamestown Family Health Clinic in Sequim, WA. There he strives to help patients find the cause(s) of their dis-ease and solutions to healing, with prescription drugs as a “last resort” tool. He is certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine. His other interests include skiing, reading, golf and travel.

Peter Raiswell, Vice-President

Peter was born in England and had lived in the United States since 1976. Originally qualifying as a Chartered Accountant he spent ten years with EMI Ltd. in a variety of management positions including as President of both a TV subsidiary and a nuclear engineering company. He subsequently worked with two Silicon Valley companies in the medical electronics field. Later for 20 years  he was in the financial services business concentrating on estate planning and non-qualified deferred compensation planning as well as insurance and investments.

For the last 17 years he has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary serving in a number of positions including Commodore of the Auxiliary for Coast Guard District 13 which covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. He was a coxswain, instructor and vessel inspector during that time.

From 2009 until January 2019 Peter served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency all over the country and in US overseas territories as a field deployed Chief of Staff in federally declared major disasters.

He has also served on a number of other boards, including the Finance Committee for the City of Saratoga, CA, Opera San Jose and Centrum, in Port Townsend.

He has been married to the former Margaret Bourne since 1998 and has two grown daughters, Tamasin and Bryony, and three grandchildren.

Nancy Bargar, CPA (Retired), Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

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Nancy Bargar is a 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 12 years.

David Gilbert, PE, EM, F.ASCE, Secretary, IT Chair

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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.

At Large Directors

Wendy Brown, RN, Director

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

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.

Marca Davies, BSN, RN, MN, Director

“I value the role of VHOCC in our community and feel fortunate to be involved with the organization. I have a Master’s degree in Adult Nursing and have lived and worked on the peninsula since 1980. I retired after 31 years (23 as Director of the Nursing Program) at Peninsula College in 2013. I have most recently retired as a per diem nurse for VHOCC, where I have worked since 2010. My other nursing experience has included several stints in community health nursing in Asia, Africa and Central America. I was also activated for the first Gulf War and served in Saudi Arabia with a naval fleet hospital. In the US I have worked in hospital settings, primarily critical care, as well as community and home health settings.

I’ve been married for 49 years to John and we have a grown daughter who works as a teacher in SW Washington. We have horses, dogs and chickens and grow a garden. We love to travel. I am a quilter and a knitter and love walking and running.”

Sally Featherstone,  BA, MA, BSN, RN, MN, CNS, Personnel Committee Chair

“I am awed to be a member of the Board of VHOCC.  I have a very long association with Hospice, from my early days as a Public Health Nurse in King County when I made home visits to dying patients and to bereaved young parents of SIDS babies.  Those experiences inspired me to follow a career focused on the care of persons impacted with all manner of losses, from personal losses related to jobs, family, divorce, to loss of body functions and ultimately death.  It only seemed fitting that I should spend my volunteer time working in a field that I have spent so much of my career and VHOCC is the perfect venue.  I hope that I can bring added benefit to the Board, I know I will be greatly blessed by the experience.”

Jean Hordyk, Director

Retired from the City of Port Angeles as the Senior Center Director and Department of Homeland Security serving as a Customs and Border Protection Officer. Past Board Member and President VHOCC.  Present member of Olympic Medical Center Board of Commissioner.   Served on North Olympic Health Planning Council and represented the council on the Certificate of Needs Development Board for State Hospice Certification.  Other Boards and Committees of Service include; Past President United Way of Clallam County,  Juvenile Diversion, Community Truancy, Port Angeles Parks and Beautification.  Charter Member Soroptimist Port Angeles-Jet Set.   Active member Queen of Angels Parish

Graduated from Port Angeles High School and Peninsula College.  Earned a BA Degree from Eastern Washington University in Parks and Recreation Administration. Have lived in Port Angeles for over 60 years.

Class II Directors

Lyn Gilbert, Office Services Manager (OSM)

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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 MA, Volunteer Services Manager (VSM), Community Outreach Committee 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, small businesses, and large corporations.  Following a close friend’s death, her heart found its place in hospice and she started to volunteer in 1996, primarily in California (Sutter VNA, Zen Hospice Project, Hinds Hospice) before moving to the Olympic Peninsula and finding VHOCC. She joined this Board in May 2015 and accepted the position of Volunteer Services Manager in January 2016. After raising 3 adopted boys on a farm with her husband, they now run a local microgreens business.

Bette Wood, RN, Patient Care Manager (PCM)

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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.”

Honorary Directors

Ed Hopfner, MD

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.

Recording Secretary

Janice Koopman

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