Experience & Training


  • As a professional Life-Cycle Celebrant, created and led hundreds of unique, personalized ceremonies celebrating life’s joys and sorrows
  • Advocated for social justice and community wellbeing through 35+ years as an organizer, executive director, and consultant with local, state, and national non-profits, most recently Freedom to Marry and Western States Center
  • As a Community Death Educator, designed and presented scores of community education workshops and professional trainings; served as an expert source for the media
  • Co-created the free, non-commercial resources Oregon Funeral Resources & Education and Washington Funeral Resources & Education
  • Led PDX Death Café, facilitating conversations about mortality at restaurants, libraries, hospice programs, senior communities, community centers, college reunions, and a music festival (2013-2018)
  • Founded the Death Talk Project to support useful, honest conversation through monthly movie nights, ritual, and other events (2015-2018) after leading the 500-person, 10-hour day of programming Death: OK, Let’s Talk About It
  • Facilitated conversations around the state with Oregon Humanities Talking About Dying program (2015-2018)

Education & Professional Training