Our Team


clinical Staff

Marca Davies, BSN, RN, MN - Patient Care Coordinator

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  began working as a per diem nurse for VHOCC in 2010 and retired 2019 to serve on the board. I came back to join the nursing staff in June 2021. 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 more than 51 years to John and we have a grown daughter who works as a teacher in SW Washington. We have horses, elderly chickens and a dog and grow a garden. We love to travel. I am a quilter and a knitter and love walking and running.

Elizabeth Perez, RN, MSN - Patient Care Coordinator

After 52 years of nursing, Elizabeth is still passionate about patient care.  Neuro-rehabilitation nursing has taken up the majority of that time, while running her husband’s physical therapy offices and maintaining a wound clinic for over 15 years.  An amateur photographer,  Elizabeth drinks up the peninsula beauty, in her free-time.  It is her love of, and belief in VHOCC’s mission that has seduced her back from retirement.

Haley Blackburn-Jacobs RN, BSN

With 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, Haley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to VHOCC. In addition to her background in critical care, Haley’s passion for helping others has resulted in her dedicating the last five years to hospice and palliative care. Haley enjoys gardening, hiking, exploring, and traveling far and wide. Originally from the deserts of the Southwest, she has now lived in Port Angeles for just over a year and is excited to be a part of this amazing community.

Trisha Buckingham, RN

Trisha is passionate and thoughtful. She loves nature and believes there is nothing more natural than the dying process. Trish considers it a great honor to know, care for, and guide people through the dying process. She grew up here in Port Angeles, and after working as a travel nurse for several years, Trish realized there is no place more beautiful or grounding than the Olympic Peninsula. She moved home and started working for VHOCC in 2018. Trish enjoys working with herbs, hiking, reading, gardening, bird watching, and spending quality time with people she loves.

Tammy Belle Dedmore, CNA

Tammy’s love for people and desire to help others through hard times are what drew her to work with VHOCC. Comforting others, she says, brings her life great satisfaction. Having lived her entire life in Port Angeles, Tammy counts the Olympic Peninsula’s salt water and mountains as precious. In addition, she enjoys visiting family, singing, fishing, and hiking.

Mary James, RN

Mary has lived in the Port Angeles-Sequim community for the majority of her life. For 35 years, she worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of jobs, the majority with inpatient intensive care, oncology. Mary’s experience includes working at VHOCC with Rose Crumb early in Mary’s nursing career. Mary said, “I feel honored to have worked with Rose Crumb as an RN and that she cared for my mother when she was dying, actually both my parents.” Mary is bookending her career by returning to this organization. She is passionate about the outdoors, gardening, and her family. She was a Fisheries Biologist for ten years before changing careers to nursing. She is still always out on the beaches looking for exciting finds.
Gary Schneider, BS, BSN, RN, CHPN

After his time as an Army paratrooper, and then as a member of The Old Guard (the Army’s ceremonial unit), Gary became a firefighter/advanced life support paramedic. Later in life, he felt nursing was where he should be. In nursing school, Gary chose to study to become an ICU nurse and took extra classes in the ICU as part of the clinical portion of his nursing program. However, an experience taking care of a hospital patient on “comfort measures” pushed him directly into the path of hospice. Gary has been an RN for about ten years and has been in the field of hospice most of that time. Sometimes, when people ask him how he can be a hospice nurse, he commonly replies, “How could I not?”
Molly Wallace, RN, BSN

Molly has lived all over—born in Durham, North Carolina, raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and on the move ever since—finally landing in Port Angeles in 2015. Along the way she became a nurse, with her first hospice experience at Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care in Chicago in 2014. It was then Molly realized that hospice is where she belongs—providing compassionate end of life care for free to those in the community. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, walking her dogs, camping, and eating good food with friends and family.

Jenn Constable, RN

Jenn Constable has been an RN for over 10 years, working in several areas of nursing including ER, Psychiatric nursing, and now hospice for a couple of years. She relocated to the Olympic Peninsula in March from Texas where she had lived her entire life. She says, “I feel like I have been dropped in heaven being surrounded by such beauty!” She and her husband enjoy SCUBA diving, hiking and running on our free time.

Lynn Whitmore, BSN, RN, MS

Lynn was born and raised in Nebraska. In 1982, she married Scott, a now-retired Air Force pilot. They raised two sons together while juggling military life and Lynn’s work as a registered nurse. Being a military family meant moving frequently over the years, which afforded Lynn many opportunities to work with various age groups and in multiple settings as a nurse. The family settled in Port Angeles in 1997, where they now live close to their sons, daughters-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren. Lynn felt called to hospice in 2017 and feels that working for VHOCC is a sacred honor. This work has brought the most meaning to her both personally and professionally in her life-long nursing career.

Jeanette McKinley, CNA

Jeanette has a passion for serving others and working in hospice allows her to do just that. "My favorite part of the job is that I can be a support system to the families and the patients I care for."

Sher, RN

Originally from Alaska, Sher first moved to the Olympic Peninsula in 1974 where she spent several years cooking in restaurants between Sequim and Port Townsend and doing other service-oriented work. Due to her caring nature, she pursued a nursing degree at Peninsula College. After graduation, she returned to Alaska where she gained experience in many facets of nursing and management at a high quality non-profit tribal organization including working in remote Native villages to support and ready them for accreditation. While Alaska will always be her home, she returned to Sequim to be closer to her family who she dearly missed.  She worked at Olympic Medical Center, helping them meet and exceed regulatory requirements. When an opening became available to work for VHOCC, she saw it as “an opportunity to experience the true essence of being a nurse” and worked there from 2012 -2014. Then, an unexpected opportunity came with a challenge from a local Tribal entity to coordinate all aspects required to become AAAHC accredited. The road to accreditation took tenacity, and a heavy measure of trials and tribulation pulling against doing things the way they were always done to the way they needed to be done. Once this monumental task was met, her and her husband relocated to Forks to continue their medical careers. This was another memorable adventure and experience for them, but Forks became too far from their family. Relocating back to Sequim, Sher knew that she wanted to return to VHOCC because “caring for persons in hospice had left an indelible mark on my heart and soul.”

Natalia Powers, CNA

Olivia F., RN, BS

Olivia Ford was born in Utah, raised in Idaho, and is now living the Pacific Northwest (PNW) dream. Her nursing background has primarily been in home health and hospice. She obtained an Associate’s degree from College of Southern Idaho and a Bachelor’s degree from Lewis-Clark State College. Olivia excitedly joined the VHOCC team and feels good about the work that she is doing. When not working, she enjoys time with her family in the outdoors hiking, biking, crabbing, or cutting firewood for their home.
Olivia F., RN, BS

Originally from New Mexico, Christy worked as an LPN for 20 years. One year after moving to Port Angeles in 1984, she married a fire fighter/paramedic. In 1996, she earned her Associate of Nursing degree at Peninsula College. From there, she worked in the emergency department at Olympic Medical Center (OMC) for twenty-two years and then two years in Home Health.

VHOCC has a special place in Christy’s heart because our team of nurses cared for her husband until he passed away in 2021. Christy is an avid parrot owner with a wide range of hobbies. She not only loves bird watching, but also gardening, photography, traveling, and storytelling. She has been involved with the Story People of Clallam County for many years, serving as their festival director for five years and as the President of their Board of Director’s.

Mission Support Staff

Priya Jayadev

Priya Jayadev holds a Doctorate in Cell Biology from Duke University. Prior to moving to the Olympic Peninsula in 2011, Priya worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, taking on increasing levels of responsibility within the Research & Development organizations.    In October 2013, Priya became Executive Director of Clallam Mosaic, a community-based nonprofit in Port Angeles serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through her tenure, Priya built strong ties and partnerships in the community, region, and state. She identified and increased programs to better meet community needs.  She grew and diversified Clallam Mosaic's budget, developed and implemented programs, and extended the organization's reach, impact, and visibility. Additionally, Priya serves on the Nonprofit Association of Washington’s Board. She is a governor-appointed member of the Washington ABLE Board and is a Collaborative Thought Partner with the Department of Health. ​In speaking of her new role, she shared this: “My family and I have benefited tremendously from hospice services in the past and I am excited to become a part of an organization that has provided such invaluable end-of-life comfort and support for over 40 years. I hope to support and evolve Rose Crumb's vision to provide free heartfelt end-of-life care in Clallam County.”
Astrid Raffinpeyloz

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 was invited to join the Board in May 2015 and accepted the position of Volunteer Services Manager in January 2016. She and her husband raised 3 adopted boys while living on a ranch, and continue their love of growing food with a small microgreens business.
                                                                     Anita Chilton

As a customer-centric administrative, client services, and hospitality professional, Anita finds fulfillment in contributing to the needs and care of others while creating efficiencies and ensuring smooth daily operations. With prior employment at nationally known construction firms and top-ranked inns, Anita brings her attention to detail, care, and organizational skills to VHOCC. Her family has been on the receiving end of Hospice care, so she appreciates this level of care and wants to give back to the community. This North Carolina native lived in California for 16 years before relocating to the Olympic Peninsula in 2018 due to its beauty, diversity and smaller town living. She enjoys hiking, cycling, photography, cooking, and spending time with friends.
                                                                     Heather Loyd

Being a Texas native, Heather graduated from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She moved to the Olympic Peninsula almost 15 years ago to pursue her passion in journalism and work at the Peninsula Daily News. Heather has been involved with newspapers since she was in high school. Her career includes customer service, administrative support, and journalism roles. She looks forward to expanding her skills and developing new ones as the VHOCC Administrative Assistant. Her family has benefited from hospice care and she believes in VHOCC’s mission. Heather loves to read, write and hike. She has a green thumb with house plants, and she enjoys baking and cooking occasionally for friends.


Peter Raiswell

Peter’s wide-ranging career experience includes finance, medical technology, and a variety of leadership positions. He also serves as Commodore of the Auxiliary for Coast Guard District 13, covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. From 2009 to 2019 Peter served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a field deployed Chief of Staff in federally declared major disasters.
Michael J. Bucierka, M.S.W

Michael is a retired social worker who spent over thirty years working with various disadvantaged populations, including 14 years as a Child Protective Service worker in Port Angeles. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Social Word and Community Planning in 1989 and has lived in Sequim since 1997.

Stuart Koop

Stuart Koop retired after 2 twenty-year careers. The first was in IT Services and the second was in Finance and Administration. Both careers were at several small colleges of 800-2000 students in the Midwest, East and West. He has an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Central College in Iowa and a masters degree in management information systems from University of Illinois-Springfield.  He has lived in Sequim just over 4 years.

Lori Hamilton Ridgeway

At Large Directors

Karen Affeld

Karen is Executive Director of the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation & Development Council (NODC), the Economic Development District for Jefferson and Clallam counties. She has more than 25 years of experience in rural development, fundraising and non-profit administration, both as a staff and board member. She has lived in the Port Angeles area for five years. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.


Wendy Brown, RN

During a 30 year career in nursing at both the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Wendy worked to provide direct patient and to ensure the protection of people who were “subjects” in research studies focused in oncology and HIV/AIDS. She retired in 2014 as the UW Assistant Director for Research Quality and Compliance where she developed the institution’s first research education and monitoring program.  
Sally Featherstone, BA, MA, BSN, RN, MN, CNS

Sally has a long association with Hospice, from her early days as a Public Health Nurse in King County when she made home visits to dying patients and to bereaved young parents of SIDS babies. Those experiences inspired her 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.
Tyrrell Prosser

Ted Ripley