Sandra VanderVen, Member-at-Large
Sandra VanderVen is an organizer with SEIU 1199 NW. She has built a career around capacity building and empowering working people to fight for a better world. A chance encounter many years ago with Sherwin Nuland’s book “How We Die” gave her an appreciation for the ways in which “death is a transition, and like other transitions” requires us to organize our own small community of loved ones and family to be involved and supportive. She was already thinking along the lines of creating a better culture around death when her grandfather died and she learned he had been a member of People’s Memorial Association. This was the connection she was looking for, and quickly joined, and thoroughly enjoyed her activism around changing the laws in Washington State to provide for greener disposition options. Sandra is honored to bring her vision, service and expertise to PMA.