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Dignity, Security, and Peace at Life's End

Board of Directors

Nancy Merrill

Graduated Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California in Dietetics, working as a Registered Dietitian for 2 years before becoming a community activist and volunteer.
Has been active in heading up a number of projects for Sacred Heart church in Enumclaw, Enumclaw Regional Hospital, and is presently serving her 5th term on the Enumclaw School Board. 
She worked 9 years as the Program Assistant for the Improving Care through the End of Life program at the Enumclaw Medical Center, a Franciscan Medical Group partner in the Franciscan Health System.  It was her work with patients facing the end of life and her passion for education that sparked her interest in spear-heading the community coalition now known as Honor My Wishes.
Nancy is a founding board member and has acted as coordinator, grant-writer, and President of Honor My Wishes for 7 years.

Trip Hart

Graduated Univ. of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton Program, and then obtained his law degree from the Univ. of Miami in Florida.  He has been practicing in the South King County / North Pierce County for 26 years, now doing primarily Wills / Probates and Family Law.
He has been active in numerous community ventures including Enumclaw Rotary, Rotary Foundation, and the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce.  Trip’s activities in the community also include sitting on the City of Enumclaw’s Welcome Center Board, and Domestic Violence Abuse Task Force.  He has chaired the Chinook Scenic Byway organization over the last several years.
Trip is a founding board member of the Honor My Wishes organization, and educator / presenter.  He currently serves as Vice President.
Nancy and Trip were principal authors and editors of the Honor My Wishes binder, and are currently working on the 3rd edition.

Mary O’Connor

Graduated College of St. Teresa, Winona,  MN, with BS in Elementary Education.  5th year college University of Puget Sound.  Masters and Elementary Principal Credential from Western WA, University.  Retired – 30 years of experience as elementary teacher and principal.
Mary’s parents died a day apart in 1987.  Mary’s husband died suddenly in 2001, at the age of 57.  Mary had Power of Attorney and was Executor for those family members.  Mary has handled end of life affairs for two elderly people with no family to help them.  She has also taken care of end of life affairs for an aunt and an uncle.  Having a completed Health Care Directive and a Power of Attorney enables others to make decisions when the need arises.  It is difficult to handle affairs when one is grieving, so having end of life paperwork in order is a big help to Powers of Attorney and Executor.  Getting people to talk about end of life issues and writing things down is important.  Mary has been part of Honor My Wishes since 2003.  Mary currently serves as Treasurer and has held that job for 7 years.  Mary feels privileged to help others organize their end of life affairs.

Chris Piton

Chris Piton, RN BSN, graduated from Washington State in 1975.  Over her 39 year career, Chris worked in hospital settings, home health and hospice.  For 12 years she was the clinic case manager for the Improving Care Through End of Life program at the Enumclaw Medical Center, an innovative program for Palliative Care.  There she worked closely with physicians, patients, families and volunteers, coordinating care for patients with age-related or life threatening illness, and starting meaningful conversations for end of life care.  Chris is now working as a Nusre Delegator in Adult Family Home settings, supervising and teaching nursing assistants in tasks needed to care for elders.  Chris is a founding board member for Honor My Wishes.

Don Schafer

Don Schafer was born and raised in New York City (Bronx).  He joined the navy at age 17.  Don was stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and loved the area.  He has been married to wife, Lola, for 51 years.  They have two sons, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Don is a certified CPR/FA Instructor and Instructor trailer - WA State Fire Instructor 1.  He is a retired emergency Medical Technician.  He retired as Lt. Medical services officer from the fire department.  Don also served 25 years as a volunteer on the Enumclaw Fire Department.  He has been past president of the Enumclaw Jaycees and past president of the Enumclaw Volunteer Firefighters Association.
My job experiences let me to be interested in volunteering for Honor My Wishes.  As part of my job, most times I arrived at homes during emergencies.  Many families had no knowledge of the patient's wishes and had had no discussions about end of life issues.  That makes an emergency situation even more stressful.  I try to help people fill out their Honor My wishes guidebooks and understand why doing so is important.  I am a facilitator for Honor My Wishes and a Board member.  Most recently I helped create the new Honor My Wishes web site and am working on an Honor My Wishes Facebook page.

Nancy (McCormack) Wik

Attended Enumclaw Schools from K-12.  Graduated from Green River Community College LPN Program.  Worked at Enumclaw Community Memorial Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Hospital) in 1973 for one year before taking a full time LPN position at Enumclaw Medical Center, a Franciscan Medical Group Partner.  I worked with Dr. Ken Anderson for 23 years until he retired, at which point I was the clinic triage nurse and clinic nursing supervisor.  After 38 years as a nurse, I retired in March 2012.  Currently I am a part time volunteer at the Enumclaw Chamber / Visitor Center.  I have been an active board member of Honor My Wishes since its inception in 2002. 
I am thankful to be a member of Honor My Wishes.  Talking about end of life issues and completing an Advance Directive is the greatest gift you can give your loved ones.

Fred McHugh

Fred McHugh has been happily married for 37 years - has five daughters ages 17 - 34 and is now enjoying six grandchildren.  Vocationally, I have a background in education (junior high teacher).  My passion has been in serving Christ Jesus.  The past thirty years I have been involved in full time ministry as both a pastor and chaplain (hospital).  I enjoy the building of new relationships and encouraging healthy spirituality.  I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, running and generally trying to keep my old body in shape.

As a hospital chaplain, I was daily involved and concerned with helping patients and their families concerning Advance Directives.  I was responsible for education both within the hospital and in the community.  I am now retired from the position as chaplain, but the need remains.  I know the issues and concerns "inside and out".  Some might say I am an expert after dealing with this area for over 20 years.

Eileen Maragno

Eileen Maragno retired from Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Company where she worked for 36 years. Her last position in the company was that of Corporate Records Analyst in the Risk Management Department. She earned her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Los Angeles City College. She served in the U.S Navy as a Seaman Yeoman in the Personnel Office at Treasure Island, San Francisco. She currently serves as a board member for White River Credit Union and Honor My Wishes. She is member of the Enumclaw Garden Club and the Enumclaw Women of the Mouse Lodge.


My husband died suddenly in 2001. Fortunately I knew bill-paying and where all of our paperwork was kept. We had also prepared wills and a community property agreement. The prepared paperwork was very effective. But as I was grieving, I realized that I had to prepare new documents. And since we’d had no children, I needed to find someone trustworthy to take care of my affairs. About that time I began working with Honor My Wishes. We were preparing a Guidebook with three sections – Dignity (making sure official documents are in place), Security (having all the financial paperwork in order) and

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Mary O’Connor