Sarah McMahan comes to ECHHO through a diverse and circuitous route. In Colorado, she was for many years a business manager for an architectural firm. She has a 45-year history as a pastoral counselor, spiritual director, retreat presenter, adult educator and group facilitator.
Wheelchair-bound after a serious car crash, she founded the non-profit Victim Impact Panels for DUI Offenders in her judicial district and directed it for many years. After becoming suddenly single, she decided to pursue her love of learning, and graduated Cum Laude from Gonzaga at age 57. She earned an M.A. at 59. She became a hospital chaplain and later was both chaplain and volunteer coordinator for Assured Hospice. She retired into volunteering, membership in several local Boards of Directors and founded the JCMASH free clinic in Port Hadlock.
Sarah is also a gifted artist, writer, weaver and singer-musician. Her passions include anything outdoors – nature, gardening, sailing and walking and her very strange dog Benji. She is a mother, of 5, grandmother of 8 and now a great-grandmother, a lover of life, beauty and the Goodness of God.
Walt Hill is our Medical Equipment Associate. Walt has the qualities of good humor, efficiency and mechanical expertise in just the right combination for ECHHO. Walt is in charge of repairing, maintaining, and distributing medical equipment. Walt has lived in Washington for most of his life. An enthusiastic softball player in our area, Walt and his wife travel to St. George, Utah for the Summer Senior Olympics. We are very lucky to have Walt on our team.
Rich Heitmann is our office manager. When Rich and his wife Jodi moved to Port Townsend from the Washington, D.C. area they were impressed by the spirit of volunteerism that they found in our community. Excited to be a part of ECHHO, Rich helps with coordinating transportation requests, assists in the distribution of medical equipment and creates the monthly newsletter. Rich also keeps the database updated, produces monthly statistical reports, processes donations and fills in for the other staff members in their absences.
Jeffrey comes to ECHHO as our awesome O3A Intern who takes the phone calls and assigns drivers to clients. He worked in Alaska’s mining industry until 2 years ago, when his sister Sue said to come back to Port Townsend. He is very, very glad he did, “I really like it here!” We like having him here!!!
Susanne Ericson is a truly amazing addition to our team! Since she began working for ECHHO as our Volunteer Administrator in August, she has signed on 18 new volunteers!
Susanne’s background includes studying at Westbrook U. for a MA in counseling. She was employed by Lakeside Miliam Recovery Centers as the N.W. Unit Manager with the Dept. of Corrections and as Treatment Director of their Everett Office. She lived on the Yucatan for 7 years after retirement, and came to Port Townsend 3 years ago to care for her aging mother.