Executive Director

Death with Dignity executive director Peg SandeenPeg is a native Iowan. She specializes in issues related to terminal illness and end-of-life processes. She has an extensive background in policy analysis and strategic leadership for policy reform efforts through both ballot initiative and legislative means.

Prior to her engagement with the National Center, she was the Executive Director of the AIDS Project of Central Iowa. As a result of her exploration of complex ethical, legal and medical issues related to social work, Peg was named a Price Fellow in HIV Prevention Leadership by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Her scholarly and professional efforts focus on health-related ethical concerns, particularly end-of-life decision-making, and the impact of public opinion on policy reform.

Peg joined Death with Dignity in 2005.

Digital Communications Manager

Death with Dignity employee Peter KorchnakPeter hails from Slovakia where he received his BA in marketing and commerce from the University of Economics in Bratislava. Following graduate studies in international relations at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and in political science at the Leiden University in Leiden, the Netherlands, he relocated to Portland where he has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006.

He is a published author and blogger. He loves to travel, play rec-league ice hockey, and brew beer.

He joined Death with Dignity in 2015.

Development Associate

Death with Dignity employee Jennifer HaliewiczJennifer is a graduate of Portland State University, with a Degree in French Language in Literatures. A California native, she moved from the Bay Area to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon, but relocated to Portland in 2009. She first became interested in nonprofit work as an Administrative Assistant at a local community development nonprofit where she gained important fundraising and donor management skills.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys riding and racing bikes year-round, cooking, writing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest. She joined Death with Dignity in 2014.

Outreach Coordinator

Originally from Colorado, Shaun was attracted to Portland’s unique culture after stints in many other American cities. He began working for Death with Dignity due to his strong belief in personal choice, and is the organization’s longest-tenured employee, since 2004. In his spare time, Shaun paints, writes, and practices yoga.