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.

Director of Leadership Giving

Death with Dignity employee Cindy SilveiraCindy grew up in rural Oregon, but started her career in Boston where she attended the University of Massachusetts. Since moving back to Oregon in 1989, Cindy earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has built a career as a leader in fundraising and philanthropy.

She has served as Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington and has successfully led major fundraising programs at Providence Cancer Center, Lewis and Clark Law School and Peace Health Foundation, Vancouver.

In her spare time, Cindy enjoys slow cooking using fruit and vegetables from her yard. She has one son, Eric, who is an artist in New York City. She enjoys the many cultural activities that Portland has to offer.

Cindy joined Death with Dignity in 2014.

Digital Communications Manager

Death with Dignity employee Peter KorchnakPeter hails from Slovakia where he received is 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 Assistant

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 a 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.

Director of Finance & Operations

Terry Miley graduated from Portland State University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Her BA is from George Fox University where she majored in Human Resources Management. Terry’s particular area of study and interest has been nonprofit administration where she has dedicated her career for the past fifteen years. For the last seven years, she held the position of Fiscal Director for a large homeless organization.

Terry’s father passed away from a terminal illness in January 2004. Terry became one of his support persons during his six months in a hospice program and was by his side when he passed away. Terry’s other interests and passions include her three children, volunteering at local school districts, continuing professional education and spending time with her friends and extended family.

Terry joined Death with Dignity in 2004.