Meet Our Team

Sean Humphrey House - Board Members

Elizabeth Page - Board Member

President

Elizabeth Page

Superhero

I grew up in the era when AIDS was the most frightening thing we heard about at school. When I hit college, I remember how frightening the specter of AIDS was to my friends in the gay community, and the immediacy of knowing people who died of the disease became overwhelmingly real. Sean Humphrey’s mother, Karen, became a friend and mentor to me after her son had passed away and she had founded the house according to his wishes. Karen’s commitment as a mother who lost her child, and who worked the rest of her life to honor his memory and his wish to look after those without the family and support he had, touches my heart. Safe housing continues to be an issue that impacts people with HIV/AIDS who have nowhere else to go. Our founding mission continues to guide our work today, and that is to do what we can to help low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS be safe in a home environment, with the care and assistance they need to live happy and comfortable lives. Over the years, and in spite of legislative and funding challenges, staffing changes, and the changing face of HIV/AIDS, we have survived and honed our housing model to be better every year. It would be amazing if Sean Humphrey House could keep growing that vision to help even more of the people in our community (who we know are out there) to find a safe home. It’s such a basic need, a home and a sense of being a part of a community that cares about you. I’m thankful every day for our amazing staff and volunteers, and the vision which drives our commitment to provide that for our residents.

Vice President

Catherine O’Keefe, MBA, BSN, RN

Virginia Mason Hospital

Catherine is the Critical Care Director at Virginia Mason Hospital. She is a 26-year RN with experience in a variety of acute care units. Catherine has 15 years progressive management experience in healthcare. She currently leads and manages a staff of 150 health care professionals. Her management philosophy follows the Servant Leadership Model, it is her goal to ensure that her staff consistently have everything they need to provide safe and high-quality care to patients and families, and that their work though sometimes challenging, is always meaningful and rewarding. Catherine dedicates her time, skills and commitment to helping Sean Humphrey House be a leader in HIV/AIDS care and services.
Roxanne Piece - Board Member

Treasurer

Roxanne Pierce

American Red Cross

Roxanne was born and raised in Alaska. She has worked for the American Red Cross since 1998. Roxanne has a daughter who is a Registered Nurse that works in Neonatal Care, and a son who works for Len Honcoop Gravel in Lynden. Roxanne has volunteered at Sean Humphrey House since 2007. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016. She currently volunteers with the Bellingham Theatre Guild, Blood Works NW, and Whatcom Humane Society. Her recreational and social interests include movies, theatre, music, travel, kayaking, and walking.
Brady Robb - Board Member

Secretary

Brady Robb

Sound Community Bank

I support SHH because the mission is near and dear to my heart. My uncle passed away in the early 1990’s due to complications related to AIDS after moving back from San Francisco where he worked as a dentist. I never got to know him well and although my memories of him are brief and vague, they are special to me. He passed at Bailey Boushay in 1993. Royden did not have a memorial service of any sort nor an obituary in the local newspaper because of the shame/stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in a small, conservative farming town. SHH provides exactly that – compassion. Nobody should be alone in dark days, plain and simple. Recent advances in retroviral therapy and preventative measures like PrEP give me hope but cannot bring back those who suffered and passed like my Uncle Royden. My work at SHH is in a way a tribute to the uncle and role model I never got the chance to know. SHH provides compassion for low income individuals who likely have nowhere else to turn and betters the quality of life for residents. My goal for residents is to ensure that not just their basic needs are met (thinking Maslow here), but that residents feel safe, have a sense of belonging and feel loved, and a heightened self-esteem. My goal for the House itself in the future is to endure, even if our mission creeps – it’s inevitable that one day our focus will change. As long as we remember Sean’s words “…who don’t have what we have…family, medical insurance, friends and adequate finances,” I believe we will endure and continue to have a purpose, even when cure is found.
Barbara Brenner - Board Member

Board Member

Barbara Brenner

Whatcom County Council

Barbara Brenner is currently serving her 7th term on the Whatcom County Council. Her first term began in January 1992. Barbara has participated in many community activities since 1983. Her work on the Whatcom County Behavioral Health Advisory Committee, and her belief in nurturing a diverse community, make her an asset to Sean Humphrey House.

Board Member

Jared Jones-Valentine

Owner at MidTown Barber

Jared Jones-Valentine has been a long time supporter and now holds a seat as a member of our board of directors.

Sean Humphrey House - Staff Members

Stephanie Everidge - LPN

Resident Care Coordinator

Stephanie Everidge, LPN

Sean Humphrey House

Stephanie has 35 years of nursing experience in long term care; including 5 years as nurse at an Adult Family Home. Previous she worked as a Psychiatric Aide/Medication Specialist, Direct Care Nurse for children with developmental disabilities, adolescents with behavioral problems, and adults with mental disorders. Stephanie accepted her position at Sean Humphrey House “… to enrich my personal life by meeting new challenges in my professional life.” Residents and coworkers appreciate her positive attitude.
Patrick Kindy - Lead Caregiver

Lead Caregiver

Patrick Kindy, AA, CNA

Sean Humphrey House

Patrick was a resident at Sean Humphrey House between 2004 and 2010. The love, kindness and compassionate care he received laid the foundation for his recovery, and instilled hope for the future. In 2016 he graduated from Whatcom Community College with an Associate degree in Arts & Science. The support of Sean Humphrey House, first as a resident and currently as an employee, play an integral part in his success. The encouragement he receives, and the support of his team members, ignites a desire to do more. As Lead Caregiver at Sean Humphrey House, Patrick is helping the residents and paying it forward.
Care Giver Volunteers

Nurses, Volunteers, Advocates

Support Team

Sean Humphrey House

The caregivers at Sean Humphrey House take the struggle out of residents’ everyday routines, eliminating challenges and boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. Our caregivers have astute observations skills, excellent communication skills, good time management and organizational skills, and perhaps most importantly empathy and compassion. Our caregivers let the people they are helping know that they genuinely care about them.

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