Staff/Volunteer Profiles

Sandy Eastwood, RN
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Getting Her Dream Job

Sandy Eastwood has a long commute between Bailey-Boushay House and her small rural community north of Seattle. She uses the drive to think about the clients she calls “my folks.”

Hai Hua, Magdalena Lemus, and Jerry Mora
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Keeping This House a Home

If Bailey-Boushay House had a well-kept secret, it would have to be the experienced housekeeping team of Hai Hua, Magdalena Lemus and Jerry Mora. They work discreetly behind the scenes to make sure this building comforts all who live, work and visit here.

Spanky Schubert
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Setting His Sights on HIV Care

While still in nursing school, Spanky Schubert decided he was going to work at Bailey-Boushay House.

Before he even graduated in 1993, he says, "I sent letter after letter. I kept badgering the director of nursing until I got the job."

Spanky was inspired to go into nursing by his dying partner's nurse at Swedish Hospital.
Stephen Walsh
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Security Guard Makes Rounds and Friends

All staff at Bailey-Boushay House contribute to patient care. That includes the security guards who make rounds from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day. It’s a position of trust that Stephen Walsh took seriously in his three years at Bailey-Boushay.

The security guard is the first person that after-hours visitors meet and the last person they talk to when they leave. It’s not uncommon for some to come straight from the airport.

Joan Allen
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A Mother and Daughter Act

Mal Joseph was in her seventies when she began volunteering at Bailey-Boushay House — and she did it on a dare.

A friend told Mal, “If you’ll do it, I’ll do it.”

What’s funny, her daughter Joan Allen recalls, is that “Mom’s friend stopped soon after, but my mother kept coming. I don’t think she ever missed a volunteer shift in the kitchen in all her years here.”

Whitney Xu
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The Gifts of Bedside Pampering

Whitney Xu is a scientist by profession. On Tuesday evenings, though, she leaves her Benaroya Research Institute lab for another kind of work: pushing the spa cart at Bailey-Boushay House.

David Rogers
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Facing the Stigma of HIV

When David Rogers discovered Bailey-Boushay House, he immediately knew: "That's who I want to support in honor of Rudy's memory."

David's first partner, Rudy Hebert, died of AIDS in 1990.
Thomas Allsopp
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Life Lessons from the Dying

When he was chaplain at Bailey-Boushay House, Thomas Allsopp once asked a man dying of AIDS: "Michael, how does it feel to be 32-years-old and facing something most of us think we’re going to face in our 70s or 80s?"

He would love to live longer, Michael said, but he'd had a great life: "And don’t you know people who are 80, but they died at 20? I'm going to live until I die."

Claire Gray
Profile PhotoNurse
Bailey-Boushay House

Claire Gray, a registered nurse with certification in hospice and palliative care, always knew she'd be working here some day. "I knew about Bailey-Boushay from its opening. I had worked in long-term care for 20 years and I came here to visit some of my patients. I knew when I walked in the door. You could feel how special this place was."

Phil Bereano
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Turning Grief into Positive Action

Phil Bereano goes upstairs to the third floor every time he visits Bailey-Boushay House. At the end of the hall, in a peaceful solarium, he reads the dedication plaque honoring his lover, Michael Myers.

Ellie David
Profile PhotoA Front Row Seat to the Bailey-Boushay House Story

For 20 years Ellie David has sat front and center as witness to the loving and life-changing care provided by Bailey-Boushay House. From her volunteer work to her written stories that have graced the pages of the Homefront newsletter and the Virginia Mason annual report, Ellie has been the voice for BBH. Ellie's connection to Bailey-Boushay is also a personal one. In 2001 Ellie's dear friend of 30 years passed away at BBH from cancer and since then she's said goodbye to two more friends at BBH.

A. Carol McDaniel
Profile PhotoVolunteer
Bailey-Boushay House

A. Carol McDaniel has been a good neighbor of Bailey-Boushay House since before the facility was built.

Back then the real estate broker, who lives within walking distance of BBH, turned activist and met with neighbors who feared a decline in property values. She reassured them that the proposed facility would be an asset to the community.
Linda Fae Leonard
Profile PhotoReceptionist
Bailey-Boushay House

Though Linda Fae Leonard's official job title is receptionist, folks around here just call her mother. "I take care of everybody. If people need to vent, I listen. If the place is in an uproar, I'm the peacemaker. I keep the lobby in control.

Myra White
Profile PhotoBailey-Boushay House Admissions Coordinator from 1992-2012

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Believing That Things Always Work Out

From the day Bailey-Boushay House opened, one of the first people our patients and visitors met was Myra White.

"I just loved working the front desk," she says. "I got to meet all the families those first couple of years."
Margaret Johnson, RN
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Making a Difference as a Nurse

Margaret Johnson wasn't looking for a new job when she first visited Bailey-Boushay House in 1995. Working as a nurse on a hospital surgical ward was challenging and rewarding, she says, "and I really loved what I did."
Kathryn Swingle
Profile PhotoSocial Worker
Bailey-Boushay House

Kathryn Swingle worked in HIV outpatient care before she moved to Seattle but “coming to Bailey-Boushay House,” the social worker says, “was my first time working closely with death and dying.”

It was 1996, just before life-saving AIDS medication became available. Every resident she worked with was at end of life.

Dick Patten
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Have Car, Will Drive

Back in 1994, it was Dick Patten’s wife who wanted to volunteer at Bailey-Boushay House but her schedule didn’t work out, so she suggested he sign up instead.

Matthew Behrle
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Sharing the Love and the Lessons

Matthew Behrle has worn several hats at Bailey-Boushay House. First he was a volunteer. Next he joined the staff. Then, after taking a break to open his own business, he came back as a volunteer again.


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