Board of Directors

Bonnie Pacquin - photography by Richard Kolbell

Bonnie Paquin


Bonnie Paquin is co-leader of the Eugene EOLCOR team. Bonnie brings 30 years of organizational experience, having coordinated national consultation sessions with Indian tribes and represented the Department of the Interior on inter-agency work groups. She has testified before Congress and represented Indian tribes as a lobbyist.

As owner and CEO of Native American Technologies, Bonnie provided education and technical assistance to federal, state and private agencies and developed and implemented national training programs for the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and Corp of Engineers.

After losing her husband to cancer, Bonnie became involved with non-profit organizations, with a special interest in the right-to-die movement.

Shawna Chriss - photography by Richard Kolbell

Shawna Chriss

Vice – Chair

Shawna Chriss is a public and media relations consultant. She has been a news anchor and reporter, with accomplishments in writing, producing and directing. Also, as a fundraiser, she has successfully chaired events for non-profits. Shawna was awarded by Pennsylvania Senators Vance and Teplitz for an event that garnered statewide publicity for uniting diverse populations for common causes.

Shawna’s  interest in the right-to- die was fostered by her father-in- law, Dr. Peter Goodwin, one of the originators of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.

Rob Nimmo


Rob Nimmo is an experienced senior financial executive with a background in international banking and finance services companies. He has served on the Boards and Audit/Finance Committees of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including Compassion and Choices.

Rob is semi-retired and still active as an investor and management consultant.

Sam Friedenberg - photography by Richard Kolbell

Sam Friedenberg, Attorney at Law


Sam Friedenberg is a Portland attorney specializing in trusts, wills and estate planning. He was former chairman of the Agency and Special Relations Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Oregon Bar, and he currently belongs to The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Sam volunteers for the Senior Law Project.

He was formerly a Board Director with Compassion and Choices Oregon.

Sam Friedenberg - photography by Richard Kolbell

Sue Dessayer Porter, MBA, MSB


Founding Executive Director Sue Porter has a Masters of Science in Bioethics and a Masters in Business Administration. She completed a diploma at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and was a visiting scholar in residence at the Hastings Center in New York. Sue has also served as a director on both the National and the Oregon boards for Compassion and Choices. Sue has spoken nationally on the right-to- die and was a participant in How to Die in Oregon, the documentary that won Sundance (2011).

Kristing Barber - photography by Richard Kolbell

Kristin Barber


Kristin Barber has over ten years experience working in the nonprofit sector locally and internationally. She has held a variety of roles, including Executive Director of African Bridge, Director of Development for Compassion and Choices of Oregon and also 1000 Friends of Oregon.

Kristin is currently the Director of Resource Development for Northwest Housing Alternatives.

Phil Meyrick - photography by Richard Kolbell

Phil Meyrick


Phil Meyrick is an IT specialist with extensive entrepreneurial background. He provides technical and business knowledge to corporations, with insight in usability and financial perspectives. Phil contributes as a board member and also as a volunteer, assisting people through their end-of-life choices.