End of Life Choices Oregon provides personal support and information regarding the Death With Dignity Act and other legal end of life options to Oregonians facing end of life decisions, to the medical community and to the public.

EOLCOR Leadership

Peter Lyon MD

Medical Director

Peter B. Lyon, MD

Peter Lyon, MD, graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Baltimore City Hospital. He moved west to join a private practice in primary care internal medicine for twenty-eight years in Portland. Peter worked as a Medical Director for terminally ill people, supporting those pursuing end of life choices.

He continues to volunteer in a community health clinic and as a mentor at a boys home.

Sue D. Porter

Founding Executive Director

Sue Dessayer Porter, MBA, MSB

Sue D. Porter, Founding Executive Director, 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 director on both the National and the Oregon boards for Compassion and Choices.

Since 2001, Sue has worked with terminally ill people availing themselves to Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act. She is also a  Volunteer Client Advisor for Washington. 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).

Sue D. Porter

Program Director

Erika Kohl, PhD

Erika Kohl has worked with individuals, families and communities in non-profit settings for over 15 years.  While earning her doctorate, she engaged in prevention science research focusing on behavioral health. Erika has a wide range of organizational, interpersonal, and technological skills she utilizes in her role as Director. Additionally, she has personal experience with supporting a loved-one with end-of-life decision-making and navigating the Death with Dignity process.

Team Leaders:

North Coast – Martha Schechtel
Portland – Cherlyne Majors, PhD.
Salem – Steve Rosen & Margrethe Gregg
Eugene – Susan Smith, RN, MS, MA  & Bonnie Paquin
Bend – Tom Leach & Andrea Sigetich, MCC
Southern Oregon – Mary Burgess

About Our Organization

End of Life Choices Oregon is a non-profit organization comprised of medical directors and regional volunteers. Both the medical directors and volunteers have up to 18 years of experience in the specialized field of helping Oregonians through their end of life options. They are uniquely trained in order to provide personal and skilled professional guidance.

Regional Teams

End of Life Choices Oregon is comprised of four regional teams, as follows: Portland, Eugene, Southern Oregon and Central Oregon. Throughout those regions, ALL areas are served by our 40 volunteers under the leadership of our experienced team leaders. If you are interested in joining our professional team, contact us.

End of Life Choices Oregon is a donor-supported organization

We rely on your donations to provide quality services to Oregonians.