Our staff has a strong commitment to helping the members and families who need our services.
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the mission and vision of People's Memorial are followed.
Kimberly Forsythe is a licensed funeral director with The Co-op Funeral Home. She received a Bachelor's degree at Western Washington University and originally planned for a future in art therapy. That direction began to shift after her Grandmother mailed her a Seattle Times article about green burial. With a growing interest in sustainable death care she found herself with the opportunity to join the founding team for The Co-op Funeral Home in 2007. Kimberly loves being part of an organization that strives for transparency and choices in end-of-life options. She recognizes that these times can be difficult and works hard to help families find the right plan for their individual needs.
Kimberly lives in Kirkland with her husband Jesse and two children. When she is not busy at work, she loves exploring the woods with her family and tending to her herb garden.
Born and raised on California's beautiful Monterey Peninsula, Chris moved to Seattle in 2000 to study sociology at Seattle University. After earning his bachelor's in 2004, he went on to study and train in funeral service with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. After serving an internship at The Co-op Funeral Home of People's Memorial, he returned to Seattle University for the Masters in Pastoral Studies program at the graduate School of Theology and Ministry. “Studies in spirituality and pastoral companionship only made sense as my ‘next step,’” he says. “Pastoral counseling was never my aim, but I was seeking to work on a similar set of skills.”
Having worked in funeral home settings varying from corporate to non-profit, he feels passionate about contributing to The Co-op Funeral Home of People's Memorial. "It's an honor to serve each family," he says. "Every family should have access to the widest possible variety of options. I'm grateful to be able to offer that."
In his free time, Chris enjoys domestic travel and local casinos. He does not enjoy spiders or mushrooms. Read more about Chris here.
Driven by a passion for bringing people together and learning life stories, Rachel arrived in deathcare after seeking a career that would use her skills in a fulfilling, meaningful way. She'd put in over a decade in the music industry, producing and promoting more concerts than she can remember. Concurrently, she also served in the customer relations and marketing departments of an online, charity-fundraising retailer. When she was unable to shake a feeling she had more to give, Rachel's sister pointed out that her caring (and macabre) heart would be perfect as a funeral director, and the rest is history in the making. While researching her future path, she became inspired by the advocacy and values of The Co-op Funeral Home, so she's absolutely thrilled to be a licensed funeral director intern for this very organization after a year in the field as a transport and funeral services assistant.
When she isn't focused on providing families with warmth and grace, Rachel loves singing in her two bands, taking drives into the back-country, and serving house guests too much food. She lives in South Seattle with her "guy" and their sassy cat/roommate Bristol.
Bailey was raised in a tiny coastal town in Washington where new babies, weddings, and deaths were often shared communal moments. Drawn to that collective element in both celebrations and losses—and curious about the many ways humans approach mortality and grief—she became deeply interested in modern day funeral practices, particularly those which highlight sustainability and enable families to have meaningful, personal experiences.
Bailey studied creative writing at Western Washington University and is a published fiction writer and MacDowell fellow. She has spent her working life in various jobs including running a literary magazine and providing admin and editorial support for mental health resources. She moved to Seattle with her husband in 2020 and spends much of her time writing stories, cuddling with her cat, crafting, and making candles too pretty to burn.
Jeff first came to the northwest as a graduate student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he fulfilled his dream of living in a foreign country. Upon earning his master’s degree, the Canadian government kindly pointed to the border and Jeff eventually made his way to Seattle.
For years, he has wondered when his two degrees in art history would finally mesh with his business career. While Jeff is waiting for that day to arrive, he is pleased to be ensconced with People’s Memorial, where his knack for managing small businesses is put to good use. Jeff’s youthful appearance belies his age, for he has years and years of management and customer service experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. His rich work history includes stints in a record store, junk mail production, teaching art history to bored college freshmen, buying gold & jewelry, and running a bakery for Mrs. Fields.
When he is not crunching numbers and dancing with databases, Jeff loves to travel. He lives in Normandy Park with his wife and daughter.
2021-22 People’s Memorial Board of Directors
Cheryl Jennings - President
June Michel - Vice President
Ann Norman - Treasurer
Meghan Walker - Secretary
Alternate Board Members