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.
Nissa Cooley, Funeral Director Intern
Nissa is a San Diego native that has lived in Seattle for 16 years. Her professional background is mostly comprised of various culinary and hospitality ventures; from cooking to management, she’s done it all! While she still enjoys cooking for her family and friends, she left the industry for good in 2019.
Her own experiences with loss, grief and the trauma that can ensue were a catalyst for her next venture: deathwork. She is a certified Sacred Passage end-of-life doula and Conscious Dying Coach. Nissa is passionate about death positive movements, providing and advancing equitable anti-racist care across all intersections of the death and dying sector, as well as green burial/disposition methods.
Outside of work, Nissa enjoys spending time with her family & their several pets, travel, watercolor painting, felt needling and cooking.
2021-22 People’s Memorial Board of Directors
Meghan Walker - Secretary
Alternate Board Member