Sarah’s parents purchased a cabin on Saratoga Passage on Camano Island in the early 1960s, and she has been visiting ever since. When her folks retired and decided to ‘age in place’ on Camano, Sarah began the frequent weekend treks from her job and family in the Seattle area to help them as they aged, ultimately assuming a part-time caregiver role for her mom. In 2018, her partner moved to Camano Island, and in 2021 Sarah moved there permanently to take on caregiver responsibilities when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Sarah is a proud grandma of four cats and her amazing 2-year-old grandson. She has an adult daughter and son living in the Seattle area with their spouses. Sarah enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking, spending time with family, playing Mahjong with friends, and baking items to share. She also enjoys walks and is no stranger to Whidbey Island, with Deception Pass and Ebey’s Landing being favorite destinations.
With a Master’s in Urban Planning (BA in Social Welfare) from the University of Washington, Sarah has had a successful career in community development, land-use planning, and affordable housing. Having now had time to reassess after retirement, the death of her partner, and helping her sister and brother-in-law move into assisted living, Sarah seeks to “build community by helping the community.” She has the capacity, passion, and time now to pay it forward and is excited to do so by membership on ISR’s Board of Directors. She believes everyone needs to know about ISR’s services and avail themselves of them as they (or their loved ones) age – “Aging and caregiving are part of our lives.”