The Whole Washington Board of Directors
Cindy Jacobs is a nurse-attorney with over 30 years of combined legal and healthcare experience. As an RN and ARNP before attending law school at UCLA, she worked primarily in neonatal intensive care. As an attorney, she has represented and advised healthcare clients regarding a broad spectrum of health care issues, spoken extensively on health law subjects, and has taught health law classes at the law school level for the past eight years. Her specific areas of expertise and focus include telemedicine, healthcare compliance and other healthcare regulatory law (including licensing, reimbursement, and other related regulatory schemes), FDA law, professional liability, risk and quality management, scope of practice, informed consent, and clinically-related contracting. She is a partner at Jacobs Riggs, where her practice and consulting work focus on healthcare issues. Cindy’s nursing roots and passion for patients’ welfare run deep; she is committed to helping secure universal rights to safe and affordable healthcare for all patients.
Colton Lanning is a Political Science student at Western Washington University. He has four years of experience in the medical supply industry and has watched medical equipment manufacturers arbitrarily increase prices as his family increasingly struggles to afford the cost of healthcare. He understands firsthand the need, both moral and economic, for ensuring healthcare as a right of all Americans and will work tirelessly to that end. Colton’s experience also includes:
- Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, 2018 – Present
- I-1600’s Student Outreach Director for Western Washington University, 2018
- Dance for a Cure Volunteer, 2011 – Present
- I-1631 Volunteer, 2018 – Present
- Member of Democratic Socialists of America, 2018 – Present
- Member of Our Revolution, 2016 – Present
- Member of Young Democrats of Western, 2018 – Present
- Member of Students for the Salish Sea, 2017 – Present
Kathryn is a Registered Nurse in Washington State with over 30 years experience in Healthcare working in the Acute Care setting in Oncology, IV Therapy, Critical Care and Hospice. She currently works for her local hospital in a supervisory role. Although she realized early in her career that we have a very flawed healthcare system, it wasn’t until after raising her children and then caring for her ailing parents that she now has been able to focus on her goal of seeing a Universal Healthcare system become a reality for the citizens of our state and country. Throughout her career Kathryn was active in her local nurse’s union as a member, Shop Steward, Negotiating Team Member, Local Unit Chairperson and National Delegate.
In 2015 she started hearing about a certain presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders, and she realized that she wasn’t the only person who felt the way that she did about our healthcare system. She became politically active, volunteered for Bernie Sanders Campaign and traveled to Philly to protest the DNC. After witnessing the corruption within our political parties and processes she became a member of the Green Party of WA where she is active in her local Chapter, on the State Coordinating Committee and as a Delegate to the Green Party National Committee. What draws her to the Green Party is their focus on their Four Pillars of Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Social Justice and Ecology for the Planet.
Kathryn is a mother of 3 sons and a grandmother of 5. She lives in Arlington, Washington, is married to her husband Steve, and in her spare time likes to enjoy spending time with her horses out on the trails and traveling around the country.
After 23 years in the wireless communications industry, Jen is devoting her time to the cause of Universal Healthcare. She has lived her entire life covered by a ‘Cadillac’ insurance plan and in good health, never once being admitted to the hospital. This charmed existence only fuels the urgency to ensure all are treated equally in terms of healthcare. The for-profit health insurance industry is an epic failure of our collective morality. Its demise is in sight.
Jen is the Communications Director for Whole Washington.
Vicki Rhoades, ND, is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (1978, Biology) and Bastyr University (2006, ND). Her many careers include numerous low-paying non-technical jobs without health insurance benefits, and she is unhappy that this is still true of many 21st century workers. She is committed to the project of health care for all.
Vicki is the Outreach Director for Whole Washington.
Susan Soto Palmer
Susan Soto Palmer has over 23 years of experience in the legal profession as Legal Assistant; Office Administrator; Litigation Paralegal; Texas Attorney General Child Support Special Collections Unit Technician Specialist and Secretary/Receptionist. She has worked for general litigation firms, family law firms and a catastrophic personal injury law firm. Susan studied Criminal Justice at San Antonio Community College in San Antonio, TX; received her Associate in Applied Science in Professional Legal Secretary from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, TX. Susan discovered this beautiful state and region in 2010 and thereafter relocated from Texas.
The 2012 presidential election enlightened, inspired and activated Susan into action. Susan was empowered to knock on doors, attend community events, rallies and vigils as part of her involvement with grassroots organization. Susan ran for the 14th Legislative District Representative Position 1 in 2016, being inspired after a meeting with Bernie Sanders. On March 24, 2016, Susan had the incredible honor of introducing Bernie Sanders to an astonishing crowd of 7,000 in Yakima. Susan was also elected to serve as a Party Leader and Elected Official National Delegate for Bernie Sanders for the 2016 DNC
Susan believes that together we can champion for culturally responsive policies which support families, place education at the forefront, promote safe, strong and economically viable communities and provide quality healthcare for all. Susan’s experience also includes in part the following:
- Aspen Victim Services: Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate 2012 – present;
- Yakima County Democratic Central Committee: State Committeewoman 2016 – present; Precinct Committee Officer 2014 – present; Chair 2014 – 2016
- Washington State Democratic Central Committee: Affirmative Action Co-Chair 2017 – present
- 4th Congressional District Democrats: Second Vice Chair 2015 – 2017
- Act Yakima: Director of Public Relations 2017 – present
- CASA Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer, Yakima County 2012 – 2016
- Texas Equusearch: Search Volunteer 2010 – 2011
- San Antonio Police Department: Family Assistance Crisis Team Victims Advocacy Volunteer 2010 – 2011