Contact Us

The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition is here to help.

Our mailing address is:
Westchester End-of-Life Coalition
81 Pondfield Road #135
Bronxville, NY 10708


WELC Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Christina Staudt, PhD ~ President
Co-Founder, WELC
Chair, Columbia University Seminar on Death
Advisory Board Member, Cancer Support Team
Member of Fund Board & Patient Care Volunteer, Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care

Sherry Saturno, LCSW, DCSW ~ Vice President
Director, Social Services/Ass’t Administrator, Sprain Brook Manor Nursing & Rehab Center
District Leader, Tarrytown, NY-D
Founding Member, Women’s Leadership Council, United Way of Westchester and Putnam
Member, National Association of Social Workers

Marsha Hurst, PhD ~ Secretary
Co-Founder, WELC
Health Advocacy Consultant
Columbia University:
* Faculty, MS in Narrative Medicine
* Founding Co-Chair, University Seminar on Narrative Health and Social Justice

Lea Emery, MBA, MFA ~ Treasurer
Chief Financial and Operations Officer, Concordia College


WELC Vision

A community where all those with life limiting conditions are able to die with dignity, at peace, pain-free, in a place and manner of their choosing; a community where persons who are dying and their families receive competent, compassionate and timely care and support.

WELC Mission Goals

  • Educating the community about end-of-life issues and expanding awareness of  the importance of these issues.
  • Informing the public about available services related to end-of-life care by functioning as a clearing-house and a conduit for networking.
  • Identifying the gaps in services and promoting the establishment of services that will fill those gaps.
  • Promoting a community where the dying and their caregivers receive the medical, social and spiritual support they need.
  • Advocating with policy makers and legislators for laws and regulations that will improve the end-of-life experience.

WELC is mindful of the need to reach all residents in our ethnically and economically diverse community and to communicate at all levels of health literacy.

WELC History

In 2001-2002, the Health Advocacy Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College and the Service Board of Jansen Memorial Hospice jointly organized “Understanding the End of Life,” a series of six educational programs for the public.

The sessions were very well attended by concerned citizens and professional health care workers from around Westchester County. All expressed the need and desire to improve the end-of-life experience in our community. The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition was founded to build on the interest and energy this series created. …READ MORE…