TEAM BIOS

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, PhD Research Advisor   Lynne is a Professor of Sustainable and Organic Agriculture at Washington State University. Her primary areas of research and teaching are biologically intensive and organic farming systems, and beneficial plant-soil-microbial interactions. Because science and society evolve through collaboration, she also works with a broad array of scientists and farmers to understand and improve the carbon footprint of farming, nutritional quality of crops, soil health, and many other aspects of sustainability. In addition to her work in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest of the US, she has conducted research and extension in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, PhD
Research Advisor

Lynne is a Professor of Sustainable and Organic Agriculture at Washington State University. Her primary areas of research and teaching are biologically intensive and organic farming systems, and beneficial plant-soil-microbial interactions. Because science and society evolve through collaboration, she also works with a broad array of scientists and farmers to understand and improve the carbon footprint of farming, nutritional quality of crops, soil health, and many other aspects of sustainability. In addition to her work in the Pacific Northwest and Upper Midwest of the US, she has conducted research and extension in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Katrina Spade Founder + CEO   Katrina has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002. She has over 15 years of experience in project management, finance, and architecture, with a focus on human-centered, ecological solutions. While earning her Masters of Architecture, Katrina invented a system to transform the dead into soil, which is now patent-pending. In 2014, she founded the 501c3 Urban Death Project to bring attention to the problem of a toxic, dis-empowering funeral industry. In 2017, she founded Recompose, a Public Benefit Corporation.  Katrina has a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been featured in the Guardian, NPR, Wired, Fast Company, and the NYTimes. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

Katrina Spade
Founder + CEO

Katrina has been an entrepreneur and designer since 2002. She has over 15 years of experience in project management, finance, and architecture, with a focus on human-centered, ecological solutions. While earning her Masters of Architecture, Katrina invented a system to transform the dead into soil, which is now patent-pending. In 2014, she founded the 501c3 Urban Death Project to bring attention to the problem of a toxic, dis-empowering funeral industry. In 2017, she founded Recompose, a Public Benefit Corporation.

Katrina has a BA in Anthropology from Haverford College and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has been featured in the Guardian, NPR, Wired, Fast Company, and the NYTimes. She is an Echoing Green Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

Tanya Marsh   Legal Strategy   Tanya is a Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, she is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana and a licensed funeral director in the State of California. Tanya teaches courses in property and real estate transactions, as well as the only course in a U.S. law school on funeral and cemetery law. She clerked for the Indiana Supreme Court and practiced commercial real estate and corporate law before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.  Tanya has been called "our nation's foremost academic scholar on the law of cemeteries and human remains" and is the author of The Law of Human Remains (2015) and the co-author of the first casebook on Cemetery Law (2015). She is the creator of The Funeral Law Blog and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Tanya Marsh
Legal Strategy

Tanya is a Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, she is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana and a licensed funeral director in the State of California. Tanya teaches courses in property and real estate transactions, as well as the only course in a U.S. law school on funeral and cemetery law. She clerked for the Indiana Supreme Court and practiced commercial real estate and corporate law before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2010.

Tanya has been called "our nation's foremost academic scholar on the law of cemeteries and human remains" and is the author of The Law of Human Remains (2015) and the co-author of the first casebook on Cemetery Law (2015). She is the creator of The Funeral Law Blog and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Alan Maskin   Architecture + Design   Alan is an owner and principal of Olson Kundig – an award winning, Seattle-based design firm. For over two decades he has focused on the design of museums, installations and exhibition projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Microsoft Cybercrime Center, The Frye Art Museum, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.  Maskin’s work has been recognized by regional, national and international award programs, including several awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology MUSE Award for Interpretive Interactive Installations, a SEGD Global Design Award, Northwest Design Award for Best in Commercial Design and he was a NIAUSI Fellowship winner.

Alan Maskin
Architecture + Design

Alan is an owner and principal of Olson Kundig – an award winning, Seattle-based design firm. For over two decades he has focused on the design of museums, installations and exhibition projects including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, Microsoft Cybercrime Center, The Frye Art Museum, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

Maskin’s work has been recognized by regional, national and international award programs, including several awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Alliance of Museums Media & Technology MUSE Award for Interpretive Interactive Installations, a SEGD Global Design Award, Northwest Design Award for Best in Commercial Design and he was a NIAUSI Fellowship winner.

Angela Hennessy Ritual + Cultural Practices   Angela is a Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death. Angela volunteers with hospice and works with families on home funerals, death vigils, and grief rituals. She is certified in the Grief Recovery Method and has trained with Final Passages and the International End of Life Doula Association.  Angela's current project, The School of the Dead, is a program for the decolonization of death and grief through the radical inquiry of aesthetic and social practices that mediate the boundary between the living and the dead.

Angela Hennessy
Ritual + Cultural Practices

Angela is a Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death. Angela volunteers with hospice and works with families on home funerals, death vigils, and grief rituals. She is certified in the Grief Recovery Method and has trained with Final Passages and the International End of Life Doula Association.

Angela's current project, The School of the Dead, is a program for the decolonization of death and grief through the radical inquiry of aesthetic and social practices that mediate the boundary between the living and the dead.

Caitlin Doughty Alternative Funeral Practices   Caitlin is a licensed mortician in California. She founded the Order of the Good Death in 2011 with the goal of bringing the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture. Caitlin’s webseries “Ask a Mortician” and the Order website have led to features on National Public Radio, BBC, the Huffington Post, Vice, the LA Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Salon. She also co-founded the public engagement series Death Salon.  Her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, was published in 2017.

Caitlin Doughty
Alternative Funeral Practices

Caitlin is a licensed mortician in California. She founded the Order of the Good Death in 2011 with the goal of bringing the realistic discussion of death back into popular culture. Caitlin’s webseries “Ask a Mortician” and the Order website have led to features on National Public Radio, BBC, the Huffington Post, Vice, the LA Times, The Atlantic, Forbes, and Salon. She also co-founded the public engagement series Death Salon.

Her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her second book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, was published in 2017.

Leslie Christian, CFA Organizational Strategy   Leslie Christian has been a leader in social and environmental business   for more than 25 years. After spending the first part of her career in banking and on Wall Street, she became passionate about using finance for the benefit of all stakeholders and went on to serve as President and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments. During her 17 years at Portfolio 21, Leslie co-founded the firm’s pioneering environmental mutual fund as well as Upstream 21, a uniquely-chartered regional holding company for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. In 1993 Leslie co-founded with her colleague and friend Linda Pei the Women's Equity Mutual Fund (now part of Pax World).  Through NorthStar Asset Management, Leslie offers advisory services to individuals and institutions seeking to align their values and their money through an integrated capital approach to investing and philanthropy.

Leslie Christian, CFA
Organizational Strategy

Leslie Christian has been a leader in social and environmental business for more than 25 years. After spending the first part of her career in banking and on Wall Street, she became passionate about using finance for the benefit of all stakeholders and went on to serve as President and CEO of Portfolio 21 Investments. During her 17 years at Portfolio 21, Leslie co-founded the firm’s pioneering environmental mutual fund as well as Upstream 21, a uniquely-chartered regional holding company for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. In 1993 Leslie co-founded with her colleague and friend Linda Pei the Women's Equity Mutual Fund (now part of Pax World).

Through NorthStar Asset Management, Leslie offers advisory services to individuals and institutions seeking to align their values and their money through an integrated capital approach to investing and philanthropy.

Jim Boldt Public Affairs   Jim's career in state politics spans four decades, eight governors, and twenty legislative sessions. A Washington State University graduate, Boldt has served as a D.C. Congressional aide, Federal level lobbyist, two-term State Legislator (D-8th, Kennewick), state-wide association director, twice-elected public school board member, and elected fire district commissioner.  Most recently, Jim was the managing partner of a long-time prominent Olympia contract lobbying firm. Now, semi-retired, he works on special volunteer and client projects to his liking.

Jim Boldt
Public Affairs

Jim's career in state politics spans four decades, eight governors, and twenty legislative sessions. A Washington State University graduate, Boldt has served as a D.C. Congressional aide, Federal level lobbyist, two-term State Legislator (D-8th, Kennewick), state-wide association director, twice-elected public school board member, and elected fire district commissioner.

Most recently, Jim was the managing partner of a long-time prominent Olympia contract lobbying firm. Now, semi-retired, he works on special volunteer and client projects to his liking.

Alua Arthur End of Life Planning   Alua Arthur is a death doula, attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, an end of life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question 'What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die peacefully?' From private end of life consultations and public education about death to online coursework to train death doulas, she is tirelessly committed to bringing awareness to death and dying which she believes can inspire the way people live. A jewelry addict, Alua is also a life lover, bicycle fanatic, and developing nation enthusiast. She is inspired by LIFE, the little joys we can find even in dark times, the freedom of authenticity, and the power in the word YES.

Alua Arthur
End of Life Planning

Alua Arthur is a death doula, attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace, an end of life planning organization that exists to support people as they answer the question 'What must I do to be at peace with myself so that I may live presently and die peacefully?' From private end of life consultations and public education about death to online coursework to train death doulas, she is tirelessly committed to bringing awareness to death and dying which she believes can inspire the way people live. A jewelry addict, Alua is also a life lover, bicycle fanatic, and developing nation enthusiast. She is inspired by LIFE, the little joys we can find even in dark times, the freedom of authenticity, and the power in the word YES.

Richard Finch Pilot Operations   Rick is a 4th generation Eastern Washington resident and Washington State University alumnus, who grew up working on the family wheat and cattle farm near Pullman.  Rick is the manager of the WSU Waste Management program, which includes the compost facility, waste to landfill self-haul, recycling, surplus property, and medical and bio-waste. He has practiced whole carcass animal composting since 2007.  Rick is also an avid outdoor enthusiast, who, for over two decades, has pursued his keen interest in sustainable agriculture and conservation practices.

Richard Finch
Pilot Operations

Rick is a 4th generation Eastern Washington resident and Washington State University alumnus, who grew up working on the family wheat and cattle farm near Pullman.

Rick is the manager of the WSU Waste Management program, which includes the compost facility, waste to landfill self-haul, recycling, surplus property, and medical and bio-waste. He has practiced whole carcass animal composting since 2007.

Rick is also an avid outdoor enthusiast, who, for over two decades, has pursued his keen interest in sustainable agriculture and conservation practices.