The Spiritual Care Department is pleased to announce that we have 4 new chaplains for our 2023 Chaplaincy Training Program: Greg Fischer, Linda LeQue, Freda McKeown, and Linda Millo. They will join our existing 5 chaplains to ensure that all of the residents who have requested emotional and spiritual support (over 110 at this time) will be visited with prompt, compassionate, and skilled care.
Spiritual care is an open resource to all residents and families and a chaplain visit can be requested by contacting Rev. Eileen Burdick at email@example.com.
Rev. Eileen Burdick MDiv, BCC - Spiritual Care Director
Eileen has 7 years of experience in clinical chaplaincy, 12 years as a congregational pastor, and 15 years in international business. She is a Board Certified Chaplain endorsed by the national Association of Professional Chaplains and was ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Greg, his Significant Other, and cats moved to Camano Island in 2020 to leave behind Southern California’s heat and traffic, to enjoy life surrounded by trees, water, and mountains. Prior to retirement, Greg owned an electrical engineering business for 42 years. Greg’s interests, besides anything electrical, include science, astronomy, and science fiction. He enjoys the changing seasons, reading, nature walks, spending time around animals, having in-depth conversations, and building meaningful relationships. Greg has been a hospice volunteer off and on over the past 23 years, and currently volunteers for Hospice of the Northwest.
Ernie served as President and as Chairman of the Board for 9 years at Trinity Lutheran College. He also served on the Northwest Washington Synod Council of the ELCA for 8 years. Ernie worked at Boeing and Microsoft as a Database Analyst Administrator. Recently retiring from his role on the Board of Directors at Josephine, he joins Josephine’s Spiritual Care Department as a Chaplain.
Deb is a retired educator with 40 years of teaching in early and primary education. In addition, to teaching at public schools, Deb is a certified Montessori teacher. She earned her Master’s in Educational Curriculum. She has lived on 5 acres on Pioneer Highway for 45 years transforming it to an arboretum. Deb attends St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church and studies spiritual teachers of many backgrounds spending time in contemplative spiritual retreats.
A Minnesota native, raised in Port Orchard, WA Bill went to college at St Cloud and University of Minnesota, served Navy for 6 years, Coast Guard for 16 years and Customs and Border Protection for 8 years. Proud Papa of 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren so far. Bill volunteers at Kiwanis and the Lutheran church in Anacortes, rides his bike and plays a lot of pickleball.
Suzanne is a resident of Stanwood since 1996 and has been a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon since 2001. She and her husband have raised two children with their youngest graduating college in December 2021. Her education includes a BA in International Studies as a China Specialist. She also has a Masters Degree in Teaching. Currently Suzanne enjoys people, animals, singing, gardening, and most importantly knitting.
Linda lives on a 95-acre family farm on Camano Island with her husband John, in a house owned by his family since 1910. They are members of Camano Lutheran Church where Linda serves on the church council. Linda spent her career in aviation, retiring after 28 years from Alaska Airlines as Chief of the Operations Control Center at SEATAC airport. Linda’s education includes University of Nebraska and Braniff International School of Aviation. She is the mother of 5 and the grandmother of 10.
Freda is a retired mental health counselor who earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2004. Over 25 years of clinical experience includes working with veterans and civilians with trauma and other mental health concerns. Adult development, including the study of aging, has been a lifelong interest. Freda and her husband, who died in 2021, returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 to be close to their two sons, their wives, and four grandchildren. She is an active member of St Aidan’s Episcopal Church.
Linda is a Seattle native now living in Anacortes with her eldest daughter, son-in-law and their four boys. She is a lifelong Lutheran attending Anacortes Lutheran Church. Linda is a retired Cardiac Care RN, and also worked a church office manager for six years. She was trained and served as a Stephen Minister from 2001 through 2010. She has two daughters and five wonderful grandchildren ranging from ages 19 to 7. Linda is active in the Order of Amaranth, a part of the Masonic Fraternity which actively supports diabetes research. She is driven to serve and support people need, and enjoys gardening, reading, and collecting family stories.
Jeff has worked for the federal government since 1989 as an Office Technician. He graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in 2016 and has a knowledge of German and the Netherlands. Jeff currently attends Our Savior’s in Everett and is active in the Pacific Opera in Victoria B.C. His volunteer work includes Catholic Community Services, Everett-Ryan White Foundation, Central Lutheran (Everett)’s homeless ministry, and Our Savior’s (Arlington) homeless laundry program.