About Us

Executive Director- Angela Dickson

Angela is highly qualified for the position of Executive Director, her vast experience in leadership, program development, and community health nursing has attributed to the excellent services provided by Pope’s Place.

Angela’s professional background includes acting as the Regional Director for Providence Health & Services Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Program for Washington and Montana from May 2014 through May 2021. Prior to this position, Angela held many professional roles such as clinical nursing educator, a critical care and acute dialysis nurse, and a quality improvement consultant.

Angela holds a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Washington, she is a Registered Nurse, and she is a Fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (FAPIC). She has written or co-written numerous academic peer reviewed articles and has extensive experience volunteering and facilitating state and national presentations. 

Angela knows that healthcare is one of the most rapidly changing and growing industries from technology advances to changing disease patterns. She assures that all her caregivers have the proper tools, training and equipment needed to provide love, care, and support for each resident. 

About our Founder

In 1956, a young man left school to join the Air Force, kickstarting a lifetime of service. He went on to serve in the Peace Corps and earn his doctorate. Dr. Isaac Pope eventually found his way to Chehalis with his wife, Jo. His practice introduced him to the substantial challenges faced by parents of children with extra needs. In 1995, he gathered a group of community leaders to address these concerns. The Popes opened a two-room pediatric clinic and a respite center – a program that would evolve into Pope’s Place. Here, extraordinary individuals receive skilled care and their families find respite. Dr. Pope has received 14 service awards in his career – local, state, and national honors – for his work with children with special healthcare needs and his improvements to the medical community. His compassion and inclusive work have changed countless lives among the vulnerable members of our community.

29 Years of Service

Our programs and campus have undergone countless transformations, but our mission remains the same. Since the opening of Pope’s two-room centers in 1995, we have felt honored to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We are continuously humbled and grateful for our generous donors, volunteers, families, and staff, whose efforts make it all possible. We look forward to another 29 years of strengthening individuals, families, and our community.


Director of Nursing Services

Heather Davenport

Nursing Manager

Jessica Maxwell

Director of Social Work

Stephanie Jankowski

Physical Therapy Manager

Samantha Hoover

Finance Manager

Chris Miller

Human Resource Manager

Jessica Rhodes

Senior Billing Specialist

Destiny Simpson

Senior Admin Assistant

Naimbet Medina


Pope’s Place provides individualized care for children and young adults with exceptional medical needs to strengthen them, their families, and the community.


All children and young adults with medical complexity will reach their fullest potential in a safe and loving environment.

Core Values


A Dedicated Nonprofit Board


Sue Sincock

This place changes everything because . . .of the caring professional staff and a dedicated community supporting Pope’s.


Mary Kay Nelson

This place changes everything because . . .when facing some of life’s challenges Popes’ Place is here to support, encourage, care and most of all love, those who need our services. Each family deserves to be happy. We strive to make a positive difference in every family we serve.


Jacek Gillispie

This place changes everything because . . .
everyone deserves an opportunity to thrive and be loved and supported to reach their full potential.


Marnie Boomer Roberts

This Place changes everything…in the lives of children with special needs by showing them they matter and providing them and their families with exemplary care and support for an enriched future.

Past President


This place changes everything because . . .each and every individual we are blessed with are welcomed with open arms from our amazing staff and are treated as if they are one of their own.

Jill Cooper

This place changes everything because. ..the love, support we have for each other as a team.

Cheri Lewis

This place changes everything because . . .our community cares!

Lindy Waring

This place changes everything because . . .
of the compassionate care our staff provides to each and every one of our patients and their families.

Sarah Fitzgerald Thomas

This place changes everything because . . .
no matter the challenge, Pope’s alleviates the worry of families by ensuring quality care in a loving environment where children and young adults thrive!

Tariq Qureshi

This place changes everything because…we believe in creating partnerships with other entities like us to be able to support the medically fragile population.

An Active Board is A Caring Board