SEATTLE – After 32 years of leadership and dedication, Kin On CEO, Sam Wan is set to retire on December 31, 2017. A CEO Search Committee has been formed to search for his successor to lead the organization.

“Kin On has been a huge part of my life. It’s hard to believe that it has been over 30 years since we started the organization. What an incredible journey it has been for me to be involved with Kin On since its beginning. It has been a privilege and honor to be a part of this mission.” – Sam Wan

During his tenure, Mr. Wan has led the organization from a small rented facility in First Hill to a multi-million organization with offices in the Chinatown-International District, Columbia City, and Bellevue. In 2014, he spearheaded Kin On’s capital expansion project which transformed the organization from a standalone nursing home to an aging-friendly community for all levels of care. Today, Kin On’s comprehensive services include healthy aging programs to help seniors stay active, in-home and caregiver support services to help seniors maintain independence while living at home, assisted living apartments and adult family home to offer affordable supportive housing, short-term rehabilitative services and long-term skilled nursing care.

“I have had the distinct pleasure to work closely with Sam for the past 10+ years on the Kin On Board. Sam has been instrumental in guiding the development and the expansion of Kin On services to meet the community’s needs. Through his financial prudence he has helped us to sustain quality care for our elders despite the turmoil of healthcare reforms and other challenges. We truly appreciate Sam’s tireless contribution to Kin On for the past 30+ years. Under his leadership and mentorship, the next generation of leaders are prepared to ensure Kin On’s mission is fulfilled after his retirement. Best wishes to Sam and his family as they prepare for the new chapter in life.” – Stella Leong, Kin On Board President

“For over 30 years, Sam Wan served as Kin On’s chief executive with persistency, consistency and excellency. Sam guided Kin On from a fledging community start-up to become a well recognized multi-service community health care organization. He has had the work ethic, personal integrity and sense of community to successfully develop Kin On into an invaluable resource for Seattle’s Chinese and Asian community and beyond. I congratulate Sam for work well done and I extend my best wishes to him and his family for many wonderful retirement years to come.” – Fred Yee, Kin On Board Member and Former CEO

“I have had the honor and privilege of working with Sam since the formation of the Kin On organization. Kin On’s success is due in no small part to Sam’s visionary outlook and leadership. He has had an ability to foresee trends and to anticipate changes on how long-term care, health care and social services are provided to the public place. Kin On is in a strong and stable position to continue to serve the community in the future. While there is no replacing Sam, we all should be thankful for what he has done for us. I wish Sharon and Sam the very best in their next life chapter.” – Benson Wong, Legal Counsel

As a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, Kin On honors, supports, and advocates for Asian elders and families in the Puget Sound region by offering culturally and linguistically appropriate health, social, and educational services.

For more information and questions, please contact Jean Wong at 206.556.2225 or

Read more: International Examiner, 8/16/2017.