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Board President
Ryan Keay, MD
Medical Director, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Ryan Keay, MD is the Medical Director of the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Emergency Department.  She began working with North Sound Emergency Medicine in July 2009, and was elected to the North Sound Emergency Management Board of Directors in May of 2014. In this leadership role, Dr. Keay is instrumental in implementing new processes to improve patient flow and patient care in the Emergency Department. In addition, Dr. Keay is involved in the Finance, Human Resources, Scheduling, Quality Assurance, Emergency Department Operations committees and Patient Satisfaction Task Force. She holds a Certificate in Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Bangkok, and is also a clinical faculty member and instructor with the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center.


Vice President
Steve Burgon, JD
Attorney, Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC
Steve Burgon is a member of the healthcare practice team at Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC in Seattle. For 25 years, Steve has worked with nonprofit and charitable organizations committed to furthering education and healthcare services within the community. Steve is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the health law section of the American Bar Association, and the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Qualis Health in Seattle, and as an adjunct health law professor at the Seattle University School of Law.


Board Treasurer
April Henderson, CPA
Seattle Aquarium
April is currently the Interim Director of Finance and Administration at the Seattle Aquarium, having served as the Controller for the past several years. Previously, April was a manager in Clark Nuber’s audit and assurance practice, where she focused on serving clients in the nonprofit area, specifically working with schools, social service and arts organizations. She also conducted A-133 audits. Her experience also includes working for Beach, Fleischman PC, a public accounting firm in Tucson, Arizona, focused on nonprofits, manufacturing, healthcare, and audits.


Board Secretary
Melissa Vasiliades MBA
Contact Center Director, UW Medicine
Melissa Vasiliades has been closely involved in the call center industry for over 14 years, currently serving as the Contact Center Director for the University of Washington Medicine Contact Center. In this role, she has centralized all front desk operations across the entire UW Medicine health system, to serve patients calling to register and schedule appointments, resulting in improving clinical efficiencies. Her work in the healthcare industry began at Virginia Mason, where she consolidated and centralized standards for numerous satellite clinics. She then was recruited to the occupational health care firm HealthForce Partners where she centralized reception work offsite.


Past President
Jane Hutcheson, MSN
Retired Nurse Executive

Jane Hutcheson is a Nurse Executive with 20 years’ experience leading teams in various hospital and ambulatory care settings.  In her various leadership positions, she has demonstrated expertise in personnel management, finance, Lean principles, and quality management systems. Jane is the Interim Executive Director of the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives.


Laura Chartier, PharmD
Walgreens, Area Healthcare Supervisor, Seattle WA
Laura Chartier, PharmD, is the Pharmacy Supervisor at Walgreen’s Seattle South District, and brings over 15 years of community pharmacy leadership experience in the areas of operations, customer service and healthcare outcomes. She is a member of the Washington State Pharmacy Association and a honorary faculty member at both the University of Washington and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


Andy Cheung, MBA
Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
Andy Cheung is a Senior Software Engineer of Azure at Microsoft. He is responsible for building new technologies that power the industry-leading cloud computing platform. Prior to Azure, Andy was a key contributor and manager in various engineering teams and launched a wide range of breakthrough products since joining Microsoft in 2000 including Microsoft Windows, Visual Studio, and Windows Phone. Andy joined Microsoft from IBM Global Services where he served as an IT consultant responsible for designing and building business applications for the largest airline in Canada.

 In addition to his work at Microsoft, Andy is an Executive Service Corps member at 501 Commons, and has served as a pro bono consultant for various nonprofit organizations in Greater Seattle area through 501 Commons. He also serves as the founding member of the Executive Service Corps Leadership Council which offers strategic guidance on organizational development.

A native of Hong Kong, Andy moved to Vancouver Canada with his family after high school to pursue his passion in science and technology. He studied computer engineering at the University of British Columbia and earned an Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.


Jean Choy
Associate Dean, UW Foster School of Business
As the Associate Dean of Executive Education and International Initiatives, Jean is responsible for developing long-term strategic partnerships to promote new business development and collaborative initiatives with corporations, academic institutions, and government offices to mutually benefit the organizations and the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Jean travels extensively to meet with community and business leaders to assess their needs and offer various executive development opportunities that can be integrated into their business strategies to address key challenges and strengthen their business.

Jean is fluent in English, and also speaks Korean, and Japanese. She was born in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of four, her family moved to Japan. There she continued to learn Korean at home, English at an international school, and Japanese in the community and school. Ten years later she immigrated to the United States, entered high school and graduated as the Valedictorian. Jean studied international business and finance at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a “double husky” earning both her bachelor of arts and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Jean has taught and given presentations at various conferences, including Yonsei University in Korea; Pukyong National University in Korea; and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) University in China. She also serves on the UNICON Board and the Pacific Rim Bankers Program Board.


Janessa M. Graves, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Nursing at Washington State University
Janessa M. Graves, PhD MPH is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, Washington. She is also currently an Honors Faculty Fellow at WSU. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in Environmental Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University, a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Washington (UW), and a doctorate in health services research with areas of emphasis in evaluation sciences and occupational health services research from the UW. She holds a graduate certificate in global health, served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of the Fiji Islands, and has collaborated with public health research partners in Kenya, Switzerland, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Australia. Dr. Graves’ research is focused on equity, access, and affordability of injury care, specifically related to rural settings.


Mark Martzen, PhD, CIP
Professor, Bastyr University, School Of Natural Health and Sciences
Dr.  Mark Martzen serves as the Chair of the Basic Sciences Department, Director of the Center for Student Research at Bastyr University, and as a professor at the Bastyr University Research Institute. He has an extensive research career, and is involved in overseeing the research activities of students and faculty at the university.


Anita Mires
Global Managing Director Strategic Partnerships, Adobe
Anita Mires leads the strategic partnership activities for Adobe, overseeing business development activities across all of Adobe’s main businesses including Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Marketing Cloud.  Anita has been at Adobe for over 10 years and has held a variety of business development and strategic alliance/partnership roles.  Her specialty is collaborating with Adobe businesses to develop new routes to market for new and existing products. Throughout her career, she has held a variety of leadership and individual contributor positions in Management, Sales, Marketing, Software Development, Project Management, Training, Analysis and Quality Assurance.  Anita’s work related passion is mentoring young professionals starting and navigating their careers in technology. Her spare time is spent with her husband, children, family and friends traveling to various places in the world, at home in Seattle or at their house on Penn Cove on Whidbey Island.


June Spector, MD, MPH
University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Dr. Spector is a faculty member in the Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Medicine, and is currently the Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (OEM), at the University of Washington. She earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Harvard College, a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and a masters of public health with a concentration in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following an internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she completed occupational and environmental training at the University of Washington. She is board certified in internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine, and serves as an attending physician in the University of Washington Environmental and Occupational Health Clinic. Dr. Spector is the recipient of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health K01 career development award and is an investigator within the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health (PNASH) Center.


Stacy Tarango, MD
Spokane Emergency Physicians, Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
Dr. Stacy Tarango, is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane. Originally from Southern California, she studied politics at Pomona College prior to attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Tarango completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, and fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and playing tour-guide to Californians visiting beautiful Spokane.


Carrie Ulvestad, MBA
Consultant, Strong-Bridge Consulting
Carrie Ulvestad is a management consultant with Strong-Bridge Consulting, with extensive experience in nonprofit leadership, global project management, IT customer support, and business operational assessments. Prior to joining Strong-Bridge Consulting, Carrie served as the Executive Director for the Restorix Foundation, that provided funding of medical research for promising conditions using hyperbaric medicine, including funding research with Veterans for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.



Erica Liebelt, MD
Executive/Medical Director, Washington Poison Center
Dr. Erica Liebelt is the Executive/Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine (Division of Emergency Medicine) at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She recently relocated to Seattle from Birmingham, Alabama, where served as Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, Co-Medical Director of the Regional Poison Control Center/Birmingham, Director of Medical Toxicology Services at the Children’s of Alabama Hospital, and Medical Director of Medication Safety at Children’s of Alabama Hospital. She has served on several expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Liebelt has published extensively in the areas of pediatric emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and pediatric lead poisoning.


Katie Von Derau, RN, CPN, CSPI
Managing Director, Washington Poison Center
Katie Von Derau is the Managing Director of the Washington Poison Center. Since 1998, she has provided guidance and support to the Washington Poison Center’s multi-disciplinary team of pharmacists, nurses, and poison specialists. She works closely with Medical Toxicologists and participates in the Washington Poison Center’s Quality Improvement Program, as well as professional and public health education programs.  Since 2004, Katie has been responsible for managing IT infrastructure, maintaining toxiCALL™ electronic medical records database, and providing and analyzing data. She is a recognized expert in the understanding and use of toxiCALL™.



Erika Henry
Washington State Department of Health
Erika serves as the Healthcare Preparedness Lead for the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). In this role, she facilitates statewide efforts to improve the resiliency of our healthcare system during an emergency. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Erica worked for Eastern Washington’s Region 9 Healthcare Coalition, in Spokane. She excels at bringing partners together around common goals, to help minimize barriers in order to reach collective community success. Erika holds a bachelor of arts degree in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University, and a master’s degree in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from the University of Washington.


Sue Stern
UW Division Head, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Sue Stern serves as the head of the Division of Emergency Medicine, including the Harborview and University of Washington Medical Center Emergency Departments. She is an active researcher in the areas of resuscitation science, specifically evaluating novel therapeutic strategies in the early phases following traumatic injury with hemorrhagic shock. Dr. Stern earned her bachelor degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, followed by a research fellowship in resuscitation science. After 17 years as faculty at the University of Michigan, she moved to the University of Washington in 2009, to lead the Division of Emergency Medicine. She is board certified in emergency medicine and has served on the board of directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.


Nathan Weed, MPH
Community Health Systems Director, Washington State Department of Health
Nathan Weed serves as the Director of Community Health Systems for the Washington State Department of Health. In this role he provides strategic direction to several programs aimed at improving access to safe and high-quality healthcare, maintaining an innovative and effective emergency medical services and trauma system, and improving community health across the state of Washington. Nate holds a master’s degree in public and community health sciences. He has a background in emergency medical services, community-based participatory research, epidemiology, crisis leadership, and emergency management.



Scott Hogan
Scott Hogan worked 28 years for the Washington State Department of Health, in the Office of Community Health Services, retiring in 2016. There he worked with many dedicated people across the state, both in government and citizen volunteers, to help establish the state’s emergency medical services and trauma care system. He helped create standards and policies, did system planning and review, quality improvement and managed the EMS for Children program. In the mid 1990’s Scott was closely involved in the consolidation of the state’s four poison centers into the current Washington Poison Center. He managed the state’s grant providing funding for the Center and continued to do work with the Center until his retirement. Scott holds a masters in Health Administration from the University of Washington, and bachelors in Political Science from the University of Montana. He is on the Lifelong Recreation Program Advisory Council for Seattle Parks and Recreation and enjoys gardening, reading and staying healthy.


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