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Board 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.


Vice President/President-Elect and Secretary
Anita Mires
Executive & Leadership Coach, Anita Mires & Associates, Inc.

Anita Mires is a business development consultant based in Seattle. Her experience includes leading 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. 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.


Erika Allen, CPA
Harrison Berkman Claypool and Guard PLLC
Erika Allen, CPA, has spent 15 years at Person Sullivan LLP and most recently held the position as a Senior Audit Manager.  Erika specialized in the nonprofit industry where she helped clients navigate Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and participated in Peterson Sullivan’s nonprofit niche which is focused on business development and marketing efforts.  In January 2020 Erika moved to Harrison Berkman Claypool and Guard PLLC, a CPA firm focused on helping small businesses and individuals with their financial and tax needs.



Past President
Ryan Keay, MD

ED Medical Director and Division Chief, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE);
Ryan Keay, MD serves as the Medical Director of the Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Emergency Department from October 2014 through December 2021.  In May 2021, she also took on a role as Division Chief for the Outpatient and Community Medicine Division at PRMCE.  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 was previously a clinical faculty member and instructor in Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department from September 2010 – October 2014.  Dr. Keay trained in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center from 2005-2009, serving as a Chief Resident.




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. Dr. Graves’ research is focused on equity, access, and affordability of injury care, specifically related to rural settings.



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.



Candace Jackson

Health Practice Director, Pyramid Communications
Candace recently joined Pyramid Communications to work with organizations to help them become more equitable through strategic planning and communication. Formerly Candace was an Educator Consultant with Public Health – Seattle & King County and was with King County since 2010 in multiple roles. Prior to working in Environmental Health, she was the Community Engagement Manager for the King County Accountable Community of Health. Candace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University. Throughout her career her work has centered communities most negatively impacted in order to further community-driven programming. Since 2014 she has led the Equity and Partnerships Workgroup, who work to institutionalize policies/practices that are central to health equity and social justice. Candace founded and currently chairs the African American Health Board and is an active participant and founding member of the Community Health Board Coalition.


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.



Danica Pytte, MBA, RN
Associate Chief Nurse Officer – Ambulatory, Senior Director Seattle Ambulatory, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Danica Pytte is the Associate Chief Nurse for ambulatory practice and oversees operations for the Seattle ambulatory campus.  She started at Seattle Children’s in 1998 previously at Colorado Children’s.  She has held various leadership positions across the organization, inpatient, information technology and ambulatory care settings.  Danica became Lean certified and is continually reviewing processes for improvement to reduce costs and improve patient and staff satisfaction.  Danica is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Corporate Board.


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.





Medical Director, Washington Poison center
Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Toxicology, Dr. Scott Phillips was the Associate Medical Director and is now the Medical Director of the Washington Poison Center. Dr. Phillips maintains an active practice in Washington where he was born and raised.  As a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American College of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Phillips is dedicated to ongoing education and teaching. Focusing on environmental toxicology and health risk assessment, Dr. Phillips has authored over 200 articles, chapters and abstracts as well as several textbooks on medical toxicology.


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™.





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.


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