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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 (TBD)


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.


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.


Past 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.



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.


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.



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
Educator Consultant, Public Health – Seattle & King County
Candace is an Educator Consultant with Public Health – Seattle & King County and has been 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.



Ed Mund
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator / PIO, Lewis County Public Health & Social Services
Ed Mund has been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Public Information Officer at Lewis County Public Health and Social Services in Chehalis, Washington since 2012. Ed has written textbooks, video scripts, and other fire service and emergency medicine training materials, along with county and tribal public health emergency plans. He served 6 years on the Washington State EMS and Trauma Care Steering Committee, and 10 years on the Washington DOH Prehospital Technical Advisory Committee. He is a 30-year veteran volunteer firefighter and EMT, currently with Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia, Washington. He also served 16 years on the Board of the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association, is a Director-at-Large for the National Volunteer Fire Council’s EMS/Rescue Section, and serves on the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Ambulances and Technical Committee on Emergency Medical Services.

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.


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.



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.


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