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.
Ryan Keay, MD
Executive Director, Providence Regional Medical
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 of 2009 and elected to the NSEM Board of Directors in May of 2014, In her leadership role, she is instrumental in implementing new processes to improve patient flow and patient care in the ED. In addition, Dr. Keay is involved in the Finance, Human Resources/Scheduling, Quality Assurance, ED 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.
CPA, Seattle Aquarium
April is currently the interim Director of Finance and Administration at the Seattle Aquarium, having served as the Controller for this organization 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 not-for-profit area; specifically working with schools, social service and arts’ organizations. She also conducted A-133 audits. Prior to relocating to Seattle, April worked for Beach, Fleischman PC, a public accounting firm in Tucson, Arizona, focusing on nonprofits, manufacturing, health-care, and audits.
Melissa Vasiliades MBA
Contact Center Director, UW Medicine
Melissa Vasiliades has been closely involved in the call center industry for 14 years in Seattle, Washington. Her work in healthcare began at Virginia Mason where she consolidated and operationalized centralized standards for numerous satellite clinics. She then was recruited to the occupational health care firm HealthForce Partners where she centralized reception work off-site. Melissa is now the Director for the University of Washington Medicine Contact Center. As a result of her leadership, she has centralized all front-desk operations to serve patients calling to register and schedule appointments across the entire health system. Her leadership in this position has resulted in the streamlining and improved clinical efficiencies for the entire UW healthcare system.
Mark Martzen, PhD CIP
Professor, Bastyr University, School Of Natural Health and Sciences
Dr. Mark Martzen is Chair of the Basic Sciences Department, Director of the Center for Student Research at Bastyr University, and Professor in 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.
CEO, Era Living
Eli Almo has been involved in the senior housing industry for two decades as President and CEO of Era Living LLC, a Seattle-based owner and manager of retirement communities. Mr. Almo has overseen the management and renovation of ten senior housing complexes in Washington state. Mr. Almo’s commitment to improving quality of life for older adults is manifest in continued funding for the Aljoya Professorship, an endowment established by the Almos in 1996 to promote gerontological research at the University of Washington. Mr. Almo is Chairman of the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Advisory Board, the Asset Committee Co-Chairman of Samis Foundation, and is a co-founder and Chairman of Pivotal Corporation, a wearable technology company that focuses on promoting healthy and active lifestyles through fitness and data tracking.
Attorney, Ogden Murphy Wallace, P.L.L.C
Steve Burgon is a member of the health care practice team at Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC in Seattle. For 25 years, Steve has worked with nonprofit and charitable organizations that are committed to furthering education and healthcare services for 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, Washington and as an adjunct health law professor at the Seattle University School of Law.
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 BA and her MBA from the UW 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.
Executive Director, Washington State PTA
Captain Kathryn Hobbs is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Washington State PTA. In addition to serving on the Washington Poison Center Board of Directors, she serves on numerous boards and committees including: current Past-Chairman and member of the Washington State Governor’s Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee, the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Women’s Veterans Committee, and as a Board Member, Heroes to Hometown in Pierce County. Captain Hobbs is retired after serving 36 years in the U.S. Navy. She holds a Masters of Arts, and in Sciences, in Education / Counseling and National Strategic Resources.
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.
Laura Schiefelbein, PharmD
Walgreens, Area Healthcare Supervisor,Seattle WA
Laura Schiefelbein PharmD has over 15 years of community pharmacy experience as a leader 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. Laura is Pharmacy Supervisor at Walgreen’s for the Seattle South District, performing standard leadership competencies and responsibilities for 42 stores.
June Spector, MD, MPH
UW 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 (UW). Dr. Spector earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard College, an M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine, and an M.P.H. 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 OEM training at the UW. She is board certified in internal medicine and OEM and serves as an attending physician in the UW OEM clinic. Dr. Spector leads a research program focused on understanding and preventing adverse human heat health effects that arise from a combination of ambient environmental exposures present in the work environment and other factors in vulnerable populations, including in outdoor agricultural workers. She 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
Stacy Tarango, MD is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Washington. Originally from Southern California, she studied politics at Pomona College prior to attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. She completed 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 has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, global project management, IT customer support, and business operational assessments. She is currently a management consultant with Strong-Bridge Consulting, and was the Executive Director for the Restorix Foundation, which provided funding of medical research for promising conditions using hyperbaric medicine, including funding research with Veterans for Treatment of Tramatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. TBI/PTSD.
Steven D. Wanaka, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Dr. Steve Wanaka is the Director of Pharmacy at Seattle Children’s, where he has held this position since 1994. Dr. Wanaka is a Clinical Assistant Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, and a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists as well as the Washington State Pharmacists Association.
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Erica Liebelt, MD
Executive Director, Medical Director
Dr. Erica Liebelt is the 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 came to Seattle from Birmingham Alabama where she was Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the 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 Hospital of Alabama. Dr. Liebelt 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. She has published extensively in the areas of pediatric emergency medicine, medical toxicology, and pediatric lead poisoning.
Alexander Garrard, PharmD, ABAT,
Managing Clinical Director, Washington Poison Center
Dr. Alexander Garrard received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia. After working in the community, Dr. Garrard pursued a post-graduate two-year clinical toxicology/emergency medicine fellowship with the Florida/USVI Poison Information Center in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Garrard achieved the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Applied Toxicology (DABAT) in 2012. In 2015, Garrard was honored as one of Puget Sound’s Top 40 under 40.
Garrard is a board-certified clinical toxicologist and the Clinical Managing Director of the Washington State Poison Control Center. In this position, he provides clinical management direction and leadership to the Washington Poison Center. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, School of Pharmacy. Prior to this position he worked as a health scientist in the Division of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, he served as an expert to state and local authorities, the CDC and other federal agencies, including FDA, DoD, and DHS, on various aspects of the SNS, Category A threat agents, and treatment guidelines.
Garrard has worked at poison centers in Florida, Georgia, and New York. He has extensive experience in community education, media outreach, and legislative affairs. Garrard has been featured locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on breaking news stories including synthetic marijuana, bath salts, e-cigarettes, marijuana and unintentional poisonings.
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Steve Bowman, PhD, MHA,
Director, Office of Community Health Systems, Washington State Department of Health
Dr. Steve Bowman rejoined the Washington State Department of Health as its Director for the Office of Community Health Systems in January, 2017. From 2007 to 2016, he held faculty positions in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His research interests are in health systems, acute care injury outcomes, injury surveillance and data integration, developing and evaluating injury prevention interventions, comparative effectiveness of emergency care outcomes, and improving emergency and trauma care in rural communities through systems research and evaluation. Prior to entering academia, Steve served nearly 15 years at the Department of Health in various management positions. He earned his PhD in Health Services in 2006 and an MHA degree in 1988, both from the University of Washington.
Washington State Department of Health
Erika Henry is the Healthcare Preparedness Lead for the Washington State Department of Health. In this role, she facilitates statewide efforts to improve the resiliency of our healthcare system during an emergency. She joined DOH in 2014, and prior to this worked for eastern Washington’s Region 9 Healthcare Coalition out of Spokane for 5 years. Erika brings partners together around common goals, helping to minimize barriers in order to reach collective success for our communities. She holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures from University of Washington and a Bachelor’s in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University.
UW Division Head, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Stern is the head of the Division of Emergency Medicine that includes the Harborview and University of Washington Medical Center Emergency Departments. She is also an active researcher in the area of resuscitation science, specifically evaluating novel therapeutic strategies in the early phases following traumatic injury with hemorrhagic shock. Dr. Stern earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her M.D. 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.