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Governance Overview

Governing Board

Community and Consumer Voice Committee

Executive Committee

Finance Committee

Indigenous Nations Committee

Governing Board

HealthierHere is governed by a 27-member Governing Board that includes community members, consumers and tribal representatives, and draws from a range of sectors including behavioral health, consumers and community-based organizations, hospitals and health centers, local government, managed care organizations, social service providers, tribes and philanthropy. The Governing Board stewards HealthierHere’s overall mission, strategic plan, and progress, with support from committees and workgroups.

All Sectors
Tribes
Providers & Payors
Government
CBOs and Social Determinants
Community/Consumer
Esther Lucero

CEO, Seattle Indian Health Board

Urban Indian Health Center Seat

Esther Lucero is the Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board, delivering health care services to the American Indian and Alaska Native community. She serves on the Governor’s Health Innovation Leadership Network and on the American Indian Health Commission’s Executive Committee. She has also served as a member of the Interim Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the HealthierHere Governing Board.

Elizabeth Tail

Executive Deputy Director, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health and Human Services

Cowlitz Tribe Seat

Elizabeth Tail is Executive Deputy Director of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health and Human Services Department. Prior to this she served as Clinic manager for Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle. She has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and has been actively involved in HealthierHere since its inception. 

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, nitedHealthcare Community Plan

Managed Care Organization Seat

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson is Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Washington. Prior to this, she worked in various organizations including Texas Health Aetna, Humana, Miami Children’s Health System, and Harborview Medical Center. 

 

Kristin Conn

Family Physician, Kaiser Permanente

Primary Care Seat

Dr. Kristin L. Conn is a practicing Family Practitioner of Kaiser Permanente of Washington. Prior to joining Kaiser, she served as a clinician and Associate Medical Director at the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving patients in Central and South Los Angeles and Compton.

Jeffrey Foti

Medical Director for Care Coordination, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Hospital/Health System Seat

Dr. Jeffrey Foti is the Medical Director for Care Coordination at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). He is a board-certified pediatrician and also serves as the Director of SCH Hospital Medicine Regional Programs and as consultant for SCH’s Clinical Effectiveness Team.

Marguerite Ro

Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention section, Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Local Public Health Seat

Marguerite Ro is the Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) section of Public Health – Seattle & King County. She also serves as the King County representative to the Communities of Opportunity Governing Group. 

Lisa Yohalem

President & Chief Executive Officer, HealthPoint

Federally Qualified Health Center Seat

Lisa Yohalem serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of HealthPoint. Prior to this, she held a variety of roles including as Chief Strategy and Development Officer at HealthPoint and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning at Community Health Plan/Community Health Network of WA. She serves on the boards of Global to Local and the Salal Foundation.  

Tricia Madden

Director of Pioneer Square Downtown Programs, Harborview

Hospital/Health System Seat

Tricia Madden serves as Director of Pioneer Square Downtown Programs at Harborview Medical Center. In this role, she works with numerous community partners including Seattle King County Public Health, DESC, Plymouth Housing, Catholic Community Services, Sound Mental Health, FQHCs and our Managed Care Organizations.

Daniel Malone

Executive Director, Downtown Emergency Service Center

Behavioral Health Seat

Daniel is the Executive Director of Downtown Emergency Service Center. He serves as board member of All Home and is involved in numerous community efforts including the Mental Health Providers Association, the Housing Development Consortium, the Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force, the Familiar Faces Steering Committee and the Physical and Behavioral Health Design Committee.

Nwando Audrey Anyaoku

Executive Medical Director for Pediatrics, Swedish Medical Center

Hospital/Health System Seat

Nwando Audrey Anyaoku is Executive Medical Director for Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center. Nwando has also served on numerous boards including NeighborCare Health, United Way of Essex and West Hudson in New Jersey, the Let’s Move Newark Youth Policy Board and the Nestle/Newark Partnership to Fight Childhood Obesity.

Mario Paredes

Executive Director, Consejo Counseling and Referral Service

Behavioral Health Seat

Mario Paredes serves as Executive Director of Consejo Counseling and Referral Service. Consejo has provided behavioral health services to the Latino community in Washington State for nearly four decades.

Leo Flor

Director, King County Department of Community & Human Services

King County Government Seat

Leo Flor serves as King County’s Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. Prior to this, he led the Executive Office’s plan to renew and expand the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy and served on the King County Public Defense Advisory Board.

Semra Riddle

Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park, Sound Cities Association

Suburban Area Seat

Semra Riddle is an elected councilmember from the City of Lake Forest Park. Delegate for Board member Erin Sitterley (Councilmember, City of SeaTac, Sound Cities Association), who resigned from the Board in January 2020.

Jeff Sakuma (Co-Chair)

Health Integration Strategist, City of Seattle, Human Services Department

City of Seattle Seat

Jeff Sakuma is the Health Integration Strategist for the City of Seattle in the Department of Human Services. Prior work experience includes at Youthcare, Northwest AIDS Foundation, and Group Health Cooperative, and on the boards of People of Color Against AIDS Network, Bailey-Boushay House and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Jeff was a member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Steve Daschle

Executive Director, Southwest Youth & Family Services

Nonprofit Social Service Seat

Steve Daschle is the Executive Director of Southwest Youth and Family Services, an organization providing mental health, youth violence prevention, education, family support and youth development services. He has served as co-chair of the Seattle Human Services Coalition, on the strategy team of the King County Alliance for Human Service, and as member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Ceil Erickson

Director of Community Programs, Seattle Foundation

Philanthropy Seat

Ceil Erickson is the Director of Community Programs at The Seattle Foundation. Prior to this, she worked at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She currently serves on the board of School’s Out Washington and is co-chair of the Statewide Capacity Collaborative to support local nonprofits.

Andrea Yip

Planning Manager, Aging & Disability Services, City of Seattle

Long-term Care Services/Supports Seat, delegate

Andrea Yip is the Planning Manager for Aging & Disability Services at the City of Seattle. In this role, she manages the city’s Care Transitions and Chronic Care Management programs, oversees planning and development for the Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County and supports access and services for Medicaid/Medicare clients.  

Betsy Lieberman

Consultant (Affordable and Public Housing Group)

Housing Seat

Betsy Lieberman is a leadership consultant with former leadership experience in non-profit community clinic and housing and social service sectors. Prior to this, she was the founding Executive Director of Building Changes and former long-term care program developer for Seattle-King County’s AIDS Health Services program. Betsy served as a member on the Interim Leadership Council.

Michael Ninburg

Executive Director, Hepatitis Education Project

Nonprofit Social Service Seat

Michael is Executive Director of the Hepatitis Education Project, which serves people at risk for or living with viral hepatitis, with a focus on disproportionately impacted communities. Michael also serves as President of the World Hepatitis Alliance and on numerous community boards.

Giselle Zapata-García

Co-Chair, Latinos Promoting Good Health

At-large Seat

Giselle Zapata-Garcia currently serves as Co-Chair of Latinos Promoting Good Health, a collaborative partnership that strives to improve the health of communities in Washington State. She has dedicated over 20 years to working with the community to assist them in navigating the health care system, connecting them to resources and advocacy.

Yusuf Bashir

Executive Director, Falis Community Services

Community/Consumer Seat

Yusuf Bashir is the Executive Director of Falis Community Services, an organization serving the Somali Bantu community in Kent and South Seattle. Falis Community Services has been an active partner of HealthierHere and work in collaboration with the South King County Health Coalition and Living Well Kent.

Roi-Martin Brown

Community Member, Washington Community Action Network

Community/Consumer Seat

Roi-Martin currently works with Washington Community Action Network on health and healthcare issues related to increasing strategic community participation between citizens. He serves as a Family Support Worker in Seattle Public Schools and has been an active participant of HealthierHere’s Community/Consumer Voice Committee.

Shelley Cooper-Ashford (Co-Chair)

Executive Director, Center for MultiCultural Health

Community-based Equity Network/Consumer Seat

Shelley Cooper-Ashford is the Executive Director of the Center for MultiCultural Health and a member of the Health King County Coalition. She has been involved in many community initiatives including Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, National Black Leadership in Cancer, Seattle Partners for Community Health, among others. She was a member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Esther Lucero

CEO, Seattle Indian Health Board

Urban Indian Health Center Seat

Esther Lucero is the Chief Executive Officer of the Seattle Indian Health Board, delivering health care services to the American Indian and Alaska Native community. She serves on the Governor’s Health Innovation Leadership Network and on the American Indian Health Commission’s Executive Committee. She has also served as a member of the Interim Leadership Council and Co-Chair of the HealthierHere Governing Board.

Elizabeth Tail

Executive Deputy Director, Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health and Human Services

Cowlitz Tribe Seat

Elizabeth Tail is Executive Deputy Director of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Health and Human Services Department. Prior to this she served as Clinic manager for Cowlitz Tribal Health Seattle. She has a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and has been actively involved in HealthierHere since its inception. 

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, nitedHealthcare Community Plan

Managed Care Organization Seat

Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson is Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan in Washington. Prior to this, she worked in various organizations including Texas Health Aetna, Humana, Miami Children’s Health System, and Harborview Medical Center. 

 

Kristin Conn

Family Physician, Kaiser Permanente

Primary Care Seat

Dr. Kristin L. Conn is a practicing Family Practitioner of Kaiser Permanente of Washington. Prior to joining Kaiser, she served as a clinician and Associate Medical Director at the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center serving patients in Central and South Los Angeles and Compton.

Jeffrey Foti

Medical Director for Care Coordination, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Hospital/Health System Seat

Dr. Jeffrey Foti is the Medical Director for Care Coordination at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). He is a board-certified pediatrician and also serves as the Director of SCH Hospital Medicine Regional Programs and as consultant for SCH’s Clinical Effectiveness Team.

Marguerite Ro

Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and Director of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention section, Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Local Public Health Seat

Marguerite Ro is the Chief of the Assessment, Policy Development, and Evaluation (APDE) unit and Director of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP) section of Public Health – Seattle & King County. She also serves as the King County representative to the Communities of Opportunity Governing Group. 

Lisa Yohalem

President & Chief Executive Officer, HealthPoint

Federally Qualified Health Center Seat

Lisa Yohalem serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of HealthPoint. Prior to this, she held a variety of roles including as Chief Strategy and Development Officer at HealthPoint and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Planning at Community Health Plan/Community Health Network of WA. She serves on the boards of Global to Local and the Salal Foundation.  

Tricia Madden

Director of Pioneer Square Downtown Programs, Harborview

Hospital/Health System Seat

Tricia Madden serves as Director of Pioneer Square Downtown Programs at Harborview Medical Center. In this role, she works with numerous community partners including Seattle King County Public Health, DESC, Plymouth Housing, Catholic Community Services, Sound Mental Health, FQHCs and our Managed Care Organizations.

Daniel Malone

Executive Director, Downtown Emergency Service Center

Behavioral Health Seat

Daniel is the Executive Director of Downtown Emergency Service Center. He serves as board member of All Home and is involved in numerous community efforts including the Mental Health Providers Association, the Housing Development Consortium, the Heroin and Opiate Addiction Task Force, the Familiar Faces Steering Committee and the Physical and Behavioral Health Design Committee.

Nwando Audrey Anyaoku

Executive Medical Director for Pediatrics, Swedish Medical Center

Hospital/Health System Seat

Nwando Audrey Anyaoku is Executive Medical Director for Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center. Nwando has also served on numerous boards including NeighborCare Health, United Way of Essex and West Hudson in New Jersey, the Let’s Move Newark Youth Policy Board and the Nestle/Newark Partnership to Fight Childhood Obesity.

Mario Paredes

Executive Director, Consejo Counseling and Referral Service

Behavioral Health Seat

Mario Paredes serves as Executive Director of Consejo Counseling and Referral Service. Consejo has provided behavioral health services to the Latino community in Washington State for nearly four decades.

Leo Flor

Director, King County Department of Community & Human Services

King County Government Seat

Leo Flor serves as King County’s Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. Prior to this, he led the Executive Office’s plan to renew and expand the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy and served on the King County Public Defense Advisory Board.

Semra Riddle

Councilmember, City of Lake Forest Park, Sound Cities Association

Suburban Area Seat

Semra Riddle is an elected councilmember from the City of Lake Forest Park. Delegate for Board member Erin Sitterley (Councilmember, City of SeaTac, Sound Cities Association), who resigned from the Board in January 2020.

Jeff Sakuma (Co-Chair)

Health Integration Strategist, City of Seattle, Human Services Department

City of Seattle Seat

Jeff Sakuma is the Health Integration Strategist for the City of Seattle in the Department of Human Services. Prior work experience includes at Youthcare, Northwest AIDS Foundation, and Group Health Cooperative, and on the boards of People of Color Against AIDS Network, Bailey-Boushay House and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands. Jeff was a member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Steve Daschle

Executive Director, Southwest Youth & Family Services

Nonprofit Social Service Seat

Steve Daschle is the Executive Director of Southwest Youth and Family Services, an organization providing mental health, youth violence prevention, education, family support and youth development services. He has served as co-chair of the Seattle Human Services Coalition, on the strategy team of the King County Alliance for Human Service, and as member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Ceil Erickson

Director of Community Programs, Seattle Foundation

Philanthropy Seat

Ceil Erickson is the Director of Community Programs at The Seattle Foundation. Prior to this, she worked at Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She currently serves on the board of School’s Out Washington and is co-chair of the Statewide Capacity Collaborative to support local nonprofits.

Andrea Yip

Planning Manager, Aging & Disability Services, City of Seattle

Long-term Care Services/Supports Seat, delegate

Andrea Yip is the Planning Manager for Aging & Disability Services at the City of Seattle. In this role, she manages the city’s Care Transitions and Chronic Care Management programs, oversees planning and development for the Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County and supports access and services for Medicaid/Medicare clients.  

Betsy Lieberman

Consultant (Affordable and Public Housing Group)

Housing Seat

Betsy Lieberman is a leadership consultant with former leadership experience in non-profit community clinic and housing and social service sectors. Prior to this, she was the founding Executive Director of Building Changes and former long-term care program developer for Seattle-King County’s AIDS Health Services program. Betsy served as a member on the Interim Leadership Council.

Michael Ninburg

Executive Director, Hepatitis Education Project

Nonprofit Social Service Seat

Michael is Executive Director of the Hepatitis Education Project, which serves people at risk for or living with viral hepatitis, with a focus on disproportionately impacted communities. Michael also serves as President of the World Hepatitis Alliance and on numerous community boards.

Giselle Zapata-García

Co-Chair, Latinos Promoting Good Health

At-large Seat

Giselle Zapata-Garcia currently serves as Co-Chair of Latinos Promoting Good Health, a collaborative partnership that strives to improve the health of communities in Washington State. She has dedicated over 20 years to working with the community to assist them in navigating the health care system, connecting them to resources and advocacy.

Yusuf Bashir

Executive Director, Falis Community Services

Community/Consumer Seat

Yusuf Bashir is the Executive Director of Falis Community Services, an organization serving the Somali Bantu community in Kent and South Seattle. Falis Community Services has been an active partner of HealthierHere and work in collaboration with the South King County Health Coalition and Living Well Kent.

Roi-Martin Brown

Community Member, Washington Community Action Network

Community/Consumer Seat

Roi-Martin currently works with Washington Community Action Network on health and healthcare issues related to increasing strategic community participation between citizens. He serves as a Family Support Worker in Seattle Public Schools and has been an active participant of HealthierHere’s Community/Consumer Voice Committee.

Shelley Cooper-Ashford (Co-Chair)

Executive Director, Center for MultiCultural Health

Community-based Equity Network/Consumer Seat

Shelley Cooper-Ashford is the Executive Director of the Center for MultiCultural Health and a member of the Health King County Coalition. She has been involved in many community initiatives including Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health, National Black Leadership in Cancer, Seattle Partners for Community Health, among others. She was a member of the Interim Leadership Council.

Governing Board Meetings

HealthierHere values transparency. Our Governing Board meetings are open to the public and we make every effort to share meeting materials in advance.

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Committees of the Board

Community and Consumer Voice Committee
(CCV)

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Purpose

The purpose of the Community and Consumer Voice (CCV) Committee is to proactively engage community-based organizations and the beneficiaries of services, and ensure that their voice guides and influences the decision-making of HealthierHere. The CCV helps HealthierHere co-design its priorities and projects with the communities they are intended to serve.

Members

For current membership, please see the Committee Rosters included in our most recent Governing Board meeting materials

Resources

HealthierHere’s CCV adapted a health equity impact assessment tool* to assess community impacts and mitigation strategies of our work.

Equity Tool
Instructions

*originally developed by the Healthy King County Coalition

Executive Committee
(EC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Executive Committee is to assist the Governing Board in executing its responsibilities, including such actions as may require the attention of the Board or exercise the Board’s authority in intervals between meetings of the Board. The Executive Committee is also responsible for supporting and providing guidance to the Executive Director (ED), as well as overseeing the ED’s annual performance evaluation.

Members

For current membership, please see the Committee Rosters included in our most recent Governing Board meeting materials

Finance Committee
(FC)

Purpose

The Finance Committee is responsible for fiscal oversight related to the internal operations of HealthierHere such as the administrative budget; the external flow of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) from the fiscal intermediary to community partners; and ad-hoc financial analysis in support to the Governing Board and its committees, as needed.

Members

For current membership, please see the Committee Rosters included in our most recent Governing Board meeting materials

Indigenous Nations Committee
(INC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Indigenous Nations Committee is to proactively engage Native serving community-based organizations, Indigenous professionals, traditional healers, AI/AN/I story-tellers, AI/AN/I Elders, AI/AN/I cultural experts and beneficiaries of services to ensure that their voices guide the decision-making of HealthierHere.

The Indigenous Nations Committee helps HealthierHere co-design its priorities and projects with respect for trust and treaty obligations, sovereignty, historical and intergenerational trauma, and other effects of colonization, using culturally attuned, indigenous and community-led approaches.

Members

For current membership, please see the Committee Rosters included in our most recent Governing Board meeting materials

Meeting Materials

Monthly Committee Updates & Rosters are included in our Governing Board meeting materials.

Governing Board Meetings

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Past Committees

Performance Measurement & Data Committee

Update January 2020: Due to evolving needs and workstreams, HealthierHere’s Executive Committee supported the recommendation to sunset the Performance Measurement and Data Committee.

The Performance Measurement and Data Committee (PMD) supported HealthierHere’s data and evaluation needs. The PMD provided recommendations, helps address the need for data sharing in our region, and promotes alignment of our work with related local initiatives.

Transformation Committee

Update January 2020: Due to evolving needs and workstreams, HealthierHere’s Executive Committee supported the recommendation to sunset the Transformation Committee.

The purpose of the Transformation Committee (TC) was to ensure that HealthierHere, the Accountable Community of Health for the King County region, could accomplish its goals to catalyze and test new and better ways to respond to health and social problems on behalf of King County residents, especially the most vulnerable, in partnership with providers and community organizations, so that the system can work better for everyone.