Meet The Board
Pat will work in symphony with the three statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) and the University of Washington program office to expand the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved communities in Washington’s southwestern region. In the SWAHEC’s implementation years, Pat will stand-up an AHEC scholars’ program, create continuing education (CE) opportunities for current health care students, partner with community organizations to bring pipeline events to high-school students, and recruit preceptors for the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP).
Prudence is responsible for the expansion and sustainability of the In-REACH apprenticeship and training programs that are administered by the Association. She has a background working in school based behavioral interventions and also works to support the creation and expansion of Behavioral Health Apprenticeship opportunities in Washington State.
Jessica promotes access to high-quality health care for underserved populations by providing strategic guidance to senior leadership. With a critical focus on the Policy & Communications team, the Strategic Advisor will cultivate and support relationships with community health center leadership, growth of professional skills, and fluency within the CHC system. Additionally, the Strategic Advisor is responsible for leading and managing the Association Oral Health learning network.
Sami supports the Director of Government Affairs with analyzing policy, conducting research, and drafting policy memos and amendments through an equity lens. She has a background in electoral campaigns, experience in both legislative and congressional offices, and a degree in Public Health.
Alyssa supports the Government Affairs team by developing strategic communication and coordinating advocacy to advance the policy goals and priorities of CHCs. She also supports strategic communication planning and implementation across the Association.
Kate has advocated for Washington's community health centers with the Washington State Legislature and executive agencies since 2008. She helps lead the public policy team, advises the joint legislative committee, and nurtures legislative and stakeholder relationships to advance the mission of assuring access to care for everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our communities.
Terri manages the Group Purchasing Program for our Community Health Center members. The program provides purchasing support and resources for CHC purchasing staff.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Maria is responsible for coordinating the In-REACH Training Programs by scheduling new cohorts and helping to onboard new employer partners in Eastern Washington. She assists management in the research, development, and implementation of new apprenticeship programs. Maria has 15 years of experience serving the community working closely with both providers and patients.
Kittanya is responsible for providing technical and administrative expertise for our member trainings, ensuring a smooth planning process, successful implementation, and consistent documentation.
Yulissa strengthens health access and equity in rural health center populations by providing tailored patient support, conducting outreach, and tracking navigation program outcomes. She assists patients in understanding the purpose of CRC testing, helps to address their barriers, ensures patients are informed of options, and helps them schedule and prepare for colonoscopy appointments. Yulissa's work is part of a partnership with the UW Dept. of Family Medicine, in support of a National Cancer Institute grant to study patient navigation as a method of increasing rates of colonoscopy completion among rural patients with positive fecal immunochemical tests (FIT)
Patricia supports the health centers to reduce health disparities and increase access to comprehensive primary care services among the underserved. Through training, technical assistance and safety net communication, she works to link upstream investment, enabling services and community engaged strategies to advance access and primary care.
Cathy is the key contact for clinical leadership and staff, focused on supporting comprehensive and integrated clinical services at our member health centers.
Brianne supports community health centers to expand contraceptive services and promote equitable access to voluntary, patient-centered contraception care across all communities.
Arielle comes to us with a background working in compliance/QI for various healthcare organizations in Washington. She earned her M.S. in Human and Community Resources from the University of Wisconsin and has a passion for serving the underserved. As Health Profession Education Coordinator, Arielle will help plan new cohorts and work to add new employers to the program.
Yasmine is responsible for coordinating the In-REACH Training Programs by scheduling new cohorts and helping to onboard new employer partners in Western Washington. She assists management in the research, development, and implementation of new apprenticeship programs.
Amanda strengthens the capabilities of CHCs by promoting workforce development through The Association's apprenticeship program. Through database management, progress monitoring, and advising, Amanda supports a network of apprentices across the state from enrollment to graduation and beyond.
Tanzania is the lead consultant and primary liaison for the IN- Reach Consultation Team. She is responsible for the national expansion of the MA Apprenticeship, partnering with PCAs in states throughout the country. Apprenticeship Programming also includes several other allied health programs. Tanzania also assists and collaborates with the Direct Training Team!
Kayla is responsible for the creative development of marketing and communication materials that help promote awareness, impact, and participation of our In-REACH training programs.
Connor serves as the main point of contact for apprentices as they navigate through their program. He provides technical, academic, and social support towards all aspects of the program to ensure that apprentices can succeed and graduate.