The Association Staff
The Washington Association for Community Health helps our state’s community health centers expand their reach and improve the health of the more than 1 million low-income people they serve.
At The Association, we’re passionate about the work of our members to ensure that everyone —regardless of income—can access quality health care.
Bob provides strategic leadership for mission fulfillment, working with the Association's Board of Directors to develop and implement long-range planning and responsible stewardship of the Association's resources. He guides the work of staff in establishing and nurturing programs that strengthen Washington's community and migrant health centers and position them to successfully address changing healthcare trends. He is responsible for organizational and financial planning and strategic advocacy with policy makers and federal and state partners on behalf of member health centers.
Kristina is the Association’s key manager for monitoring and supporting Washington health center’s state of the workforce and is responsible for overseeing development, administration, and implementation of workforce development training and technical assistance as well as the development and maintenance of clinical apprenticeship training programs.
Courtney plans, manages, and implements the Association’s advocacy, legislative, and policy agenda, elevating the Association’s presence before state and federal legislative and administrative bodies within the health and healthcare sectors in Washington. Her role includes monitoring the health policy landscape and addressing issues facing community health centers - and the communities they serve – as they advance health equity and racial, social, and economic justice.
Hannah supports Washington's health centers' capacity to deliver high quality care and improve access with a view towards lessening health disparities. Using project management and process improvement approaches, Hannah oversees development and management of clinical and operational training and technical assistance (T/TA) and facilitates dialogue and interdisciplinary learning in support of identified member needs and Association strategic goals. Hannah is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Patient Centered Medical Home content expert.
Alyssa is responsible for the collaborative development, administration, implementation, and expansion of healthcare apprenticeship programs, including the In-REACH Medical Assistant Apprenticeship Program. She also supports Washington health centers by coordinating workforce improvement trainings and technical assistance.
Terri provides office management, support to the Director of Finance and assists program staff with clerical and logistical assistance for travel and events. She manages the Group Purchasing Program and provides training and support for the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Negheen serves as a policy analyst with the Government Affairs team. She brings over a decade of professional experience as a policy developer and strategist in WA state. She has experience navigating all levels of government, including government-to-government practice with Tribal Councils in issues related to transportation and health care. Her passion to advance affordable & accessible health care for all paired with her lived experience as a first generation Iranian-American intentionally place "equity" as a founding principal in her work. Negheen supports the Director of Government Affairs to advance health care policy priorities for our community health centers.
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.
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.
Jessica manages the Association’s Dental Learning Network, provides staff support and policy development to both the Dental and Behavioral Health Committees, and manages the community health centers annual lobby day activities.
David supports training and technical assistance for health centers in behavioral health practice and advancement of behavioral health, substance use disorder (SUD)/medication assistant treatment (MAT) and primary care integration. David convenes and facilitates peer networking opportunities and serves as the point-of-contact for behavioral health practice and SUD/MAT inquiries.
Prudence supports the creation and expansion of Behavioral Health Apprenticeship and Career Training Opportunities in Washington State. She is involved in the planning of behavioral health apprenticeship programs namely substance use disorder professional, behavioral health peer counselor, and behavioral health tech. Prudence works directly with the FQHCs and supports workforce partners to enhance the implementation process.
Brianne supports community health centers’ role in improving the health of patients and communities they serve. Through convening and facilitating peer networking and learning opportunities, she advances quality improvement and promotes health equity and whole-person, value-based care.
As a Certified Holistic Health Professional, Tanzania comes to the Association with over a decade of experience in community and public health around the Greater Tacoma-Seattle area. As the IN-Reach Partnerships Associate, she will liaison the cultivation, touchpoints, and general administrative support of relationships with out-of-state partners and consultees. Tanzania also assists with the building and strengthening of all apprenticeship programs.
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.
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).
The Workforce Specialist provides administrative and direct apprentice support for the MA Apprenticeship Program as staff work to expand In-REACH training programs. They support the apprenticeship application process, monitors program requirements, and assists in the outreach and recruitment efforts for future program cohorts.
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.
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.
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.
Karie manages data collection and analysis projects in support of The Association's strategic priorities, provides data training and assistance, works on SDH data efforts and is heading up the PCAs research projects.