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East West Life Science Summit 2020


Jan Ward Olmstead

Jan Ward Olmstead, Chumash, MPA

Senior Public Health Policy and Project Advisor, American Indian Health Commission (AIHC)

Jan Ward Olmstead, Chumash, MPA, serves as the Senior Public Health Policy and Project Advisor to the American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) for Washington State. In partnership with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Health programs, and community members, Jan helps create Native approaches that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision, and the engagement of Tribal elected officials. She brings an understanding of evidence-based public health knowledge from working with tribal communities. Jan has over 40 years of experience in health policy, public administration, and Tribal and intergovernmental affairs. Her experience includes development of models and curriculum to support culturally grounded strategic thinking and program development. Jan earned a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College, Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Tribal Governance-management, policy, and leadership for indigenous organizations. She has served as adjunct faculty in the MPA Tribal Governance and General Cohorts at The Evergreen State College. Jan is a certified master trainer in the Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experience and Resilience. She applies a historical and cultural context in trauma informed approaches as a path to healing through Seven Generation Strategies, acknowledgement of intergenerational core strengths, and self-determination. Jan serves on multiple boards and committees to address systemic racism, support equity, and community-driven capacity building in American Indian and Alaska Native health and wellness. Together, Jan and her husband Roger, have four grown sons, their partners, and their first grandchild.

Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown, PhD

Director, Washington State Department of Commerce

Lisa J. Brown, Ph.D., was appointed Commerce director by Gov. Inslee and began serving the agency in February of 2019.

Prior to serving as Commerce director, she served as chancellor of Washington State University, where she led the health science campus in Spokane.

Lisa served in the Washington State Legislature from 1996 – 2013 in the Senate where she was majority leader and chaired the Rules Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and Energy, Technology and Telecommunications Committee. She served in the state House of Representatives from 1993 – 1996, where she was minority whip and minority floor leader. She has worked extensively on economic development in Eastern Washington and on gender equity.

Prior to state office, she was an associate professor of economics at Eastern Washington University and an associate professor of leadership at Gonzaga University. Lisa earned her bachelor's degree in economics at the University of Illinois and her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Colorado in Boulder.


Rick Abbott

Rick Abbott

Vice President, Product and Market Solutions, Premera Blue Cross

Rick Abbott is the Vice President of Product and Market Solutions, for Premera Blue Cross, providing leadership and oversight for aligning the organization's overall product strategy.

Abbott joined Premera in 2018 from Imagine Health, a startup focused on creating high-performance health plans for national employers.

Abbott served as Vice President Customer Success at Castlight Health, Vice President Health Plan Services at Health Data Management Solutions (HDMS), Senior Manager of Data Use for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Director BHI Programs for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Abbott completed his undergraduate education at Iowa State University with a major in advertising. He attained a Master of Business Administration degree from DePaul University with an emphasis in health sector management and has completed graduate coursework in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University.

He resides in Kirkland, Washington, with his wife and five children.

Jeff Bell

Jeffrey Bell

Interim President, Empire Health Foundation

Jeffrey Bell has been Interim President of the Empire Health Foundation since September 2019. He previously served as Board Chair. Jeffrey is also Director of Strategic Engagement for Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. In this role, Jeffrey engages and recruits hospitals and clinics across the state to become teaching sites for WSU medical students. Prior to this, Jeffrey was managing partner at Gallatin Public Affairs for 20 years and managed the Spokane office. In this role, he specialized in crisis communication, strategic communication, media and presentation training for clients. Additionally, Jeffrey currently serves on the Joya Foundation Board.

Jac Davies

Jac Davies, MS, MPH

Executive Director, Northwest Rural Health Network

Jac Davies is the Executive Director of the Northwest Rural Health Network (NWRHN), a consortium of 11 rural health systems working together to improve the quality of patient care ; improve the health of their rural population ; and reduce the per capita costs of health care services. Before joining the NWRHN, Ms. Davies worked at Inland Northwest Health Services where she managed multiple programs including telehealth and workplace wellness. Earlier she served as the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Epidemiology, Health Statistics and Public Health Laboratories at the Washington State Department of Health. Ms. Davies has an MS and an MPH from the University of Washington, and a BS from the Mississippi University for Women.

Jeffrey Haney

Jeffrey Haney, MD

Clinical Education Director, Family Medicine and Interim Chair, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, WSU

Jeff Haney, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences. He serves as the Interim Chair of the Department and as Clinical Education Director for Family Medicine. Additionally, he directs the leadership certificate for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM). He also provides service and teaching in many other venues of the college's activities. He co-chairs the Washington State Family Medicine Education Advisory Board and holds many roles within Family Medicine specialty societies at the state and national level. Prior to arrival at the ESFCOM, he served as the Program Director/DIO for the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency (SRFMR).

Dr. Haney grew up in Eastern Washington. He attended Washington State University, receiving a B.S. in Biology. He attended the University of Washington School of Medicine, completing his family medicine training in Santa Rosa, CA. In Santa Rosa, he served as chief resident, faculty member, and associate program director in advance of his Program Director/DIO role. In addition to his medical training he completed the Northern California/UCSF Faculty Development Fellowship and the National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship. Dr. Haney's prior academic appointments were attained in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He speaks nationwide at such forums as AAFP State Chapter Assemblies, STFM Annual Conferences, PDW/RPS Conferences, Faculty Development Fellowships and invited presentations. He served on STFM's Next Accreditation System Taskforce and is faculty member and steering committee chair for On the Road/Faculty Development Delivered.

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Haney plans to spend as much time, during the rest of his life, out of doors with people he loves.

Andrew Joseph

Andrew Joseph

Nespelem District Representative, Colville Business Council

Andrew C. Joseph Jr. has had both a traditional and tribal life experience, starting out living under the Relocation Act and at age 9 moving back to the Colville Reservation where he learned his Tribal ways and spiritual teachings. His schooling covered a wide range from boarding school to Intermountain Indian High School, to becoming an Army Ranger and finally earning certification in Heavy Equipment and Diesel Mechanics. In 2003 he was elected to his Tribal Council where he eventually became chair of his Tribe's HHS Committee and delegate to the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB). In only his second year on the Board he was elected to serve as Vice Chair, and also served on several National HIS Health Committees. He became chair of NPAIHB and served on the National Indian Health Board, The Affiliated Tribes of American Indian Executive Committee, the Healing lodge of 7 Nations Youth Treatment Center’s Board where he became Chair, as well as the Tribal Advisory Board for the WSU School of Medicine.

Christine Johnson

Christine Johnson, PhD

Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane

Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) Chancellor Christine Johnson is charged with leading a complex district that spans six counties over a 12,300 square mile area. It includes Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College, as well as rural learning centers, Head Start/Early Learning centers and more than 2,300 employees.

Dr. Johnson serves on the Washington STEM Board of Directors and is a Washington STEM Alliance governor’s appointee. She is on the Greater Spokane Inc. (GSI) Executive Committee, Gonzaga University Board of Trustees, Eastern Washington University Advisory Council and Washington State University Medical School President’s Advisory Council.

At the national level, Dr. Johnson’s service includes the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board of Directors, Achieving the Dream (AtD), Viridis Educational Advisory Council, Western Governors University Academic Affairs Council, Completion Arch Presidents’ Advisory Council, American Association of Community College’s 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges and 21st Century Initiative – Implementation Team: Community College/K-12 Collaboration for College Readiness and CAEL.

Dr. Johnson has built strong business partnerships as STEM co-chair for Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), as a member of the Governor’s State of Washington STEM Innovation Alliance, the co-chairperson of AirSpokane.

Vicki Lowe

Vicki Lowe

Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission for Washington State

Vicki Lowe, a descendant of the Jamestown S'Klallam and Bella Coola First Nations, began working in the Jamestown Tribes Health Program and has seen this program through many changes in the world of healthcare. In July of 2015, Ms. Lowe became the Executive Director of the AIHC. Working with the AIHC, she has utilized her vast knowledge of the Indian Health Care Delivery System, state and federal regulations that govern the Indian Health, to implement statewide strategies supporting Tribal and Urban Indian health programs. Some of these efforts include:

  • Developed Tribal Assister Project and Indian Health Care Reform Manual for Washington State
  • Ensure Tribal engagement and inclusion in Medicaid Transformation
  • Help with drafting and passage of the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act (2019) and the Washington Indian Behavioral Health Act (2020)

Ms. Lowe is also very involved in the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal Community. She has been part of the Jamestown Canoe Family since 2009, pulling in the Tribe's canoe since 2012. She supports singing and drumming, language, weaving classes and other culture programs. In 2012, she was honored as the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's Volunteer of the Year. She has five children and seven grandchildren.

John McCarthy

John McCarthy, MD

Assistant Dean, Rural Health, UW-Gonzaga Regional Health Partnership

Dr. McCarthy is a Native Washingtonian, he was born in Spokane, and spent his formative years in Tacoma. He has his Bachelor's in Science from Santa Clara University, a Master's in Counseling Psychology from Gonzaga and his Medical Degree from University of Washington. He completed his residency in Family Medicine in 1993 with an emphasis on rural medicine. He worked for 14 years in Tonasket, WA performing full spectrum Family Medicine including operative obstetrics and emergency room staffing. There he served as the medical director for Okanogan Home Health and Hospice's Hospice program and as the Public Health Officer for the county.

During his medical career, he has been a small business owner, part of a multi-specialty group, a clinician at a community health center, and an employee of a large primary care practice. He currently serves as Assistant Dean for Rural Programs for the University of Washington's School of Medicine, he is the Chief Medical Officer and a clinician for the NATIVE Project, and he continues to fill the position of Public Health Officer for Okanogan County. He is a past President for the Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) and a past President of the WAFP Foundation. Dr. McCarthy was Washington State's Family Physician of the Year in 2012 and Spokane's Physician Citizen of the Year in 2014. He is the Past-Chair for the Group on Regional Medical Campuses for the American Association of Medical Colleges. He is the Past President of the Spokane County Medical Society (SCMS) and Past President of the SCMS Foundation. He is a board member of Better Health Together, the region's Accountable Community of Health. Dr. McCarthy is passionate about equity for our disenfranchised community members and the value Family Medicine offers to the health of the public. He is an avid cyclist and nordic skier.

Vanessa McLaughlin

Vanessa McLaughlin

Founder, Welcome Home Health

For more than three decades, Ms. McLaughlin's compassion, empathy, and a drive to make a difference have empowered her to successfully tackle health care initiatives through sustainable business modeling, market assessment, product development, and fund acquisition.

Building her first telemedicine program for the Veterans Health Administration, VISN 20, Ms. McLaughlin further honed her skills by designing revenue generating programs for integrated health systems allowing them to profitably expand their remote health care programs.

Vanessa was named a 2020 SheEO US Venture and is the current Chair of the Interstate Telehealth SIG for the American Telemedicine Association. She has served on numerous boards includes American Telemedicine Association, and the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools where she served as Board Chair for 3 years. She has served as an adjunct Professor, Portland State University, School of Business.

Vanessa has a B.S in Business Administration/Finance from University of Oregon and an Master of Public Health from Portland State University. She and her husband, Dr. Christopher Thoming have three sons and a grand-daughter. Ms. McLaughlin is the Founder/CEO of Welcome Home Health a digital health care navigation service supporting patients through post inpatient discharge, chronic disease management and aging in place.

Marcelo Morales

Marcelo Morales

Co-Founder, Amend Health

Marcelo is founder of A4Ventures, a Washington-based venture fund which focuses on creating and and supporting early stage companies in the life sciences, medical device and high tech industries.

Through A4Ventures, he has founded, co-founded or held a board role on several Washington-Based companies in Life Sciences, including: Allele Diagnostics, a diagnostic laboratory focused on rapid genetic testing&59; Amend Health, a rural health care technology integrator;Celere Talent, a biotechnology talent acquisition and advisory firm&59; Arevo Health, a cloud-based SaaS organization focused on providing health care cost transparency&59; ChalkLabs, a data visualization and analytics company amongst others, Share Farm, a peer-to-peer food delivery and distribution company. Marcelo is also an acting Adjunct with Washington State University Ellison S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Prior to founding A4Ventures, Marcelo held the position of Chief Executive Officer for Jubilant HollisterStier, a subsidiary of Jubilant Life Sciences. Prior to joining Jubilant HollisterStier, Marcelo was the Canadian Industry Segment Leader for the Life Sciences practice of Deloitte & Touche LLP, and a member of their global Life Sciences leadership team, based in Toronto, Canada.

Marcelo either currently serves or has recently served on the following not-for-profit boards: the World Economic Forum's Health Care Initiative, Greater Spokane Incorporated Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Innovia Foundation and the Spokane United Way Association. Marcelo is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a Masters of Business Administration, and a graduate of McMaster University where he received a Bachelors of Sciences specializing in Biochemistry.

Stacey Morrison

Stacey Morrison

Associate Director, WWAMI, AHEC

Stacey Morrison runs the daily operations of the WWAMI Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at the Office of Rural Programs of the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). The WWAMI AHEC seeks to improve, expand, and diversify the healthcare workforce in rural and underserved communities. Part of the national AHEC program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), WWAMI AHEC serves the two states of Washington and Idaho with five regional AHEC Centers, the “boots of the ground” partners. Washington State has two centers—AHEC of Western Washington in Bellingham and Eastern Washington AHEC in Spokane. Idaho has three centers— Northern Idaho AHEC in Moscow, Southwest Idaho AHEC in Boise, and  Southeast Idaho AHEC in Pocatello. The centers run continuing education for providers, pipeline programs for high school students, and facilitate cohorts of the new AHEC Scholars program.  

Stacey has worked at the UWSOM for five years. Her last position was as Project Manager on the creation of the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub Healthcare Resource Portal.

Stephanie Papes

Stephanie Papes

CEO, Boulder Care

Stephanie Papes is the Founder and CEO of Boulder: a digital care provider that offers medical treatment and long-term support for people with substance use disorders.  

Stephanie has dedicated her career to healthcare innovation, working to move the industry forward through venture capital investing, entrepreneurship, research, and public policy.  

Prior to founding Boulder in 2017, Stephanie was a healthcare services and technology investor in New York. She has held strategy, operating, and Board roles with leading startups in outpatient addiction treatment, oncology, dermatology, and palliative care.

Davis Patterson

Davis Patterson, PhD

Deputy Director, WWAMI Rural Health Research Center

Davis Patterson, PhD, is a sociologist and Research Associate Professor in the University of Washington (UW) Department of Family Medicine in Seattle, Washington. He is Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and an investigator in the UW Center for Health Workforce Studies. His research seeks to inform policy and improve rural and underserved populations' access to healthcare, with a focus on the health workforce. His current research includes studies examining educational pathways, from K-16 through health professional schools, to produce rural health care practitioners; rural emergency medical services; and provision of home health services to rural patients. He is a member of the International Health Workforce Collaborative and Chair of AcademyHealth's Health Workforce Interest Group. He is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Belize), an avid traveler, and fluent in Spanish.

Alison Poulsen

Alison Poulsen

Executive Director, Better Health Together

In June 2014, Alison moved from Seattle to lead the Better Health Together team of tenacious problem solvers committed to radically improving our region's health. Better Health Together is a community based nonprofit organization.

Alison brings a wealth of executive level nonprofit leadership, corporate social responsibility and community engagement experience as key tools for creating sustainable community impact.  Prior to moving Spokane, she served as the Executive Director at WithinReach, positioning the organization for the "once in a generation" opportunity to implement the Affordable Care Act in Washington State.  Over the past 20 years, Alison has also served as the Executive Director of four other Northwest nonprofit organizations—NPower NW, Seattle Works, VolunteerWorks and the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce. Alison currently serves as a board member of the Washington State School Employee Benefit Board.

When Alison isn't building community, she is part of a great family that includes Erik, two amazing kids, Barrett (age 14) and Claire (age 12) plus Dodge and Penny June (Australian Shepherd pups), twelve chickens and on occasion a flock of lambs. A transplant to Spokane, she loves her country road running, the time she gets to spend being a "farmer" and watching tv.

Elya Prystowsky

Elya Prystowsky, MS, PhD

Executive Director, Washington Rural Health Collaborative

Elya Prystowsky is the executive director of the Washington Rural Health Collaborative, a nonprofit serving 15 critical access hospitals across the state. Prior to this, Elya was the executive director of the Olympia Community of Health, one of the nine accountable communities of health in the State. Elya is a proven coalition builder and scientist who can translate research into practice into policy with 11 years of applied epidemiology and biostatistics and 10 years in healthcare systems transformation. Elya holds a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in Population Health from Harvard School of Public Health. You can find Elya exploring the trails of South Sound Washington with her two dogs, Bruno and Popper.

Andrew Richards

Andrew Richards

Co-Founder. Amend Health

Andrew has worked in the technology space his entire career in roles ranging from developer to CTO. For more than 15 years he has been hands on with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s in nearly every business sector. His experience covers software development, quality assurance, health care, natural language processing, API development, and other large-scale technology implementations. As CTO of nResult he developed automated sentiment analysis technologies using natural language processing. After nResult, Andrew Co-Founded and acted as Chief Technology Officer at ReelDx where he architected and developed the asynchronous video platform. At the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University, Andrew worked to build out a Health Technology Incubator while advising on health technology innovation. Currently, Andrew is the Co-Founder of and Director of Amend Health; a technology integrator bringing together hospital providers, innovators, and investors with a focus on rural / underserved care. Outside of his roles in technology, Andrew Co-Founded and helps to direct Pinksocks Life, a global movement focused on empathy and human compassion.

Valerie Senatore

Valerie Senatore, PhD

Provost, Community Colleges of Spokane

Dr. Val Senatore was appointed in 2019 as Provost/Chief Learning Officer of the Community Colleges of Spokane, a college district dedicated to meeting the needs of students across a 12,000 square mile service area, including six rural centers in Eastern Washington. With experience in both public and private higher education, Dr. Senatore's prior roles have included assignments as professor, researcher, and administrator. Her roles with DeVry University involved overseeing academic and campus operations in multiple states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Washington, DC and encompassed work with numerous accreditation and state regulatory environments. She was recognized for her notable turnarounds and high level of colleague engagement and development.

Dr. Senatore's experience has also centered on civic engagement, research and internship initiatives; transitioning faculty and students to new learning management systems; and the use of predictive analytics to improve student outcomes and retention. She is recognized for leading efforts to expand educational services to the military and improving student recruitment. In her time at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Dr. Senatore served as the dean of Mathematics, Behavioral and Social Sciences and the International Center. Dr. Senatore earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M and a master's degree in sociology at the University of Texas in Arlington, where she also earned a bachelor's degree in history.

Jenny Slagle

Jenny Slagle

Director of Tribal Relations, Better Health Together

Jenny R. Slagle is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and descendant of the Northern Arapaho tribe. The first to graduate college in her family, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration - IT Management. Jenny has 20 years of tribal government experience working for both the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Yakama Nation. In November 2019, she was elected to the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors, and is the first American Indian womxn to serve on the board. Jenny is also on the Board of Trustees for Every Woman Can and is on the WA211 Statewide Board. She currently works for Better Health Together in Spokane, WA as the Director of Tribal Relations. She works directly with tribes and tribal organizations within Medicaid transformation, ensuring that the work doesn't adversely affect their ability to serve their Native clients.

John Tomkowiak

John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL

Founding Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, WSU

John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL, is the founding dean of the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. A professor of psychiatry and board certified in general psychiatry, as well as a master's degree holder in organizational leadership, Dr. Tomkowiak has expertise in the areas of innovation in medical education, accreditation, and transformational leadership. Prior to his appointment at WSU, he served as the Dean of Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, as well as President of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System and Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs for Rosalind Franklin University. He has held leadership roles at New York Medical College, Florida State University College of Medicine, and Southern Illinois School of Medicine; and has won numerous awards including the Nancy C.A. Roeske MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Public Service, and the Illinois FBI National Academy Associates Citizen of the Year Award.

Dr. Tomkowiak brings deep expertise and passion to training doctors to be leaders in their communities, in personalizing medical students’ education so it is relevant to their careers, and developing physicians who are prepared to practice innovative healthcare.

Francisco R. Velázquez

Francisco R. Velázquez, MD

Physician Executive, Pathos Enterprises LLC

Francisco R. Velázquez, M.D., S.M. is currently the Chair of The Board for InReach Community Dx a company focused on helping rural and critical access hospitals generate revenue to prevent financially motivated closure. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer for PAML and PAML Ventures, a healthcare solutions company with a focus in diagnostics, and one of the top ten reference laboratories in the country. Prior to his role at PAML, Dr. Velázquez held numerous clinical, academic, and executive positions in five medical schools, as well as numerous leadership positions in healthcare systems, academic institutions, integrated delivery systems, and publicly traded companies. He received his training at the Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston, and the Boston University Medical Center. Subsequently he obtained a Masters in Healthcare Management at Harvard University.

He has received numerous awards during his career most recently being named the Business Leader of the Year, by the Latino Hope Foundation in Spokane and Innovator of the Year, by the Life Sciences Washington Association. He is included in numerous professional registries such as Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care, Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs and Who's Who in the World.

Brad Younggren

Brad Younggren

Chief Medical Officer, 98Point6

Brad Younggren joined 98point6 in 2017 as chief medical officer. Prior to his role at 98point6, Brad spent nearly 20 years working as a physician and has served as chief medical officer at Cue, Shift Labs and Mobisante. Brad still works as an emergency physician at EvergreenHealth and is their medical director of emergency preparedness, trauma and urgent care. He received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Brad also earned both a Bronze Star and the Combat Medic Badge for his service in Iraq as a U.S. Army physician. 

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