UW Medicine Board

​​​​The UW Medicine Board consists of community leaders appointed by the University of Washington Board of Regents. The UW Medicine Board advises and assists the chief executive officer and the dean of the School of Medicine in strategic planning and oversight of programs across UW Medicine, including Harborview Medical Center, the UW School of Medicine, UW Medical Center, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, and Airlift Northwest.

Michael D. Garvey, Chair

Michael Garvey Michael Garvey, UW Medicine Board Chair, is chairman of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a holding company with investments primarily in the maritime industry. He practiced law with the firms of Preston Thorgrimson and Garvey, Schubert & Barer, where he was a founding member. Among his past and current business associations are Ste. Michelle Vintners, the K-2 Ski Co., Columbia River Farms Corp., Cascade Management Corp. (nursing homes), Foss Maritime Co., Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc., Tollycraft Yachts, KCM (architects and engineers) and SeaBear Co.

Richard E. Jones, Vice Chair 

Richard Jones Richard E. Jones is the president and CEO of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to assuming that role in 2005, Jones worked for Ernst & Young for more than 30 years in San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Jones, who holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley and attended Northwestern University, has been an active board member for several Seattle health-care institutions. He served as a board member for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He is chair of the UW Medicine board’s compliance committee. In addition, Jones has served on the board of directors for the Pacific Science Center.

James K. Anderson

James Anderson James Anderson has served on the Health Resources Northwest/Northwest Hospital since 2000 and is currently Chairman. He also serves as the Chair of the Information Systems Committee and Executive Committee.  Mr. Anderson has also served as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Board of Directors for Northwest Healthcare Insurance Services and Washington Casualty Company and Chairman of the Budget Committee of the Board of Overseers of Whitman College.  He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous business, civic, art and educational organizations, including: Pacific First Financial Corporation, Multicare Health System, Tacoma/Pierce County Economic Development Council, The Corporate Council for the Arts and Reality Based Learning.

Kristianne Blake

Kristi Blake is President of Kristianne Gates Blake, PS. She served as a partner with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells prior to starting her own firm in 1987. Kristi serves as a trustee of the Russell Funds and Principal Funds and as a director of Avista Corporation and Ecova.  Community board service includes YMCA Retirement Fund, Saint George's School, YMCA of the Inland Empire, Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Spokane County, Junior League of Spokane and the Higher Education Coordinating Board.  Kristi was born and raised in Seattle, graduating with a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

Kimberly McNally

KimberlyMcNally.jpg Kimberly McNally, MN, RN, is President of McNally & Associates, an executive coaching and consulting firm and works with leaders and teams in health care, nonprofit, and education organizations. She draws on more than 30 years of health care experience in leadership, education, and clinical positions. Prior to forming McNally & Associates in 1998, Kimberly served as Director of Education at Valley Medical Center responsible for managing organization-wide training efforts. For Health Incentives, Inc., she held executive positions in service delivery and account management working with employers, benefits professionals and health care organizations throughout the country. In addition, she held leadership and clinical positions at Valley Medical Center, Fairfax Hospital, UW Medical Center and Maine Medical Center. She has a Master's degree in Nursing with a minor in Business from UW and a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Saint Anselm College. She received certification as a professional coach from New Ventures West.  Kimberly is engaged in health care governance at the local, state and national levels.  She currently serves on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Board.  Previously, she served on the UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center and Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Boards.  She is past chair, AHA Committee on Governance and a member of the Center for Healthcare Governance National Board of Advisors. In addition, she served on the boards of Seattle Mental Health, Empty Space Theatre, and Washington Homecare.​

Alan Frazier

Alan Frasier Alan Frazier is the founder and managing partner of Frazier Healthcare Ventures, which has raised seven venture capital funds representing $1.8 billion and invested in more than 100 emerging life science companies since 1991. Frazier serves on the boards of Cadence Pharmaceuticals and Trilogy Health.  Frazier earned a bachelor’s degree from the UW and serves on the boards of the Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association and the Western Washington University Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the UW Medicine industry advisory committee and the advisory council for the J. David Gladstone Institute, which is associated with the University of California San Francisco.

Allan C. Golston

Allan Golston As the U.S. program president for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan C. Golston oversees education, U.S. libraries, and Pacific Northwest grant programs, as well as U.S. Program Advocacy and Special Initiatives. Golston, who joined the foundation in 1999, most recently served as its chief financial and administrative officer.  Golston's professional experience spans health care, software development, consulting and public accounting. Golston is a certified public accountant and holds a master's degree in business administration from Seattle University and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.  Before joining the Gates Foundation, Golston served as director of finance for Swedish Health Services, director of finance and controller for the University of Colorado Hospital and director of business analysis and product development at MIS, Inc.  He is an active community volunteer in several nonprofit regional and national organizations and has served on a number of boards, including New Futures, Philanthropy Northwest and the Public Library of Science. He was a fellow of the British-American Project and a delegate to the United States/Japan Leadership Program.

Gerald Grinstein

Gerald Grinstein Gerald Grinstein is a former president of the UW Board of Regents. He retired as non-executive chair of Agilent Technologies and currently is a principal of the Madrona Investment Group and a member of the boards of directors for several corporations, including PACCAR, Inc.; Delta Air Lines; Vans, Inc., and the Pittston Company. He has served as chair and CEO of Western Airlines and Burlington Northern, and is a former partner in the firm of Preston, Thorgrimson, Ellis & Holman. He was also chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and administrative aide to the late U.S. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson. Grinstein is co-chair of the UW Campaign for Washington and active in community organizations, serving on the boards of the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Foundation and Long Live the Kings. He earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard University.

Gary Kohlwes

Gary Kohlwes Mr. Gary Kohlwes served on the Valley Medical Center Board of Commissioners from 1995-2007 and was recently appointed to the Valley Board as a community trustee. He has served on the Washington Pacific Insurance SP Board since 2008. Mr. Kohlwes was the superintendent of the Renton School District from 1974-1997. He is owner and president of a commercial fishing vessel in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He is a board member and executive director of the First Financial Northwest Foundation and founding board member and initial president of the Renton Community Foundation. Mr. Kohlwes is a UW alumnus.

Julie A. Nordstrom

Julie Nordstrom Julie A. Nordstrom is a full-time parent to three children and a part-time community volunteer. She has served on the board of Seattle Children's Home and on the advisory board of Child Haven. Nordstrom has volunteered at Seattle Children's in several capacities, and she is currently working on projects for UW Medical Center and Seattle Children's. She participated in Leadership Tomorrow and completed the program in June 2005. Nordstrom was formerly an associate for the law firm of Stafford, Frey, Cooper and Stewart, where she worked in the construction and surety division. She was also a law clerk for Justice James Dolliver of the Washington Supreme Court. She earned her law degree from Seattle University and her bachelor’s degree in political science from the UW.

Dennis I. Okamoto

Dennis Okamoto Dennis I. Okamoto is a 1970 graduate of the UW with a bachelor’s degree in general business. Okamoto has held many significant leadership positions in local business and community organizations. He retired in 1996 as regional vice president for US West, now Qwest. Okamoto served in Gov. Booth Gardner's cabinet as director of the Department of Revenue and is a past president of the Japan America Society. He serves as director and treasurer of the board of Watermark Credit Union.

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.

Paul Ramsey Dr. Paul G. Ramsey is the chief executive officer of UW Medicine and dean of the UW School of Medicine. He graduated from Harvard College in 1971 with honors in biochemistry and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1975. Following completion of residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Ramsey came to the UW in 1978. Ramsey was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine in 1992 and became the first holder of the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine in 1995. In June 1997, he was appointed vice president for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine. Ramsey has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the UW School of Medicine’s graduating class three times (in 1984, 1986 and 1987) and the Margaret Anderson Award from the UW graduating class of 1989. The latter award recognizes exceptional support of medical students.  Ramsey is noted for developing methods to assess physicians' clinical competence. He received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1999 in recognition of his research contributions in the field of physician evaluation. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the boards of directors for the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the Association of Academic Health Centers.

Bill Rex

Bill Rex Mr. Rex retired as Managing Director of Prudential Securities Inc. and currently serves in an advisory role at Wachovia Securities Inc. Prior to Prudential Securities, Mr. Rex was President of Picnic Point Development Company, Ltd. Concurrently, he was Executive Vice President at Shearson Lehman Brothers and President of Foster & Marshall Realty and Mortgage Company, where he previously held the title of Senior Executive Vice President. Prior to Foster & Marshall, Mr. Rex held Vice President positions at John Nuveen & Company and at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, consecutively. Mr. Rex has a long history of leadership, membership and participation in dozens of civic, business and charitable boards and organizations. In addition to the Northwest Hospital Board, he currently sits on the board of the Museum of Flight. Mr. Rex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Grinnell College.

Herman Sarkowsky

Herman Sarkowsky Herman Sarkowsky, a 1949 UW graduate, is president of Sarkowsky Investment Corporation and has been in the home building and construction business since 1950. He was a partner in Frederick & Nelson department stores and developer of the 62-story Key Tower in downtown Seattle. Sarkowsky was an owner and managing partner of the Seattle Seahawks and managing partner and owner of the Portland Trailblazers Basketball Club. Sarkowsky is active in UW affairs, having served in the past as president of the alumni Fund, chairman of the President’s Club, board member of the Alumni Association, as well as trustee and chairman of the University Hospital Board. He also has served as a member of the Board of Regents and chaired the first capital fund drive for the UW School of Medicine and medical center. He also served as a member of the executive committee of the UW Foundation Board. In addition, Sarkowsky has been chairman of the board of trustees of Seattle Children’s foundation and was the board chair of the Seattle Art Museum.

JoAnn Taricani

JoAnn Taricani is a UW associate professor and chair of the Division of Music History at the UW School of Music. She received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in music history and has published articles in the fields of American and Renaissance music, including work on music written by the novelist Henry Fielding, published by Oxford University Press in 2004. At the UW, she has chaired the provost's Academic Advisory Committee on Legislative Matters and the Faculty Council on University Relations, and served on several presidential task forces. She served as the faculty legislative representative and subsequently worked in the UW Office of Government Relations. From 2003 to 2005, Taricani was special counsel to the president of the University of Michigan, where she continues to provide services as a consultant on university events.

Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young Michael K. Young became President of the University of Washington on July 1, 2011. Also a tenured Professor of Law, President Young has a distinguished record as an academic leader with broad experience in public service and diplomacy.  Prior to his appointment at the UW, he served as President and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Utah. Before assuming the presidency at Utah, he was Dean and Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School. He was also a professor at Columbia University and served as a law clerk to the late Chief (then Associate) Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court. President Young has held numerous government positions, including Deputy Under Secretary for Economic and Agricultural Affairs and Ambassador for Trade and Environmental Affairs in the Department of State during the presidency of the first President Bush. He also served as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1998-2005 and chaired the Commission on two occasions. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.President Young is a graduate of Brigham Young University (B.A., 1973) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1976), where he served as a note editor of the Harvard Law Review.​

Carolyn V. Parnell

Carolyn V. Parnell Carolyn Parnell has been a commissioner of Valley Medical Center since 1998. Since 1997, Ms. Parnell has been a board member and treasurer of the Renton Area Youth and Family Services. Ms. Parnell has worked at Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Rainier Bank and Dimmitt Middle School. She received a bachelors’ degree in Business Administration from DeVry University and two masters’ degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Human Resource Management. Ms. Parnell has been a volunteer at the Renton and Seattle public schools for over 10 years. ​