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.
Julie A. Nordstrom, Chair Julie A. Nordstrom is an active community volunteer. She is currently working on global health initiatives with the University of Washington and is a founding Co-Chair of the Department of Global Health’s Leadership Council. Nordstrom has previously served on the board of Seattle Children's Home, the advisory board of Child Haven, and volunteered at Seattle Children’s. 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.
Peter van Oppen, Vice Chair Peter van Oppen is a partner at Trilogy Partnership, a venture capital and private investment firm in Bellevue, WA. He served as Chairman and CEO of Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC)and its predecessor companies from 1989 to 2006. Previously, he worked in medical electronics and as a consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP and Bain & Company in New York, Boston and London. He was an initial investor in companies that became Voicestream (VSTR) and Western Wireless (WWCA) and served as a director of related entities at various times between 1992 and the sale of Western Wireless in 2005. In addition to ADIC and Western Wireless, he has served on numerous public and private company boards including Isilon Systems (ISLN) through its sale to EMC as well as many private entities. He is currently a director of Level 3 Communications, Inc. (LVLT). He is also a former Chair of the Whitman College Board of Trustees and former director of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants on inactive status and holds a B.A. in political science from Whitman College and a Harvard MBA, where he was a Baker Scholar.
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 director of Avista Corporation. 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.
Ana Mari Cauce Ana Mari Cauce was named President by the University of Washington Board of Regents on October 13, 2015. Dr. Cauce joined the University of Washington faculty in 1986, and is a full professor of Psychology and American Ethnic Studies, with secondary appointments in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, and in the College of Education. She has held numerous administrative positions at the UW, including Director of the UW Honors Program, Chair of American Ethnic Studies, Chair of Psychology, Executive Vice Provost, and Dean of Arts and Sciences and most recently as Provost and Executive Vice President. She was a recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Cauce earned degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Psychology, with a concentration in Child Clinical and Community Psychology from Yale University.
Bernadene “Bernie” Dochnahl
Bernadene “Bernie” Dochnahl is principal of DENBE of Renton, LLC a commercial management and development company. Her experience include leading a small business; executive at Puget Sound Energy; leading the health reform agency for Governor Lowry in the mid 1990’s; and leading a private, non-profit micro lending organization, Global Partnerships. She has over 25 years of experience leading and motivating people to focus on customer satisfaction and business success.
Ms. Dochnahl’s community leadership positions include member of the Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Board, chair of the Mutual of Enumclaw Property and Casualty Insurance Company Board of Trustees, member of the Valley Medical Center Board, past vice chair of the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, former board member for the Center for Women & Democracy, and legislative committee chair of the Renton Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Dochnahl graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington Business School in Accounting.
Alan Frazier 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.
Toni Hoover, director, strategy planning and management of Global Health for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leads a team that is responsible for supporting the programs and functions with business strategy and operations, portfolio and project management, and engagement with product development partners. Her team is working to create more opportunities to consistently deliver high impact interventions in global health by integrating the network of diverse partners involved in product development by leveraging their respective strengths. She also oversees the foundation’s new Fellows program.
Before joining the foundation in 2012, Toni was Senior Vice President and Site Director at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, overseeing the operations of the company’s largest R&D laboratories located in Groton, Connecticut. She is a 25-year veteran of pharmaceutical R & D product development and management where she held positions in clinical research and operations, project and portfolio management, and laboratory and facilities management. While at Pfizer she led the global development of Lyrica® from exploratory development through early commercialization.
In 2013 Toni was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2007 Toni was named one of the “Top 50 Women to Watch” by The Wall Street Journal and in 2004 she received the YMCA’s Black Achiever in Industry Award. Throughout her career she’s been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and has mentored many associated with the pharmaceutical R & D enterprise.
Toni is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctorate in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University. She serves on several not-for-profit boards, including the New York Academy of Sciences, Xavier University of Louisiana, the Joyce Theater, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Lisa Jensen Lisa Jensen is a principal of Jensen Companies, Inc, a company providing technical training to contractors and website and internet marketing support to a variety of business and non-profit organizations. She was elected to the Newcastle City Council in 2007, and appointed to the Harborview board in 2008. Her experience includes over 10 years with Lawson Software, consulting and managing sales support for Healthcare clients, and several years as an Industrial Engineer in the aerospace industry, focused on improving efficiencies in manufacturing processes. She holds a B.A. in Business from the University of Washington.
Richard E. 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 and was the Partner in Charge of Tax for their San Jose and Seattle offices. Jones, who holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, 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 and officer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Board Chair of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He is past chair of the UW Medicine board’s compliance committee. In addition, Jones has served as a board member and officer for the Pacific Science Center.
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.
Terry Lengfelder is a long-time member of the board of Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, both before and after it became a part of U. W. Medicine. He is a past chairman, and currently heads several committees. He has also served as a Community Member of the Finance and Audit Committee of U.W. Medicine. Mr. Lengfelder has served as a consultant in business management, finance and accounting and as an arbitrator. Prior to his years of consultancy, he spent almost four decades at Arthur Andersen & Co., where he served as managing partner of the Seattle and Washington D. C. offices and in Chicago as partner in charge of the firm’s central region. He served two terms on the Board of Partners of Andersen Worldwide and as chairman in 1993 and 94.
Mr. Lengfelder is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and has served as a director on several corporate boards, as well as a director of a number of not-for-profit organizations including the Chamber of Commerce Boards in Seattle, Washington, D. C. and Chicago, where he served two years as chairman.
Kimberly McNally 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.
Arthur F. “Skip” Oppenheimer
A native of Boise, Oppenheimer went to the University of Idaho and graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in history. He also earned a Degree Elementaire from the University of Paris in 1967 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1972. He is currently Chairman/CEO of Oppenheimer Companies, Inc., a national food processing, sales, marketing/distribution organization, and President of Oppenheimer Development Corporation, a commercial real estate company that developed a number of buildings in Boise, among them One Capital Center and Wells Fargo Center.
Oppenheimer has held numerous positions of leadership in public policy organizations, with emphasis on health care, education, children and families, and economic development. Oppenheimer was the initial chair of the St. Luke’s Health System, a $1.4 billion organization serving the Southwestern Idaho region and employing over 8,000 people. Oppenheimer is also the founding chair of the Idaho Business Coalition for Education Excellence, an organization founded in 2003 to enhance education quality in the state by working closely with the state governor and key education stakeholders. Oppenheimer played a leading role as the co-chair of the community college “Yes” campaign, which culminated in the creation of The College of Western Idaho. He also served as a commissioner on the Northwest Accreditation Commission of Colleges and Universities from 1993-2002. Currently, Oppenheimer serves as the president of the Western Region of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves over 1 million scouting enthusiasts.
Oppenheimer is married to Esther Brollier Oppenheimer. They have two sons, Josh Oppenheimer who is a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School in Boise, and Matt Oppenheimer who lives in Seattle and is the CEO of a start-up company named Beamit.
Bruce Pym is a Managing Director of Meridian Capital, an investment banking and M&A advisory firm. Pym practiced law for many years with Heller Ehrman and then, prior to joining Meridian Capital, left law practice to become President and CEO of an investment advisory firm, Elliott Cove Capital Management.
Pym is currently Chair of the Board of 5th Avenue Theatre Foundation and member of the Board of the See Foundation. He previously served as Chair of the Boards of United Way of King County and 5th Avenue Theatre Association and member of the Boards and Executive Committees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He also served as President of the King County Bar Association.
Pym is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees.
Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
Dr. Paul G. Ramsey is the CEO of UW Medicine, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He has served as the senior executive leader of UW Medicine since June, 1997. UW Medicine includes the UW School of Medicine, four hospitals (Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital, Valley Medical Center and UW Medical Center), a network of primary care clinics (UW Neighborhood Clinics), a large physician practice plan (UW Physicians) and a fixed wing and helicopter air ambulance service (Airlift Northwest).
Dr. Ramsey graduated from Harvard College in 1971 with honors in Biochemistry and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1975. Following completion of residency training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he came to the University of Washington in 1978. He served as acting chair and then chair of the UW Department of Medicine from 1990 to 1997 when he was appointed to his current administrative leadership position. Dr. Ramsey was the first holder of the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine in 1995. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the University of Washington School of Medicine’s graduating class three times (in 1984, 1986, and 1987) and the Margaret Anderson Award from the University of Washington graduating class of 1989. The latter Award recognizes exceptional support of medical students.
Dr. Ramsey’s research has focused on the development of methods to assess physicians’ clinical competence. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple research grants related to assessment of physicians’ clinical skills and served as a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine for five years. Dr. Ramsey 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 evaluation. He has served on many national committees and is a member of multiple organizations, including serving as an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine (previously known as the Institute of Medicine).
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.
Rogelio Riojas has served as President and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers since 1978. Sea Mar is a health and human services non-profit organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human and housing services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from a small community clinic in the South Park neighborhood of Seattle, to a large multi-faceted health and human services organization.
Mr. Riojas has also built Sea Mar to be a statewide advocate for those most in need. Sea Mar, in collaboration with its community partners, has been a strong voice and has led social justice advocacy in Washington state. This includes advocating for medical coverage of undocumented children through the state Medicaid program, safe and clean affordable housing for migrant farmworkers, the Basic Health Plan for low income individuals and families, and immigration rights, among many other issues.
Mr. Riojas is a graduate of the University of Washington with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s degree in health administration.
Donna Russell is Principal of Donna Russell Consulting, LLC, a global health consulting firm that specializes in strategic and technical support to facilitate research, development, and implementation of new interventions to improve health globally. Her clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxford University, and the World Health Organization (WHO). She is currently working with WHO to establish in-country bio-banks through the standardized and harmonized collection of biological samples and associated clinical data from pregnant women in Africa and SE Asia to facilitate research on preterm birth, stillbirth, preeclampsia, and other conditions that result in maternal and newborn mortality.
Prior to starting her own consulting company, she co-founded the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), where she served as Director of Research Development. While there, she led the development and successful launch of the GAPPS Repository and provided strategic leadership to advance basic and translational research globally to improve maternal and newborn health.
Before co-founding GAPPS in 2007, she served as a senior policy advisor to the Washington State Board of Health and as a health services consultant to the Washington State Department of Health. She also served as a consultant to other organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Seattle hospitals, and local tribes. Her experience covers health advocacy, policy development and analysis, implementation, research harmonization, health systems strengthening, public health financing, health workforce shortages, tribal health, health disparities, and maternal health.
Ms. Russell is a member of the PRE-EMPT Technical Advisory Group; the Preeclampsia Registry and Biobank, Scientific Advisory Board, Executive Committee; and the Group B Strep International Advisory Board. She has a Bachelor of Science, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Natural Resources, and a Master of Health Administration from the University Of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine.
Since January 2013, Robert Stacey, Professor of History, has served as Dean of the University of Washington’s College of Arts and Sciences, after one year as interim dean. Prior to 2012, he served for four years (2007-2011) as Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities, and for two years (2003-2005) as Divisional Dean of Social Sciences. He was Chair of the Department of History from 1997 until 2002, and Chair of the Jewish Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies from 1994 until 1997.
His scholarly work focuses on the history of Jews in medieval England. His teaching interests include classes in European history, English history, and Jewish history during the middle ages. He is the author of four books, including best-selling textbooks on Western Civilizations (WW Norton) and medieval England (Cengage). A Guggenheim and ACLS fellowship recipient, he has received Distinguished Teaching Awards from the University of Washington (1997) and from Yale University (1988). His Ph.D. is from Yale (1983); he also holds a B.A, summa cum laude, from Williams College, and a B.A/M.A..(with first class honors) from Oxford University.