UW Medicine Advisory Board


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 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.


Jeremy Jaech 

Jeremy Jaech

is a technology and software entrepreneur. Currently he serves as managing partner for Harmony Meadows, LLC. Through December 2015, he was CEO of SNUPI Technologies, which uses technology developed at the University of Washington and Georgia Tech to deliver sensors and web services for home hazards, conditions, and threats.

Previously, he co-founded Aldus, which invented desktop publishing through its PageMaker software, and was eventually acquired by Adobe.

He then led the team that founded Visio, another game-changing software company that brought engineering drawing to the masses; Visio was eventually acquired by Microsoft.

He led the founding team at Trumba, and following Trumba served as CEO of Verdiem, a company in the enterprise PC energy management space. Regent Jaech currently serves on the board of Control 4 Corporation and UW’s College of Engineering Visiting Committee.  He is the Chair Emeritus of the Technology Alliance Board.

In 2009, Jaech was named one of the top 25 Innovators & Entrepreneurs by Seattle Business Magazine and in 2006, won the UW’s College of Engineering Diamond Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Regent Jaech earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1977 and a Master of Science in Computer Science in 1980 from the University of Washington.  Originally from Richland, Washington, he lives in Seattle.

He was Acting Chair and Chair of the Board of Regents from July 2017 to September 2018.


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.


Gary Kohlwes 

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.


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.


Julie A. Nordstrom 

Julie A. Nordstrom

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.


Paul G. Ramsey, M.D., 

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.,

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).


Rogelio Riojas 

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 h3 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 

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.


Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

is the Visiting Distinguished professor in the Practice of Health Care at Georgetown University and also a Visiting Professor and Distinguished Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to these appointments, in March 2015, Dr. Wakefield was named by President Barack Obama to serve as the Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She held this position through January 20, 2017. 

Prior to becoming Acting Deputy Secretary, Dr. Wakefield was appointed by President Obama as the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Wakefield's public service career also includes over eight years working in the United States Senate where she served as a legislative assistant and later as chief of staff to two North Dakota senators:  Kent Conrad and Quentin Burdick.

Dr. Wakefield has extensive academic experience, including serving as associate dean for rural health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences University of North Dakota, director of the Center for Health Policy, Research and Ethics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and as a faculty member and area chair in the College of Nursing, University of North Dakota . Additionally, she worked on site as a consultant to the World Health Organization 's Global Programme on AIDS in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Wakefield is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has served on a number of public and not for profit boards and committees bringing expertise in nursing, health care quality and access to care and health workforce.

She currently serves as a member of the Macy Foundation and the MITRE Health Advisory Committee.  Her prior service includes membership on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, member of President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, member of the National Advisory Committee to HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy and member of the Commonwealth Fund's Commission to Create a High Performing Health System.

Dr. Wakefield has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND and master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also completed the Harvard University School of Government's Program for Senior Managers in Government.