Leadership

Welcome to UW Medicine.

July 1, 2022

I came to UW Medicine 21 years ago as a fellow in infectious diseases and stayed as faculty because of the people and the unique role UW Medicine serves in our community. It is my great privilege to lead UW Medicine as interim CEO and interim Dean of the School of Medicine.

I believe this is a critical time in medicine as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts on our communities.

UW Medicine is an integrated clinical, research and learning health system with a single mission to improve the health of the public. This goal inspires and unites our community of 39,000-plus faculty, staff, students and trainees. This mission was never more evident as UW Medicine led the response locally and nationally to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We offer patients a wide range of choices for primary, specialty and urgent care with hospitals and clinics located throughout the Puget Sound region. We are also making substantial improvements in how we deliver care by focusing on the patient experience and quality of care, the health of the population we serve, the need to overcome healthcare inequities and the well-being of our employees. As we make decisions, we believe strongly in a principle that patients are first. This work is fully aligned with the changing healthcare landscape, and it makes us a national leader in helping people live healthier lives.

With more than $1 billion per year in research funding, we continue to grow collaborative multidisciplinary research programs that lead the world in biomedical research. We are shortening the time from scientific discovery to finding new ways to prevent, cure and treat heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia and many other common and rare diseases. As UW Medicine health professionals bring their discoveries into our clinical practice, we provide hope to patients and often a quicker return to health.

Our medical school curriculum continues to incorporate new ways of learning that make our students better doctors. They receive more hands-on training, learn effective and respectful communication skills, understand the importance of healthcare equity and are prepared to be leaders in their communities. Patients are already benefiting from this new training in our health system.

As I look to the future, I am confident that we will continue to improve the health for all people through the integration of our clinical, research and education programs. At the same time, I know that the UW Medicine community will be guided by our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as part of our core values. Treating our patients, their families and each other with respect will always remain at the heart of who we are.

Sincerely,

Timothy H. Dellit, MD
Interim CEO, UW Medicine
Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Interim Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington

UW Medicine administration:

Timothy Dellit

Timothy H. Dellit, MD
Interim Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine
Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
Interim Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington

Lisa-Brandenburg

Lisa Brandenburg
President, UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington​

Jacqueline-Cabe

Jacqueline Cabe
Chief Financial Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington

Ruth-Mahan

Ruth Mahan, JD
Chief Business Officer, UW Medicine,
Chief of Staff, UW Medicine and
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington

Anneliese Schleyer

Anneliese Schleyer, MD, MHA
Interim Chief Medical Officer, UW Medicine
Interim Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington

don-theophilus

Don Theophilus, JD
Chief Advancement Officer, UW Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington

Senior leadership

  • Ana Anderson – Senior Director of Business Affairs, UW Medicine; Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Alieu Ann, MBA, CPP – Chief Security Officer, UW Medicine
  • Glenn M. Bieler, JD – Chief Communications Officer, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Maureen Broom, BA – Enterprise Finance Officer/Financial Planning and Analysis, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Beth DeLair – Chief Compliance Officer, UW Medicine, Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Cynthia Dold – Associate Vice President for Clinical Operations, UW Medicine 
  • Madeline Grant, MPP – Director of Government Relations, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Jeannine Erickson Grinnell, MHA, CPA – Chief Executive Officer, Valley Medical Center
  • Debra Gussin – Associate Vice President for Primary Care Services and Population Health
  • Cindy Hecker – Chief Executive Officer, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Paula Houston – Chief Equity Officer, UW Medicine and Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Byron Joyner, MD – Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Maggie Keelan – Assistant Vice President for Advancement
  • Rebecca Kelly – Associate Vice President for Development 
  • Sommer Kleweno Walley – Chief Executive Officer, Harborview Medical Center
  • Patricia Kritek, MD, EDM – Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Randy Mann – Associate Vice President for Campaign
  • Michael Myint, MD – Chief Population Health Officer, UW Medicine
  • Eric Neil – Chief Information Officer, UW Medicine
  • Adam Parcher – Chief Quality Officer, UW Medicine
  • Margaret Peyton – Clinical Business and Regulatory Affairs Officer, UW Medicine; Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington
  • Julie Reid – Vice Dean for Administration and Finance
  • Jeff Richey RN, MHA, FACHE - Executive Director, Airlift Northwest; Associate Administrator, University of Washington Medical Center
  • Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD – Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Mike Tribble – Director of Business and Regulatory Affairs, UW Medicine; Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington; General Counsel for the Nonprofit Entities
  • Bessie Young, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of Washington School of Medicine

UW Medicine advisory board:


William S. Ayer is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air. Ayer, 63, served as chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries through 2012 and as chairman through 2013.

A veteran of more than three decades in aviation, Ayer began his career with Piper Aircraft Company and was the founder of Air Olympia, a small commuter airline in Washington State. He joined Horizon Air in 1982 where he held a variety of marketing and operations positions. He joined Alaska Airlines in 1995 as vice president of marketing and planning and subsequently held the posts of senior vice president, chief operating officer, and president. In 2002 he became the carrier's chief executive officer and in 2003 he was appointed chairman.

Ayer serves on the University of Washington Board of Regents. He also serves on the Honeywell Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Flight and the Board of the National Air and Space Museum. Ayer was a member of the FAA's Management Advisory Council and is past chairman of FAA's NextGen Advisory Committee. He serves on the National Business Aviation Association Board and is chair of the AOPA Foundation Board of Advisors. He also serves on the Boards of two early stage companies, AirMap and VICIS. A graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in economics, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.


Brad Brown was the Senior Vice President of Digital Retail for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) from 1998 - 2016. Since 1998 he has held positions as VP of Information Services and Corporate Purchasing and VP eCommerce & Direct Sales at REI. Brown was responsible for REI.com, REI-outlet.com, Mobile offerings (m.rei.com, shopping applications for both iPhone and Android platforms, and the REI Snow Report) and a Direct Sales team in Sumner, WA. Brown serves on the Board of Directors for Bikes Belong Coalition and Shop.org, the digital division of the National Retail Federation. In his current role, Brown serves as an Independent Consultant/Advisor for Baxter Wells, LLC. Brown holds a BA in Accounting from Central Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University.


Ana Mari Cauce was named president by the University of Washington Board of Regents on October 13, 2015. 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 in the College of Arts & Sciences.

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 provost and executive vice president. She was a recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Cauce earned degrees in English and psychology from the University of Miami, and a PhD in psychology, with a concentration in child clinical and community psychology, from Yale University.


Tim Dellit, MD, began serving as interim CEO of UW Medicine, interim executive vice president for medical affairs and interim dean of the UW School of Medicine on July 1, 2022. He served previously as chief medical officer for UW Medicine, executive vice dean for clinical affairs for the School of Medicine, vice president for medical affairs and president of UW Physicians (UWP), a faculty practice plan with more than 2,800 members.

In his leadership roles, Dr. Dellit is a strong proponent of practice transformation as UW Medicine strives towards the quadruple aim of improving the healthcare experience and quality of care for our patients, improving the health of the population we serve, reducing healthcare costs, and improving the practice environment for our clinicians. He is also deeply committed to addressing healthcare inequities and improving care in underserved communities.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Dellit’s expertise as an infectious diseases specialist has helped UW Medicine lead the nation in developing policies and protocols to treat patients safely and effectively. He also recognizes the toll of the pandemic on our 39,000-plus faculty, staff, trainees and students and the need to focus on their well-being.

Dr. Dellit earned his MD from Cornell University Medical College. He is board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. Dr. Dellit’s clinical and research interests include general infectious diseases, orthopedic trauma-related infections, prevention of healthcare-associated infections and appropriate use of antibiotics.


Ms. Dochnahl currently serves as trustee on the Harborview Medical Center Board and the Valley Medical Center Board. She also serves as Board Chair for Mutual of Enumclaw Property and Casualty Company, and Legislative Chair for the Renton Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dochnahl’s career has included executive roles at Puget Sound Energy, Chair of the Health Service Commission, Washington State’s health care reform efforts under Governor Mike Lowry, Executive Director for Global Partnership (an international non-profit), small business ownership, and as a medical device start-up company executive.

Previous roles include board member for the State of Washington High Risk Pool, Center for Women and Democracy, and founding board member for the Renton Community Foundation. Her first hospital board member role was at Valley Medical Center in the early 1990s.

A University of Washington graduate, Ms. Dochnahl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting.


Steffanie Fain is a member of the UW Medicine Advisory Board and Vice Chair of the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees. She serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Governance Committee for the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees. Ms. Fain is an attorney at Carroll, Biddle, & Bilanko, PLLC, and practices commercial litigation. She also represents and advises companies and entrepreneurs on corporate and transactional matters.


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.


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.


Wright L. Lassiter III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $6.6 billion integrated health system comprised of five acute care hospitals, three behavioral health facilities, a regional health plan and a wide range of ambulatory, retail and other health services consisting of more than 250 locations across Michigan and 33,000 employees.

Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 as President and assumed the role of President & CEO in 2016. Since his arrival, he led the Board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint, and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue. Additionally, the Henry Ford brand has expanded globally under his leadership with the 2020 opening of partner hospitals in Saudi Arabia and India. The System has significantly increased its quality and financial performance, earning top honors in several publicly reported quality programs and receiving both outlook and ratings upgrades from Moody’s and S&P services. With a major focus on collaboration, the System has inked major partnerships with a host of organizations, including the Detroit Pistons, Michigan State University, General Motors, Syapse, Acadia Healthcare, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and Beckman Coulter.

A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system.

In 2021, Lassiter received the Crain’s Detroit Business Health Care Heroes – Corporate Achievement Award. Cited for his commitment to finding solutions, he was named “Michiganian of the Year” in 2020 by The Detroit News, as well as appearing in the 2020 “Top 10 Newsmakers” list by Crain’s Detroit Business for the second time in three years. His other accolades include multiple year recognitions as “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S” by HealthLeaders Magazine. In 2011, Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda Health. In addition to health industry recognition, Lassiter has received the Industry Award (2019) from Results Mentoring, the Corporate Leadership Award (2018) from National Medical Fellowships, and The Legacy Award (2014) from the Jobs and Housing Coalition.

An avid community leader and advocate, Lassiter is the 2021 chair-elect for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees and will assume the AHA chair role in 2022, becoming the top-elected official of the national organization representing America’s hospitals and health systems. Other non-profit board service includes Detroit Regional Chamber (Board Chair), Detroit Children’s Fund, Invest Detroit, Motown Museum and Downtown Detroit Partnership. Additionally, Lassiter’s board expertise is shared with several corporate interests, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) and DT Midstream, Inc (NYSE: DTM). He also serves as an advisor to Arsenal Capital Partners. Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College.


Leigh MorganLeigh Morgan is chief strategy and operating officer for Nia Tero, a global social enterprise where she is a key architect of the firm’s growth & impact. Morgan previously served as chief operating officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she oversaw a broad portfolio including HR, IT, information security, facilities and culture transformation. Her previous leadership roles include serving as associate chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, vice president and global head of human resources (product development) at Genentech, and serving in North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt’s administration.  Her board roles include the Fred Hutch, biotech firm Curemark, Springboard Enterprises and Duke University’s Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She received a master’s of science degree in organization development at The American University, a bachelor’s degree in religion from Duke University and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Asian University for Women (Bandladesh). 


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 and 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 University of Washington.


Rogelio Riojas has served as president and CEO of Sea Mar Community Health Centers since 1978. Sea Mar is a health and human services nonprofit 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.

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.

He 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.


Steven Safyer is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montefiore Medicine Health System and its partner, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Safyer served in this position for twelve years and retired in November 2019. Both institutions are among the best health care systems in New York State and the nation. The system includes 12 hospitals in 4 counties of New York State and is a leader in medical education and research. An outstanding provider of primary care, its Centers of Excellence lead in providing complex care and innovation. The population served is among the most socioeconomically challenged in the country.

Prior to appointment as President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Safyer held senior leadership roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. He was granted his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in Social Medicine at Montefiore. Dr. Safyer is Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Montefiore-Einstein.


Kathleen A. Sellick joined Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego on June 30, 2006. Rady Children’s has become one of the leading pediatric hospitals in America and has been ranked among America’s best hospitals in all 10 specialties for 4 years by US News & World Report. In September of 2009, Rady Children’s established a Medical Practice Foundation with Children’s Specialists of San Diego and UC San Diego to provide a structure for recruiting and retaining top pediatric subspecialty physicians. Rady Children’s also now serves more pediatric inpatients than any other children’s hospital in California and opened its expanded 280,000 square foot acute care pavilion in October of 2010. Sellick retired from her position in March of 2014.

Prior to her appointment at Rady Children’s, Sellick served as Executive Director of the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) beginning April 1, 2001. Sellick joined UWMC in January 1999 as Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. She oversaw the successful transition of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (UW Medicine, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s) bone marrow and stem cell adult patient units to UW Medical Center. Under her leadership the medical center attained its highest operating margin in its history in 2003, and was ranked ninth in the U.S. News & World Report honor roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

Before going to Seattle, Sellick served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, California for four years. Earlier, she was Vice President of Administration and Director of Outreach Development for Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California where she served for eight years.

Sellick was active in a number of volunteer organizations, boards and industry groups. She most recently served on the Board of Directors of the California Children’s Hospital Association, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties and the San Diego Center for Children.

A Phoenix native, Sellick is a graduate of Arizona State University and received her MBA from the University of Chicago (Booth) Graduate School of Business.


Kathy Surace-Smith Kathy Surace-Smith is currently a senior vice president of NanoString Technologies in Seattle, where she manages the company’s legal, human resources and regulatory functions. This NASDAQ-listed company develops, manufactures, and sells life-sciences research tools and molecular diagnostics. Kathy has over 30 years of experience working in high- growth private and public companies.

Kathy served on the board of trustees of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center for seven years, including two years as Board Chair, and following the merger of Fred Hutch with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to create the Fred Hutch Cancer Center, will serve as the first Chair of the Board of Directors of the new entity. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Columbia University and chair of the board’s student affairs committee and recently concluded twelve years of service on the board of trustees of United Way of King County, including serving a term as Board Chair. She is also active in the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce as a member of its policy leadership group.

Kathy was honored by the Puget Sound Business Journal as a 2018 Woman of Influence. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her law degree from Columbia Law School


Mary Wakefield 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 more than 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.


Sheryl Whitney is a Partner of Whitney Jennings, a management consulting firm dedicated to helping institutions be more effective and build stronger communities. She comes to this firm after building a record of leadership and creativity in public service. Sheryl served for seven years as Deputy County Executive in King County. In this role she supervised and managed the Departments of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Community and Human Services, Development and Environmental Services, Executive Services, Information Technology, Natural Resources and Parks, Public Health and Transportation, a workforce totaling 13,000 employees. This position also placed Sheryl in a leadership role for numerous transformative initiatives in King County, including those focused on advancing equity and social justice, sustainable housing solutions, policies to slow the rate of climate change, alternatives to incarceration, the quality of rural area service provision and improved program performance measurement and accountability. Utilizing this experience Sheryl provides assistance to local governments seeking innovation through engaging diverse communities and navigating budgetary constraints. She also provides governmental relations services.

Sheryl has provided equitable development consultation to the Ford, Kresge and Open Society Foundations as well as New York University. She has also worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and played a key role in helping rethink approaches to fair housing to foster greater inclusion and better influence planning and development patterns in communities.

Sheryl’s passions extend beyond effective public administration, fair/affordable housing, and equitable economic development. She actively advocates for child welfare reform and an improved foster care system. She is also an advocate for homelessness services through a “housing first” model.

Sheryl has a Master’s Degree in International Economic Development from American University in Washington, D.C., a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the Jackson School of the University of Washington, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from Seattle University.

UW Medicine organizations:


  • Jeff Richey – Executive Director
  • Richard Utarnachitt, MD​ – Medical Director 
  • Brenda Nelson – Chief Flight Nurse 
  • Cindy McFeely – Director of Finance


  • Sommer Kleweno Walley – Chief Executive Officer, Harborview Medical Center
  • J. Richard Goss, MD – Medical Director
  • Jay Sandel – interim Chief Nursing Officer
  • Katherine Hollman – Associate Administrator, Ambulatory and Allied Care Services
  • Kera Dennis – Assistant Administrator, Finance

Board of trustees:

  • Bernadene "Bernie" Dochnahl, Past President
  • Lisa Jensen, Past President
  • Steffanie M. Fain, President
  • Sheryl Whitney, Vice President
  • David Baker, Second Vice President 
  • Phil Dyer
  • Lisa Jacobs, Trustee
  • Jonathan Kil, MD
  • Clayton Lewis
  • Sharon Maeda
  • Meredith Mathews, MD
  • David McDonald
  • Lee Ann Prielipp

View trustee bios and meeting details


  • Ali Iqbal, Finance Lead, UWMC
  • Cindy Hecker, RN – Chief Executive Officer, UWMC Northwest & Montlake
  • Cindy Sayre, PhD, RN – Sr. Associate Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer, UWMC
  • Dawn Vincic, Associate Administrator, Essential Services, Radiology & Radiation Oncology
  • Keri Nasenbeny – Associate Chief Nursing Officer, UWMC – Northwest
  • Thomas Staiger, MD – Medical Director, UWMC - Montlake
  • Santiago Neme, MD – Medical Director, UWMC - Northwest
  • JoAnne McDaniels – Associate Administrator, Ambulatory Care
  • Jeff Richey – Associate Administrator Essential Services, UWMC - Montlake
  • John Lang, MD – Associate Administrator Surgical Services, UWMC – Montlake
  • Pam Renna – Associate Administrator, Facilities and Campus Development, UWMC – Montlake & Northwest
  • Adam Parcher – Associate Administrator, Quality/Safety/Safety Value Base Care


  • Debra Gussin – Associate Vice President Primary Care and Population Health, UW Medicine 
  • Vicky Fang, MD – Medical Director
  • Chantal Cayo – Chief Nursing Officer & Director Nursing/Care Coordination
  • Pranika Laing – Associate Administrator
  • Lindsey Pervinich - Administrator, Finance and Strategic Planning
  • Sara Mohamed - Administrator, Infrastructure and Communications


  • Hunter B. Wessells, MD - President
  • Anthony J. Dorsch – Executive Director
  • Laura Butcher – Director, Physician Services
  • Diana Guillen – Manager, Administrative Programs
  • Erica Floyd – Controller
  • Maureen Hooley – Chief Financial Officer
  • Ruth Perkins – Compliance Officer 
  • Susan Simon – Director, Patient Financial Services
  • Jeremy Tyndall – Director, Reference Lab Services
  • Sarah Ramsey – Director, Coding & Charge Capture
  • Marv Whitson – Director, Technology Integration & Operations Support (TIOS)              
  • Mike Tribble – General Counsel 
  • Judi Cline – Associate General Counsel


  • Timothy H. Dellit, MD – Interim Chief Executive Officer, UW Medicine; Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Washington; Interim Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Washington

Vice Deans:

  • Suzanne M. Allen, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs
  • Byron Joyner, MD – Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Trish Kritek – Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
  • Julie Reid, Interim Vice Dean for Administration and Finance
  • Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD – Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Education
  • Bessie Young, MD, MPH – Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Associate Deans:

  • Jennifer Best, MD – Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Mary Lenora "Nora" Disis, MD – Associate Dean for Translational Science
  • Marshall S. Horwitz, MD, PhD – Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist
  • Paul James, MD – Associate Dean for Primary Care
  • Sara Kim, PhD – Associate Dean for Educational Quality Improvement
  • Gerald Tolbert, MD – Interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • LeeAnna Muzquiz, MD – ​ Associate Dean for Admissions
  • Darryl Potyk, MD – Associate Dean for Eastern Washington
  • Tueng Shen, M.D., PhD – Associate Dean for Medical Technology Innovation
  • Nathan White – Interim Associate Dean
  • Angela Moore, MHA – Associate Dean for Administration and Operations 
  • David Green – Associate Dean and Chief Financial Officer 
  • Nancy Hovis – Associate Dean, Business and Regulatory Affairs 
  • Susan Peterson – Associate Dean, Academic and Staff Human Resources
  • Heather McPhillips – Associate Dean for Curriculum
  • Cindy A. Hamra, JD, MA – Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Associate Deans – Seattle Clinical Training Sites:

  • Catherine Kaminetzky, MD –  Associate Dean and Chief of Staff, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
  • Thomas Staiger, MD – Associate Dean and Medical Director, UW Medical Center
  • J. Richard Goss, MD – Associate Dean and Medical Director, Harborview Medical Center
  • Leslie Walker-Harding, MD – Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer, Seattle Children's

Assistant Deans:

  • Anne Browning, PhD – Assistant Dean for Well-Being
  • Giana H. Davidson, MD, MPH – Assistant Dean for Professionalism
  • Kristina Dzara, PhD, MMSc – Assistant Dean for Educator Development
  • Molly Jackson, MD – Assistant Dean for the Colleges
  • Edwin Lindo, JD, Assistant Dean for Social and Health Justice
  • John McCarthy, MD – Assistant Dean for Rural Programs, Assistant Dean for Rural Programs
  • Leo Morales, MD, PhD – Assistant Dean for Quality Improvement/Outcomes Research
  • Maya Sardesai, MD, M.Ed. – Assistant Dean for Student Development
  • Edith Wang, PhD – Assistant Dean for Basic Science

Assistant Deans at Regional Sites – First-Year Regional Campuses:

  • Brant Schumaker, PhD – University of Wyoming
  • Martin Teintze, PhD – Montana State University
  • Janell Clauser, MD – UW Spokane
  • Jeffrey Seegmiller, EdD – University of Idaho
  • Kathy Young, MD – University of Alaska

Assistant Deans at Regional Sites – Clinical Programs:

  • Mary Barinaga, MD – Idaho
  • Geoff Jones, MD – Eastern and Central Washington
  • Frank Batcha, MD – Idaho
  • Robert Monger, MD – Wyoming
  • Jay S. Erickson, MD – Montana
  • Barbara Doty, MD – Alaska
  • Judy Swanson, MD – Spokane
  • Devon Sawyer, MD – Western Washington


  • Jeannine Grinnell – Chief Executive Officer
  • Wayne Manuel – Senior Vice President, Strategic Services
  • Jeannine Grinnell – Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
  • Theresa Braungardt – Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services
  • Kalen Privatsky – Senior Vice President, Ambulatory ​Services
  • Jamie Park, MD – Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
  • Matthew Mulder, MD – Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Director, Valley Medical Group
  • David Smith, Esq – General Counsel, Insurance, Construction, Real Estate, Risk Management, Corporate Compliance