The UW Medical Center Board consists of community leaders appointed by the University of Washington Board of Regents. The UW Medical Center board ensures that priorities, activities and initiatives of UWMC complement and advance the mission of UW Medicine to improve the health of the public, as well as ensure that high quality and safe patient care is provided at UW Medical Center.
Julie A. Nordstrom, ChairJulie 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.
Brad BrownBrad Brown is the Senior Vice President of Digital Retail for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI). Since 1998 he has held positions as VP of Information Services and Corporate Purchasing and VP eCommerce & Direct Sales at REI. In his current role, Brown is 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. Brown holds a BA in Accounting from Central Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University.
Toni HooverToni 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.
Richard E. Jones, Vice-ChairRichard 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 and the UW Medicine Board. 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.
Terry LengfelderTerry Lengfelder is a long-time member of the board of UW Medical Center. 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.
Bill RexMr. 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 UW Medical Center - Northwest, he currently sits on the board of the Museum of Flight, where he hosts a bi-month flight-and-fancy lecture series pertaining to the impact of avian evolution on human systematic robotics. Mr. Rex graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Grinnell College.
Rogelio RiojasRogelio 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.
Jim Snyder retired from Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LP as of December 31, 2007. He was a founding principal and had served as its President and Chief Executive Officer continuously since 1978. Mr. Snyder was responsible for managing the strategic direction of the company and, as Chief Executive, was ultimately responsible for the implementation of investment strategy for all funds and separate accounts. Mr. Snyder holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Texas School of Law and a BS degree from the University of Colorado; he is a member of the Texas Bar Association. In addition, he is a co-founder and charter member of the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA), a past member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a past member of the Real Estate Roundtable, and a past member, as well as past Chairman, of the National Associate of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). He was the co-founder of both the NewTower Trust Company and the Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT), a $5 billion commingled open-ended real estate fund. NewTower Trust Company, a Maryland chartered trust company, serves as trustee for MEPT. Mr. Snyder has served on corporate and charitable boards, including NewTower Trust Company Board of Directors; Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel, LP; The Highlands, Inc.; Seattle Children’s Home Board of Trustees; UW Medicine/UW Medical Center - Northwest Board of Trustees; Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board, University of Washington; OceanGate Inc. and Swiftsure Capital, LLC.
JoAnn Taricani is a UW associate professor and chair of the Music History program at the UW, and serves as the elected representative of the UW faculty to the state Legislature. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in music history and has published articles in the fields of early American and Renaissance music; a recent publication has been several volumes of music written by the novelist Henry Fielding for his London plays in the 1730s, published by Oxford University Press. At the UW, she has chaired the provost's Academic Advisory Committee on Facilities and the Faculty Council on University Relations, and served on several UW presidential task forces. From 2002 to 2005, Taricani was special counsel to the president of the University of Michigan, where she has more recently been appointed a visiting scholar. Taricani served on the UW Medicine Board and on the Board’s UWMC Committees from 2005 through 2018. She also has been a board member of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance from 2014-17, and on the board for the UW Neighborhood Clinics from 2013 to the present.
A seasoned Insurance Executive, Risk Management Expert and Entrepreneur, Tom has been a leader in the insurance industry for more than 25 years. Having owned his own business for nearly 10 years, Tom’s success has come from his ability to partner with organizations, business owners and individuals to build trust and help guide them through the process of protecting and growing their own greatest investments. Tom understands what it takes for a business to be successful, and his process of navigating and assessing critical elements of business operations around financial decisions and risk have made him a recognized leader in his field. Tom is currently the Senior Vice President for Brown & Brown Insurance in Seattle, Washington. Tom is passionate about giving back to the community in which he serves and has been involved with many organizations locally. A few of the organizations where he has held leadership roles include the UW Tyee Board of Advisors, where he has also served as President and Chairman of the Board; the Assumption/St. Bridget School as both a Board Member and President; Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Committee for Business Development; and as a Big Brothers & Big Sisters Board Member. Tom is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in economics and as a walk-on played football for the Huskies during the era of Don James lettering four years. Upon graduation with a degree in economics, he was drafted by the NFL and played football professionally for the Detroit Lions and Oakland Invaders for 8 years.