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Board of Directors

Ileana Maria Ponce-Gonzalez, MD, MPH
President/Executive Director/Founder

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Jeanna Deforeit

Jeanna is a professional leader in the area strategy planning, Non-profits Organization, health advocacy, capacity building, cancer, and CHW.

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Michael Parchman MD, MPH

Senior Investigator is a nationally recognized scholar in chronic illness care research at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute’s MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation. A family practitioner and health services researcher, Dr. Parchman previously served as the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Practice-Based Research Network Initiative and senior advisor for primary care.

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Elizabeth Torres

Elizabeth Torres is a second-generation Latinx and both her parents and herself have worked as farmworkers in the Yakima Valley. She is one of our former Program Coordinators and has been working with CHWCMR since we became a 501c3. Elizabeth has worked with the University of Washtington as a community-based research associate and also works with Radio KDNA in Sunnyside, WA from SeaMar.  She lives in the Yakima Valley in Toppenish, WA.  Elizabeth assisted us at a crucial time in the early days of the Coalition. 

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Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH

Jeff is a retired general internist with strong experience in public health and currently active as a consultant, educator and quality improvement leader. Recurring themes in an eclectic career include the use of information technology to improve population health, engaging marginalized communities, working in multi-disciplinary teams, and cultural competency.

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Peggy Evans, PhD

Peggy is a healthcare leader and strategist with a passion for supporting the health of our communities especially vulnerable populations, and believes people engagement and empowerment are critical to that goal.