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Board of Directors

Jeanna Deforeit

Deputy Director Hanford Challenge

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

Maxwell Olarsch


Max is an Immigration Staff Attorney and Director of Legal Services for Central Washington Justice For Our Neighbors and a dedicated public interest lawyer. He was previously a student attorney with the Washington College of Law Disability Rights Law Clinic, where he worked on various issues including special education and language access advocacy. He previously worked for international court systems and helped provide legal services to refugees in Uganda. He has also spent years researching and studying international and domestic human and civil rights issues. Max Olarsch has a J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.

Peggy Evans, PhD

Premera Blue Cross

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.

Richard Brown, MD, MPH

Senior Medical Director, S Concerto Health

Dr. Brown  is highly experienced family physician and healthcare leader, who is recognized  for developing programs designed to serve frail, elderly and undeserved patients with complex medical needs.

Guadalupe Gamboa

United Farmworkers MEcha

Guadalupe Gamboa was born in Edinburgh, Texas. His parents, refugees from the Mexican revolutionary struggles, had settled in the Rio Grande area and made their living as farmworkers.  In the late 1940s, when Gamboa was in the first grade, the family moved to the Yakima Valley in Central Washington after hearing that there was good money to be made in the fields “El Norte.” Living initially in labor camps, the Gamboas worked the Washington crops. Throughout his school years, Lupe Gamboa would work in the fields with his family.

Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH

Comagine Health

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.

Kai'mi Sinclair PhD

University of WA

Assistant Professor at Washington State University since 2015. I’ve had the opportunity to live and work in many communities in the U.S. and learn from a broad spectrum of community members, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Latinosdevelop, implement, and evaluate culturally informed interventions to promote health and prevent disease.

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.


External Advisory board

Our External Advisory Board is a multidisciplinary group of professionals in Research, Government, Communication, Legal, and community-based participation fields dedicating to assist us in improving the life of underserved populations and working with us against social injustice, health disparity and environmental justice in the Washington States.

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Alexandro Paw Sang

Diabetes Specialist, Washington Department of Health

Will Chen

Will Chen CPA, PLLC, Edmond Housing Commissioner

Linda Ko, PhD

Director of the Health Communication Research Center Your Fred Hutch

Nora Coronado

Director of Community Engagement at University of Washington

Gilbert Alaniz

Director Radio KDNA, Sea Mar Grange

Laura Flores Cantrell JD

Executive Director of the Andy Hill Cancer Research Endowment

Jody Early, PhD, MS, MCHES

Associate Professor and Community Health Education Specialist, UW, Bothell

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