Staff

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For interview, media, and speaking requests, please email Caroline Baptist.

Interested in joining our team? Click here to find out about open positions at NWRPCA. 

Leadership

 
Bruce Gray

Bruce Gray

CEO

Bruce provides high-level vision and leadership to develop and implement NWRPCA’s strategic plan under the guidance of our board. He works closely with program managers to ensure careful tactical execution of the plan, personally focusing on development of the Association’s network of strategic partnerships. With a master’s degree in public administration and a career spent in healthcare policy, including work in the Bureau of Primary Healthcare, Bruce is truly dedicated to helping improve the health, wellness and well-being of the medically underserved population across the Northwest.
Sonia Handforth-Kome

Sonia Handforth-Kome

CFO

Sonia has worked in health care for over 30 years, and has extensive experience in both for-profit and non-profit arenas, and in urban and rural/frontier settings. Sonia has spent her career actively working to improve health care quality and access to all populations, and is passionate about community-focused healthcare.

Thornton Bowman

Thornton Bowman

COO

Thornton directs the work of all departments toward operationalizing the goals and objectives of NWRPCA through planning, infrastructure improvement, and direct program assistance. He helps ensure the organization values staff potential and removes operational distractions so employees can do their best work. Thornton believes in the power of mindfulness and that we can and will get good things done.

 

Program Directors

 
Sadie Agurkis

Sadie Agurkis

Director of Education and Training

Sadie manages the range of educational opportunities that NWRPCA offers its members, including conferences, on-site trainings, and the distance-learning program. She is a master planner who works with all NWRPCA departments and many different partners to create successful trainings, and always tries to keeps us organized. A Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), she loves coming to work each day knowing her efforts ultimately support the life-changing work of others.

Kelly Rondou

Kelly Rondou

Director of Program Suport

 

Kelly provides principal administrative support to the CEO and COO, and general administrative support to the board and organization. She’s the gatekeeper of calendars, ensuring the programs have the infrastructure they need to provide quality services. Kelly believes healthcare is a basic human right and appreciates how NWRPCA lives its mission and connects it to every aspect of an individual’s life.

Seth Doyle

Seth Doyle

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Seth leads NWRPCA’s efforts around social determinants of health and health equity, community health worker workforce development, outreach and enrollment, community partnering and coalition building, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)/complex trauma. Seth joined NWRPCA in 2007 as Migrant Health Coordinator, providing training and technical assistance to migrant health grantees in region X. He continues to support migrant health centers in the region and is now our primary contact for all special populations grantees. In addition, Seth directs the planning of the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health. In 2014, Seth received the GWU Geiger Gibson Emerging Leader Award.

Staff

 
Katie Yankula

Katie Yankula

Accounting & Human Resources Specialist

Katie is responsible for accounting and human resources support. Katie keeps the organization running smoothly day-to-day and interacts with all our departments. Having benefited from community health care, she finds it meaningful to reciprocate some of that support. Katie has an interest in acupuncture and holistic approaches to health care.

Mikayla Kiyokawa

Mikayla Kiyokawa

Program Support Associate

Having a background in public health, Mikayla’s beliefs strongly align with NWRPCA’s mission and values as she enjoys working to improve the health of everyone in the community. She is passionate about social justice, health equity, and community education/outreach for diverse communities.
Aine Foran

Aine Foran

Program Support Associate

Before joining the NWRPCA team, Aine studied political science at Seattle University, where she developed a passion for communication and nonprofit advocacy. In 2017, she was ranked as one of the top 20 individual collegiate debaters nationwide. Additionally, her prior experience in public health extends all the way from right here in Seattle to across the country in Washington, DC. Aine is always looking for new and inventive ways to apply her skills to strengthen NWRPCA's commitment to accessible, ethical healthcare. In her free time, Aine enjoys coaching debate, exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and finding cute dogs to pet.

 

 

 

Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer

Distance Learning Specialist

 

Chris manages the production of content for our learning portal and provides tech support for our training sessions and conferences. His background lies in audio production and music education, which brings a combination of technical expertise and a strong sense of instructional design.

Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

Data & Information Specialist

 

Thomas is a recent Seattleite, having spent most of his life in the Tampa Bay area. His professional background is somewhat diverse, but he has primarily worked with organizations affiliated with either education or labor activism. Thomas provides data support services to NWRPCA staff and stakeholders. His responsibilities include ensuring data integrity for internal databases, building reports about CHC operations, and working with leadership to define and implement strategic data initiatives.

Marleen Arenivar

Marleen Arenivar

Event Planner

Marleen oversees event planning at NWRPCA, managing and executing logistics for NWRPCA’s conferences and trainings throughout the year. Marleen most recently was a contractor for Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group. Her event planning career includes working for both non-profit and private sector organizations. She spent time planning and managing fundraising events at the Alliance for Education and the March of Dimes. She is currently working on getting her PMP certification from Bellevue Community College. On her spare time she enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her son, partner, and dogs (Buffy & Sarge).

 

 

 

Caroline Baptist

 

Caroline Baptist

Marketing Specialist

Caroline has over nine years of advertising and marketing experience, including several years working specifically with nonprofits. She is passionate about community outreach and health care access, and is excited to contribute her skill set to support NWRPCA's vision and mission.

 

Janeane Harwell

Development Specialist

Janeane has a lifelong commitment to social justice and equitable access to health care. She followed that commitment throughout her academic career in Public Policy and Environmental Politics, and professional experience writing grants to provide basic energy services to Native American lands in New Mexico, Utah, and South Dakota. Recently Janeane worked at the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability to create opportunities and fund collaborative community and academic research projects. Janeane is committed to NWRPCA's mission, and will continue to pursue the creation and support of equitable access to health care.

 

 

 

Nathan Thomas

 

Nathan Thomas

Workforce Specialist

Nate Thomas is a former K-through-college educator who has focused on developing his skills in mediation, community-building, content creation, strategic planning, data collection and disaggregation, and observation of human behavior and history in order to collaboratively develop lasting solutions for learning communities. He is excited to be at NWRPCA, bringing the skills he has cultivated through community service and nonprofit work with underserved communities into the public health field. His vision is to become an epidemiological researcher focused on poverty, its co-indicators and its community health effects and to put the power for community health change into the hands of the people most affected by the threat to their health (as opposed to the hands of clinical community outsiders) through neighborhood-scale participatory research. He sees himself in a unique policy development role that supports the development of public health concern and self-determination in the community, of equitable research practices embedded into community life, and of advocacy that supports grassroots small-scale policy changes that lead to beneficial changes in the larger community and beyond.

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