Staff

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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.

Sadie Agurkis

Sadie Agurkis

COO

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.

Program Directors

 

 

Kelly Rondou

Kelly Rondou

Director of Program Support

 

Kelly is a wayward technical theatre and art major turned nonprofit professional with 15 years' experience in healthcare, disability, arts access, equity & social justice, governance, administration, program development, program evaluation, and management.  Kelly believes healthcare is a basic human right and appreciates how the CHC movement lives so firmly in the framework of mission every day and connects deeply to every aspect of an individual’s life.

Seth Doyle

Seth Doyle

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Seth oversees NWRPCA’s community health improvement and workforce programs and has broad responsibilities related to social determinants of health and health equity, health policy, workforce development, community health workers, and public health partnerships. Seth joined NWRPCA in 2007 as Migrant Health Coordinator, and he continues to serve as a subject matter expert on migrant health. Prior to joining NWRPCA, Seth worked as a Health Educator and Case Manager.



 


 



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.


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.

 

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

Health Professions Pathways 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.

Maribel Montes de Oca

 

  

Maribel Montes de Oca

Community Health Improvement Specialist

Maribel is a Spanglish speaking chicana from the orchards of Yakima, Washington and las Monarcas de Michoacán, Mexico. Maribel supports NWRPCA's efforts through working with partners and colegas in Community Health Improvement trainings, Community Health Worker Initiatives, and many of NWRPCA's trainings and conferences like the Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health. Maribel has a deep commitment to health equity, social justice and community organizing. In her free time you can find Maribel enjoying time with her familia, friends and colegas with chisme sessions, sol, comida and traveling.

Crysta Mansicalco

 

 

Crysta Maniscalco

Member Services Specialist

Hailing from the Midwest, Crysta developed a passion for social justice through her master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University. She spent time providing individual patient care as a renal social worker at multiple dialysis clinics in northeastern Indiana. Having worked directly with populations who experience gaps in healthcare systems, Crysta's commitment to healthcare equity motivated her to be involved in large community health initiatives. Upon her move to Seattle, Crysta continues to strive for equal access to healthcare through supporting the members of NWRPCA as the Member Services Specialist. In her free time, Crysta enjoys staring at the breathtaking Pacific Northwest mountain views (such a change from the flat plains of Indiana!), hiking, and playing the piano.

 

Chris Spencer

 

Kellen Dempsey

Education & Training Associate

 

Originally from Chicago, Kellen grew up enjoying service and building community with those around her. Before coming to NWRPCA, Kellen worked as an AmeriCorps Service Member at a Seattle public high school, advising first-generation students and students from low-income backgrounds on the college and financial aid application process. She also served as a mentor with The Service Board, a youth-led organization that encourages Seattle teens to push their growing edge through social justice programming, outdoor service projects, and snowboarding excursions. In her free time, Kellen can be found hanging out at a coffee shop and reading a David Sedaris book or practicing her español.

 

 

Chris Spencer

Kelsie Hanson

Marketing Specialist

 

Kelsie graduated with a degree in Marketing from Whitworth University and acquired a passion for Graphic Design while in school. She grew up volunteering in the health care industry and is looking forward to combining her skills in marketing and design to support and advocate for community health work. Her past experience includes advertising and marketing for a large trade show company, and is excited to use her background from these events to boost awareness for NWRPCA events and resources throughout the community. In her free time, Kelsie can be found rooting on the Seattle Sounders or paddle boarding during the gorgeous PNW summer days.

 
Chris Spencer

Nectar Odabashian

Regional Educational Coordinator

 

While working as a Research Assistant and pursuing their Bachelor's Degree at Rutgers University, Nectar was eager to employ their organizational skills to affect positive change and strengthen existing advocacy efforts surrounding social justice. Commuting between New Jersey and New York, Nectar became conscious of the importance of community health centers as well as the impacts of social determinants of health equity. Nectar provides direct administrative support to A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona medical students. They coordinate the student "medical home experience" with the support of NWRPCA and the Regional Directors of Medical Education. Nectar creatively engages and supports students to help them find their respective paths, whether it be pursuing clinical rotations in communities identified as rural, underserved, or health professional shortage areas. Nectar seeks to strategically structure clinical affiliation relationships to foster innovative solutions to decrease health disparities and manifest equitable and meaningful rotation opportunities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Nectar is actively engaged in community outreach and promoting the visibility of the successes of the NWRPCA campus and feels honored to act as a sort of steward for one of the eleven community health center-based campuses in this innovative model. Before relocating to the Pacific Northwest from the east coast to pursue work in the non-profit sector, Nectar served as Executive Assistant at FAGE in upstate New York.

 

 

 

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