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.

Sadie Agurkis

Sadie Agurkis

Interim 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

 
Melissa Glenn

Melissa Glenn

Interim Director of Education and Training

Melissa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist, and Clinical Supervisor in Washington State. Her work at NWRPCA aligns with her passion for education and clinical quality. Melissa's experience includes providing therapeutic services to children, youth, adults, and families in residential care, transitional housing, hospitals, and outpatient settings. She has held executive leadership positions in community clinics with large, multi-disciplinary provider teams. Melissa enjoys teaching graduate-level psychology students and healthcare providers in Workforce Development programs. Clinical areas of expertise include trauma, domestic violence, risk assessment and safety planning, holistic service provision, self-care, and professional identity development.

 

Kelly Rondou

Kelly Rondou

Director of Program Support

 

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.

 

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.

 

Nicole Strauss

 

 

Nicole Strauss

Rotations Coordinator

Nicole is a former early childhood educator, working primarily with infants to three year-olds. She grew up in the Portland-metro area and can't imagine living anywhere other than the Pacific Northwest. As an educator Nicole worked with diverse populations of families throughout Oregon. She was drawn to her new role at NWRPCA because she wanted to continue to serve her community through health education. Nicole is excited to be a part of an organization focused on health equity and looks forward to learning more each day. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors through hiking, backpacking, and camping with her partner, Mike and their dog Lou.

 Volunteers/Interns  

 

Gabe

 

 

Gabe Curhan

Finance Intern

Gabe is a Dean’s list student at the University of Washington, currently majoring in accounting & finance with a minor in informatics. This past year spring, he worked on a 10-week consulting project with the University of Washington to help a local auto-detailing business to improve their internal controls and marketing outreach. Gabe also volunteers at ROOTS young adult shelter to help raise awareness for homeless youth in Seattle. In his free time, he likes to ski and golf.

 

Shelby

 

 

Shelby Schumacher

Marketing & Communications Intern

Shelby is a Dean's List student at the University of Washington, double majoring in English with Creative Writing and Communications and hopes to work in a creative department and/or PR position after graduating. Since her first quarter at UW she has worked for the campus newspaper, The Daily, as a photographer. Shelby mainly shoots UW sports for The Daily, though has attended other campus events for the publication. She also works as a volunteer at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh, WI every year for the Warbird Judging Office as a photographer and has been published for her work documenting the aircraft that attend the event. Shelby enjoys writing, photography and travelling in her free time.

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