The governing group of the Alliance, the Board of Directors, consists of 24 members: thirteen purchasers, four health plans, four providers and three consumers.
Curt Bailey - President and Chief Executive Officer, Bloodworks Northwest
Curt Bailey is President and Chief Executive Officer Bloodworks Northwest. Curt joined Bloodworks Northwest after 20 years in management consulting. Curt was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader in the firm’s healthcare practice based in Seattle. Curt has advised a variety of healthcare companies across the United States with an emphasis on serving non-profit, community-based, and academic healthcare institutions. Curt’s work spanned strategy, operational improvement, and organizational health, and he has published in leading journals, such as the Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining McKinsey, Curt served as a Captain and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned his MBA from Yale University and his BA from Tufts University. Curt has lived with his family in the Seattle area since 2002. He is active in the community and has served on the Board of Trustees for a local Montessori school, and chaired Yale School of Management’s West Coast Advisory Board.
John J. Wagner - Chief Network and Operations Officer, NW, Mountain and Arizona Markets, Aetna, a CVS Company
John Wagner is the Chief Network and Operations Officer, NW, Mountain and Arizona Markets for Aetna, a CVS Company. John is responsible for optimizing local market network performance and cost as well as advancing strategic goals in support of membership growth and retention. This includes pushing innovation for all lines of business, coordinating expansion activities, and meeting the diverse needs of Aetna plan sponsors. The NW and Mountain Market includes: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada and Utah. John is based out of the Portland office where he serves as Aetna’s senior most leader in the Oregon business community. John has worked for Aetna since March of 2012. His prior experience includes leadership positions at Providence Health Services where John was Vice President of Payer Strategy, at Cambia/Regence (Blue Cross, BlueShield) where John was Vice President of Provider Strategy with accountability for all things provider for the four state (OR, WA, ID, UT) health plan, and for PacifiCare in Oregon and Texas. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Oregon State University, and an MBA from the University of Portland. In addition to his professional experience, John has held board positions on the Boys and Girls Club of King County, the American Red Cross Oregon Chapter, and LifeWorks NW, a Portland based behavioral health safety net provider organization.
Megan Pedersen - Director, Office of Labor Relations at King County
Megan Pedersen is the Director of the Office of Labor Relations for King County. Megan partners with the County’s unions to advance Executive Dow Constantine’s goal of being the best run government through a focus on employee engagement, continuous improvement, and financial stewardship. Since 2016, Megan has led “total compensation” negotiations for wages and benefits with the King County Coalition of Unions, which represents over a third of the County’s employees. In 2017, she led the County’s efforts to establish a first-ever Master Labor Agreement with the Coalition of Unions, creating efficiencies and standards across some 60 bargaining agreements. Megan previously served as Deputy Director of the King County Records and Licensing Services Division and as a Litigator with the Office of Labor Relations. Before joining King County, Megan was an associate with the Seattle law firm, Williams Kastner. She is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School.
Carol Wilmes - Director, Member Pooling Programs, Association of Washington Cities
Carol is the Director of Member Pooling Programs for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), overseeing AWC’s Employee Benefit Trust, Risk Management Service Agency, Workers’ Comp Retrospective Rating Program, and Drug & Alcohol Consortium. For the majority of her 35 years with the AWC, Carol administered the Employee Benefit Trust, insuring 36,000 members from over 280 municipalities and special purpose districts. She serves as a resource for labor-management task forces addressing the complexities of health care coverage and frequently speaks at the state and national level on governmental entity health pools and public sector risk management trends. She was appointed to the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange Advisory Committee in 2015; serves on the Board of Directors to the National League of Cities Risk Insurance Sharing Consortium; as well as the Member Practices Committee with the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP).
Sue Birch - Director, Washington State Health Care Authority
Sue Birch is the Director of the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA). As HCA Director, she is focused on transforming the health care delivery system to better serve those for whom the state purchases care, while keeping health care costs in check. Before joining the HCA, Sue spent nearly seven years as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where she led the state’s successful implementation of the Affordable Care Ac. A nurse by training, Sue also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
Dave Carlson, DO - Medical Director, Multicare Health System
David Carlson, DO, MBA joined MultiCare Health System in May 2017 as the Senior Vice President Provider Enterprise, President MultiCare Medical Associates. In this role Dr. Carlson developed and lead the vision and strategies for MultiCare’s System Provider Enterprises that ensure a vibrant future in our rapidly changing health care ecosystem. Beginning August 2018, Dr. Carlson assumed an expanded role as the Chief Physician Officer and SVP Provider Enterprises for the system. In this role, Dr. Carlson has oversight of the system providers and works in partnership with the SVP and Chief Quality, Safety and Nursing officer on patient safety, risk and quality. Dr. Carlson previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, PA. In that role, he oversaw a large multispecialty group practice and advanced clinical integration among physicians and hospital operations. David had previously served in a variety of leadership roles with Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA; Summit Health System in Chambersburg, PA; and Lovelace Health Systems in Albuquerque, NM. He began his career in the 1980s serving as a primary care provider in Pennsylvania. Dr. Carlson is a family practice physician certified in geriatrics. Dr. Carlson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, his Medical Degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration from Alvernia University. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.
Merissa Clyde - Chief Operating Officer, SEIU 775 Benefits Group
Merissa Clyde is the Chief Operating Officer of SEIU 775 Benefits Group’s Health Benefits Trust, overseeing benefits administration, Trust policy, and operations for more than 50,000 home care workers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Focused on innovation, Merissa partners with government, labor, and private industries to ensure that home care workers have access to the health programs and benefits they need to thrive. Merissa leads the Health Benefits Administration staff and trustees to facilitate the plan design for health benefits, organization strategic planning, operational delivery, and vendor relations with both medical and dental as well as non-medical health services. Merissa earned her Master of Social Work from Boston University with a Certificate in Human Services Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, and is fluent in Spanish.
Kimberly Collier - Vice President, Human Resources, Puget Sound Energy
Kimberly Collier is vice president, human resources for Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Under her leadership, PSE is focused on talent retention and attraction, employee experience, and ensuring PSE has an inclusive culture and diverse workforce who can meet the needs of all of our customers. Prior to joining PSE, she held executive roles inside and outside of the utility industry. From 2009 to 2016, she served as deputy director of Seattle Public Utilities, where she was the Officer responsible for human resources, environmental justice and service equity, safety and HR operations, and data management. Prior to that, she was director of human resources for Cox Communications in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s also held roles with The Dial Corporation, Motorola and Kinko’s, Inc. Kim serves on the Board of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and on the Advisory Board for the Energy Executive Course of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho. She also serves her community as a member of the African American Advisory Council for the Bellevue Police Department and serves as a Community Representative for the Independent Force Investigation Team of King County, WA. Kim has a bachelor’s degree in business from The College of New Jersey. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute. Kim lives in Bellevue, Washington.
Imelda Dacones, MD FACP - Optum Washington Market President, Optum Western Washington
Dr. Dacones is a nationally recognized leader in driving value-based care innovation and a long-time advocate of the Quadruple Aim. She joins us from Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW), where she most recently served as President and CEO of Northwest Permanente (NWP) and chair of the National Permanente Executive Committee. In these roles Dr. Dacones had remarkable success in modernizing business functions, growing the KPNW footprint, improving margins, driving innovation, and fostering clinician and team member engagement. She also practiced as a primary care physician and hospital-based internist for more than 22 years and has been recognized numerous times as a physician and leader. In 2020, she was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Leaders. In 2019, she was the recipient of Portland Business Journal’s Health Care Leadership Award. Dr. Dacones received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago, where she also completed her internship and residency training in internal medicine. Imelda is moving to Seattle from Portland with her husband and two children. As their children start college in the fall, she looks forward to getting reacquainted with her college sweetheart and husband, Paul. They plan to explore the great state of Washington while getting involved in the communities we serve.
Jay Fathi, MD - President and Chief Executive Officer, Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc.
Dr. Jay Fathi, a family physician and recognized community and health care leader across Washington State, currently serves as the Plan President and CEO of Molina Healthcare of Washington, the largest health plan by membership in the state. After serving for 12 years as a full spectrum family doctor at the 45th Street Community Health Center, he founded and served as the Senior Medical Director of Community Health at Swedish Health Services. He then helped lead the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington as President and CEO of a managed care health plan that provided health coverage to over 250,000 mostly low-income individuals across Washington state, including all 25,000 children, youth, and young adults in foster care. Dr. Fathi holds an appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, has served on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees, and has been recognized locally and nationally for teaching, leadership, and dedication to the health and well-being of the underserved. He has also worked as a consultant and advisor to numerous providers, social service, government, labor, and nonprofit organizations and businesses, working towards system improvements and health equity.
Sarah Greene - Strategy Consultant and Advisor
Sarah Greene is the Strategy Consultant and Advisor focused on translating research into health improvements. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Health Care Systems Research Network, a consortium of researchers embedded in health care delivery systems. She worked with Group Health (now Kaiser Permanente) for over 15 years in a variety of roles and has published original research on patient-centered care and communication between cancer patients and their care team. Sarah has been active with the Alliance since its very early days and was Chair of the Alliance’s Consumer Education Committee from 2009 to 2021. Sarah joined the Board in 2016. She enjoys the opportunity to bridge her research knowledge with the daily experiences we all have as consumers and patients, in an effort to improve health care for all.
Fred Jarrett - Consumer Representative
Fred recently retired following nearly a decade as the Senior Deputy County Executive where he led the executive branch of King County government, the King County Executive Leadership Team, the Executive’s Best Run Government Initiative and improvements to local & contract public service delivery. Fred was awarded the King County Executive’s first leadership award for his work. Previously a state senator, Mr. Jarrett also served four terms in the state House of Representatives, after stints as Mercer Island Mayor, city council and school board member. Mr. Jarrett has also had a 35-year career at The Boeing Company
Charlene Lind - Vice President, Client Relations, Northwest Administrators, Inc.
Charlene Lind is the Vice President of Client Relations for Northwest Administrators, Inc. She has worked in the benefits and finance industry for over 25 years. For over 20 of those years, she has held a variety of positions responsible for third-party benefit administration of single and multi-employer benefit plans at Northwest Administrators, Inc. In her current role as Account Executive/Compliance Manager, she is involved with the Washington Teamsters Welfare Trust along with a number of other health plans in the western United States. Charlene has completed the IFEBP Administrators Masters Program and is involved with the Northwest Association of Administrators.
Pamela MacEwan - Chief Executive Officer, Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Pam is the Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Prior to joining the leadership team at HBE, Pam served as Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Governance for Group Health Cooperative. She directed Medicare and Medicaid program performance and strategy, government relations, public policy, communications, and consumer governance serving on Group Health’s leadership team for 16 years. Previously Pam served as a Commissioner with the Washington Health Services Commission implementing the Health Services Act. She worked with a broad coalition to pass health reform legislation. Pam has served on several health policy initiatives in the public and private sector, chairing the Association of Washington Health Plans, serving on the Washington State Hospital policy committee, the King County Health Action Plan, and the Children’s Health Initiative. She holds an MAT in History from Brown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The Evergreen State College.
Greg Marchand - Director, Global Benefits, The Boeing Company
Greg Marchand is the Director of Global Benefits for The Boeing Company. He is also the process owner for Employee Benefits issues for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Previously, Greg served as the Senior Manager of Health and Welfare Operations for The Boeing Company. He also serves as the Boeing representative to the Leapfrog Group and is a member of the Leapfrog Board of Directors. Prior to joining Boeing, he served as a consultant to the Kellogg Company and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Larry McNutt - Senior Vice President, Corporate Administration & Pension, Northwest Administrators, Inc.
Larry McNutt is Senior Vice President Corporate/Pension Administration with Northwest Administrators, Inc. He has been directly involved in Taft-Hartley fringe benefit administration for over 35 years. His experience includes administration of benefits for many industries, including construction, freight and warehousing, building service, shipbuilding and food processing. Larry is a Certified Public Accountant in Washington state and has served as independent auditor to several Taft-Hartley trust funds in Washington and California. He is a past-President of the Northwest Association of Administrators, a past speaker for the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and contributing author to IFEBP publications. Larry served as Assistant Administrator and more recently Administrator of the Carpenters Trusts of Western Washington for the past 15 years.
Lee Mills McGrath - Executive Vice President, Health Care Services, Premera Blue Cross
Lee Mills McGrath is the Executive Vice President for Health Care Services at Premera Blue Cross. McGrath has extensive experience in both the provider and payer space, focused on payment reform and population management. She joined Premera in 2018 after spending several years working for other BlueCross Blue Shield Association plans, serving as the Divisional Vice President of Network Strategy and Innovation at Health Care Service Corporation in Illinois. She was also President of Illinois Health Partners, a joint venture between DuPage Medical Group and Edward Health Ventures, one of the largest clinically integrated networks in the Chicagoland area managing over 250,000 HMO and ACO patients. At Premera, McGrath is focused on improving healthcare through better solutions that focus on quality and lower cost, and through building relationships in the provider space that lead to better partnerships.
Steve Mullin - President, Washington Roundtable
Steve Mullin is President of the Washington Roundtable, a public policy research and advocacy group comprised of senior executives from major private sector employers in Washington state. He is responsible for providing overall strategic direction for the organization and manages its agenda development process, budget, staff, communications, government affairs and member relations. Steve joined the Roundtable in 1996, previously serving as the organization’s Vice President. Prior to joining the Roundtable, Steve served as founding Executive Director of Partnership for Learning, a business-supported non-profit organization dedicated to building public awareness and understanding about the need to better prepare Washington’s students for college and the world of work. He has also worked for several local public affairs consulting firms, as a U.S. Senate staff member in Washington, D.C., and as a legislative staff member in Olympia. Steve is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.
Ketul J. Patel - Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and Division President, Pacific Northwest, CommonSpirit Health
Ketul J. Patel is the Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health and the Division President of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Division of CommonSpirit Health. CommonSpirit Health is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems, with operations in 21 states across 700 sites of care, serving 20 million patients annually. Mr. Patel has executive oversight and leadership over the PNW Division, responsible for strategy network development and growth as well as overall operational management for the multi-state regional health care system. The Pacific Northwest Division consists of CHI Franciscan—one of Washington state’s largest health systems—and two additional hospitals in Oregon state with revenues of over $2.9 billion. Mr. Patel has responsibility for 12 acute care facilities, more than 12,000 employees, which includes over 8,000 providers and nurses, more than 1,000 employed and aligned providers; and more than 200 primary and specialty care clinics including a clinically integrated network with over 5,000 providers.
Peter Rutherford, MD - Chief Executive Officer, Confluence Health
Dr. Peter Rutherford is the CEO of Confluence Health. Dr. Rutherford joined Wenatchee Valley Medical Center as a physician in the Internal Medicine department in 1990. He has been the CEO of Confluence Health since its inception in 2013. During Dr. Rutherford’s tenure as CEO, Confluence Health has experienced 60% growth in the number of employees and physicians, added 3 new clinic locations (including an on-site clinic in partnership with a local employer), and new services and technologies. In addition to Internal Medicine, his clinical interest is predominantly geriatric medicine. Outside of work Dr. Rutherford, along with his wife Karen, enjoy the abundant four seasons of natural resources in the Pacific Northwest such as skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
Ron Sims - Former King County Executive Director and Deputy Director of HUD
Ron Sims was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. Prior to his appointment, Ron served for 12 years as the elected Executive of Martin Luther King, Jr. County in Washington state, where he convened a Health Advisory Task Force which led to the creation of the Washington Health Alliance. Before becoming County Executive, he was an elected member of the county council.
James Zimmerman (Past Chair) - Chief Operating Officer at Washington State University, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Jim is the Chief Operating Officer for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He oversees administration, accreditation, finance, information technology, development, human resources and communication activities for the college. Mr. Zimmerman came to WSU from the Chicago Medical School, where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Administration, Accreditation and Finance and was also Vice President of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. He has also worked in the not for profit sector as Executive Director of Health Reach Incorporated, a not for profit free clinic and pharmacy serving the medically disadvantaged populations of Lake County, Illinois and as founding chair of the Illinois Association for Free and Charitable Clinics. In his earlier career he held executive and management positions in specialty consulting companies providing engineering and software technology solutions to industry and government. Jim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1976.