Board of Directors

One of the unique aspects of a Community Health Center (CHC) is patient involvement in service delivery. The majority of Unity Care NW’s governing board of directors is made up of patients, serving as community representatives and making decisions on which services we provide. This active patient oversight ensures responsiveness to community needs.

If you would like more information about being a part of our Board, please contact us at or (360) 676-6177, ext. 1140.

James Brown

James retired after a 30-year career in law enforcement, retiring as a District Attorney Investigator. He moved to Bellingham and completed the LPN program at Bellingham Technical College. He worked as an LPN in our local emergency room and as an LPN in a cardiology practice. He now works part-time as a private investigator and volunteers with Law Advocates, Whatcom Democrats, and Unity Care NW.

Terry Brown

Terry retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant after almost 21 years of service. He is also retired from the Washington State Department of Corrections as a Correctional Unit Supervisor. Terry was born and raised in the Custer/Ferndale/Bellingham area, and moved back to Whatcom County four years ago.

Curtis Bush


Curt is a retired Boeing Engineering manager. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Point Roberts Senior Association Board. He also works with the local food bank and is an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Melvin De Jong


Mel was born and raised in Whatcom County. He is a Vietnam War veteran who earned a MBA degree from Santa Clara University on the GI Bill. Throughout his career, Mel worked in various accounting and financial management positions from start-up organizations to a conglomerate. His most rewarding position was the 12 years as CFO for the Opportunity Council where he was able to strengthen and increase their financial foundation. Mel is retired and is actively involved in leadership at First Baptist Church.

Bruce Kadar

Bruce has shown the desire to help his community in whatever way possible. Over the past five years alone, he has been involved with volunteering at local church functions, helping out with community functions such as co-chairing Project Homeless Connect, volunteering for local homeless shelters, volunteering for the Rainbow Center, working for Whatcom Counseling and Psychiatric Clinic as a Peer Support Advocate, and recently earning an ATA degree in human services from Skagit Valley College.

Jennifer Moldver

Jennifer has a strong background in health and science. She earned a BS in Biology from Washington State University in 1992 and a LMT from Seattle Massage School in 1994. Throughout her career, she has worked as a LMT in private practice, managed her husband’s dental practice, and is currently heavily involved in the local real estate market as an agent with Keller Williams. She believes that working with children to teach healthy habits starts early. Jennifer has volunteered her time as a Board Member of Catch the Son Preschool and is heavily involved with NW Cheer.

Rebecca Schayes, ARNP

Becky strongly believes in Unity Care NW’s mission and looks forward to being a part of the community effort to increase access to health care for all.Becky is a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who has owned a private medical practice in downtown Bellingham since 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis & Clark and College in 2003 and returned to school at the University of Washington School of Nursing in 2008, where she earned a Bachelor of Nursing in 2009 and a Master’s of Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery in 2013.

Becky Spithill

Throughout her career, Becky has worked in non-profits and at all levels of government, including work as a grants coordinator for a Wisconsin conservation foundation, as an analyst for the United States Government Accountability Office, and as a policy analyst for the King County Executive Office. She attended Western Washington University and has lived in Bellingham off and on over the past several decades. Currently, she works for the City of Bellingham.

Larry Thompson


Larry’s career has been in health administration, both in the public and private sectors. Before going into semi-retirement, he held senior-level positions at Group Health, Skagit Regional Health, and Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA). Larry has a history of serving on voluntary Boards and is an active member of the Bellingham Friends (Quaker) meeting.

Chuck Walter

Dr. Chuck Walter is a retired Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with over 35 years’ experience. He was one of Unity Care NW’s first volunteer dental providers and, in the course of his career, has served on numerous boards, including the Bellingham Bay Rotary Board, President of the Mt. Baker District Dental Society, President of the WA State and Western Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Mt. Baker Theatre Board.

Daniel Whittle


Dan’s career has focused on developing and manufacturing products and technology. He currently specializes in patent analysis. He has served as a director of private and public companies and local professional groups in the US, Canada, and the UK. He is active in Rotary Club and Christ the Servant Lutheran Church.

Elaine Woods

After retiring, Elaine returned to Bellingham, a city she had grown to love while earning a B.A. at Western Washington University. Her career included college Admissions and Registration in both the private and public sectors. While residing on Whidbey Island for several years, she owned a successful outdoor fitness business. Since returning to Bellingham, she has been involved in the music community, volunteering with the Bellingham Girls Rock Camp and the Bellingham Folkfest. Elaine also worked with the Re-Entry Coalition and currently serves on the Bellingham League of Women Voters Health Care Committee.

Senior Leadership

Emily Boehm

Director of Human Resources and Compliance

Barb Clure, MD

Medical Director

Shanon Hardie

Chief Operating Officer

Jan Klineburger

Finance Director

Chris Kobdish

Director of Planning and Development

Carrie Shane, DDS

Dental Director and Bellingham Dentist at Unity Street Children's Clinic

Desmond Skubi

Executive Director