Organizational Unit: 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.

Catherine Strong

Caty recently retired, following 39 years as a Clinical Psychologist in Bellingham.  Her Ph.D. was from the University of Chicago, focusing on mental health and adult development.  She was a founding member in 1993, and served on the executive board, of Associates in Mental Health, a local independent practice association.  She now serves on the Advisory board for the Palliative Care Institute (WWU).  Born and raised in the Northwest, her extended family here spans ages 1 to 96.  Her hopes include access to quality healthcare for all.  She joined the UCNW Board in October 2020.

Gloria Maxwell

Gloria brings to the Board diversity. She was married to a career Army Officer, raised six children, and has lived in five countries and six states.

She has a BS in Geology from the University of Florida and a MA in Education from WSU. She has served as a member both on the American International School Board; the International Women’s Organization Board in Budapest, Hungary; and the South Whidbey Island Lions Club Board. She has held officer positions in various organizations. Gloria has been a permanent resident of Washington State since 1992 and lives on Lummi Island.

Dr. Vince Foster

Dr. Vince Foster is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the Unity Care NW (UCNW) Board of Directors, having served as an EAP provider to the employees of UCNW, (formerly Interfaith CHC), as well having worked with their management in community task force projects over the last 25 years his wife and he have lived in Bellingham.

He is a semi-retired psychologist with a Masters in Addiction Counseling. His professional background includes over 40 years in health care as a mental health services provider along with 22 years as a clinical supervisor and mental health program manager.   The clinical services and settings he has worked range from child and family counseling to organizational and clinical consulting and training, with a special interest in the treatment of acute and chronic trauma as well a substance abuse disorders.

His interest in community volunteering started in high school as a tutor.  Among a few of the efforts he is proud to be involved in include: helping develop and supervise a program for supporting new mothers in Kitsap County, five years on the Bellingham Community Development Board, volunteer work as a mental health counselor for the Red Cross (including deployment to Mississippi to assist in the Hurricane Katrina response), a clinical member of the Whatcom Skagit Industrial CISM team where he provided psychological support to victims of work place and community traumas (including the Whatcom Creek pipeline explosion and numerous refinery accidents), and participation on a number of community task forces in Whatcom County to advance integrated health care services in Whatcom County.  He currently participates on the Whatcom County Opioid Task Force.

He is particularly interested in assisting UCNW to advance their population health perspective because he believes that evidence supports that it is the most cost-effective way to reduce human suffering and to build strong, vibrant and successful communities.

Chris Phillips

After nearly 40 years in community health and nonprofit leadership positions in Monterey CA, Burlington VT and Bellingham WA, Chris is now semi-retired, and offers consulting services focused on organizational pathways to collaborative progress. A resident of Bellingham since 1994, Chris loves to bike and run trails, produce travel videos, and spend time with his wife and two adult children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terry Brown

Terry retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant (E8) 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 eleven years ago. Terry has been a patient of UCNW since his return to the area.

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.