Tatiana comes to the board from a background in social services. She spent the last several years immersed in finding and testing solutions to homelessness with an emphasis on systems change through community partnerships. Tatiana moved to Washington two years ago and is now a consultant to non-profit organizations and public initiatives looking to incorporate human-centered design thinking in their efforts towards systemic change.
Shane is a long-time resident of Whatcom County with many years of work promoting equity and access to resources for marginalized communities, with a background in both organizational leadership and management science. Professionally, Shane’s work ranges from labor relations and retail to human rights campaign work. He also works as a business consultant for nonprofit and community organizations. His passion for healthcare advocacy comes from a family background in hospice and nursing. Shane attended the University of Washington for Political Science and Whatcom Community College. He is currently a patient at Unity Care Northwest and supports its continuing mission of integrative medicine.
To give back to our community, Janice Brendible serves on the Board of Directors for Unity Care NW. She was elected to the Board in February 2021. Janice comes with the strong understanding that the UCNW Vision does become reality and that the UCNW Mission is within reach. A graduate of the University of Washington, BA English, Washington State University, BA Education, and Western Washington University, MEd, Janice held positions at Head Start, Elementary, High School and Tribal College. Janice’s personal values are shared with UCNW which include respect, accountability, and integrity. Janice looks forward to Unity Care NW thriving with a community that reflects knowledge and opportunity for being healthy.
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 comes to the board of directors with a diverse background. 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 is grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the Unity Care NW Board of Directors, having previously served as an Employee Assistance Program provider to UCNW employees. He and his wife have lived in Bellingham for over 25 years.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.