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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emily Boehm has served as the Director of Human Resources and Compliance at Unity Care NW since 2011. Emily has over 16 years of experience in human resources management, compliance, training, recruiting, and benefits. Prior positions include senior level human resources consultant with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and human resources manager for Labinal, a multi-national aerospace firm. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts from Willamette University in Oregon.
Barb Clure served as the Medical Director at the Swinomish Indian Health Clinic in La Conner for 9 years prior to coming to Unity Care NW in September 2012. She also served as a Medical Doctor at Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Bellingham clinic for 10 years and at the Ferndale Medical Center for 2 years. Barb earned her BA in Biology from Whitman College in Walla Walla where she was a Sherwood Scholar. She earned her M.D. from the University of Colorado where she graduated with honors, and performed her family practice residency program at the Ventura County Medical Center.
Charlie Earle is a Bellingham native and has recently returned home to the great Pacific Northwest to join Unity Care NW after spending almost 10 years in Austin, TX. He brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in Information Technology, over 10 of those specifically in Healthcare IT. Prior to this role, Charlie spent several years as the Director of Affiliate IT Consulting for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, working with the organization’s affiliates across the country to improve their Health IT infrastructure, security, and organizational sustainability. Charlie holds several industry related certifications, including from Microsoft and Cisco, and is excited to bring his experience and expertise to the mission of Unity Care NW.
Grant came to Unity Care NW in early 2018, with a diverse background in business, technology and clinical work. Prior to his position at UCNW, Grant worked for 3 years as the Director of Integrated Health at Neighborhood Health in Nashville, Tennessee. There he developed and implemented an Integrated Behavioral Program and a Medication Assisted Treatment program for opiate use. Grant earned his BA in Business and Communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2004 and his MA in Counseling Psychology from the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in 2011.
Muriel first came to Unity Care NW (formerly Interfaith Community Health Center) in 1991 as a nurse practitioner student. After graduating in 1992 from the University of Washington with her Masters of Nursing, she came back to Unity Care NW and was the third provider employed by the health center. She previously served as co-Medical Director and Quality Improvement Coordinator at UCNW. She also has experience working at an STD testing and treatment clinic and a Well Child clinic.
Shanon Hardie joined Unity Care NW as Chief Operating Officer in 2011, helping us with strategic planning and realizing our goals of expansion, NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition, Meaningful Use compliance and improvement in our patient satisfaction and quality care measures. Shanon has over 30 years of health care experience, including 27 in progressive management roles. Prior to serving as COO for Unity Care NW, she served as Vice President of Operations for Sea Mar Community Health Centers, where she was responsible for the operations of their primary care clinics, their quality improvement program, expansion to new service areas, JCAHO certification for their ambulatory care program, and the transition to electronic medical records. Shanon thrives and finds great personal satisfaction working in a not-for-profit, community health center environment.
Jodi Joyce previously served as the Chief Quality Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Quality & Patient Safety at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). She was Vice President for Quality & Patient Safety at Legacy Health, a six-hospital system based in Portland, Oregon, and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer for Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute. Jodi has experience in health care consulting and hospital management and began her career as a neonatal ICU nurse. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College (IL), her BSN at Northwestern University, and her MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Jodi is currently nearing the completion of a PhD at UIC.
Chris Kobdish joined Unity Care NW in 2016. Chris has over 20 years of fundraising, public relations, and marketing experience. Prior to her current position at UCNW, Chris built a nationally-recognized development, public policy, and community education team in the non-profit sector. Before moving to Washington, Chris was an independent filmmaker and owned and operated her own turn-key marketing agency in Dallas, Texas. Chris earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lisa has over 10 years of experience as a pharmacist, and has been with Unity Care NW since 2013. Her responsibilities include oversight over all pharmacy operations including dispensing and patient education on pharmaceuticals; coordination of care and consultation with Unity Care NW’s medical, dental, and behavioral health providers; scheduling and supervising staff; contracting and billing; ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations; and ensuring excellent customer service.
Bonnie joined Unity Care NW in February 2021. She has 18 years’ experience in the field of finance including roles as auditor, finance manager, finance director, CFO and CEO. Before joining UCNW, she worked at Federally Qualified Health Centers in California and Oregon. She has an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BS in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor.
Carrie Shane has over 20 years experience as a practicing dentist, including more than 17 years as lead for programs and strategic planning for Unity Care NW’s dental programs in Bellingham and Ferndale. Carrie has been with Unity Care NW for over 19 years. Unity Care NW’s programs include mobile outreach and treatment to Whatcom County schools and Head Start. Carrie earned a DDS from Creighton University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University.