Swedish Health System Board of Trustees

Michael Hart, M.D., Chair
Michael J. Hart, M.D. joined the Swedish Board in December 2012. Dr. Hart is a gruaduate of Holy Cross College and Yale University School of Medicine. After surgical residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, he served at the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle. He has practiced general surgery at Swedish with a special interest in hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery. He was the director of the Swedish surgery residency program from 1983 to 2012. During that time the program increased in size and it is now recognized as one of the premiere private practice training programs in the nation. Dr. Hart has served as chief of surgery and chief of staff at Swedish First Hill. He has been a governor of the American College of Surgeons, and has served as president of the Washington State Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He recently served on the board of directors of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and served on the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for General Surgery. He was the president of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association in 2007 and president of the North Pacific Surgical Association in 2008. He holds the rank of clinical professor of surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Hart is a 2010 recipient of the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award. Dr. Hart retired from surgical practice in June, 2012 after serving twenty-nine years as surgery residency program director.

Teresa Bigelow, Vice Chair
Teresa Bigelow has served on the Swedish Board since May 2007. She worked as an attorney specializing in health-care law for 24 years. Bigelow co-founded Bennett, Bigelow & Leedom in 1983, and served as managing partner until 1995. She founded the Safe Crossings Foundation in 1989, and served as that organization's president of the board from 1989 to 2006.

Nancy J. Auer, M.D.
Nancy Auer, M.D., is an emergency medical physician who has served in many roles at Swedish. Dr. Auer has been at Swedish for more than 30 years, serving in various key positions, including chief medical officer, chief of staff, medical director of Emergency Services and vice president of medical affairs. Dr. Auer retired from active practice in 2010 and now serves as a consultant on medical staff and leadership issues.


Cheryl Gossman 
Cheryl Gossman has been on the Board since 2005. She is the former chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors, and the current chair of the Board Quality & Safety Committee. She serves on both the Orthopedics and Women’s Health Leadership Councils. She has 15 years experience in physician practice management. Gossman has a master's degree in health-care management from George Washington University. She is also active in the Katy McKay Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.

J. Scott Harrison
Chair, Swedish Foundation Board of Governors

John Hotta
John Hotta is a retired technology leader. He worked for Microsoft and Accenture in his career, which spanned over 25 years.  He started his career at the RAND Corporation conducting artificial intelligence research.  In addition to serving on the Swedish board, Hotta is on the advisory committee of a Washington state health organization and the AARP Health Innovation Advisory Committee. He maintains expertise in health care and technology.  He currently advises boardrooms of public and private companies regarding technology.  He is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow and Leadership Fellow.  Hotta resides in the Redmond area. He graduated with honors from Harvard University, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA.  

William W. Krippaehne Jr.
Bill Krippaehne has been on the Swedish Board since 2002. He is the former president and chief executive officer of Fisher Communications, Inc., in Seattle. Prior to that he had held other management positions at Fisher, was a stockholder partner and senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield, and was vice president and general manager of The Gilley Company.

Chuck Lytle
Lytle has been on the Swedish Board since 2007 and is a past vice chair. He is a past chairman of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors, where he has been a member since 1990. He also served as chair of the Allocations Committee, Human Resources and Compensation Committee and the Cancer Advisory Council. He is a member of the Swedish Medical Center Capital Campaign and the Woman and Infants Leadership Council. Previously, he sat on the board of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Lytle is president and founder of Lytle Enterprises, which is a senior housing company established in 1976. He has served on the boards of senior housing, community hospitals, and health maintenance organizations nationwide. In addition to past service on the board of Payless Drug Stores, Lytle was president of Washington State Special Olympics, vice chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, and vice president of PONCHO. He currently serves as a director on the board of Performing Arts Center Eastside, which is the parent organization of Tateuchi Center, and is a past co-chair of the Tateuchi Center capital and endowment campaign.

R. Omar Riojas
Omar Riojas joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. He is a partner at Kelley Goldfarb. He graduated from Stanford Law School and from the University of Washington with distinction. Omar concentrates in complex commercial litigation in state and federal court, including securities, consumer, and wage-and-hour class actions, and corporate governance litigation. He also has experience in litigation concerning employment, insurance, financial institutions, and real estate. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals, as plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court. Omar has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Super Lawyers and repeatedly named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics and Washington Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Kelley Goldfarb, Omar was a business litigator at large defense firms (DLA Piper and Heller Ehrman). Following law school, he was a Judicial Extern Clerk for the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Stanley D. Savage
Stanley D. Savage joined the Swedish board in December 2012. He is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Commerce Bank of Washington, N.A., and chairman of The Commerce Bank of Oregon. Both banks are subsidiaries of Zions Bancorporation, where Savage serves on the Executive Management Committee as an executive vice president. Savage has more than 35 years of banking and management experience. Savage received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, a master's in business administration from University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the London Business School Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management. His present civic activities include serving on a number of not-for-profit and business related boards including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, ArtsFund, Seattle Repertory Theatre Foundation and the Seattle Art Museum.

Martin Siegel, M.D.
Martin Siegel, M.D., has been a member of the Swedish Board since 2000. He is an infectious-disease physician who has been on the Swedish staff since 1980. Dr. Siegel was medical director of epidemiology at Swedish from 1993-2005, and served as president of The Polyclinic from 2000-2004. He is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Swedish, he was an investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center. Prior to moving to Seattle, Dr. Siegel was a clinical research investigator at the Centers for Disease Control.

Margaret Stanley
Margaret Stanley joined the Swedish Board in March 2015. Margaret Stanley is a retired health care executive, who has over thirty years’ experience in health care in the public and private sectors. She served as the first Executive Director of the Puget Sound Health Alliance, from 2005 to 2008, when she retired. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and containing costs in the Puget Sound area.

Before joining the Alliance, Margaret served as a Senior Vice President at Regence BlueShield in Seattle from 1999 until June 2004, when she retired for the first time.

Prior to joining BlueShield, Ms. Stanley was the Health Benefits Administrator at CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, from 1996 until 1999.  There she was responsible for providing health benefits for over one million state and public agency employees and retirees.

Before joining CalPERS, Ms. Stanley served as Administrator of the Washington State Health Care Authority and chaired the Public Employees Benefits Board from 1988 to 1996.  She was responsible for purchasing health care services for public employees and retirees and ran the Basic Health Plan.  In that capacity, she also served as Vice Chair of the Washington Health Care Commission from 1990-1992.

She served as Executive Vice President and Chief Health Care Management Officer of Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska from 1984 to 1988.  She founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HealthPlus, a Blue Cross HMO, from 1981-1988.

From 1977 to 1980, Ms. Stanley was a clinic manager and outpatient administrator for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. 

During her retirement, Ms. Stanley is serving on several boards and committees.  She currently serves as the Chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board, which is responsible for administering health care reform in Washington State.

She has a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Bucknell University.  In 2013, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Health Care from Seattle Business Magazine.  She was born in New York, raised in Vienna, Virginia, and has lived in Washington State since 1969.  

Kristen Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Kristen Swanson joined the Swedish Board in January 2015. She is Dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University. She previously served as Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Academic Affairs at UNC Hospitals. Her research focuses on caring, responses to miscarriage and interventions to promote healing after early pregnancy loss. Her caring theory has been used to guide practice, education, and research in schools and health-care settings around the world. She was the first Virginia Mason Medical Center Distinguished Nurse Scholar. She has been a visiting professor in the United States, England, Thailand, Taiwan, and Sweden, and is frequently invited to consult on strategies to create and sustain a culture of patient centered caring in health care settings. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing the national organization that services as both the architect and standard setting body for nursing education at the baccalaureate through doctoral levels. She is an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, an advanced leadership initiative for nurses in senior executive roles who aspire to lead and shape the future U.S. health care system.

Janet True
Janet True has been a member of the Swedish Board since 2005. She is also a member of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. True's background includes working in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the American Enterprise Institute. On a local level, she worked in the Washington State House of Representatives as well as various political campaigns across Washington state. She is currently chair of the Seattle Repertory Theatre Board and will become president of Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO) during 2008. She is on the advisory board of Treehouse and the Pacific Northwest Ballet. True is a founding member of the Washington Policy Center, ChangePac, and Wild Entrust International of Botswana; she continues to hold trustee positions in those organizations. She is a former trustee of Woodland Park Zoo, The Bush School, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has chaired the major fundraisers for the Moyer Foundation, Seniors Making Art and the 10-99 Foundation.