Foundation Board of Governors
Lida Buckner, Chair
Lida Buckner is chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. Lida joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in May 2008. She also serves on the boards of the O.D. Fisher Investment Companies, O.D. Fisher Charitable Foundation, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Issaquah PTSA Council, and is Secretary of the John L. Locke Jr. Charitable Trust. Lida is an active volunteer in the Issaquah School District, chairing a school auction, serving two years as President of the Grand Ridge Elementary PTSA, two years as Vice President of Elementary School PTSAs for the Issaquah School District, and is currently VP of Marketing for the Issaquah Schools Foundation. Her previous civic services supported The Washington Round Table, Jubilee Women's Center, and the Deaf-Blind Service Center of Seattle. Buckner earned her bachelor's degree in administration-marketing from Washington State University. She spent eight years in television sales in Seattle. Lida now resides with her husband, Kyle, and two sons in Issaquah.
J. Scott Harrison, Vice Chair
Scott Harrison is vice chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. Scott has been on the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors since 2000 when Providence Seattle Medical Center merged with Swedish. On the Swedish Board he has served as vice chair. He served on the Providence board for six years in the capacity of board development and as board chair. Harrison is currently chief executive officer of Barclay Dean Inc, and he has 20 years general management experience with Honeywell. He has also served on the executive committee of Junior Achievement, is past chair of the board of governors for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and is a board member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
Lucius Andrew III
Lucius Andrew III is principal of Andrew & Associates, and is a private investor. He has been in the banking, securities and investment business for over 35 years. He is a former trustee of the Seattle Repertory Theatre as well as Brooks School in North Andover, Mass. He served on the board of First American Bank in Elk Grove Village, Ill., and is president of The Highlands, Inc. in Seattle.
Chief Executive, Swedish Health Services
Nancy Auer, M.D.
Dr. Auer 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.
Anita Braker was raised in Twisp, Washington. She graduated from Seattle University, Magna Cum Laude in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She was a practicing nurse and nurse practitioner trainee for a number of years in Twisp and in Brewster, Wash., before continuing her education at the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law) where she obtained a juris doctorate in 1990. Her legal practice experience includes work as an associate at the Seattle firms of Stanislaw, Ashbaugh, Chism, Jacobson & Johnson, and later at Chism, Jacobson & Johnson. She was general counsel for Sur La Table until retiring from active law practice in 2001. Braker's community volunteer work includes being a past board member and two-time board chair of the Market Foundation, a current member of Washington Women's Foundation and its Impact Assessment Committee (former member of the committee), and active involvement with CARE USA, Islandwood, and Jubilee Women's Center. She and her husband, Dave Olsen, enjoy boating, skiing, cycling, hiking, travel and cooking.
Barbara Buchman joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in May 2008. She currently serves on the Stewardship Committee, and is the point person for annual giving and the Summit Club from the Board. She chaired the 2006 Women's Wellness Luncheon. Buchman also serves on the University of Washington School of Music Advisory Board, the Sunset Club Finance Committee, Reciprocity Committee, and Program Committee. She received the Summit Club's Elmer J. Nordstrom Award in 2007, and is a former member of the Brinnon School Board. Buchman received her bachelor's degree in education from the University of Texas, and her teaching certificate from Western Connecticut University. She and her husband, Dr. Joseph Buchman, reside in Seattle.
Sarah Everitt joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in November 2010. Originally from the East Coast, Sarah earned a B.A. from Bard College in 1992. She then worked for 12 years in trading risk management and equity derivatives middle office for international investment banks in Paris, London and New York. Sarah “retired” in 2003 to relocate to Seattle with her husband, Mark. She is a full time mother to two children Arabella and Hugo. Both were born at Swedish, and it is through those experiences that Sarah came to be involved first with the Celebrate Swedish committee and now the Board of Governors.
Tom Gores has been on the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors since 2003. He chairs the Foundation's Planned Giving Council. Gores is a partner at Perkins Coie law firm, where he specializes in estate planning. He has also served on the board of the Seattle Foundation.
Cheryl Gossman has been on the Board since 2005. She serves on the Community Board Quality and Finance Committee, the Campaign Leadership Council and the Women and Children's Advisory Council. 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.
Jessica Hughes was born and raised in Seattle and has made it her home most of her life. She has had careers in both commercial real estate and banking /finance here is Seattle. She was heavily involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and has spent the last six years on the Bertschi School Board. Jessica has a deep appreciation for Women and Infant services at Swedish having spent five months in all parts of it caring for her infant son who was born at 25 weeks gestation after learning her water had broken at 20 weeks. She now believes that miracles do happen, but knows that her son wouldn't have made it home without the amazing skill and care of Swedish physicians and staff.
Gwendolyn Johnson is a Seattle native. She graduated from Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington in 1972. After college she spent a year teaching English in Nagoya, Japan before beginning her retail career as a manager and buyer at Frederick and Nelson in Seattle. She has worked on numerous fundraising projects for Whitman College and the Junior League of Seattle and was an active volunteer at Lakeside School for 12 years, where she chaired the Rummage Sale, the Auction and finally, held the position of Parents Association President and was member of the Lakeside School Board of Trustees from 2004-2006. She has lived in Woodway with her husband, Steve, since 1987 and has three adult children.
Kneeland currently serves as co-chair for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Expansion Advisory Council, a member of the Swedish Medical Center Women's Cancer Center Advisory Council, as well as the Celebrate Swedish Event Committee. She is executive director for Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO), a non-profit organization that raises funds for local arts organizations. An active community volunteer, she is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of King County and the Junior League of Seattle. She previously was at the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Prior to joining the non-profit world, she spent over 12 years in the hospitality industry where she held sales, marketing and event management roles, including at The Westin Seattle and The Triple Door.
William W. Krippaehne Jr.
Bill Krippaehne is a past chair of the Foundation Board of Governors, and is also a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees. Krippaehne 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 partner and senior vice president at Cushman & Wakefield, and was vice president and general manager of The Gilley Company.
Todd Lee is originally from Minnesota. His father was from Rochester and his mother was a nurse at The Mayo Clinic. His family moved to Mercer Island in 1976, and Todd spent most of his childhood working on the family house as his parents completely remodeled it over a 20-year period. He thinks that is probably where he got his interest in construction. Todd graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1985 and then went to the University of Washington, where he majored in construction management. Upon graduating, he went right to work at Sellen and has been there ever since, currently serving as the Senior Project Manager, Executive Vice President. He and his wife, Sue, have two children who were born at Swedish, Lindsey in 1993 and Jake in 1996.
Rae Lembersky joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in May 2008. She has been a member of the Foundation's Summit Club Advisory Board for a number of years. Additionally, she has served on a variety of fund raising committees for other hospitals, medical facilities, and religious organizations. Lembersky received her bachelor's degree in biology from Purdue University, and her master's degree in biophysics from the University of Washington. She spent 10 years working in medical research, which included securing grant support, giving seminars, writing a workbook on genetics, and publishing peer reviewed papers. She and her husband, Mark, have a wide variety of interests, which include volunteering and supporting Iditarod race teams.
Charles Lytle has been on the Swedish Board since 2007. He is past chairman of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors, where he has been a member since 1990. He is also on the Swedish Medical Center Campaign Leadership Council. Chuck is president of Lytle Enterprises, LLC. His background is in senior housing. He established Lytle Enterprises and Leisure Care in 1976. He is chair of the Allocations Committee for the Swedish Board of Governors and the Human Resources and Compensation Committee, as well as chairman of the Cancer Advisory Council, and he sits on the board of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research. Chuck has served on the boards of senior housing organizations, community hospitals, health maintenance organizations, and Payless Drugs. He is also past president of the Washington State Special Olympics, past vice chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for United Way, and past vice president of PONCHO. Currently, Chuck serves as a director on the board of Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE), which is the parent organization of Tateuchi Center, is a member of the Tateuchi Center Executive Committee, and is co-chair of the Tateuchi Center capital and endowment campaign.
Molly McCullough earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Systems from Seattle University after becoming interested in the topic as a result of her involvement in her own family’s business. She is Chairman of the Board of Seaport Steel and chairs the Pleas Family Council. She has a deep appreciation for the complexity involved in managing transitions. In addition to her studies and leadership in the family business, she currently works with Community Consulting Partnership. Her past experience includes chairing the board of Stevens Hospital Foundation, and serving on the Board of Trustees for The Lakeside School. She is passionate about building the capacities for organizations (and family enterprise in particular) to thrive in the increasingly complex environments in which they function.
Kirby McDonald has been a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees since 1998. He founded McDonald Industries in 1970. The company was a major distributor of construction and mining machinery in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. In 1979, he founded Peak Oilfield Service Company, a major contractor providing oil field support in Alaska. In 1987, he purchased Universal Services and became chief executive officer and principal shareholder. The company provided remote site logistical support services to multinational oil, gas, exploration, production, mining and military operations worldwide. In 1984 he was a founding partner in Sundance Cruises, which provided cruise ship operations on the West Coast and in Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1989, he became a partner in Pacific Detroit Diesel, a supplier of Detroit diesel engines and related products in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. McDonald is also on the boards of Avail Media and Prepared Response.
Michael Melancon is an accomplished designer of practical organizational effectiveness strategies, with 30 years of experience directing all disciplines of human resource management in hospital administration and higher education, as well as service, technology, transportation and financial service industries. Mike provides organizational consulting through The Washington Firm, Ltd., and formerly served as Vice President of Human Resources for ProBusiness, Inc., and Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness and Human Resources for Cost Care, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. From 1983 through 1991, Mike was responsible for Human Resources and Employee Relations at two University of California teaching hospitals and medical centers. He holds a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from UC Davis, and is an ordained chaplain who volunteers his time with individuals living with life altering diagnoses, especially involving hospice and palliative care. He also serves on the Greater Seattle Business Association’s Scholarship Steering Committee.
Tracy Morris is General Counsel and Director of Business Development at CB Transportation Inc., a single source third-party logistics company based in Philadelphia. Her most recent community service work includes serving on the Community Advisory Board for Swedish Hospital, Chairing the Federal Bar Association’s Art Committee, and Directing the Federal Civil Rights Legal Clinic, which she piloted and launched in partnership with the King County Bar Association in 2005. Mss Morris is Past President of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) of the Western District of Washington and served as Co-Chair of the Ninth Circuit Law Representatives for this District. She also served for many years as Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, on the FBA’s Nomination Committee, and as a member of the United States Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee. Outside the community service arena, Ms. Morris was an employment attorney at Microsoft Corporation and, previously, an associate at Perkins Coie, LLP. She took a few years away from her legal practice to purse two of her passions – raising her daughter (now two) and assisting Retired United States Magistrate Judge Weinberg with the prisoner backlog in the Eastern District of California. Ms. Morris obtained her B.A. in Art History and Spanish in 1991 from Occidental College, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Washington in 1995.
Molly Otter is Vice President at Lighter Capital. Prior to that she was a VP at AEA Investors LP until December 2011. She joined the Mezzanine Fund as part of its initial founding in 2005. She was involved in over 25 portfolio investments while a member of the team. Prior to joining AEA, she was at American Capital Strategies, a business development corporation. Prior to American Capital, Ms. Gregg was at GSC Partners where she worked as a generalist, evaluating and making investments in their private equity, collateralized debt obligations, and distress debt funds. Ms. Gregg received her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics in 2004 and a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College in 2000. She was activity involved in Everybody Wins!, a charity which encourages reading to children in NYC public schools, a member of her Co-op board, and a board member of NYPEN, a networking and educational organization for young professional in private equity, as well as an avid runner.
Michael J. Peters, M.D.
Michael J. Peters, M.D., joined Seattle Radiologists in 1989 and has been president of Seattle Radiologists for eight years. He received his medical degree from the University of Washington and served as chief resident and clinical assistant professor of radiology. He completed his fellowship in MR/CT at the University of Washington and then completed fellowships in oncological radiology from MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston and the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology. Peters is certified by both the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Medical Examiners. His subspecialty areas include MR, CT, Diagnostic Radiology and Oncological Imaging.
John L. Petersen, M.D.
John L. Petersen, MD is a highly esteemed Cardiologist currently practicing at the Swedish Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Petersen attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his medical degree from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine in 1964. He completed his residency at Bellevue and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospitals (Cornell Division) in New York, NY in 1966. Dr. Petersen received his Cardiology fellowship training at the University of Washington, Department of Medicine in 1971. He was a research fellow at the Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard School of Medicine between 1966 and 1967 and an EIS officer with the National Communicable Disease Center (NCDC) from 1966-1969. He has served in multiple faculty positions at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine between 1970 to present day, where he is currently a Clinical Associate Professor.
Brad Root was born and raised in Seattle, WA where he attended Ingraham High School and Seattle Pacific University. Brad has been with GM Nameplate, Inc. in a professional capacity since 1994 and currently serves as the President of the Corporate Division in Seattle. Brad has served on a number of non-profit boards, both industry specific (President of Graphic and Product Identification Association and the American Electronics Association), and community based (President of The Ingraham High School Foundation, All Saints Church, and most recently PanCan Northwest). Brad is also a member of WINGS, an angel investment group focused specifically on early stage medical device companies in the state of Washington. Brad lives in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood with his wife Nancy, his daughter Tia (8) and his sons Knight (6) and Titan (4). Outside of work, Brad coach’s soccer and baseball, golfs, snow skis, runs, spends time with family and friends, and is a strong supporter of Husky football.
Sabey is on the Board of Regents for the Fulcrum Foundation, which focuses on ensuring that a catholic education is accessible to all who seek one. She also serves on the Providence Hospital "O' Christmas Trees" gala Executive Leadership Board, and is active in fund raising for Holy Names Academy and Holy Family Parish School in Kirkland. She emphasizes that her most important role is being a mother to her children Brooke and Jack, who were both born at Swedish, and wife to her husband John.
Janet True is also a member of the Swedish Board of Trustees. 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.
Jane Uhlir, M.D.
Jane Uhlir, M.D., is the executive director of the Women & Infants and Pediatric Specialty Care service lines, as well as the executive director of Clinical Process Improvement at Swedish. She has been on staff at Swedish since 1982. Previously, she has served as chief of staff at Swedish and has served on the Foundation Board for Women & Infants. Dr. Uhlir is board-certified in both obstetrics and gynecology, and had a clinical focus on infertility. She was a partner at Pacific Gynecology Specialists, the largest fertility group in the Northwest. Dr. Uhlir is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Seattle Gynecologic Society, King County Medical Society, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, Washington State Medical Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
John Vassall II, M.D.
John Vassall, M.D., is chief medical officer at Swedish.
Jean Viereck joined the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors in 1986 and has served continuously since that time. Her participation at Swedish also includes chairing the Summit Club for two years, serving on the Women's Advisory Board for many years, and serving on the Nominating Committee and Cancer Advisory Council. In 2007, she was chair of Swedish's annual Women's Wellness Luncheon. She is a Trustee Emeritus for the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and is active on the boards of the Seattle Chamber Music Society, ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists), Seattle Art Museum and Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Hawaii.
Betsy Vo, Secretary
Don Theophilus, Vice President Development & Executive Director Foundation
Dan Harris, Treasurer