Swedish Foundation Board of Governors
Jessica Hughes, Chair
Jessica Hughes is chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. In addition, Jessica
serves as chair of the Board Executive Committee. Jessica joined the Swedish Foundation Board
of Governors in 2011 and serves as the Board of Governors’ representative on the Swedish
Board of Trustees.
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 six years
on the Bertschi School Board. Jessica is currently a member of the Epiphany 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 prematurely. 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. Jessica and her husband Tom live in
Seattle and are proud parents of two sons.
Ron Berenstain is an attorney and partner with Perkins Coie. He is a commercial litigator who has been lead counsel in scores of high-stakes securities and corporate governance cases for more than 40 years. His practice is focused on representing public companies and large private companies and their officers and directors, as well as underwriters, accountants and other professionals in shareholder class actions, derivative litigation, merger and acquisition litigation, ERISA class action litigation, SEC enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. He received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers from 2012-2020, listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2003-2020 in eight categories including Bet-the-Company Litigation, Securities Litigation and Mergers and Acquisition Litigation, named the Lawyer of Year for ERISA Litigation in 2016 and 2020, listed as a Washington Super Lawyer from 2003-2020, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of
Peter Cramer, Chair, SMCF Investment Committee
Peter Cramer has been involved with the Swedish Medical Center Foundation Board of Governors since 2015, and currently serves as the chairman of the Investment Committee. Peter Cramer is a senior managing director with SLC Management, where he leads the Insurance Portfolio Management and Trading group in Redmond. Prior to SLC Management, Peter worked at a variety of investment management firms including Pugh Capital Management, Barclays Global Investors (Blackrock), PIMCO, and Payden & Rygel. Peter received his bachelor's degree in economics and psychology from Claremont McKenna College, and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder. In addition to his work with the Swedish Foundation, Peter has also served on the boards and investment committees of Rainer Scholars, the Epiphany School, the French American School of Puget Sound, and Atlantic Street Center. Peter was born in Seattle (at Swedish) and he and his wife currently live in Yarrow Point with their daughter.
Cheryl Gossman, MHA
Cheryl Gossman has served in various roles at Swedish including past chair of the Quality and
Safety committee and past chair of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors. She has been on the Board of Governors since 2005 and the Board of Trustees since 2008. She serves on the following Board committees: Board Quality Committee, the Finance committee and served on the Patient Experience committee. With the Board of Governors, she serves on the Executive committee and served on 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. Ms.
Gossman is founder of Marilyn’s Gift, a gift giving business. She is also active in the Katy McKay
Circle of Association for Catholic Childhood.
J. Scott Harrison
A member of the Swedish Medical Center Foundation Board of Governors since 2000, Scott
Harrison served as chairman of the board from 2015 to 2017 and prior to that served as vice chair. Harrison is currently executive director of OpenSquare and has more than 30 years of general management and executive experience with Honeywell and BarclayDean. He has served as board chair for the Future@Work innovation center, currently serves on the executive committee of Junior Achievement and has served as the board chair. He served on the Providence foundation board for six years in the capacity of board development and as board chair, and served on the board of directors of Leadership Eastside, and is a board member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
R. Guy Hudson, M.D., MBA,
Chief Executive Officer, Swedish Health Services
Dr. Guy Hudson serves as chief executive officer of Swedish Health Services, where he guides the vision of one of the Puget Sound region’s largest nonprofit health care systems. Dr. Hudson oversees the strategic direction and operations of the organization, ensuring that Swedish delivers on its mission of serving the needs of everyone in the community. He works closely with the organization’s leaders and caregivers to provide the highest-quality care to Swedish’s patients and create a respectful workplace that values the contributions of every employee. Dr.
Hudson assumed this role in early 2017.
During his tenure at Swedish, Dr. Hudson has served in various leadership positions across the organization. He joined Swedish in 2007 as a pediatric urologic surgeon and quickly began leading outreach and programs that transformed Swedish pediatric services. Dr. Hudson stewarded initiatives that improved caregiver engagement, patient care and operational workflow. Through his dedicated work with the pediatrics practice, Dr. Hudson developed a deep understanding of primary care, the emerging population health movement and the complexities of the acute care environment – learnings that inform his stewardship of the organization into the future.
Dr. Hudson was named chief of physician services for western Washington in 2016, focusing on medical group operations in the areas of provider engagement, patient satisfaction, and financial, operational and quality performance. Previously, Dr. Hudson served as Swedish
Medical Group’s chief medical officer.
Dr. Hudson came to Swedish from an academic practice at Oregon Health & Science University.
He completed a fellowship at the University of California San Diego and a residency at Oregon
Health & Science University. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University
School of Medicine.
Dr. Hudson has been recognized multiple times as one of Seattle’s and Portland’s Top Doctors, and he received the Patients’ Choice Award Compassionate Doctor Recognition from 2011 to
2014. He is passionate about delivering care to patients in areas that are medically underserved, including providing surgical care to children in Africa and serving as a Guatemala service representative with Providence Health International. Dr. Hudson serves on the Greater
Seattle Partners Executive Council and is a member of the Community Development
Roundtable of Seattle.
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.
Terry Lundeen is Principal of the structural engineering firm, Coughlin Porter Lundeen. Terry’s new construction project experiences include office buildings, healthcare and laboratory facilities, multi-unit residential; and public/municipal structures. He is recognized as one of the region’s foremost experts in seismic retrofits and historic renovation. Terry is the current chair of the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Development Council and has been volunteering at Swedish since 2014. Terry created the Christel Lundeen Serve for Swedish Tennis Fest in memory of his late wife. The event raises funds to support the Dr Hank Kaplan Research Fund and the Patient
Assistance Fund at the Swedish Cancer Institute. Terry holds a M.S.C.E Structural Engineering,
University of Houston and B.S. Civil Engineering, Bradley University.
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. Lytle 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. He 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, he 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.
Carla Millage is a Seattle native and graduate of Seattle Pacific University. She retired from
Nordstrom after a career spanning more than 20 years, where she held various roles in event marketing, community relations and management. Millage has served on the event committee for Celebrate Swedish. She has also worked with JDRF, Detlef Schrempf Foundation, Hopelink,
PONCHO, Bellevue Youth Theatre and Bellevue Arts Museum. She lives in West Seattle with her husband Wayne Millage. They enjoy traveling, the outdoors and their dog Patches.
John L. Petersen, M.D.
John L. Petersen, MD is a highly esteemed cardiologist who formerly practiced at Swedish. 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.
The CEO of Seattle-based Richmond Public Relations, Lorne Richmond is recognized by the business and media communities as one of the most influential public relations professionals in the region. He has earned numerous professional awards and currently serves as a judge for the high-profile Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Awards as well an undergraduate lecturer and mentor for PR graduate programs at the University of Washington.
Lorne is often asked to speak on high-profile issues and trends to share his extensive expertise on business, media relations and entrepreneurship. The University of Washington's Communications department and its alumni frequently invite Lorne to lead panels on leadership and public relations. He serves on several executive boards, nonprofit organizations and has been involved with the development of successful start-up companies. In addition to serving as CEO, he is currently the Advisory Board Chair of DeepCell Technologies, a rapidly growing national company. He is also involved with local organizations such as Mary's Place,
Food Lifeline, JDRF and The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Lorne previously served on
Seattle Seahawk Earl Thomas' Business Advisory Board and currently serves on Seattle Seahawk
Bradley McDougald's Business Advisory Board.
Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, Chair, SHS Board of Trustees
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 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
Eugene (Pepper) Toomey, MD
Dr. Toomey was an orthopedic surgeon for 30+ years, with the last 15 being part of OPA at
Swedish First Hill. He was considered the premier foot and ankle physician and worked with many donors to Swedish Medical Center Foundation. Having retired from full-time practice in
2015, Dr. Toomey serves as a clinical instructor at the Swedish Medical Center Primary Care
Residency and continues on a consulting basis.
Dr. Toomey joined the Board of Governors to further the mission at Swedish and considers himself a spokesperson for the organization. He has remained in close connection to the
Foundation and through additional mentorship opportunities for Swedish Family Medicine
Primary Care Residency program. In 2018, Dr. Toomey received the Elmer J. Nordstrom
Distinguished Service Award in 2018.
Marilyn Valentine is the Executive Director, Office of the Chair, at Vulcan, Inc. In this role she manages interests of the Paul G. Allen Estate and Trust and facilitates communication between the Chair, the Executive Leadership Team, Vulcan employees, and partners in the Paul G. Allen
Network. Marilyn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
She has nearly 18 years of experience working with Vulcan’s founders.
Connie Wong is a veteran executive in the wireless and technology fields, she has more than 30 years of experience in management, sales, marketing, M&A and business development. She has a strong record of building new start-ups, brands and opening new markets in the wireless industry. She holds several corporate board positions. She was a member of Washington State
Attorney General, Rob McKenna’s Technology Advisory Board. She also has serves on Advisory
Boards of The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and The College of
Engineering at the University of Washington. She serves on several NGO’s, The International
Youth Foundation, Bahiastreet in Brazil and Cocoon House in Washington State. Ms. Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an Executive M.B.A.
Mary Beth Formby, Chief Financial Officer, SHS
Harold (Jay) Vogelsang, President and Chief Development Officer, SMCF