New executive director Gary Renville and retiring executive director Sallie Neillie are working together to ensure a smooth transition.

Board president Chrissy Yamada announced his selection on June 1, 2017. Gary is meeting with staff and working closely with Sallie this month to enable a smooth transition.

Our new executive director Gary Renville got right to work on June 1, meeting with staff and working closely with outgoing director Sallie Neillie, who retires this month.

"I'm thrilled to join the team at Project Access Northwest and help carry on its vital work," said Gary. "I'm eager both to learn and to contribute as we continue to evolve as an organization, explore new opportunities and try to meet the health care needs of those most in need."

Board president Chrissy Yamada announced the board's selection of Gary in aletter to board members, partners and staff on June 1, 2017.

"As difficult as it will be not to have Sallie leading Project Access Northwest after founding this exceptional organization over 11 years ago, we know that Gary is well positioned to pick up where Sallie leaves off," wrote Chrissy.

Gary brings to Project Access Northwest an extensive background leading non-profit organizations. He most recently served as regional vice president for the National Kidney Foundation, where he managed teams of leaders with annual revenue growth of $15 million. He developed funding partnerships from health care providers and co-created and piloted the Big Ask Big Give program. Earlier in his career, Gary was vice president of the National Office of Points of Light/HandsOn Network, where he designed and led several programs, including its Impact Innovation Hub Program.

"With an excellent leadership team, Sallie has built an organization to respond to the unmet needs of our health care community," adds Chrissy. "Her leadership team will continue to serve the organization well as Gary takes on the role of executive director."

"Gary has already brought positive energy and insight to the job, and I feel confident that the organization is in capable hands," says Sallie.