Project Access Northwest welcomed new board members and new staff members in January 2019. Get to know a few of our new faces!

Welcome to our new, volunteer board members

Project Access Northwest is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our members bring a variety of professional skills (legal, medical, fundraising, health planning and administration) and represent various segments of the community. The board meets six times a year, and board members serve three-year terms.

Gregg Aoyama, director of Payer, Employer & D2B Initiatives at EvergreenHealth, joins the board after serving as a volunteer on the Finance Committee. He brings more than two decades of experience in the finance sector with particular focus on managed care strategy, contract negotiation, business development, operational and capital budgeting and project management.

“I have seen many individuals face challenges and uncertainty in accessing necessary care… and I am appreciative of the guidance, financial/social support, and improved access to health care services that Project Access Northwest provides,” says Gregg. “My interest in becoming a board member is to further contribute to the success of Project Access Northwest by supporting its management team … and helping to guide the overall strategic and long-term plans.”

Tracy Corgiat, vice president of Marketing and Development at The Polyclinic, offers expertise in strategic marketing and communications, program development, non-profit leadership — including eight years as executive director of Polyclinic Community Health Foundation — as well as strategic and long-range planning.

“All people in our society need access to health care,” says Tracy. “We can make that happen — but it will take… creative solutions like Project Access Northwest, industry change, policy change and social resolve to do it.”

“I hope to bring insight into the for-profit health provider struggles in the current market and help Project Access Northwest navigate barriers it may face in growing capacity for specialty and ancillary care,” she adds.

Thank you and best wishes!

We bid farewell and thank you to retiring board members Pat Cooke, Jennifer Freeman, Debra Gussin and Grace Wang, who have served on the board since 2013. We appreciate their leadership, wisdom and hard work in support of our mission.

Welcome new staff members!

Janie Downs has joined our staff as a Health Home coordinator. She has extensive experience as a caregiver and program supervisor for a local licensed home health care agency.

Laura Hinds is our new accountant. She has been working in the accounting and finance fields for more than two decades, most recently as director of finance for DNA Seattle.

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