Project Access Northwest bid farewell to valued board members and staff and welcomed another to a new role.

Thank you and best wishes!

We want to extend our deepest thanks to our retiring board members. Penny Edlund, who stepped down in February, served on the board for many years and tirelessly championed our mission.

“Penny offered her very valuable gifts of time, talent and treasure,” says Gary Renville, executive director. “I’m grateful for the impact Penny has had on Project Access Northwest and also on me, especially in my early days as the incoming executive director."

We also will be saying farewell to Dan Howell, who steps down from the board in April. Dan has served on the board since 2017 and brought many skills and insights to our work, especially helping to model the value of the care we provide at no cost to our patients.

We appreciate both of them for their leadership, wisdom and hard work in support of our mission!

We also bid farewell and best wishes to our Deputy Executive Director Melissa Johnson, who left her position earlier this year.

Michael Welke moved from his position as Care Coordinator to an interim development director role and, among other things, is already planning for this year’s Strike Down Barriers to Health Care event. If you are interested in supporting our work this year as a sponsor, please reach out to Michael at or 206-858-4191.

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