Onora Lien, Executive Director, oversees strategic growth, partnership development, preparedness programming and response operations. She led the Network’s successful transition in 2014 from a collaboration between King and Pierce County health departments to a non-profit emergency preparedness healthcare coalition and public-private partnership. Before being appointed in 2014 as Executive Director, Onora served as the Network’s program manager for many years, overseeing regional healthcare emergency response and preparedness initiatives. Prior to her work in Seattle, she served as a research and policy analyst in Baltimore, MD., with UPMC Center for Biosecurity and the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies. She holds an MA, Sociology, from Johns Hopkins University with a focus on the individual and organizational dimensions of public health emergencies and disaster response.
Elya Baltazar, Northwest District Coordinator, is responsible for the implementation of the Network’s programs and activities throughout Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap Counties, and works in collaboration with the local community on initiatives. Elya joined the Network in July of 2017 from Kitsap Public Health (KPH). At KPH District’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Department, she created and taught preparedness curriculum, chaired the local healthcare coalition, and bolstered emergency plans and procedures for her facility and community. Elya’s previous experience also includes many years as an Emergency Medical Technician in various settings before pursuing a BA in Disaster and Emergency Management.
Wilnie Charlot, Senior Accountant, is responsible for accounting and bookkeeping of the organization. In addition to entering transactions and preparing financial reports, she ensures compliance with budgetary guidelines and federal contract rules and regulations. Wilnie has a BS in Accounting from University of Massachusetts.
Marissa Cummings, MPH, Clinical Support Planner, is responsible for clinical planning support for community-level planning efforts supporting multiple healthcare sectors and their partners within the NWHRN service area. Marissa served as NWHRN’s High Consequence Infectious Disease Coordinator for more than one year and was heavily involved in the Network’s COVID-19 response. Prior to joining the Network, she worked as a research assistant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the One Health team to understand and prioritize zoonotic and emerging infectious disease events. She also worked as an epidemiology assistant with the CDC Global Waterborne Disease team to analyze environmental disease burden and rotavirus vaccine implementation in Kenya. Marissa holds a BS in Public Health from Oregon State University and a Master of Public Health in Global Environmental Health from Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health.
Erin Dufresne, MBA/HCM, Program Support Coordinator, supports the Network’s coalition healthcare preparedness, response, recovery initiatives by providing comprehensive direct detailed work and coordination for program activities. Erin has an extensive background providing program and administrative support to leaders in the healthcare setting. She holds an MBA/HCM from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Psychology from Argosy University.
Joshua Edrich, MPH, Clinical Support Planner, is responsible for assisting in the development of regional healthcare preparedness and response deliverables under the direction of the Network’s Senior Medical Advisor. Josh provides planning support for Washington’s Disaster Medical Advisory Committee initiatives, such as providing project management for the Regional Triage Team Evaluation study, supporting the development of pediatric and adult Crisis Standards of Care frameworks and resources, development of the NWHRN Pediatric Surge Annex and Toolkit, and providing NWHRN response activities with clinical engagement in support of the Senior Medical Advisor. Josh holds a Master of Public Health in Health Services from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Healthcare Management and Business Administration from Ithaca College. He is also a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces, where he split his service time as a Combat Patrol Squadron Leader and Strategic Policy Liaison for the Israeli Navy.
Scott Foster, CHSP, Information Management Coordinator, leads the development of information management strategies across the coalition to support healthcare response, including use of WATrac. Scott also works closely with regional healthcare coalitions and the Department of Health. Prior to his current role with the Network, Scott worked for Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department as the Medical Resource and Technology Development Coordinator providing emergency equipment and information management coordination.
Kelly Hill, District Manager & North District Coordinator, is responsible for the healthcare preparedness, response and recovery initiatives across the Network’s footprint. She supports the District team in ensuring district specific planning, training and exercises is implemented in support of coalition partners. Additionally, in collaboration with the Planning and Preparedness Manager, she supports the development of comprehensive training and exercise activities throughout Western WA. As the North District Coordinator, she is responsible for the implementation of the Network’s programs and activities throughout Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom Counties, and works in collaboration with the local community on initiatives. Kelly joined the Network in Oct 2018 from the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross. Prior to the Red Cross, Kelly worked in animal welfare, responding to large scale disasters and cruelty cases through the ASPCA. Kelly has experience in disaster response, operational planning, preparedness, partnership management and development and volunteer management. Her Board experience includes work with the Washington Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies.
Bernardo Lactaoen, Executive Assistant and Membership Coordinator, supports the day-to-day operations of the Executive Director, Director of Preparedness and Response, and the Director of Finance and Administration. In his role as Membership Coordinator, he supports the organization’s current and future Sustaining Members. Bernardo joined the Network in September 2016, bringing nonprofit and disaster preparedness/response/recovery experience from the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross.
Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg, MPH, Planning Coordinator, serves as the operational planning lead for community-level planning efforts supporting multiple healthcare sectors and their partners within the NWHRN service area. Nate was the Network’s Exercise Coordinator for two years just prior to becoming the Planning Coordinator. Prior to joining the Network, Nathaniel was the Disaster Educator for the City of Auburn Emergency Management Division, where he led community preparedness trainings, developed emergency response plans, and was responsible for community outreach and volunteer recruitment. Nathaniel holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington Department of Global Health, a Graduate Certificate in Climate Change and Health from the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment, and a BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz.
Stacy Parizek, Response Operations Coordinator, is responsible for leading the development of the NWHRN response capabilities as well as developing and maintaining emergency response and/or recovery plans for the organization. Stacy joined the Network in September 2020 from the Kitsap County Emergency Operations Center where he served initially as the ESF8 Lead and later as the Operations Section Chief for the COVID-19 Response. Stacy has more than two decades of experience in Fire and EMS as the former Director of Operations for Olympic Ambulance and volunteer Firefighter/EMT with two different fire agencies. Stacy has also served as an integral member of several pivotal groups throughout his career including the Medical Officers Group for Kitsap County Emergency Medical Services, Vice President of the Long Term Care Alliance, Fire Service Advisory Committee for Olympic College, Kitsap County’s EMS Protocol Committee in 2015 and 2019, as well as several MCI, Infectious Disease and CMCI planning workgroups and exercises involving local, State and Federal agencies. Stacy holds a BA from Western Washington University with an emphasis in Mental Health and Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Mariah Pede, West District Coordinator, is responsible for the implementation of the Network’s programs and activities throughout Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties, and works in collaboration with the local community on initiatives. Mariah joined the Network in October 2018, and brings many years of experience in Fire and EMS. Prior to joining the Network, Mariah worked in the Emergency Room at Mason General Hospital for 13 years while aiding in the development of their Emergency Preparedness Program. She holds many certificates in specialized disciplines including Infrastructure Disaster Management through Texas A&M .
Susan Koppelmann Pelaez, Director of Preparedness and Response, is responsible for leading comprehensive planning, development and management of the Network’s programs and services to address the healthcare community’s needs. Susan joined the Network in May 2016 from the American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters. Susan has more than sixteen years of experience in disaster planning, response, and humanitarian assistance. She is a seasoned and respected disaster response leader. She has served on several boards focusing on youth issues and disaster preparedness and response, including two consecutive terms as President of Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
Aaron Resnick, MA, Planning & Preparedness Manager, is responsible for the Network’s coalition healthcare preparedness, response, recovery and information management initiatives. Aaron works in tandem with the District Manager to support the development of comprehensive training activities throughout the Network’s footprint. Additionally, Aaron oversees the Network’s programmatic support for healthcare members in meeting accreditation, licensing and regulatory compliance standards for emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Network in September 2014, he served as the emergency preparedness coordinator at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA. Aaron holds a BA in Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London.
Liesa Rose, MHA, Director of Finance and Administration, has led the day to day and strategic business operations of the Network since 2013, including the transition of the Network from a government agency to a nonprofit organization. Her role includes finance, operations, human resources, administration, legal, risk management, and information technology. She has over 20 years of leadership and management experience in government, global health, healthcare and non-profit organizations, and has served on non-profit boards and advisory councils both professionally and within her community. Liesa holds a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington, and a BA in an international business degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Vicki Sakata, MD, FAAEM, FAAP, Senior Medical Advisor, leads clinical planning efforts and provides clinical input into the Network’s initiatives. Dr. Sakata is double-boarded and residency trained in General Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics as well as sub-specialty board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle and also works clinically at Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma, WA. Her disaster response experience started with her first job after residency managing a 30-bed NICU in Sialkot, Pakistan. Since then, she has worked and volunteered her medical expertise internationally and nationally. Dr. Sakata is also medical officer for WA-1 DMAT and MAC-T NDMS response teams. She received her M.D. from the University of Colorado, received Pediatric residency training at the University of Washington, and Emergency Medicine residency training at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Kara Welchel, Response Operations Support Coordinator, assists the Network with operations support related to the COVID-19 response, such as situational data gathering and report preparations. Prior to becoming a staff member, Kara was a volunteer with the Network assisting the COVID-19 response logistics team. Kara’s work experience includes Administrative Assistant for an engineering consulting firm, Marketing and Administrative Coordinator for The NOAH Center, Visual Co-Manager for Forever 21, Logistics Associate for Gap, and Finance Administrative Assistant for Habitat for Humanity.
Mikki Ymeri, Office Manager and Compliance Specialist, supports day-to-day and business operations and ensures adherence to human resource, administrative, and operational systems and procedures. She has worked in the biomedical and regenerative medicine fields for seven years and over a decade of experience providing administrative support for business operations. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Washington.