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, District Manager and Northwest District Coordinator, works with the District team to ensure 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 NWHRN’s service area. As NW District Coordinator, Elya 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) Emergency Preparedness and Response Department. At KPH, she created and taught preparedness curriculum, and bolstered emergency plans and procedures for her facility and community. Her previous experience also includes many years as an Emergency Medical Technician. Elya holds a BA in Disaster and Emergency Management.

Wilnie Charlot, Senior Accountant, is responsible for financial compliance and all accounting and bookkeeping transactions of the organization. In addition to entering transactions and preparing monthly financial reports, she monitors cash flow and ensures compliance with organizational policies, budgetary guidelines as well as GAAP and federal contract rules and regulations. Wilnie has a Masters of Science in Accounting from Suffolk University as well as a BS in Accounting.

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.

River Hansen, Clinical Support Planner, River Hansen serves as the clinical planner and response support for community-level planning efforts. In this role, River assists with ongoing development of NWHRN’s clinically-focused projects such as clinical strategies for medical surge and scarce resource management. River joined the Network in Nov 2022 after seven years at Falck NW. At Falck, River started as EMT, was promoted to Field Training Officer, then became an Operations Supervisor and Infection Control Officer. Prior positions include an ER Tech at Overlake Hospital. River’s certifications include CPR-BLS Provider, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.

Kelly Hill, Planning and Preparedness Manager, is responsible for the Network’s coalition healthcare preparedness, response, recovery, and information management initiatives. In partnership with the District Manager, she supports the development of comprehensive training and exercise activities, and assists healthcare members in NWHRN’s service area to meet accreditation, licensing, and regulatory compliance standards for emergency preparedness. Kelly has been serving as the North District Coordinator since October of 2018 and additionally as the District Manager since June of 2020. 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.

Susan Koppelmann, Director of Preparedness and Response, 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.

Bernardo Lactaoen, Executive Assistant and Membership Coordinator, supports the Executive Director and the organization’s current and future Sustaining Members. Bernardo's experience includes 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 in Aug 2021.  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.  Nate 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. Nate is also a Certified Emergency Manager with the state of New Mexico.

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 .

Liesa Rose, MHA, Director of Finance and Administration, is responsible for the day to day and strategic business operations of the Network. 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. She helped lead the transition of the Network from a government agency to a nonprofit organization in 2013-2014. 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.