Onora Lien, Executive Director, oversees strategic growth, partnership development, preparedness programming and response operations. She led the Network’s successful transition 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.
Nancy Blanford, MPH, Exercise Coordinator, supports the Network’s preparedness efforts and addresses community needs through exercise development. Nancy also provides programmatic support for healthcare members in meeting accreditation, licensing, and regulatory compliance standards for emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Network, Nancy supported or led the planning, conduct, and evaluation of over 40 discussion- and operations-based exercises for local, state, federal, and international organizations. Nancy holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Washington and a BA from the College of William and Mary.
Mikki deVilla, 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 the past seven years with over a decade of experience providing administrative support for business operations. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Washington.
Erin Dufresne, MBA/HCM, Program Support Coordinator, supports the Network’s coalition healthcare preparedness, response, recovery initiatives by providing comprehensive coordination for program activities and events. Additionally, Erin serves as the administrative assistant to the Senior Medical Advisor. 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.
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, North District Coordinator, 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.
Herakles Li, MPH, Planning Coordinator, supports multiple healthcare sectors and their partners within the coalition jurisdiction as a planning lead. Herakles works closely with healthcare organizations, public health, emergency management departments and emergency management services to support the ongoing development and implementation of the Network’s planning program. Prior to joining the Network, he completed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Associate Program fellowship at Public Health – Seattle & King County, working in Environmental Health and Preparedness. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, and a Master in Public Health from the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
Rebecca Lis, MPH, District Manager, supports the district level healthcare preparedness, response and recovery initiatives by ensuring district specific planning, training and exercises in support of coalition deliverables. In addition, Rebecca supports the development of comprehensive training and exercise activities throughout Western Washington. Rebecca has worked with the Network intermittently since August 2009. Her experience includes regional healthcare and public health emergency preparedness. Rebecca has a BA from Cornell University in Biology and Society, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Siri McLean, CEM, MEP, ABCP, Training Coordinator, develops training in collaboration with other staff members in order to support Network planning efforts and address community needs. In tandem with the Exercise Coordinator, Siri is responsible for the Network’s programmatic support for healthcare members in meeting accreditation, licensing and regulatory compliance standards for emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Network, Siri taught personal preparedness classes, managed Emergency Operations Centers and facilitated disaster exercises at Microsoft and the University of Washington. Siri is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), and holds a Master in Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructure from the University of Washington.
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 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, is responsible for the business operations of the Network, which includes administration, finance, human resources, legal, risk management, IT, operations, and marketing. Liesa has 20 years of leadership and management experience in government, global health, healthcare and non-profit organizations. She 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.
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.
Ellen Whitely, MA, Readiness Coordinator, maintains the Network’s Healthcare Emergency Coordination Center (HECC), as well as develops regional healthcare emergency response and/or recovery plans. Ellen focuses on the HECC’s five key mission areas: coordinating healthcare emergency response policies and plans, operations, resource requesting, situational awareness and patient tracking. She also works closely with healthcare organizations, public health, emergency management and Emergency Medical Services. Prior to joining the Network in November 2017, she provided operational and communications coordination for Children’s University Medical Group, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and UW Medicine. Ellen holds a BA in Political Science/Environmental Studies from Western Washington University and an MA in Environment & Community/Social Change Marketing from Antioch University Seattle.