[2/7/22] Ten Finalists Selected For Health Board

Posted in Health, Local Government & Meetings

The Chelan-Douglas Health District is getting closer to having its state-mandated restructured health board filled with members. The list of finalists has been narrowed to ten. The list now goes to the Chelan and Douglas county commissions for their consideration.

In May, legislators passed House Bill 1152, which modifies the composition of local health boards throughout the state. The bill creates comprehensive guidelines for health districts to follow and requires them to balance governing boards with non-elected officials.

Chelan County Commissioner Kevin Overbay, who serves as the CDHD Health Board’s chairman, said that when choosing the finalists, they considered the future of the health district, not so much the ongoing pandemic. Overbay said he’s confident the candidates will help govern the agency for the next four years.

Among the 10 finalists are:
Alma Chacon, the executive director of CAFÉ, with more than 30 years of experience working with underrepresented communities in the region.
Maria Hanson, who worked at Link Transit for 29 years before retiring last year.
Dr. Kristen Hosey, the past nursing program director at Wenatchee Valley College. She holds a clinical associate professor appointment at the University of Washington in the School of Nursing as well as the Department of Global Health.
Joseph Hunter, a certified recovery coach and peer counselor who works for North Central Accountable Community of Health and is a core group member of the Central Washington Recovery Coalition.
Daniel Moody, who has a professional history of working with disabled adults in adult family homes and convalescent settings.
Dr. Bindu Nayak, an endocrinologist at Confluence Health and co-founder and co-chairman of the Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council at Central Washington Hospital. She was appointed to the Washington State Disaster Medical Advisory Council as one of two social justice and health equity specialists in the state.
Michael Peterson, a toxicologist and public health scientist who serves on the Washington State Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board.
And Bill Sullivan (community stakeholder): Sullivan is a licensed hydrogeologist with 17 years of environmental health experience in groundwater, wells, drinking water, infiltration and groundwater quality.

The Chelan and Douglas county commissioners will choose the five new members on March 1. The new board will consist of 12 members: four county commissioners (two from each county), a small cities representative, a large cities representative and six at-large community members. It must be in place by July 26.