LifeWorks NW is fortunate to benefit from the management guidance and passion of a committed board of directors. Here are the community and business leaders we’re pleased to have seated around our boardroom table.
Friends of the Children
Officer at Large:
Portland State University
Cambia Health Solutions
Doug Koekkoek, MD
Providence Health & Services
Larry Martinez, Ph.D.
Stoel Rives LLP
Vista Capital Partners
Standard Insurance Company
Portland General Electric
Bill Bradley serves as Vice President of Product Management at Cambia Health Solutions parent company of Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest. At Cambia, he leads the management and marketing of the Commercial Products Lines of Business. Prior to Cambia, he was Director of Marketing at SignaCert an early stage technology company where he was responsible for all corporate and product marketing and was also Vice President of Marketing for Fiskars Brands, Outdoor Recreation Division. His career also includes 14 years at Intel as Global Director of Vertical Marketing. He started his career as an account executive for regional and national advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather. He earned BS in Communications from Oregon State University and MBA from University of Portland. Mr. Bradley has served on the board of directors of Business for Culture & the Arts and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two sons.
Deborah Chen is the Senior Manager Sales Operations for K12/Fuel Education LLC. She has been with the organization since January 2011, forecasting sales performance and compensation. Prior to joining K12, Deborah helped grow two startups within the health care industry: Kryptiq and Portico Systems. Outside of work, Deborah is passionate about science, philosophy, travel, food, and life in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys baking for friends and family and rolling out her telescope to marvel at the moon and stars. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelors degree in professional writing.
Rob DeWitt is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Legacy Health. Prior to joining Legacy in 2012, Rob was with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) where he served as general counsel to CHI’s Franciscan Health System, as well as CHI’s hospitals in Roseburg and Pendleton. He previously practiced health law for twenty years at Atlanta law firms. A native of Canton, Ohio, Rob graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California where he played varsity soccer and graduated with a degree in philosophy. He also studied at the London School of Economics and received a law degree in 1986 from the Cornell Law School.
Dave Evans is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Moda Health, one of Oregon’s largest privately held companies serving almost two million members across five western states. He oversees financial, treasury, regulatory, and information services. A native Portlander, Dave brings to his role both intimate knowledge of local markets and broad expertise in financial planning and budget management. Prior to assuming his current position in 2011, Dave served as controller of Moda Health (then The ODS Companies) for almost a decade. He is an active certified public accountant who earned his bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University. Dave volunteers in the mentoring program for the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants and remains engaged with the American Institute of CPAs. He is active in the Portland community, currently serving on the board of the Assistance League and on Metro’s oversight committee for the Oregon Zoo.
Kim Heiting joined NW Natural in 1998 and is now a Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Marketing Officer. She has held positions in advertising, marketing, consumer information and internet services and public relations. Kim has an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in Communication from Northwestern University. Kim volunteers her time with several organizations, serves on the Marketing Committee of American Gas Association and currently serves on the LifeWorks NW Marketing Committee.
Dr. Doug Koekkoek is Chief Executive of Clinical Services and Regional Chief Medical Officer for Providence Health & Services in Oregon. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and his medical degree from the Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Koekkoek completed his residency in internal medicine and was chief resident at Providence Portland Medical Center. He practiced in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Doug played an integral role developing Providence Health & Services’ regional hospitalist program in Oregon. He sees patients several days each month as a working hospitalist. Dr. Koekkoek’s current responsibilities include medical staff affairs and quality strategy across the health system’s Oregon network. His executive role provides oversight and guidance to regional nursing, pharmacy, home services, and the graduate medical education programs. He is intimately involved with the system’s Community Health Division and evolving strategies in population health management.
Dr. Larry Martinez is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Portland State in 2016, he taught Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management as an assistant professor at Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management for four years. Dr. Martinez earned his PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Rice University in 2012. He also earned a BA in psychology and an MA in I/O Psychology at Rice.
Dr. Martinez’s work is focused on inclusion, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination in the workplace. In particular, his work has focused on the experiences of traditionally under-represented employees including cancer survivors, transgender individuals, individuals with disabilities, and sexual orientation minorities. Dr. Martinez uses multiple methodologies to examine these experiences including surveys; lab and field experiments; and interviews, focus groups, and other qualitative techniques. Dr. Martinez is particularly excited about new work focused on engaging non-stigmatized “ally” employees in diversity initiatives.
Dr. Martinez’s work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and several other journals. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business and Psychology, Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, and Journal of Homosexuality. He has served on SIOP’s LGBT Committee and served as its chair from 2013 – 2015. He is currently serving as guest editor for a special issue of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, focused on the experiences of sexual orientation and gender identity minority employees.
Elise McClure is a tax attorney and retired Vice President of Tax and Customs for Starbucks. Prior to joining Starbucks in 1992, Elise was employed by Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, as a tax manager in Seattle and New York offices. Elise serves on the Oregon State University Foundation Board and served on a nonprofit community board representing foster children in Seattle. Elise received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a law degree from Willamette University. She joined the LifeWorks NW Board in July 2011 and serves as chair of the Board Finance Committee and Treasurer.
Jocelynne McAdory is Executive Consultant (Chief of Staff) of Care Delivery for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc./Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Northwest Region. Prior to working at Kaiser Permanente, she was an employment law attorney and worked in public service in both Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida. Earning her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hampton University, she then earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Jocelynne serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of United Way and is a member of the Portland Chapter of Links International, Inc.
Tim McMahan is a partner at Stoel Rives, LLP in Portland. Prior to joining Stoel Rives in 2000, Tim served as the Port Townsend City Attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Puget Sound, has a masters degree in Urban Planning from University of Washington, and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Tim was a former member of the board of directors for United Way and Chair of United Way’s Community Impact Cabinet and change process, and has been a long-time community volunteer with United Way. Tim chairs our board Planning & Strategy Committee.
Laureen O’Brien is the principal of LOB Consulting. Recently retired from her VP/CIO position, Laureen had a long and distinguished career as a leader and innovator in health care information technology. In her current role, she works with organizations to develop solutions that improve the quality, safety and affordability of care. Laureen is known as an IT professional with a proven ability to develop high performing teams that share her passion for results. Laureen also volunteers with the Oregon HIMSS chapter to ensure focus and development of the next generation of HIT leaders.
Mike is the Director of Business Development and a partner at Vista Capital Partners, an independent wealth management firm based in Portland, Oregon. Vista utilizes thoughtful planning and optimal portfolio management to protect and grow their clients’ assets giving them their best chance for success. What started in 2001 as a team of three has grown to a dedicated staff of 20 with more than $1.1 billion in assets under management. Mike is a founding member of the firm. Prior to Vista he was in sales for Xerox and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1987 with a degree in Political Science. Outside the office he focuses on spots and has coached each of his four boys’ football, basketball and baseball teams.
Leslie Petroff is a native Portlander and community volunteer. Leslie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Art History from Stanford University. Her career in retail spanned 25 years with May Co., Federated Stores, and Carlisle. The mother of three children, her volunteer work has included running an Art Literacy program for K-6, starting a private foreign language program for junior high school and co-chairing the Jesuit High School auction. Leslie currently serves as chair of LifeWorks NW Board Development Committee where she has been a member and actively involved with the annual breakfast and the Iron Chef event for the last several years.
Jody Pfeifer is currently the second VP of Strategy & Portfolio at The Standard. She started at The Standard 22 years ago leading projects. Since then she has continued to challenge herself in various leadership roles within IT. Jody has continued to focus on growing her leadership skills and finding new ways to empower and engage her team. Building strong relationships has enabled her to move things forward across the organization. Outside of work, Jody enjoys spending time with her two children – ages 11 and eight. They are busy with sports and other outdoor activities. In the past, Jody has worked with organizations like Dress for Success to further their mission and helped fellow peers with their own career development by sponsoring Women’s Career Network – an employee resource group at The Standard.
Brett Sims is Director of Origination, Structuring and Resource Strategy for Portland General Electric. His teams are responsible for developing strategic plans to meet PGE’s mid- and long-term energy supply requirements, as well as securing new electric generation resources to meet those needs. Brett has held management roles in the energy and financial services industries for more than 20 years. He joined PGE in 2001 as a Structuring Analyst and later served as Manager of Origination and Structuring in the company’s Power Operations group before being assigned to his current role. Prior to his career at Portland General Electric, Brett spent 10 years in various leadership, finance, risk management and business development positions with several large financial services and energy organizations in the Portland area. He graduated from Linfield College in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Economics. Sims also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Fox University.
Jeff Uncapher came to Portland from the Washington, D.C. area as part of a job transfer with United Airlines, where he worked for 30 years, before recently retiring. While in DC, Jeff was involved with two nonprofits that develop and support minority and women-owned businesses, including serving as President and CEO for several years. He was also an active member of the DC, Virginia and West Virginia National Guards. Jeff received a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and has previously served on the LifeWorks NW board.
Ed Washington, Portland State University Community Liaison for Diversity Initiatives and Portland Community College Adjunct Professor, joined the LifeWorks NW Board in March 2002 and completed his term in June 2008. He previously served on the Board of the Center for Community Mental Health until it merged with LifeWorks NW on March 1, 2002. Ed is currently a member of the City of Portland Urban Forestry Board. He is a former Metro Councilor, past President of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP, and prior Board member of Self-Enhancement, Inc. Ed completed his undergraduate studies at Portland State University.
Abby Weast is the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the Children, a Portland based nonprofit providing mentorship to children and youth. She joined Friends from Nike, were she held the position of Director of Financial Information – Emerging Markets. Abby is also the Co-Founder of Drink Shrub, a craft drinking vinegar soda. Prior to that, she spent 12 years at PepsiCo in various finance and operations roles here in the Pacific Northwest. Before PepsiCo, she served four years in the United States Army as an engineer, stationed in Germany, including serving with the United Nations on a peacekeeping mission.
As a military kid, Abby moved every few years while growing up, mostly on the East Coast. She graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and earned an MBA from Cornell University. She lives in Portland with her husband and enjoys hiking with him and their dog, going to Timbers and Thorns soccer matches, reading and traveling the world.
Cameron Williams has more than 20 years of experience working in the risk management and insurance fields for several leading Oregon-based organizations. He currently works as the global risk manager for Columbia Sportswear, where he is responsible for building and maintaining a risk-based organizational structure to include risk financing, risk control, and business continuity. Cameron spent 10 years working for Nike Inc., where he was responsible for managing the global risk control function for multiple regions, integrating strategic planning and organizational development globally. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from Oregon State University. Cameron is a member of the Archdiocese of Oregon Finance Committee, 1993-2005 member and past society delegate of the Oregon Chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society and board member for 11 years. Cameron also volunteers as a mentor for St. Mary’s Home for Boys.
To ensure the credibility and integrity of our board of directors, we seek to minimize conflicts of interest by asking each member to complete our Conflict of Interest Statement annually.