Group Health Board of Trustees

As the governing body of Group Health, the Board of Trustees hires the chief executive officer and sets the strategy, policy, and direction for Group Health. Eleven trustees are elected by Group Health members. They serve three-year terms. Any trustee who serves three consecutive three-year terms is not eligible for re-election.

For information about upcoming public meetings, see Classes & Events, call the Board of Trustees Office at 206-448-5790, or send an e-mail to

  • Porsche Everson, chair

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Master's degree in business administration, specializing in technology and innovation management, Pacific Lutheran University

    Professional background: Owner and president of Relevant Strategies, a management consulting firm. Former CEO of Starling Systems.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2015

  • Susan Byington, vice chair

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in history, University of Washington

    Professional background: Retired health care and human resources executive. More than 20 years as vice president, Human Resources, Providence Health & Services. Former chief human resources officer University of Washington Hospitals, City of Seattle, and METRO. Certified mediator.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

  • Katie Bell

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington and Jefferson College; master's degree in health administration and business administration, University of Pittsburgh

    Professional background: Chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health. Over 20 years of health care experience working in leadership positions with hospitals, physician groups, and community health.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2015

  • Ruta Fanning

    Resides in: Olympia

    Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, Pacific Lutheran University; master's degree in public administration, University of Washington

    Professional background: Retired legislative auditor, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Twenty-eight years in state government, including director of the State Office of Financial Management.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2014

  • Leo Greenawalt, JD

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Notre Dame; master's degree in medical and hospital administration, University of Pittsburgh; law degree, University of Pittsburgh and Georgetown University School of Law

    Professional background: Retired after serving 30 years as president & CEO of Washington State Hospital Association. Adjunct professor, Gonzaga University.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2014

  • Phillip J. Haas

    Resides in: Issaquah

    Education: Bachelor's degree, Northwestern University; master's degree, University of Chicago

    Professional background: Retired as vice president at Aetna Life Insurance Company. Over 40 years of experience in health care insurance and finance working for insurers, providers, and freestanding networks. Serves as clinical assistant professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2015

  • Harry Harrison Jr., MD, MAT, FAAP

    Resides in: Auburn

    Education: Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison

    Professional background: Retired after 30 years practicing pediatrics and neonatology in Alaska and Washington. Served on the medical staff at Valley Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, and Auburn Regional Medical Center. Currently providing volunteer interim pediatric care service.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2015

  • Jennifer Joly, JD

    Resides in: Tacoma

    Education: Law degree, Seattle University School of Law; bachelor's degree, University of Washington

    Professional background: Leads Pierce County Government Relations. Former chair of the Public Disclosure Commission. Held a variety of executive-level legal and policy positions, including general counsel and legislative director to former Gov. Gary Locke. Also served as counsel to the Washington state House of Representatives.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

  • Bob Margulis

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in English literature, City University of New York

    Professional background: Executive director of Wild Steelhead Coalition, an environmental non-profit working to restore wild steelhead populations to Pacific Northwest waters. Former CEO and founder of The Cordada Group and Ravenworks; former president of ImageIQ.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2014

  • Dorothy (Dodie) A. Ruzicki, PhD, RN

    Resides in: Mead

    Education: Bachelor's degree in nursing, University of Wisconsin; PhD in education, Washington State University

    Professional background: Director of Educational Services, Providence Health Care (Spokane and Stevens counties). Over 40 years as a registered nurse serving in clinical, educational, and director roles with extensive experience leading hospital-based professional continuing education.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

  • Bob Watt

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology, Portland State University; teachers certificate in special education from Western Washington University

    Professional background: Retired from The Boeing Company; served as vice president, government and community relations. Former deputy mayor for the City of Seattle. More than 24 years working in and leading non-profits including Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Family Services of Seattle/King County, and Youth Eastside Services.

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2014

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