2014 Board and Standing Nominating Committee Chair Candidates

Five candidates have been nominated for four open Board positions. One candidate has been nominated for the Standing Nominating Committee chair position.

Elections will be conducted in the fall by mail ballot and in person at the Cooperative's annual membership meeting on Oct. 11. Elected candidates will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017.

Board of Trustees Candidates

Candidates are nominated by the Standing Nominating Committee (SNC). To be nominated, candidates complete an application, are interviewed by the member committee, and go through an extensive background screening and reference-checking process.


  • Ruta Fanning (incumbent)

    Resides in: Olympia

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

    Professional background: Retired legislative auditor, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Twenty-eight years in state government executive-level positions, including director of the State Office of Financial Management. Served as vice president for finance and administration at The Evergreen State College and executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and served on the board of the Nisqually Land Trust.

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    Interview with Ruta Fanning

  • Leo Greenawalt (incumbent)

    Resides in: Sequim

    Education: Law degree and master's degree in medical and hospital administration, University of Pittsburgh; bachelor's degree, University of Notre Dame

    Professional background: Retired in 2011 from the Washington State Hospital Association after serving 30 years as president and CEO. Served as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University and the University of Washington School of Public Health. Active in several national and regional professional and community organizations including the American Hospital Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, Washington State Committee on Affordable Health Care, and the United Way of King County.

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    Interview with Leo Greenawalt

  • Gregg S. Johnson

    Resides in: Sammamish

    Education: Bachelor's degree in hotel administration, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

    Professional background: Principal and founder of a business consulting firm supporting leaders of fast-growing, rapidly changing non-profit and for-profit organizations. Worked as a senior executive at Starbucks Coffee Company for 13 years and served as senior vice president of Global Business Systems Solutions, Emerging Businesses, and U.S. Stores. Active leader in the non-profit, social enterprise community in Seattle and is on the boards and executive committees of Global Partnerships, Express Credit Union, and FareStart.

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    Interview with Gregg S. Johnson

  • Judy Schurke

    Resides in: Olympia

    Education: Bachelor's degree, The Evergreen State College

    Professional background: Served as director of the Washington Department of Labor and Industries and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Investment Board, 2006-2013. Previously an employer member at the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and workers compensation manager at The Boeing Company. Founder of Kids' Chance of Washington, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships for the children and spouses of those who are killed or catastrophically injured at work.

    See more background information (PDF)

    Interview with Judy Schurke

  • Bob Watt (incumbent)

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology, Portland State University

    Professional background: Retired in 2007 from The Boeing Company after serving as vice president of Government and Community Relations. Previously president and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and deputy mayor of the City of Seattle, 1989-1994. More than 24 years of experience working in and leading nonprofits, including Family Services of King County and Youth Eastside Services.

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    Interview with Bob Watt

SNC Chair Candidate

A subcommittee of Group Health Cooperative's Development Committee has nominated one candidate. To be nominated, the candidate completed an application and went through an evaluation and reference-checking process.

  • Karen Merrikin

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Law degree, University of Washington; bachelor's degree in political science, McGill University

    Professional background: Health policy and strategy consultant. Served as a contracted project director to the Washington Healthcare Authority, leading the creation of Washington state's Health Care Innovation Plan; continues to consult with state leaders on implementation of the plan. Previously worked at Group Health Cooperative for nearly 30 years in a variety of capacities, including associate general counsel, executive director of Public Policy, health reform project director, and senior policy advisor. Past president and member of the board of WithinReach, a nonprofit organization that connects Washington families to the resources they need to stay healthy.

    Interview with Karen Merrikin

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