2015 Board Candidates
Group Health's Standing Nominating Committee has nominated six candidates for five Board of Trustees positions open for election in October.
Prior to nomination by the committee, the Board candidates complete an application, are interviewed by the member committee, and go through an extensive background screening and reference-checking process.
Meet the Candidates
Katie Bell (incumbent)
Resides in: Seattle
Education: Master's degree in health administration and business administration, University of Pittsburgh; bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington and Jefferson College
Professional background: Chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health and clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Over 20 years of health care experience working in leadership positions with hospitals, physician groups, and in community health. Previously managed a cancer center, major hospital construction, a patient ombudsman program, and the operations of a nationally recognized heart program and a community clinic system.
Resides in: Seattle
Education: Master's degree in political science and bachelor's degree in history, Michigan State University
Professional background: Elected as Seattle City councilmember from 1998-2013, including four years as council president. Served 14 years on the Seattle/King County Board of Health and 6 years on the Sound Transit Board. Currently a consultant on sustainability, food policy, and local government; teach at the University of Washington and Antioch University Seattle; and co-chair of the Regional Food Policy Council. I have served on the boards of Antioch University Seattle and YES! Magazine. Founding Board member of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and Bike Works.
Phil Haas (incumbent)
Resides in: Issaquah
Education: Master's degree in business administration, University of Chicago; bachelor's degree, Northwestern University
Professional background: Retired in 2012 as vice president at Aetna Life Insurance Company and was responsible for network management in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. Over 40 years of experience in health care insurance and finance, working for insurers (Aetna and Virginia Mason Health Plan), providers (Valley Medical Center), and freestanding networks (First Choice Health). Currently a clinical assistant professor in the University of Washington Master's in Health Administration program.
Harry Harrison Jr., MD (incumbent)
Resides in: Auburn
Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin–Madison; master of arts in teaching, University of Alaska-Anchorage
Professional background: Semi-retired physician with 30 years of experience practicing pediatrics and neonatal medicine in Alaska and Washington, serving on the medical staff at Valley Medical Center and Seattle Children's. Former assistant clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of Washington and former chair and staff in the division of pediatrics at Auburn Regional Medical Center. Currently provides volunteer pediatric care service at a skilled nursing facility.
Hugh Straley, MD
Resides in: Seattle
Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Washington; bachelor's degree in history, Yale University
Professional background: Served as president of Group Health Physicians and medical director of Group Health Cooperative from 2003-2008. Joined Group Health as a staff physician in medical oncology and hematology in 1979. Currently chair of the Board of Trustees at Qualis Health and chair of the Dr. Bree Collaborative, a Washington state consortium where public and private health care stakeholders work together to improve quality, health outcomes, and cost effectiveness across the state.
Resides in: Spokane
Education: Master's degree in business and public administration, Southeastern University; bachelor's degree, Pacific Lutheran University
Professional background: Executive director of the Spokane Teaching Health Center. Serves as a consultant on health care issues to the University of Washington and Gonzaga University for developing a partnership to sponsor medical education in Spokane. Thirty-five years of experience in executive health care management, having served as chief executive officer of Providence Health Care Spokane, and chief executive and president of Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and Holy Family Hospital.
Additional Election Background Information
The elections will be conducted in the fall by mail ballot and in person at the annual membership meeting on Oct. 10. Four of the elected candidates will serve a three-year term, from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2018. The candidate receiving the fifth highest number of votes will serve a one-year term, from Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, resulting from a Board vacancy effective June 30, 2015.