HCI Workgroup

Christopher Blanton
President, BridgeSpan
Food Lifeline Board Member

Chris Blanton leads strategy and execution for BridgeSpan Health, a Cambia Health Solutions company. BridgeSpan provides insurance for individuals available online through the health insurance exchange marketplaces of Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Chris directs and guides the overall operational performance of the plans and represents and promotes BridgeSpan in business and civic arenas throughout the region. Chris also leads the individual insurance market for Cambia’s Regence brand of companies across the same four-state area. 

Jim Fitzpatrick
Vice President of Network Management, Cigna



Sharon Lerman
Food Policy Advisor, City of Seattle

With the goals of improving access to healthy food and strengthening the local food economy, Sharon leads strategic planning and implementation for food policy and programs across City departments. Under Sharon’s leadership, the City of Seattle developed the Fresh Bucks nutrition incentive program and adopted Seattle’s first Food Action Plan. Sharon was instrumental in designing Seattle's Healthy Living Assessment tool, which incorporates health into neighborhood planning processes. Sharon has worked for over 10 years in food systems policy, planning and implementation in schools, communities, non-profit, and government sectors. Sharon holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Brown University.

Linda Nageotte
President & CEO, Food Lifeline

As President & CEO of Food Lifeline, Linda leads our efforts to solve the hunger logistics problem. Linda joined Food Lifeline in 1998. During her time leading the largest hunger relief organization in Washington state, Linda has received awards from both local and national organizations including: the Puget Sound Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’, Executive Director of the Year by Feeding America in 2010 and Feeding America's Jon Van Hengel Fellow in 2012. Linda especially enjoys new program development, work with Boards of Directors and staff development. She has served on many national and regional hunger-relief boards, councils, advisory committees and task forces. Linda is proud to currently serve on the national advisory council of Catalyst Kitchens, and the Board of Directors of Feeding Washington.

Adam Taylor
Executive Director, Global

Adam Taylor joined Global to Local in May of 2010 and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Adam previously worked as a Project Manager for the Grameen Technology Center on the Ugandan-based Community Knowledge Worker project, which leverages the power of mobile phones to help small-holder farmers access important information such as market prices. From 2005-2007, Adam served as Program Manager for Catholic Relief Services in Madagascar. He graduated from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Administration.

Gwen O'Keefe, MD
Principal and Founder, GO Healthcare Strategy

GO Healthcare Strategy, a Seattle-based consulting firm that supports organizations in healthcare with their technology and analytics strategies and programs to make healthcare better for all. She is a clinical informatics expert and an internist who has practiced in several urban undeserved areas, and has a passion for improving healthcare for all.

Dan Sheeran
CEO HealthSlate

Dan co-founded HealthSlate in 2010 in order to apply his experiences building successful digital consumer services to helping people live healthier lives. HealthSlate's evidence-based mobile programs enable people at risk for diabetes or heart disease to gain the knowledge, resources and skills needed to adopt and maintain healthier lifestyles. The company’s diabetes prevention, education and management products are in use at more than 1,000 healthcare facilities in the U.S. HealthSlate is based in Bellevue, WA.

Patrick Hollister
Field VP Network, Humana





Jorge Rivera
Community Outreach Director

Jorge is a systems engineer by education and has spent most of his career as a Director of IT, moving later to the business side of the media industry; joined Molina Healthcare in 2013 and is currently Director of Community Engagement and Membership Growth. Jorge has worked supporting community organizations in Washington State for ten years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Workforce Snohomish and the Clark County Latino Community Resource Group.

Uriel Varela Jr.
Community Engagement Coordinator

As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Uriel establishes and fosters meaningful relationships to create partnerships and collaborations with non-profits, faith based organizations, schools, and government agencies that help promote awareness of available resources for those in need. Through these partnerships, he is able to designate support and leverage resources in order to ensure that Molina Healthcare of Washington is a valuable partner that supports efforts in the communities of Washington State, which exist to meet the needs of underserved and vulnerable communities. Uriel has devoted his educational, as well as his professional career, trying to effect meaningful change within under-served communities

Suzanne Daly

Food Lifeline Board Member

Daly graduated from the University of Oregon in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. She joined Food Lifeline’s Board of Directors in 2011.


Elizabeth Kimball
Program Manager of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Education (SNAP-Ed),  Public Health - Seattle & King County

SNAP-Ed is nutrition education and obesity prevention grant program to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles. Elizabeth has managed health education programs for 14 years. Before working at Public Health, Elizabeth managed Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program at Solid Ground in Seattle. She is currently working towards a Master of Public Health through the George Washington University.

Afsaneh Rahimian
Health Services Director, Sea Mar Community Health Centers

Preventive health services include Maternity Support Services, health education, medical nutrition therapy and WIC. These programs are offered in Sea Mar clinics across Western Washington State. Prior to working at Sea Mar, she worked at Center for Community Health and Evaluation, Group Health Research Institute. Her projects included Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), a five-year initiative to promote health across nine communities in Southern California.

Afsaneh has over 20 years of experience in providing planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation capacity building to community based organizations that serve diverse cultural populations. She has worked on evaluating several initiatives focusing on development, adoption and implementation of policy. Prior to moving to Seattle, she worked as an assistant professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, school of public health. Afsaneh earned her Ph.D. from University of Southern California.

Lara Sim
Community Benefit Program Manager Seattle Children's

Lara manages the community benefit programs here at Seattle Children's Hospital. She is primarily accountable for community benefit reporting and the community health needs assessment. Lara also interfaces with internal and external stakeholders to promote and develop community benefit projects and strategies. Prior to coming to Seattle Children’s Lara managed the advocacy field team at Solid Ground/Statewide Poverty Action Network here in Washington State. Lara's career has focused on crafting and implementing initiatives that aim to improve the quality of life in under-resourced communities while creating partnerships and accountability across jurisdictions and sectors. Prior to joining Seattle Children's Lara ran a public affairs consultancy firm for a decade and also spent 10 years advising an elected official in county government. Lara's degree is in Public Policy and Environmental Studies and was awarded from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Bela Biro
Administrative Director of Accountable Care Services, Swedish Medical Group

Bela Biro joined Swedish Medical Group in May 2015, bringing extensive managed care background through his previous positions with both health plans and provider organizations. Immediately prior to joining SMG, Bela served as the executive director for Physicians Care Network, a managed care company owned by The Polyclinic. He led the managed care services (utilization management, claims payment and analytics, customer service, health plan and provider contracts) for the enterprise from Medicare Advantage arrangements with multiple health plans and affiliated groups to the development of a clinically integrated network (CIN), all with an emphasis on the shift in our healthcare system from a fee-for-service system to a population-based model that focuses on quality patient outcomes.

Andrea Weiler, MPH Candidate
University of Washington School of Public Health

Andrea is a Master of Public Health Candidate at the University of Washington in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program. In her second year, she is completing her Capstone with Food Lifeline, developing the evaluation for the Health Care Initiative. Prior to beginning her program at UW, she earned her BS in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Since that time she has worked for the Y, most recently as the Healthy Living Director for the YMCA of Snohomish County, coordinating the Y’s secondary and tertiary prevention programs. Andrea is passionate about social justice issues, recognizing systems level changes are required to address health inequities upstream.

Carol Adado
Community Sales Manager





Liz Jaquette
Senior Manager of Programs