Advisory Board

The School of Public Health (SPH) Advisory Board is comprised of community leaders who are champions of public health.  Board members foster closer ties between SPH, their alumni, the philanthropic community, the corporate sector, and the greater regional community.  The Board offers strategic advice to the Dean with a focus on raising awareness, building affinity with external audiences, and attracting resources to the School.

 

Board Members

 

Sanjay Chheda

Sanjay Chheda, MBA (Chair) is Vice President at Intellectual Ventures, focusing on new business models for innovation. Among his positions during 18 years at Microsoft was Regional Vice President of its consumer and online business for the Greater Asia Pacific Region.

Jeffrey Lehman

Jeffrey Lehman, MHA, is owner and president of Dialysis Consulting Group and a clinical associate professor in the School's department of Health Services. He was previously COO of Northwest Kidney Centers and Deputy Director of the WA State Hospital Commission.

Susan Morgensztern

Susan Morgensztern, brings 30 years of experience as a strategic development consultant for new technologies and markets to biotechnology, medical device and diagnostic firms. She is an Expert Reviewer for the Life Science Discovery Fund Authority, a Technology Screening Committee member of WINGS Angel Network, and past Chair of the Board of Trustees of Seattle BioMed.

Charles Nolan

Charles Nolan, MD, worked in public health in Seattle and internationally for 30 years, focusing on the epidemiology, prevention and control of communicable diseases, especially tuberculosis. He has participated in the teaching and training programs of the University of Washington's Schools of Medicine and Public Health, where he is a clinical professor in Epidemiology.

Jane Lee Quehrn, MPH

Jane Lee Quehrn, MPH, has over 30 years of experience working for state and local public health agencies. Her expertise includes policy development for health improvement based on best practices, community need and social determinants of health. She is a former member of the Group Health Foundation Board of Directors, and is a member of the Public Health Reserve Corps.

Charles 
Stevens

Charles Stevens served as Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Sales and Partner Groups, Vice President of the Far East as well as other executive positions for Microsoft Corporation. He holds an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from the University of Bristol. Recent board service includes positions with Seattle Children's Hospital, United Way of King County and WebMD.

 

Technical Experts

Chris Elias

Christopher Elias, MD, MPH, is president of the Global Development Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously he served for 11 years as president and CEO of PATH, which improves the health of people around the world. In 2010, Dr. Elias was the School of Public Health's Distinguished Alumnus of the year.

David Fleming

David Fleming, MD, is Vice President for Public Impact at PATH, where he leads its programs in maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, malaria control, HIV/AIDS and TB programs.  He was formerly the director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County and has served as Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ron Sims

Ron Sims served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Sims served for 12 years as the elected executive of King County in Washington State. He currently chairs the WA State Health Benefit Exchange Board.

John Wiesman

John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH, was appointed Secretary of Health by Washington Governor Jay Inslee in April 2013.  He was inspired to work in public health after reading a 1983 Time magazine article about disease detectives tracking Legionnaires’ Disease, toxic shock syndrome, and HIV. He has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut.

The School of Public Health (SPH) Advisory Board is comprised of community leaders who are champions of public health.  Board members foster closer ties between SPH, their alumni, the philanthropic community, the corporate sector, and the greater regional community.  The Board offers strategic advice to the Dean with a focus on raising awareness, building affinity with external audiences, and attracting resources to the School.

 

  • Community

The Board deepens and extends the reach of the School of Public Health, in particular with philanthropic, corporate, institutional, governmental and nonprofit audiences. 

  • Awareness

The Board advocates on behalf of the School of Public Health to raise awareness of the School and public health issues in local, national and global arenas.

 

  • Resources

The Board acts to identify and connect potential partners and donors with the School of Public Health.

Member Responsibilities

  • Ambassadorship - Serve as ambassadors for the School of Public Health to external audiences, with a focus on the business, government, non-profit and health care communities.

 

  • Fundraising - Identify resources and individuals in the community that can provide financial and other assistance to the School’s educational aims, including community and research partnerships, faculty, student and research support. These activities may include assisting in the identification or recruitment of new Advisory Board members, hosting or attending cultivation and fundraising events, stewarding donor gifts and thanking donors for their support.

 

  • Networking - Assist the Dean by “opening doors” and making introductions to members of the philanthropic and corporate community for purposes of advocacy and fundraising.

 

  • Strategy – Where appropriate, provide feedback on the School’s academic programs, research endeavors, community service and engagement. This includes contributing insights on emerging trends and directions that can be incorporated into School of Public Health’s programs through curriculum, special events, or guest lectures.

 

  • Personal Philanthropy - Maintain membership in the University-wide President’s Club, which recognizes donors who contribute at least $2,000 per year with the expectation of occasional larger gifts to support School of Public Health strategic initiatives and priorities.

Board Membership

Advisory Board members are a select group of alumni, health care, business and community leaders who are committed to promoting the academic and research enterprise of the School of Public Health. 

 

  • Members are appointed to three-year terms.  After completion of a member’s term, or terms, the individual may be designated as an Advisory Board member emeritus and will be kept informed of significant developments in the School and invited to special events.

Board Meetings and Communication

  • The Board typically meets three times per academic year.  Board members are expected to attend at least two of these meetings per academic year.
  • Board meetings will be co-chaired by the Dean (or their appointee) and the Chair of the Board.

 

Additional broad-based communication will be facilitated by an email listserv to be maintained by School of Public Health advancement staff.