Board Members


Jane Blodgett
Jane Blodgett

Jane Blodgett retired from Ernst & Young in 2010, where she most recently served as the office managing partner for the Seattle and Portland offices. Jane was responsible for the operating results of the two offices, as well as office-wide activities for business development, marketing and quality. In addition to her office managing partner responsibilities, Jane also served as the coordinating partner on a broad range of public and private companies in technology, Internet, timber, life science and service industries. As the coordinating partner, she was not only responsible for the audit of her clients’ financial statements, but also advised companies on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic arrangements, Sarbanes Oxley requirements, technical accounting matters, and reviewing client public information releases.
 
Jane joined the Virginia Mason Health System/Virginia Mason Medical Center boards in 2012 and began chairing the Audit and Compliance Committee in 2013.  Jane is also currently serving on the USC Leventhal School of Accounting board of advisors. She has also served on the boards of the Alliance for Education, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chairman of the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County.


Carolyn Corvi
Carolyn Corvi, Vice Chair

Carolyn Corvi is the former vice president-general manager of Airplane Programs, Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.  In this position she was responsible for leading Commercial Airplanes integrated production system-including design, production and delivery of the 737, 747, 767 and 777, as well as component part fabrication, and global supply chain operations in support of these airplane programs.  As Boeing’s lean leader and student of the Toyota Production System, she continued to spearhead Boeing’s lean cultural transformation, while leading the implementation of industry leading practices.  Prior to this, Corvi served as vice president-general manager of the 737/757 airplane programs.  Ms. Corvi retired in January 2009 concluding a 34 year career during which she held leadership positions in program management, manufacturing, quality assurance, propulsion and aircraft systems.

Ms. Corvi currently serves on the corporate boards of United Airlines, Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.

She is member of Women Corporate Directors, the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. In 2013 Corvi was recognized by the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors as the public company director of the year.

Ms. Corvi is the co-founder of the Northwest Children’s Fund and former board member at Washington’s National Park Fund and the YWCA.  She remains involved in the community, serving as a board member at the Virginia Mason Institute, a trustee at the Museum of Flight and The Seattle Foundation.  

Carolyn was born and raised in Seattle.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Management from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington.  Carolyn and her husband John Bates live in Seattle.


Lewis S. (Lonnie) Edelheit, PhD
Lewis S. (Lonnie) Edelheit, PhD

Dr. Lewis S. (Lonnie) Edelheit retired from General Electric Company in December 2001 after a successful tenure as GE's senior vice president, R&D, and member of GE's Corporate Executive Council. Highlights of his tenure include significant advances in the introduction of high-technology into GE's services businesses, Internet applications and Corporate R&D's leadership of the design for Six Sigma quality and e-Engineering initiatives throughout the GE businesses.

Dr. Edelheit began his professional career in 1969 as a physicist at the GE R&D Center, where he made significant contributions to computed tomography (CT) X-ray systems. In 1976, Dr. Edelheit transferred to GE Medical Systems in Milwaukee, Wis., where he helped to move GE's radically new form of computed tomography X-ray scanner quickly to the marketplace. In 1986, Dr. Edelheit left GE to become president and CEO of Quantum Medical Systems, a venture capital backed company that pioneered color flow ultrasound for vascular imaging. He returned to GE in 1991 as manager of the R&D Center's Electronic Systems Research Center and in 1992 assumed leadership of Corporate R&D.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Edelheit earned a B.S. degree in engineering physics and an M.S. degree and PhD in physics from the University of Illinois in 1969.

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Michelle Griffin
Michelle Griffin

Michelle Griffin is operations consultant for Oncogenex Pharmaceuticals, and previously served as the company’s executive vice president. She was previously senior vice president and chief operating officer of Trubion Pharmaceuticals, and spent a decade as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Corixa Corporation. Prior to this, she held strategic and operations planning positions at The Boeing Co., and was an analyst at Cypress International.
 
Ms. Griffin joined the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards of Directors in 2014. She also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and is a member of the Board of Directors-Elect for Polynoma LLC. She previously served on the Board of Directors at OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association.


Tod Hamachek
Tod Hamachek, Chair

Tod R. Hamachek was named chairman and chief executive officer of Penwest Pharmaceuticals Co. in October 1997 and retired from Penwest in 2005. Prior to the spin-off of Penwest Pharmaceuticals from Penford Corporation, Ltd., Tod was president and chief executive officer of Penford. Previously, he was senior vice president of the manufacturing group of Univar Corporation, Penwest's parent at that time. Penwest was spun off from Univar in 1984.

He is past director of First Interstate Bank of Washington and DEKALB Genetics Corporation; past director of The Washington Roundtable; past chairman and member of the advisory board of The University of Washington School of Business; past vice chairman and trustee of The Seattle Foundation; past trustee of Williams College and Lewis & Clark College, the Nature Conservancy — Washington Chapter, Pacific Science Center, and the Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Association; past chairman of the board of trustees of The Pacific Crest Outward Bound School; and past trustee of Outward Bound, Inc, and a past trustee of the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn.

He is a member of the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company, The Seattle Times Co., and the Blethen Corporation (the majority owner of the Seattle Times), a member of the board of directors of Virginia Mason Health System and The Sun Valley Center of the Arts.


Gary Kaplan, MD
Gary Kaplan, MD

Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System since 2000. Dr. Kaplan received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Since Dr. Kaplan became Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason has received significant national and international recognition, including Healthgrades' "Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence" for three consecutive years. Recently, for the fifth consecutive year, Virginia Mason was one of 65 hospitals in the country named a Top Hospital in the nation by The Leapfrog Group. In addition, Virginia Mason was named a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality. Only two hospitals in the country received this honor. Learn more about Dr. Kaplan.

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Robert Lemon, Treasurer
Robert Lemon, Treasurer

Bob spent his entire 31 year business career with Accenture LLP including 21 years as a partner, retiring in 2003. Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) is a global management consulting and technology services company. Bob held numerous leadership positions with Accenture ending with his role as Industry Managing Partner for the firm's Health Services practice. Bob specialized in health care information technology, finance and performance management, revenue cycle reengineering and large scale program management. He worked with hundreds of Accenture's clients locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2003 he joined the Virginia Mason community as a Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) board member, and was board chair from 2008-2009.  He now enjoys added responsibilities as a member of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards and numerous subcommittees. 


Mary McWilliams
Mary McWilliams

Mary McWilliams recently retired as the Executive Director of Washington Health Alliance (formerly Puget Sound Health Alliance), after serving in the role since her appointment in June 2008. Prior to her role as Executive Director she served as a member of its board of Directors for three years. In the Executive Director capacity, Mary served on the Board of the Network of Regional Healthcare Improvement and its Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, and was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Washington Health Benefits Exchange.

From 1997 to 2008, Ms. McWilliams was at Regence BlueShield, serving as a Senior Vice President, until she was promoted to President and CEO in 2000. From 1994 - 1996, Ms. McWilliams was founding President and CEO of PacifiCare of Washington. From 1983-1994, Ms. McWilliams was the founding CEO of Providence Health Plans in Oregon. Other previous positions include project director for American Health Management and Consulting Corporation near Philadelphia and the first marketing director of Rocky Mountain Health Maintenance Organization in Grand Junction, Colorado, the oldest federally qualified IPA - HMO.

Ms. McWilliams is also a director and past chair of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and a Board member of Puget Sound Energy.  She is a member of Women Corporate Directors and the Washington State Women’s Forum.  She previously served on the boards of the Russell Trust Company, Port Blakely Companies, Gardenburger, Wesleyan University, and the national trade association for health plans.  Her civic commitments have included Seattle Rotary, Seattle Symphony, YWCA, Safe Crossings, PONCHO, and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, for whom she is past Chair.

Ms. McWilliams received her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University, which also awarded her an honorary degree in 2006.  Widowed in 2000, she is the mother of Angus and Kate.


Dorothy Mann, PhD, MPH
Dorothy Mann, PhD, MPH, Secretary

Dorothy is proud of a career of 30 plus years in public service beginning as a founding member of the federal anti-poverty community health center program, a demonstration program to provide accessible and affordable health care, and to involve people in underserved communities, in the governing of the health centers at which they received their care. In Seattle, she served 15 years as Regional Health Administrator, US Public Health Service where she was responsible for administering federal health programs in the four state region of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska.

She has been active in governance of major health plans having served as chair of Group Health Cooperative for four years of a nine year tenure; six years on the board of Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and chair of the Group Health Community Foundation. Most recently Dr. Mann has been affiliated with Virginia Mason Medical Center, first as a member of the Board of the Benaroya Research Institute and currently as a member of the board of Virginia Mason Medical Center, where she serves on the Quality of Care and Governance Committees.

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Photo: Gregg S. Meyer, MD, MSc
Gregg S. Meyer, MD, MSc

Gregg S. Meyer, MD, MSc, is chief clinical officer of Boston-based Partners HealthCare System, where he is responsible for overall direction, operations and management of health care delivery throughout the 64,000-employee organization founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Before joining Partners, Dr. Meyer was chief clinical officer and executive vice president for Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs and Paul B. Batalden Professor and Chair at Geisel School of Medicine.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth in 2012, Dr. Meyer spent a decade as a lecturer in medicine at Harvard Medical School, and served as senior vice president of the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety at Massachusetts General. Before that, he was medical director at Massachusetts General, and was director of the Center for Quality Improvement & Patient Safety in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality at the Department of Health & Human Services.

Dr. Meyer also served as a member of President Clinton’s Healthcare Reform Task Force.

Dr. Meyer is a national leader on quality and safety, having led studies on best practices, patient safety, outcomes, medical education and training, and health policy.


Julie Morath, RN, MS
Julie Morath, RN, MS

Morath is the senior vice president of California Hospital Association (Quality & Safety) and the CEO of the California Hospital Quality Institute. Her previous roles include chief quality and safety officer for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, chief operating officer of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and system vice president, Allina Health System, Minnesota. Her career includes clinical practice and more than 20 years as a health care executive and chief nursing officer in academic, community and health system settings.

She is a frequent speaker and author, and the recipient of multiple awards for her work in quality and safety. She introduced the Toyota Production System during her work at Children's as the management and improvement system for care delivery.

Morath earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science from the University of California, San Francisco. She has extensive continuing education, including doctoral course work in social psychology at the University of Cincinnati.


John Oppenheimer
John Oppenheimer

John Oppenheimer is a travel and tourism visionary and entrepreneur with a passion for the hospitality industry.

Over the past 25 years, he has founded five successful, private hospitality-related businesses. In 2004, Oppenheimer became a founding general partner of Seattle Hotel Group, the investment group that developed the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Seattle. In 1995, he founded Columbia Hospitality to manage Bell Harbor International Conference Center for the Port of Seattle. In this role he established the company’s consulting division, which has completed more than 80 hospitality development projects throughout the United States and abroad.

In addition to serving on the Virginia Mason Health System Board, Oppenheimer serves on the Virginia Mason Board of Governors, the Western Region Advisory Board of Northern Trust and is a member of the World President’s Organization. He is a past member of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Foundation Board and the Washington Council on International Trade.

He earned bachelor’s degrees in urban affairs and political science from the University of Puget Sound.

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James Orlikoff
James Orlikoff

James E. Orlikoff is president of Orlikoff & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in health care governance and leadership, strategy, quality, organizational development, and risk management. He is the Senior Consultant to the Center for Healthcare Governance, and is the National Advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association and Health Forum. He was named one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare in the inaugural list by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Mr. Orlikoff has been involved in leadership, quality, and strategy issues for over 25 years. He has consulted with hospitals in six countries, and since 1985 has worked with hospital and system governing boards to strengthen their overall effectiveness and their oversight of strategy and quality. He has worked extensively on improving the relationships between boards, medical staffs and management. He has written 15 books and over 100 articles and has served on hospital, college and civic boards.


Duane Rossman
Duane Rossman

Duane Rossman is a seasoned business executive who was an area general manager for Weyerhaeuser in Yakima and Moses Lake for 37 years. He has been a member of the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees for 20 years.

During his almost four decades with the large timberland ownership company, Rossman attended the Weyerhaeuser Management Program coordinated by the University of Washington business school. He also attended the Cornell Graduate School of Business and Public Administration management program. In addition, Rossman was part of a Weyerhaeuser team that traveled to Japan in 1986 to study quality processes of world-class companies.

Rossman served on the Memorial Board for four three-year terms from 1991 to 2002, and was chairman between 1999 and 2001. He retired from Weyerhaeuser in 2005 and returned to the Memorial Board in 2007.

Rossman was a member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Governance from 2010 to 2013, and is in his second three-year term with the Washington State Hospital Association, where he serves on the Strategic Planning and Executive Committees.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, Rossman was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played two years of professional baseball.


Kevin Schemm
Kevin Schemm

Kevin Schemm is senior vice president of Supply Chain Management, Finance & Business Operations and chief financial officer of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, a unit of The Boeing Company. He is responsible for improving overall execution, accelerating productivity gains and optimizing future investments to strengthen Boeing’s leadership in the aerospace industry.

Schemm has been a part of the Boeing family for more than two decades since joining the company in 1985 in Wichita, Kansas as a systems engineer in Boeing’s Military Airplanes division. He moved to the Boeing Commercial Airplanes team in 1990 where he served as vice president of Contracts. In 2012 he started a four year journey as Boeing’s vice president of North America and Leasing Sales before accepting additional responsibilities in June of 2015.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

He serves on the board of trustees at The Museum of Flight in Seattle, the board of directors at the Virginia Mason Foundation in Seattle and the advisory board at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. He previously served on the Bellevue Arts Museum’s board of trustees.

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Asha Sharma
Asha Sharma

Asha Sharma is the Co-Founder, Board Director and Chief Operating Officer for Porch.com, a half-billion-dollar home services marketplace, responsible for the firm’s P&L, marketing, support, consumer product, finance, talent, partnerships, analytics and public relations. During her tenure at Porch, Sharma also served as the Chief Marketing Officer, Vice President of Sales & Marketing and the interim Head of Engineering.

Prior to Porch.com, Sharma worked at Microsoft spanning B2B and B2C marketing and operations where she managed an incubation mobile cloud based business for North America; she launched Windows 8 Enterprise across retail, field sales, and channel partners; and she led Xbox global lifestyle and entertainment marketing communications. Pre-Microsoft, Sharma held roles at Deloitte Consulting LLP and SC Johnson & Son.

Sharma has more than 10 years of revenue, operational delivery, and marketing experience and started her career by founding two companies, one of which was recognized by the President of the United States in 2012. Sharma has been named to Forbes 30 under 30, LinkedIn 35 under 35 and Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management where she was awarded the University of Minnesota Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity and President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

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David I. Williams
David I. Williams

Following six years of active duty as a Navy fighter pilot and flight instructor, Mr. Williams joined San Francisco-based Wells Fargo Leasing Corporation. In 1976 he moved to Seattle to lead the equipment leasing subsidiary for Rainier Bank, igniting a 20-year career in corporate and retail banking. Mr. Williams last held the position of Vice Chairman for Security Pacific Bank Washington (now Bank of America).

In 1996 Mr. Williams served as Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Eye, a $7 million ophthalmology practice, managing its sale and integration with a Toronto-based laser surgery company. Mr. Williams went on to direct recruiting and admissions for the University of Washington Master of Business Administration program until 2001.

A trustee of AAA of Washington for 15 years, Mr. Williams led several committees and served as Chairman of the Board. He was past chairman of the University of Washington Development Fund; served on the Economics Visiting Committee of University of Washington School of Arts & Sciences; was a panel chair at United Way as well as a board member for the Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO).  

Mr. Williams received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his MBA from Stanford University. He has been a member of the Virginia Mason Board of Governors since 1991, a member of the Benaroya Research Institute Board since 2014 and is past chair of the Virginia Mason Health System and Virginia Mason Medical Center Boards.