Sandy Lennon, Executive Director
Sandy is Executive Director of the Washington School-Based Health Alliance. She has more than 20 years of experience managing projects and programs in global health with PATH and in economic development with nonprofit and government agencies in Seattle and New York City. As an active volunteer in her local community and public schools, she has been successful in advocacy, fundraising, and launching new initiatives in global education, nutrition and food access/justice. Sandy holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and three teens, who are middle and high school students in local public schools.
Board of Directors
Colin Walker, Board President
Colin currently serves as Director of the Lynnwood Medical Center for Virginia Mason. He previously worked as the Director of the University Village Medical Center for Virginia Mason. Colin has also worked as the School-Based Program Manager at Neighborcare Health, a community based health center in Seattle and the largest provider of school-based health care services in Washington. Colin has a Masters in Health Administration from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He has served as Board Member and Vice President for a non-profit organization operating health centers in rural areas of Kenya. Colin has also volunteered or worked in a variety of health-related settings at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of California, Berkeley.
Stacy Torrance, Board Treasurer
Stacy is a Senior Program Officer at Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington committed to improving oral health for all. She has worked on a variety of initiatives at the Foundation and is currently focused on community water fluoridation, school sealant programs and health communications. Prior to working at the Foundation Stacy spent time in Boston earning her master’s degree in Public Health from Tufts University and in Botswana with the Peace Corps as an HIV educator.
Racie McKee, Board Secretary
Racie currently works in State and Federal Programs for the Touchet School District and as Business Manager for the Starbuck School District in rural Washington. She has an MBA and over 30 years experience working in public education. Racie has and continues to be part of governing and advisory boards for community coalitions and community-based organizations. As the Coordinated School Health Team leader for Omak School District, she was instrumental in the formation of the Omak Fit for Life Community Coalition that focuses on student, family, and community health, wellness, and physical fitness. Health and wellness is important for academic achievement for all students; and Racie continues to inform others on the research supporting that link.
Terri currently serves as principal at Johnston Partnerships. She is passionate about public education and has a vast amount of experience in building, maintaining and strengthening public-private partnerships that improve public schools and obtain better outcomes for students. In collaboration with education leaders, practitioners, philanthropists, policymakers, youth, organizations and communities, Terri works to advance all aspects of student learning and well being. Most recently, Terri was instrumental in building partnerships to establish a school-based health center at Seattle World School, serving middle and high school immigrant and refugee students.
Taraneh Shafii is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Washington School Of Medicine. She is also Director of Adolescent Medicine Inpatient Services at Seattle Children’s Hospital and serves as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Her research focus is the development of primary and secondary interventions to prevent HIV/STIs and unintended pregnancy in adolescents and young adults. She has worked clinically in school-based health clinics. Dr. Shafii is nationally active in adolescent health and serves in leadership positions for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Sara Rigel is currently a program manager at Public Health-Seattle & King County where she oversees the Child Care Health team and School-Based Partnerships unit. These groups provide support and direct care to children of all ages in their early care and education settings. Sara has worked with school-based health centers (SBHCs) as a health educator and clinic manager in past positions. Her current professional passions lie in utilizing data to support quality outcomes for students and fostering partnerships for long term SBHC sustainability. She earned her Masters of Public Health in Health Education & Communication and Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University.
Erin currently serves as the Program Director of Behavioral Health and Student Support for Capital Region Educational Service District #113 providing support for 44 school districts in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties. Erin has worked in the behavioral health care field since 1996. Erin holds a Chemical Dependency Professional license as well as a Masters in Business Administration.
Mandy is currently working on a CDC grant focused on increasing access to school-based health care with Seattle Public Schools and is a Leadership Fellow with the National School-Based Health Alliance. She has been involved with many aspects around education including: teacher, dropout prevention, obesity prevention and treatment, and after-school programs. She has also worked locally for the American Heart Association, Swedish Health Services and received her B.A. in Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Alyssa provides consulting services around school-based health center start-up and management. She previously worked as the School-based Health Program Manager for Neighborcare Health, the largest provider of school-based health care services in Washington State. Alyssa received her Master in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Prior to her work with school-based health centers, Alyssa managed grants for community health centers in Seattle and Yakima. Alyssa has also worked on the grant reviewing and monitoring side of funding with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alyssa has worked internationally on refugee health and education services in Zambia and Malawi and she has worked for local and international HIV prevention programs in Oregon and New York City.
Samantha is currently working as a program manager for Public Health—Seattle & King County, where her role is to support school-based health centers in 33 sites across King County to improve the quality of care for students. Samantha is driven by a passion for equity, social justice and healthy communities. She spent over 20 years at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department working on a variety of public health topics such as healthy eating, active living, disease prevention, community engagement, and youth leadership. She earned a B.A. from Evergreen State College with an emphasis in Community Health. Samantha is co-chair of the Khmer Health Board of King County and a parent volunteer for Stadium High School Baseball Boosters.
Peter is a General Pediatric Physician and Medical Director of the Teen Health Clinic at Yakima Pediatrics, as well as Chair of Pediatrics and Hospitalist at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington. He approaches his clinical practice from the backgrounds of community health and implementation science. He is passionate about his work as a child health advocate, particularly as it pertains to expanding access to comprehensive health care for underserved youth and adolescents. Finally, he is committed to creating clinical spaces where providers can form impactful relationships with families that improve health and well-being, both inside and outside of the doctor’s office. Most recently, his efforts led him to be instrumental in the establishment of the Davis Health Clinic, the first school-based health center in Yakima located at Davis High School, for which he currently serves as chair of the Community Advisory Board.
Lindsay is the Executive Director of The Health Center, a school-based health center in Walla Walla, Washington. Previous to joining The Health Center, Lindsay worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she was stationed in Walla Walla where her primary role included developing a School Safety Inspection program and facilitating the School Health Advisory Committee, which evaluated local school district policies and practices affecting student health through the use of the CDC School Health Index. She also worked for the Washington State Department of Health assisting with statewide catastrophic planning. Lindsay graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health.