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.
Holly Howard, Board Vice-President
Holly is a co-founder of The Health Center in Walla Walla providing school based health services to students at Lincoln High School and Blue Ridge Elementary School. She served as The Health Center’s first Executive Director and remains involved in all aspects of the development of the organization as it expands into additional schools in the Walla Walla Valley. Holly and her family have been active members of the Walla Walla community for 20 years, primarily in areas relating to children and education. She first became drawn to the concept of a school-based health center because of her sense that the barriers to access health services are too high and too numerous for many of Walla Walla’s children, and that we as a society should be doing better for our children and for our future. Holly says, “Keeping students healthy and connected to school just makes sense!”
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 serves as a Project Director/Grant writer for the Omak School District. 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 organization. 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 Johnston, Board Member
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.
Erin Wick, Board Member
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.
Taraneh Shafii, Board Member
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.
Mandy LeBlanc, Board Member
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.
Sara Rigel, Board Member
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 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.
Alyssa Pyke, Board Member
Alyssa currently manages training programs in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and also 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.
Francesca Fabile Minas, Board Member
Francesca is currently the Senior Director for Communications and Marketing for the American Heart Association in Western Washington. Prior to working in non-profit, Francesca was a creative services producer for several TV news stations in the Northwest.