Panelists announced for 2023 Women’s Leadership Program

March 30, 2023

WSHA is excited to announce that more than 20 women executives from our state and Oregon agreed to serve as panelists for this year’s Women’s Leadership Program. We are thrilled that so many women executives will offer their experience and expertise to support emerging women in leadership. It’s my pleasure to share our amazing group of panelists:

High Performance Leadership Performance

Brittany McCreery, MD, MBA Vice President of Quality, Safety, and Value, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Angie Naylor, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer, Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital

Elizabeth Wako, MD, MBA, Chief Executive, Providence Swedish Central Puget Sound

Elise Cutter, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Island Health

Liz McNamara, MN, RN, Chief Administrative Officer, Northwest Kidney Centers

Cheryl Nester Wolfe, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, President and CEO, Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics (Oregon)


A Tale of Numbers: The Role of CFO as Chief Storyteller

Florence Chang, MBA, President, MultiCare Health System

Katerie Chapman, MHA

Lori Asmus, RN, MN, Chief Operating Officer, Providence Medical Group Southeast Region

Elizabeth Paxton, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, Providence St. Vincent (Oregon)

Shannon Fernandez, MHA, Vice President of Billing Services, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic


Power Presence, Influence, and Credibility

Kristy Carrington, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Executive, Providence Swedish North Puget Sound

Elaine Couture, RN, BSN, MBA, Regional Chief Executive, Providence Washington/Montana, Retired

Theresa Braungardt, MN, RN, FACHE, Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer, UW Medicine Valley Medical Center

Jamilia Sherls-Jones, DNP, MPH, RN, CDP, CPN, Director, Office of Immunization, Washington State Department of Health

Leslie Hiebert, Chief Executive Officer, Klickitat Valley Health


WSHA Panel

Cassie Sauer, President and CEO, WSHA

Darcy Jaffe, MN, ARNP, NE-BC, PMH-CNS-BC, FACHE, Senior Vice President for Safety & Quality, WSHA

Chelene Whiteaker, MHA, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, WSHA

Taya Briley, RN, JD, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, WSHA

Beth Zborowski, Senior Vice President, Member Engagement and Communications, WSHA

Jacqueline Barton True, MSW, MPH, Vice President of Rural Health, WSHA

We encourage our hospitals and health care organizations to support equity by sponsoring their women leaders to attend the program. Take advantage of this great opportunity to champion equity and support high-potential women leaders to build and maximize their leadership presence.

Visit the Women’s Leadership Program registration page for full program details and to sign up for the program on April 25.


Jenn Bui

Washington Hospital Services Education Program Manager


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