Panelists announced for 2022 Women’s Leadership Program

March 24, 2022

After last year’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Program received rave reviews from its cohort, WSHA has again partnered with the University of California, Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business – one of the most diverse business schools in the country, with the highest number of female faculty per capita – to empower women to maximize their unique strength and prepare them for their journey to senior leadership.

The 2022 WSHA Women’s Leadership Program is designed for women seeking to advance their careers through impactful leadership and become resilient leaders in today’s ever-evolving workplace. We highly encourage hospitals and health care organizations to reach out to BIPOC and LGBTQ women leaders among their staff and support their participation.

More than 20 women executives from Washington State agreed to serve as panelists for this year’s program. We are thrilled that so many women leaders from our community will offer their experience and expertise to support growing women in leadership and to foster gender equity in the workplace. Each panel will be facilitated by Washington health care titan Elaine Couture, RN, BSN, MBA, whose professional background includes more than 40 years working in health care, most recently as Providence Washington/Montana Regional Chief Executive. It’s my pleasure to share our amazing group of panelists for each discussion session:

Think Like a CFO | 9:30-10:30 a.m., May 11

  • Providence Washington/Montana Regional Chief Financial Officer Helen Andrus.
  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer Dianne Aroh.
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center President Katerie Chapman.
  • Valley Medical Center CEO & District Healthcare System Superintendent Jeannine Grinnell.
  • Coulee Medical Center CEO Ramona Hicks.

High Performance Leadership Essentials | 9:30-10:30 a.m., June 8

  • Washington Healthcare Authority Director Sue Birch.
  • UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics President Lisa Brandenburg.
  • Common Spirit Health Pacific Northwest Division Vice President & General Counsel Miriam Chambliss, JD.
  • Confluence Health Chief Nursing Officer & Central Washington Hospital Administrator Tracey Kasnic.
  • Northwest Public Health & Primary Care Leadership Institute Program Director Kathy Lofy, MD.
  • Common Spirit Health Pacific Northwest Division Senior Vice President & Chief Mission Officer Rose Shandrow.

Power Presence, Influence and Credibility | 10:30-11:30 a.m., June 15

  • Clallam and Jefferson counties Health Officer Allison Berry, MD.
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Vice President & Chief Legal Officer Stephanie Mays.
  • Providence Emerita Senior VP & Chief Value Officer Joanne Roberts, MD.
  • Former Washington State Secretary of Health Mary Selecky.
  • Swedish CEO Elizabeth Wako, MD.

Women’s Leadership Program 2022 Closing Session | 10:00-11:00 a.m., June 22 | Facilitated by WSHA President & CEO Cassie Sauer.

  • Wenatchee Valley Hospital Musculoskeletal Service Line Director Kim Dilling.
  • Pomeroy Co-CEO Jayd Keener.
  • Prosser Memorial Health Chief Clinics Operations Officer Annie Parker.
  • EvergreenHealth Medical Group Executive Medical Director of Medical Specialties & Ambulatory Quality Officer Komal Patil-Sisodia, MD.

The program begins with orientation on Tuesday, April 26, followed by sessions every Wednesday from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., April 27 through June 22. Visit the Women’s Leadership Program registration site for full program details and to read about each panelist. For more information, email Jenn Bui at



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