Spending more time with you, our members

January 12, 2017

The beginning of the legislative session always brings a renewed sense of energy to the WSHA offices. It’s an energy I’ve always loved, and it feels like the right time and energy for another kind of beginning — that of my time as WSHA’s CEO.

I have been very fortunate to be moving into the office so ably run by Scott Bond. Scott made important changes to WSHA, and those changes will serve us well. But every CEO also has to make changes that reflect his or her own strengths, needs and priorities.

One of my focuses will be to spend more time with our members and our key partners. To ensure our organization continues to flourish and serve, I have made a few changes to the executive team.

1) Taya Briley will serve as WSHA’s new Executive Vice President, with strong responsibility for internal operations. Taya has a long and stellar history with the association and is well known for her integrity, intelligence, focus and dedication.

2) Claudia Sanders, Senior Vice President for Policy Development, will lead our rural work, in addition to her continued leadership of the policy development team. Claudia’s long history with the association and deep understanding of both policy and patient safety make her a perfect fit for this role.

3) Carol Wagner, who has run our patient safety program for the last decade, has taken a new role of Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, using her skills in creating, identifying and seizing opportunities that move us into the future. In tandem with this move, we are filling a new position of Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality Operations to oversee the day-to-day running of our programs.

The heart of WSHA’s work is supporting the missions of the hospitals and health systems of our state. There is much work to be done — let’s get started.


Cassie Sauer
WSHA President & CEO


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