Government Affairs Team


The members of the Government Affairs Team represent hospitals and health systems before federal, state, and local governments. Team members work with hospital and health system leaders and elected officials to support priorities the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD). Team members also work with federal, state, and local agencies to help ensure appropriate enforcement and administration of policies, rules, and laws related to hospitals and health systems.

For more information about the members of Government Affairs Team, visit the WSHA staff page or contact Chelene Whiteaker, team leader at 206-216-2545 or

Taya Briley

Executive Vice President / General Counsel
(206) 216-2554

Jacqueline Barton True

Sr. Director, Rural Health Programs  (206) 216-2541

Andrew Busz

Policy Director, Finance
(206) 216-2533

Cara Helmer

Policy Director, Legal
(206) 577-1827

Matt Ellsworth

Executive Director *
(206) 216-2528

Lori Martinez

Government Affairs Coordinator
(206) 577-1838

Alicia Eyler

Policy Director, Health Access
(206) 577-1821

Shirley Prasad

Policy Director, Government Affairs
(206) 216-2550

Chelene Whiteaker

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
(206) 216-2545

Zosia Stanley

Associate General Counsel
(206) 216-2511

David Streeter

Policy Director, Clinical and Data
(206) 216-2508

* AWPHD – Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts
WSHA – Washington State Hospital Association
Everyone works for WSHA only, except where indicated otherwise.


Contact Us

Washington State Hospital Association
999 Third Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA 98104

Map / Directions

206.281.7211 phone
206.283.6122 fax

Staff List