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Committed to advancing health care access in schools and helping ensure the health and academic success of youth statewide.


Colin Walker, Board President

Colin currently serves as Director of the Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center. 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 at a variety of different health care organizations including Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital and California Berkeley youth science education program.

Holly Howard, Board Vice-President

Holly is a co-founding member of The Health Center at Lincoln High School in Walla Walla. She has been involved in all aspects of the development and start-up of the organization and currently serves as The Health Center’s Executive Director. 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!”

Paula Sword, Board Treasurer

Paula currently serves as the Manager of the Obesity Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has her MHA from the University of Washington. Prior to her work in the Obesity Program, Paula spent many years in the construction industry, most recently as a Senior Project Manager in Facilities at Seattle Children’s.


Racie McKee, Board Secretary

Racie currently serves as a Project Director for the Omak School District. She has an MBA and over 25 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.

TJ Cosgrove, Board Member

TJ is the Deputy Director of the Community Health Services Division of Public Health - Seattle & King County - leading and coordinating services and investments in the health care safety net. TJ has been active in the advancement of school-based health centers throughout his career, working at the local, state, and national levels to promote the SBHC model and its benefits. As of October 2012, TJ chairs the National Assembly for School-based Health Centers Board of Directors and has been a board member since 2007.

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 Riffe, Board Member

Erin currently serves as the Program Administrator of Behavioral Health and Student Support for Educational Service District #113 in Tumwater, Washington. Erin has worked in the behavioral health care field since 1996.

Taraneh Shafii, Board Member

Taraneh is the Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the Division of Adolescent Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Taraneh has both her MD and MPH and serves on the Evaluation and Quality panel for the National Assembly for School-Based Health. She completed part of her fellowship at a SBHC and has on-going contact with a number of health venues for adolescents in the community.

Mike Wiser, Board Member

Mike works for Community Health Association of Spokane administering their integrated behavioral health program. In previous work as a consultant, Mike led the planning effort to create a new SBHC in Spokane County and continues to serve on the board of the School Health Care Association of Spokane.

Sara Rigel, Board Member

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Kari Boiter, Board Member

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