PHC Board of Directors
Cindy Anderson, CPA
Cindy is an independent accountant serving a variety of small nonprofits in Seattle. She has been a member of Plymouth Church for 30 years. "Having seen the effects of mental illness and the isolation it can bring in my own family, I very much appreciate the companionship model of PHC."
Council Member, City of Woodinville
Susan has served on the Woodinville City Council since 2009, and represents the city on regional transportation and land use bodies. She also works in the software industry as a technical writer and program manager. Susan joined the PHC board in 2006.
Jane Dunkel, MBA, MA Human Development - Vice President
Office of City Auditor, City of Seattle
Jane's work at the City of Seattle includes performance and operational audits on a wide range of city programs and services. Jane has almost 20 years of experience as a performance auditor at both the federal and local levels. Her work at the City includes non-audit research undertaken at the request of the Seattle City Council, and recently, program evaluation. Jane's professional life has also included being the Co-Director of an NAEYC accredited child care center and Coordinator of Community Ministries at Plymouth Church. Jane is thrilled to be joining the dynamic, talented staff and Board at PHC, and is especially appreciative of their companion-based approach to helping people achieve healthy, stable lives.
Brigitte Folz, LICSW
Director of Behavioral Health, Harborview Medical Center
Brigitte oversees the outpatient community mental health and substance use disorder programs at Harborview. She has been in the social work field for over 25 years and on the PHC board since 2011. Brigitte is impressed by the dedicated work of the board and PHC’s program staff, and notes that PHC provides an important safety net for very vulnerable members of the Harborview patient community.
Rev. Steve Davis
Executive Director of Church Operations, Plymouth Church
Rev. Davis served in the United Methodist Church, in parish ministry of congregations for 20 to 700 members. He served as Associate Minister and Senior Minister, where he provided leadership and vision with support and program staff. His work as Evangelism Coordinator in UMC New Mexico and North Texas Conferences was fueled by his passion to see congregations become healthy, vibrant places of ministry and outreach to serve the community and communicate faith with integrity, justice, grace and hope.
Bil Kareta, MAPC, LMHC, SD
Bil has worked for over 43 years in community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, youth and family counseling centers, and the Crisis Clinic. He currently has a private practice in which he assists families and individuals with chronic mental health issues. He remains an adjunct instructor/lecturer and placement supervisor for the University of Washington, Seattle University and Washington State DSHS/Chemical Dependency Units. A board member since 2001, Bil appreciates that PHC combines positive, resident-centered housing and companionship, which are key elements in combating the isolation and desolation of homelessness.
Francesca Martin, Ph.D.
Francesca brings 20 years of experience in both behavioral health and affordable housing programs and policy development to her board service. Her experience includes being a community-based mental health clinician and a manager of crisis/respite and residential treatment programs. In her earlier career, she played a central role in Connecticut's financing and development of more than 4,000 units of permanent supportive housing as the foundation of the state's strategy to end homelessness. Francesca’s professional involvements are guided by longstanding interest in the organizational capacity of human service and affordable housing nonprofits, particularly given their role as ‘agents of equity’. This interest has led to her current and past participation on the boards of directors of several housing and human service organizations. She joined the PHC board in 2015.
Dr. Pamela H. Mitchell - President
Department of Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington
Pam is a professor of Nursing and Health Systems, as well as the Executive Associate Dean of Nursing. She is also an adjunct Professor of Health Services in the School of Public Health. She has been involved in the work of PHC since its inception through Plymouth Church, UCC. For the past 15 years she has led research teams to improve the health of people with chronic illness who also suffer depression, work which also intersects with the goals of Plymouth Healing Communities.
Lee Murray, CPA
Administrator, Seattle Mennonite Church
Lee has spent many years holding leadership roles in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to her current position, she spent several years as a leader at Historic Seattle and consulting to non-profits. She has served as Director of Finance and Deputy Director for Bellwether Housing and as Assistant Controller and Assistant Vice President at SAFECO Properties, Inc. Lee is pleased to engage her expertise and experience with others who are passionate about creating and maintaining healthy communities for everyone. She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and accounting as well as a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. Lee has been a member of the PHC Board for seven years, serving as president for four of those years. Lee is particularly taken with PHC’s unique mission – coupling companionship with housing. Providing community to persons who typically experience isolation creates stability and opportunity for healing and health, demonstrated by PHC residents living successfully in their housing for many, many years.
Nancy manages and leads employer engagement and partnerships for the Center for Working Adults (CWA) at Seattle Colleges. She has over 25 years’ experience in the areas of Human Resources and Talent Management for several Fortune 100 companies and has served on several local boards in Southern Connecticut and South Florida when she resided back East. She has passion around community projects addressing homelessness and advocating permanent housing for the most vulnerable among us.
Michael Pierson, JD - Treasurer
Mike was in private practice for 30 years at the Seattle law firm of Riddell Williams before retiring from it in 2015. He serves occasionally as a hearing officer in medical peer review matters and is involved in a wide range of civic and community activities. He has represented or been a board member of many non-profit organizations.
Nancy Smith - Secretary
Nancy is a founding member of PHC and has been an avid supporter since PHC's inception in 2000. She is retired from a career as Executive Director of Housing Resources Group. In that role she was responsible for leading the overall organization and raising the financial resources to build, rehab and operate low income and affordable housing, mainly in the greater downtown area of Seattle. She has also served as Community Service staff for Plymouth Church, learning in that role the importance of companionship and the difference it can make in the lives of those living with mental illness.
Catherine Walker, JD
Retired (Currently serving as PHC's Interim Executive Director)
Catherine is a founding board member of PHC and served as President for six years during PHC's early history. In mid-2016 she retired as an executive leader and General Counsel for REI, the largest consumer co-operative in the U.S. She is a former member REI's Board of Directors where she served for eight years. Catherine has over 25 years of experience as general counsel for large organizations, and many years experience as a board member and board leader for non-profit and for-profit organizations.