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Samaritan's Board of Directors


Steve Gustaveson, Chair
St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Seattle
This is Steve's second term on the board.
Employment:  King County Department Community and Human Services.  Served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington until 1999 and in the King County Superior Court, working as a manager of court operations and facilities for the juvenile court through 2015.
Other Boards and Leadership: L'Arche Noah Sealth and The Spiritual Exercises of Everyday Life

Tom Fox, Vice Chair
John Knox Presbyterian Church, Seattle
Employment:  Retired. Previously employed as a Senior Manager with Amazon (2007 – 2013) and as an Associate Technical Fellow with Boeing (1989 – 2007).
Other Boards and Leadership: Samaritan Board (2005 – 2010) and Presbytery of Seattle Committee on Ministry (2000 – 2005 and 2006 – 2008)

William Starks, Treasurer
Bellevue First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue
Employment: Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Woodworth Capital. He joined the organization in 1986. 
Other Boards and Leadership: William has a long history of working with non-profit organizations, including the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound since 2001, and the Woodworth Family Foundation since 2005. He is a long-standing member of the American Management Assoc. (AMA), Construction Financial Management Assoc. (CFMA), and Philanthropy Northwest.

Mary Denny, PhD, Secretary
University Lutheran Church, Seattle
Former Staff Member, Samaritan Center
Employment:  Samaritan Center of Puget Sound since 2006-2015, Faculty Member, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine 1991-2010, Staff Psychologist, UWMC Multidisciplinary Pain Center 1991-2006, UW School of Medicine Fibromyalgia Research Program 2000-2010.
Other Boards and Leadership:  Currently serves on the Board at Elizabeth Gregory Home in Seattle, chairing the Board Development Committee.  A  past president and church council member at University Lutheran Church, Seattle, and has chaired the church's pastoral call (search) and stewardship (fundraising) committees. Earlier, served on the Boards of Mercy Health System, Dallas PA, and Mercy Health System, Cincinnati OH, Johnstown Mercy Hospital in PA, College Misericordia, Dallas PA, and Catherine McAuley Center for Women, Scranton. PA.  Has been a member of the international General Advisory Council of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union, and has presided over the Scranton Province Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Union.

Doug Farnham
First Presbyterian Church of Everett, Everett
Doug served earlier on the board, including as board chair. (2010-2016)
Employment:  Sales Manager and principal, Centerline Sales & Marketing.
Other Boards and Leadership: Wyoming Presbyterian Church, Wyoming, OH, Board of Deacons (1997-1999).  Newport Presbyterian, Session (2004-2007), Stewardship & Finance (2004-2009). 

Lizann Jones
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Seattle
Employment:  Owner of  Adams Insurance Agency   
Other Boards and Leadership:  Rosehedge/Multifaith Works

Celeste Kuder
Assumption Catholic Church, Seattle
Other Boards and Leadership:

Rev. Scott Lumsden
Presbytery of Seattle
Employment:  Executive Presbyter at Presbytery of Seattle
Ex-Officio Member

Bill McIvor
Rainier Beach Presbyterian Church, Seattle
and Newport Presbyterian Church, Bellevue
Employment: Retired Presbyterian pastor, having served congregations in Bellevue, WA, Birmingham, MI, Spokane, WA, and Sudbury, MA.
Other Boards and Leadership: Since 1997 edited and published SciTech†, the quarterly newsletter/journal of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith (PASTCF).  Manages PASTCF’s and other non-profit websites.

Steve Quant 
University Presbyterian Church, Seattle
Employment:  Principal & Founder, SKEW Communications (2014-present).  Director of Media Acquisition, World Vision (2003-2013), Sr. Post Production Editor, KOMO-TV (1984-2002)
Other Boards and Leadership: Session at UPC (Worship Committee/Chair), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Seattle & New York), National Religious Broadcasters Association

Leland Seese
Mount Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Seattle
Lee served on the board earlier.  (2005-2011)
Employment: Pastor, Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church
Boards and Leadership:  Moderator, 2010-2011; Moderator, Permanent Judicial Commission, Seattle Presbytery, 2010-2016; Moderator, Seattle Presbytery, 2003; Commissioner, General Assembly, PCUSA, 1994

Tom Ylvisaker
Bellevue First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue
Employment:  Gastroenterologist for 37 years at Group Health Cooperative
Other Boards and Leadership:  Several terms on the Bellevue Presbyterian Church Hunman Resources Committee.


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