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Board of Directors
Jackson L. Williams, President Board of Directors
Jackson occupied many leadership roles during a thirty year career in health care administration. Over twenty years were spent assisting community health and social service organizations and public health departments and districts in Washington State. Fifteen of those years were spent as the Chief Administrative Officer and Assistant Secretary of the Division of Community and Family Health in the Washington State Department of Health. Jack has worked with public and private boards, commissions and committees. He was Deputy Director of a statewide long-term care association and directed Washington’s Governors Commission on Children. He has a strong background in budget and policy development, program planning, and community health and health systems. He was responsible and accountable for the successful development of the WIC Information System and statewide expansion of Washington’s Immunization Registry (CHILD Profile). Jackson was named a Washington State Career Executive in 1988. He received an undergraduate Biology degree from San Diego State University and graduate degree in Health and Safety from Sacramento State University. He enjoys fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities. In 2019 he will become the President of the North Olympic Land Trust.
Board Vice President and Medical Director Gerald B. Stephanz Jr., MD, FACP
Dr. Stephanz has been dedicated to helping patients with kidney disease for over 25 years. He "retired" to the Olympic Peninsula in 2015, after the clinical practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Utah for 20 years; the last 10 years of his practice had been at Central Utah/Revere Clinic, in Provo, Utah. Dr. Stephanz earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1983; completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1990. He remains board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Stephanz served the nephrology community by serving on the Intermountain ESRD Network 15 Medical Review Board for over 15 years. He is a former board member of the Renal Physicians Association. He served as the nephrology consultant for HealthInsight (the Utah Quality Improvement Organization) for a CMS QIO CKD project ending in 2011 and served on a committee for the Utah Department of Health revising Utah Diabetic guidelines for 2012. He was medical director of multiple dialysis units, serving a diverse geographic and patient population. Dr. Stephanz served on the medical review board for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. He became OPCC medical director in 2016 and was appointed to the Clallam County Board of Health in 2017. Dr. Stephanz and his wife (Dr. Nancy Ahlstrom, hospitalist at Olympic Medical Center) enjoy exploring the Olympic Peninsula; he is an avid golfer.
Board Treasurer T. Scott Brandon
Scott joined the OPCC board in 2018, having been employed as the clinic's Development & Operations Director for three years. He started working at OPCC following nearly a decade of involvement in charitable and public organizations in Port Angeles and across Clallam County. Scott retired from the tech industry in 2003 to focus on family and community. Prior to his retirement he held international management positions at Intel, Trend Micro and Alpha Pro Tech. He has delivered international marketing and integrated technical security lectures at technical conferences, colleges and universities around the globe. He holds multiple technical and training certifications from Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others. He did his undergraduate work at BYU (accounting/finance) and is currently enrolled in the MIT/Harvard EdX MicroMaster of Business Management program. In addition to his work at OPCC, he is the chair of the Port Angeles School District General Advisory Committee and the co-chair of the Society for American Baseball Research's (SABR) Pictorial History Committee and SABR Trivia online chartered community.
Secretary Sheila Everett
Board Member Suzanne DeBey
Suzanne was a teacher for 37 years which included 32 years in the Port Angeles District, and in that position saw firsthand the impact poor access to health care had on students and their families. She was heartbroken to see their struggle to succeed in school without proper medical care. After retiring in 2012, she volunteered at the OPCC clinic and was humbled to encounter patients that caused her to remember "There but for the grace of God go I." When asked to join the OPCC board, she saw it as an opportunity to work at expanding access to quality health care for all citizens in the community. Suzanne is also involved in her Rotary club, both as a board member and member of several committees (including being the Youth Committee Chair, overseeing tutoring and other youth projects). She is a board member and lay leader of the local Jewish community, writing a regular column for the Peninsula Daily News on Jewish perspectives on various issues. She recently joined the planning board of the newly-formed Interfaith Community of Clallam County and is part of the Peace Choir. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, her animals, kayaking, gardening and travel, along with spending time in Seattle with her children and grandchild.
Board Member Mike French
Mike is a local businessperson and an elected member of the Port Angeles City Council. He was born and raised in Port Angeles, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Central Washington University. He is passionate about improving access to quality medical care and increasing scientific literacy among the general public. Mike enjoys biking, playing the piano at various community events, and spending time with his two young boys.
Board Member Dr. Scott Brooksby
Board Member Thom Hightower
Board Member Jason Viada
Jason grew up in Forks, and graduated from Forks High School in 1990. Jason earned an AA degree from Peninsula College in 1992 and a BA Degree in Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 1994. Jason started as a patrol officer with the Port Angeles Police Department in 1994. He was a DARE officer from 1996-1999, a patrol officer from 1999 -2004, a patrol corporal from 2004-2006, a detective corporal from 2006-2011, the OPNET Sergeant from 2011-2015, a patrol sergeant from 2015-2016, the administrative sergeant in 2016, and the deputy chief from 2016 - present. In addition to his primary assignments one of Jason's collateral duties during his career was training officers in a variety of use of force tools and techniques. Jason earned a Master of Education degree from Western Washington University in 2009. Jason's primary focus for the operations division of PAPD is felony investigations, in addition to community oriented policing, and enforcement of DUI and domestic violence laws. He lives with his wife and their two daughters near Sequim.