Welcome to the team, Nyka!

We are very excited to have Nyka Osteen joining the North Sound ACH Team. As a Project Coordinator, Nyka will be supporting project implementation, monitoring and evaluation efforts.

A native of the North Sound region, Nyka grew up in Mt. Vernon and completed her Bachelor’s degree in microbiology and global health before earning her graduate degree in community-oriented public health from the University of Washington. After working in HIV and cancer research for the past seven years, she is excited to be transitioning to a public health and health systems role. She brings experience working in LGBTQ health and program evaluation to the North Sound ACH team.  Welcome, Nyka!

New Positions Posted!

At the December 2018 Board meeting, several new positions were approved for 2019. With two staff departing for new adventures, we are currently recruiting for a Tribal Liaison, and several Project Manager positions. We also have Project Coordinator positions available to support project implementation and communications, including one focused specifically on Oral Health.

If you are looking for a position, have a commitment to equity, and would bring diverse experience to our team, we are looking for you! You can see our current postings at this link. In addition to these positions we anticipate a few more in the first quarter of 2019, so please stay connected!

Staff Transitions

It is always hard to see staff move on to new adventures, but we hope you will join us in wishing two team members the best as they transition.

Candice Wilson, our Tribal and Community Liaison, has taken a position with the Lhaq’temish Foundation whose mission is stated on their website as “Nilh Xwenang Tse Schelangen Este Nexw Xwlemi (this is our way of life in Lummi) – a healthy, giving, and prosperous community to strengthen our people through cultural, social, and economic abundance.” We are excited for Candice in this leadership role and wish her the best.

Ross Howell is also taking on a new role. Ross has been one of our Project Managers working in oral health, bidirectional integration and transitional care, and earlier this year moved to Vancouver, BC. Starting in January he will be a Senior Consultant for Innovation, Planning and Transformation for Fraser Health in Surrey, BC. We will miss both of these amazing team members, but are excited for them as they move into new roles. 

We have also added some new staff to our team, so please join us in welcoming:

Starleen Maharaj-Lewis, joining our team as the Community HUB Manager. Starleen’s experience working with marginalized populations in diverse settings across the nation, and in developing a framework for health equity infrastructure, makes our team even stronger. Starleen holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, and attended graduate studies in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tulane University. 
 
Khushdip (Khush) Brar, joining as Finance and Administrative Associate.  Khush comes from a diverse cultural background and brings forth her rich knowledge in business administration to our finance team. She has a loving daughter, caring mother and supportive husband who complete her world. Khush always strives to become a better person and hopes to bring that to our organization.
 

Meet our Tribal & Community Liaison!

North Sound ACH now has a Tribal & Community Liaison!

Candice Wilson, Quatz’ten aut, is from Lummi Nation. She has over 15 years of tribal governance experience and was hired to develop and foster relationships with tribal and community partners.

Candice has a Bachelor degrees in Tribal Governance and Business Management from Northwest Indian College and is currently is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at Seattle University. She serves on the Ferndale School Board, with Whatcom Family & Community Network, Lummi Nation Services Organization, Children of the Setting Sun Productions, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. 

Candice also served on the Lummi Indian Business Council for nine years, with three years as the Vice Chairwoman, also serving as Lummi Nation Vote Coordinator, Lummi Child Support Program Case Manager, and Lummi Dislocated Workers Program Job Counselor. She’s the recipient of the Washington State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Envision Spirit Award and Lummi Victims of Crime Honoring Our Champions Award.

Candice enjoys serving and celebrating our diverse communities, especially with our veterans and youth organizations.

Welcome, Candice!  We’re thankful you’ve joined our efforts.

 

North Sound Staffing Updates

We  have two new additions to our team at the North Sound ACH, and one departure:

  • Deborah Barnes-Josiah, PhD has joined our team in a part-time capacity. Debbi is an epidemiologist who recently moved to the Bellingham area after working 18 years in Nebraska at the state health department and the College of Public Health.  Her work has focused primarily on maternal and child health, including infant and maternal mortality, but has also included diverse projects such as teen violence prevention and community needs assessments.  She is enjoying learning about new geographical and content areas working with the North Sound ACH.
  • Kelly Veit, MHA will be joining our team as the Pathways HUB Director. Kelly has spent the past three years as Director of the Washington Patient Safety Coalition, a Foundation for Healthcare Quality program dedicated to convening patient safety, quality and risk executives around patient safety initiatives. Prior to that position, Kelly spent three years managing the REACH Program, a long-term case management program for people experiencing homelessness and drug addiction in King County. Kelly brings a familiarity of the broad spectrum of health care delivery, from social services to acute care and the various points of interplay between them. She will be joining our team in mid-January. 

In addition, we are sending best wishes to Kyle Davidson, as he left our team to join the Pierce County ACH in a new leadership role.