Board

Erik Arnold

Chair

Erik Arnold is an information technology professional with over 18 years of experience in IT leadership, business technology, and systems integration. Erik has been the Chief Information Officer for PATH since 2009, where he is accountable for the organization’s software development, network infrastructure, project management, library services, and records management. Prior to PATH, Erik was Vice President of Technology at Corbis, an e-commerce company in the digital media space. He brings strategic leadership in business and technology along with extensive experience with business systems implementation.

PATH has grown by 40% during Erik’s tenure. Erik developed business efficiency goals and a closely aligned technology strategy which helped contain administrative costs while modernizing the organization’s technical architecture. By implementing Agile and Scrum, his development teams have increased their velocity – delivering more in less time. He and his teams have also led the development of a global infrastructure architecture and implemented advances in networking technology for PATH’s 33 field offices.

Erik is active in the local and national technology community. In addition to sitting on the Foundation for Healthy Generations Board, Erik is also on the advisory boards for the Seattle Technology Executive Peer Group, the Seattle CIO Forum, and is a member of CIO4Good, the HealthTech Council, and NetHope.

Erik holds a MA from Brown University.

Nancy Anderson, MD, MPH

Vice Chair

Nancy Anderson is a board-certified pediatrician with a master’s in Public Health in Maternal-Child Health. Her background includes working for five years in Mozambique as a consultant for numerous projects related to household food security and nutrition in war-affected areas. She also had a long tenure with Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services in key roles, including the Medicaid physician lead for the Foster Care Health Project. She is currently a faculty member of The Evergreen State College Evening and Weekend Studies Program. Her interests are health equity, global health issues, and the health of women and children.

Nancy received her medical doctorate degree from Columbia University, her Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington, and bachelor’s degree cum laude in Anthropology from Columbia University, Barnard College.

Renée Rooker

Treasurer/Secretary, Finance Committee Chair

Renée Rooker has led the Walla Walla, Washington Housing Authority as its executive director since December 1991. During her tenure the organization has expanded its portfolio through enriched partnerships and taking advantage of a wide range of financing mechanisms from low income housing tax credits, community development block grant, HOME, bond financing, historic tax credits and a variety of federal funding. The organization has received local and national recognition for their housing and economic development programs. 

Renée recently completed a two year term as the national President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, a member organization representing more than 23,000 housing and community development professionals nationwide. During her term she advanced housing and community development policy issues with her testimony in front of congress and building relations with members of congress and their staff and industry partners. 

Renée currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Housing Authority Risk Retention Pool; the Governor’s Policy Advisory Team for the Housing Trust Fund and is a member of the Association of Washington Housing Authorities legislative committee. During her career she has served on the Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Governor’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Washington Community Development Loan Fund Board, and Impact Capital.

Rick Mockler, MBA

Immediate Past Chair

Rick Mockler is the retired Deputy Director of the Snohomish Health District where he worked for 23 years. He is past Chair of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials and is a long-term Board member of the Washington State Public Health Association. In 2003 he was a founder of the Public Health Roundtable, a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to securing a dedicated, sufficient and stable funding source for public health. Prior to coming to Washington, he served as Business Manager of the Crippled Children’s Division of the Oregon Health Sciences University. 

Rick received his BS in Political Science from Oregon State University and his Master of Business Administration from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University.

Drew MacAfee

HR Committee Chair

Drew is a Principal and Business Leader at Mercer Consulting in Spokane, Washington, who brings valued human resources and healthcare expertise and perspective to the Board. 

Drew has held leadership positions in numerous organizations during his more than thirty-year career. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Physician Hospital Community Organization, a regional TPA and PPO Network. Prior to that, Drew held roles in Executive Human Resources for firms such as Washington Trust Bank, Univar / Van Waters & Rogers, Inc., Ciba Geigy, SpaceLabs, and Sundstrand. 

Drew is actively involved in several nonprofit Boards, serving as the prior President of the Board of Trustees for Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery; a member of the Board of Directors for the PHCO; and an Advisory board member for the Masters program in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. He has also served as past President of the Pacific Northwest Human Resources Association Seattle Chapter. MacAfee received a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Relations from Northern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Psychology and Organizational Development from Central Washington University.

Ben Danielson, MD, FAAP

Program Committee Chair

Benjamin Danielson grew up in poverty; first in inner city Washington DC then rural Montana. He was raised by a single mother who instilled in her kids a high regard for intellectual inquiry and a good education. After his undergraduate degree at Harvard, he attended the University of Washington’s School of Medicine then completed his residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He has been the medical director of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic since 1999. Under Seattle Children’s Hospital, the clinic serves mostly low income children in an inner city community. Dr Danielson divides time between direct clinical care, clinic development, community collaborations, healthcare advocacy, promoting healthcare system diversity, and mentoring. Dr Danielson is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, an attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and serves on various groups including the King County Board of Health, Board Vice President of the Children’s Alliance, Board of the United Way of King County, the State of Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, among others.

Rudy Vasquez

Board Member

Rudy is Multicultural Services Director at Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Seattle, Washington. With a passion for reducing health disparities, he brings a wealth of expertise in the field to his position on the Board.

Rudy is currently involved in several initiatives at Sea Mar Community Health Centers, all with a focus on addressing access to health-care. These include assisting with development of the Washington State Alliance for Healthy Communities of Color, the Consortium for Health Care Access in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, and the Institute for Latinos in the Health Sciences. In addition, after conducting a series of focus groups throughout Washington State to assess the needs among Spanish-speaking communities and those who serve them, Rudy founded the Latino Health Network of Washington State, now known as Latino Health Northwest.

Rudy has participated on several boards and statewide committees, including the Advisory Committee on Mental Health to the Commissioners in Vancouver, Washington, and the Washington State Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the board of Northwest Health Law Advocates. 

Patty Hayes, RN, MN

Board Member

Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health – Seattle & King County, has over 25 years of experience in public health, policy development and advocacy. In 2015, Patty received the Cynthia F. Shurtleff Award, a statewide honor that recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to the health and well-being of women, children and families in Washington.  In 2014, Patty received the Heroine of Health Care award from the Center of Women and Democracy.  Patty has her nursing and master degrees from the University of Washington School of Nursing and was inducted into the Washington Nursing Hall of Fame in 2002.

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