Ben Robinson

Interim Executive Director and Senior Director, Finance and Administration

Ben is Healthy Gen's point person on all financial and administrative matters. He holds an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. His prior positions include CFO at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Finance Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Kathy Burgoyne, PhD

Leadership Team: Senior Director of Applied Research

(206) 832-1903

Kathy has worked in the prevention field for over 30 years as both a practitioner and researcher. At the center of her career has been an abiding commitment to vulnerable children, youth, and their families. Having worked in multiple systems including education, juvenile corrections, mental health, housing, and health promotion, she understands that each system has a necessary but not sufficient part in addressing the problems vulnerable people face. As a result, she focuses on establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with schools, housing, social services, parents, philanthropists, government, and researchers to promote the health, education, and self-sufficiency of families living in very low-income, multi-ethnic communities.

She lives in Everett, Washington where she is active in the community including serving on the Board of Housing Hope. When not working, Kathy enjoys the company of her husband, Ron and daughter, Rachel. She can often be found at the barn playing with her horse, Shadow.

Julie Peterson

Leadership Team: Senior Director of Policy


Julie is responsible for the vision, leadership, planning and implementation of a Public Affairs plan that promotes the organization’s mission through public policy.

Julie’s public policy advocacy and legislative work is recognized by Philanthropy Northwest, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the National Network for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities. Currently, Julie serves as the past president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. Prior to her arrival at Foundation for Healthy Generations, she was the deputy director of the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission. She served as the agency's legislative liaison and a member of the interagency work group on drugs.

Bennie Soto

Leadership Team: Managing Director of Healthy Gen Media

(206) 832-1909

Bennie is orchestrating the launch and establishment of Healthy Gen Media, a division of the foundation focused on content which informs, educates, inspires and unites people to take effective actions toward health equity. His background in both big brand and start-up product marketing has included more than 120 product launches leading and executing go-to-market strategy to deployment. The majority of Bennie’s projects over the last 10 years have been associated with content development, adult learning, and customer/constituent acquisition & engagement for such brands as Apple, Best Buy, Bose, Microsoft, Premera, Target, Welltok, and several smaller organizations.

Bennie and his fiancé, Julie, are recent empty-nesters living in Seattle, Washington, where they are part of the city’s first urban cohousing community, Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing. There, Bennie is project lead for the community’s rooftop urban farm which partners with neighborhood schools and businesses around hyper-local food sourcing. His passions, beyond food, are being active outdoors in the great Pacific Northwest, concert going, and sports fanaticism (Seahawks, Sounders & Dodgers).

Andrea Lopez-Diaz

Community Connector

Andrea is the Community Connector at Healthy Gen and is active in mobilizing communities to create grassroots based operating systems with the goal of improved local health. Her focus is on creating cross sector alliances that support the development and implementation of programs for Community Health Workers and Peer Support.

Andrea comes to Healthy Gen with a background in communications for nonprofits and experience as a community organizer and trainer. Her primary focus has been organizing with Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC) and Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR) in Seattle, Washington. Over the past three years, she has helped establish youth organizing chapters in five cities. Her organizing focuses on those most impacted by inequities and ensuring they have a voice in creating change.

Andrea is from Sacramento, California, holds a black belt in Taekwondo, and is a trained popular education facilitator with the People’s Institute Northwest.

Dustyn Addington

Knowledge & Learning Specialist

Dustyn Addington is the Knowledge & Learning Specialist at Healthy Gen, and works to develop and support internal systems and processes that enable cross-programmatic learning, reflection & strategy development across Healthy Gen, as well as inform the product development of Healthy Gen Media.

Dustyn is currently finishing his dissertation for his PhD in Philosophy, “The Value of Non-Conscious Judgements”, for which he was recently awarded a Dissertation Fellowship. The dissertation focuses on decision-making hidden from conscious awareness and the inherent biases that impact such decisions. For his dissertation he has explored the research of philosophy, psychology and political theory. He has previously worked on the Climate & Diversity initiative in the Dept. of Philosophy – which works on creating and maintaining a positive & welcoming environment for underrepresented minority groups in the field of Philosophy; was a Research Assistant at the Program on Values in Society which works on research, teaching and outreach on ethical issues that occur across disciplines, and served as an Instructor at the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children, designing and conducting philosophy education for K-12 students.

Gretchen Hansen

Health Advocate Coordinator


Gretchen has lived in Pierce County for over 20 years. Her passion is working with rich, diverse cultures and learning from each of them how to create more effective projects and community groups. She has experience in homelessness, domestic violence, student and employment services. Her focus has been on how to provide appropriate services to people facing extraordinary barriers including refugees, immigrants, chronically homeless and those in-out of incarceration. She uses this experience as a foundation for her work with neighborhood based community health workers. After working in non-profits for 18 years, she has a wide range of skills that include grant writing, contract management, project development, staff development and work with community coalitions. She is a graduate of University of Washington Tacoma.

When not working, Gretchen is cooking for her family and friends and she can usually be found visiting museums to study art or at cultural events. She has been interested in ancient art and history for as long as she can remember. In the future, she hopes to travel the world, see museums and meet people.

Karen Baltz

Assistant Director of ACEs Learning Institute

(206) 832-1908

As Assistant Director of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Learning Institute, Karen Baltz manages the daily interest in, and demands of, the LI team.  Karen navigates for the team in developing new tools for practice to support applying NEAR; coordinates research with partners into the yet unanswered questions around ACEs and resilience in youth, adults and their communities; and works with local and state leaders to find the ‘right fit’ for their needs in becoming more NEAR informed.  Through all these efforts Karen is assisting in aligning the goals and missions of multiple stakeholders in improving health and well-being for Washington's citizens

Karen has been working with community for more than a decade to support and empower individuals in finding and staying with the, sometimes turbulent journey, towards healthy and fulfilling lives. She has been a foster parent, volunteer with life and guidance counseling, and provides services as an independent home health care aide.  Karen lives with her husband and 2 teenage boys in rural Grays Harbor.

Kimberly Latham

Program Associate - Community Based Health

(206) 832-2504

Kimberly serves as Project Associate where she focuses on creating information channels to bridge knowledge across teams and strengthen collaboration with partners and community members. She brings experience in supporting the strategic alignment and growth of local and national initiatives through contract management, data analysis, and project coordination.  Prior to joining Foundation for Healthy Generations, she provided support for an Executive office at a large operating foundation.  


Kimberly has a Master in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a BA from Willamette University. She is passionate about breaking down barriers and promoting racial equity through avenues of policymaking and program practice. In her earlier life, she lived in Hong Kong, Virginia, and Beijing before moving to the Pacific Northwest. Her free time is usually spent with friends around a home cooked meal or barbeque.  

Norma Jean Straw

Communications Specialist

(206) 832-1899

Norma enjoys the challenges of leading and co-creating large scale, complex projects that marry storytelling, learning and social innovation. Prior to joining Helthy Gen,  she held key roles in public relations, community engagement, communications strategy, program innovation, and as a producer, writer and director for television, film and digital productions.  She has produced over 100 episodes of educational television, receiving two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Childrens’ TV Series for Hip Hop Harry (Discovery Kids) and BizKids (PBS) and is an active voting member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a trustee of Washington Film Works.

As a young social activist, Norma helped to launch the Americorps programs while working as a Points of Light Foundation Youth Engaged in Service Ambassador to Washington State.  Then, as co-director of Metrocenter YMCA's Young Adult Civic Connector Initiative (funded by Pew Charitable Trusts) she created the Get Engaged program to place young adults on Seattle's public boards and commissions. Fifteen years later, Get Engaged has engaged hundreds of young people in civic service and public policy work. Over the past 20 years,  Norma has served as an advisor and board member to many non-profit organizations including Capitol Hill Community Council, Bike Works, Northwest Film Forum, Teen Feed, YMCA of the USA, Seattle Public Libraries, Humanities Washington and Capitol Hill Housing.

Sarah Salomon

Assistant Director of Applied Research, Evaluation & Learning Collaboratives

(206) 832-1905

Sarah leads Learning Collaboratives to support agencies working collaboratively to implement new programs. She routinely facilitates program and quality improvement through data-driven discussions with diverse staff and stakeholders, and has developed tools and toolkits to support capacity building and sustainability.

Sarah is passionate about improving access to high quality health and social services. She brings over 7 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research, program evaluation, and quality improvement. Sarah has managed all phases of program evaluation from design and planning to analysis and reporting.

Sarah is a Seattle native and enjoys running, travelling both locally and internationally, singing in choirs, and vegetable gardening.

Suzanne Eichenlaub

Senior Research and Development Data Analyst

(206) 832-1908

Suzanne is the Senior Research and Development Data Analyst at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Learning Institute.  Suzanne has more than ten years of experience working on and managing research projects that examine the causes and consequences of economic, social and health inequalities in the United States.  She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 2015.

Tania Hewett

Assistant Director of Operations

(206) 832-1897

Tania splits her time among different roles at Foundation for Healthy Generations. She is responsible for grant and contract management, provides support to the Finance/Administration team, and works with the ED to support human resource systems for the agency. Prior to joining the Foundation for Healthy Generations, she worked with international exchange programs and cross-cultural learning in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Tania has an MA in International Administration from the University of Denver, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Seattle, and enjoys traveling the world, attempting new DIY projects, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Whitney Johnson

Assistant Director of Program Operations


Whitney is responsible for contract management and the programmatic infrastructure and communications that promotes and supports the strategic goals of the organization. Previously, she worked as Program Manager for occupational health research projects within Washington State Labor & Industries and in resource management for a South African HIV/AIDs advocacy NGO. She received her BA from Williams College and her MPH from Yale University. 

She is a native Seattleite and is an active volunteer at the Julia’s Place Family Shelter in central Seattle. When not in the office Whitney loves to read, travel and surf.


Healthy Gen Team