Board of Directors

 

Jeffrey R. Sweeney

President — Seattle, WA

Jeff has 32 years of commercial real estate experience and is a Managing Director for CBRE. He is the Regional Leader on the Microsoft account and is responsible for Real Estate Strategy, Brokerage, Program Management and IOS in the Puget Sound area.

Prior to CBRE, Jeff held senior leadership positions at Johnson Controls, Trammell Crow Company and Verizon Wireless. He has 32 years of significant experience in real estate, design, construction and facility management.

He has been a board member since 2005 and was introduced to Northwest Sarcoma Foundation through his son Justin, who is a Ewing's Sarcoma survivor.

Ernest "Chappie" U. Conrad, III, M.D.

Founder — Seattle, WA

Dr. Conrad is a native Virginian, and a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Hospital for Special Surgery/Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City.

Dr. Conrad founded the sarcoma service at both Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. He considers his greatest accomplishment to be establishing Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.

John T. Anderson

Treasurer — Portland, OR

John is a financial professional with 30 years experience in public accounting and private industry. He was previously an audit manager with Price Waterhouse and has held financial management positions with several companies. John is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served as Treasurer for several non-profit organizations.

Jenna Miller

Board Member — Seattle, WA

Jenna has been on the Board of Directors for several years and is currently on a one year sabbatical.

Christopher T.  Westerholm

Board Member — Seattle, WA

Chris is a manufacturing engineer at Boeing and has been in the aviation industry for over 20 years. In addition, he has spent over two decades between active duty in the Army and the Army Reserves, in which he is a Master SGT (E-8) with the 7th BN Army Reserves Careers Division Quality Assessment Team.

Chris's involvement with Northwest Sarcoma Foundation began after his daughter Jenna was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in February 2006. After three long years, which included multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation, Jenna died on January 22, 2009. She was 5 ½ years old.

In July 2010 Chris and his wife Michele created the Dragon's Last Ride, a motorcycle ride in memory of children who have lost their lives to sarcoma cancers. The ride raises funds for the Jenna Westerholm Pediatric Help$ Program in support of families whose children are currently undergoing treatment for sarcoma.

Patricia G. Read-Williams, M.D.

Board Member — Seattle, WA

Dr. Read-Williams grew up in the Midwest and Florida, and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. She relocated to the Northwest following completion of her residency program.   She is a family practice physician at the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic in Issaquah, as well as a UW clinical assistant professor, and has been practicing  in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years.  Her clinical interests include women's health care, family care, pediatrics and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Read-Williams is also a sarcoma survivor and has been active with Northwest Sarcoma Foundation since its inception.

Karen Gordon, LICSW

Board Member - Seattle, WA

Karen Gordon is a licensed clinical social worker who received her MSW from Arizona State University. Karen has been a member of the Sarcoma Team at Seattle Children’s since 2010 and has worked in pediatrics and hematology/oncology for 10 years. She is passionate about her work and is dedicated to supporting patients and families though their cancer journey. Karen enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and young daughter.

Ellen M. Sweeney-Clawson

Board Member - Seattle, WA

Ellen’s professional history includes work within educational nonprofits including University of Kentucky and Seattle Preparatory School. She has over 15 years experience with strategic, long range planning, program development, volunteer and donor engagement. Ellen is currently serving as Project Coordinator for the University of Washington within the department of Alumni & Constituent Relations. She is a member of the Northwest Development Officers Association

Kathy Opie

Board Member - Seattle, WA

Kathy was born in Boston, M.A.  She has earned an M.S. in Psychology, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, and plans to return to graduate school to pursue a post graduate degree in Psychology.  As an author, she has written articles for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation newsletter and a book for caregivers who have loved ones diagnosed with cancer and serious illness.  Part of the proceeds of her book sales benefit the foundation, and she helps promote cancer awareness and support for families.

Kathy became involved with Northwest Sarcoma Foundation shortly after her youngest son, Conner, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2008.  She is passionate about supporting families affected by sarcoma.

Lara E. Davis, MD

Board Member - Portland, OR

Dr. Davis grew up in the Adirondacks of upstate N.Y., and graduated in 2005 from Oregon Health & Science University. Her residency took her to Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. She is now a faculty member at OHSU in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, where she specializes in caring for patients with sarcomas – with unique expertise in caring for adolescents and young adults -- and is active in osteosarcoma research. In her spare time, Dr. Davis enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and gardening.

Julia Read-LaBelle

Board Member - Portland, OR

Julia is a mathematician with BS and MS degrees from the University of Nebraska and University of Texas at Dallas, respectively. She has applied these analytic skills in various business applications including risk assessment, consumer profiling, signal processing and fraud investigations at several fortune 500 companies. She enjoys traveling, reading, sports and spending time with her family.

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