Team | WithinReach WA


Our team is a mix of smart and creative professionals, committed to making the connections that all Washington families need to be healthy. We believe that we can only do our jobs well by learning about the populations we serve, being committed to reducing disparities, and understanding the barriers and addressing the processes that create social inequalities. By doing so, we equip our dedicated staff to conduct powerful work capable of creating meaningful change for families and communities.

Board of Directors

Kathleen Lendvay, President, Splash

John Hambacher, First Vice-President, Amazon

Theresa Tamura, Second Vice-President, Group Health Cooperative

Kyle Unland, MS, RD, Secretary-Treasurer, Spokane Regional Health District

Hugh W.L. Ewart, M.Sc., Seattle Children’s Hospital

Elaine Gibbons, PATH

Laird F. Harris, Harris Smith Public Affairs

Regina J. Jones, JD, Casey Family Programs

Karen Merrikin, JD, Health Policy and Strategy Consultant

Aliyah Quraishi, United Health Group/Optum

Lelach Rave, MD, The Everett Clinic/Washington Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics

Melissa Simpson, GMMB

Sarah Voelzke, Community Volunteer


  • Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach Spokane
    • WCOMO Spokane
      September 29, 2017
      9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Description: The Washington Coalition on Medicaid Outreach (WCOMO) provides essential information on innovative outreach strategies, health care reform and Medicaid policies. This longstanding coalition works…

  • 2017 Statewide WIC Conference
    • October 24, 2017 - October 25, 2017
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    SAVE THE DATE Nutrition First is hosting this year's statewide WIC Conference! WIC colleagues from around the state will participate in an energizing and educational conference…

  • The Lactation Journal Club
    • November 15, 2017
      7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    During these meetings we review and discuss current research and literature related to breastfeeding. Two IBLCE CERPs provided for a small fee ($5). The Lactation…