At-Large Board Members


Brian Barry

Mr. Barry joined Kadlec Regional Medical Center as Chief Operating Officer of Kadlec Clinics in May 2016. Previously, he served as the Regional Vice President of the Ambulatory Network for SSM Health’s Mid-Missouri region. Prior to an exclusive focus on ambulatory operations, Mr. Barry was the VP of Strategy and Business Development at SSM Health’s St. Mary’s Hospital where he held operational oversight over the medical group. He has a long career in strategic planning and business development holding positions at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO and in the Front Range of Colorado at Catholic Health Initiatives and Centura Health.

Mr. Barry holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an M.A. in Political Science from Colorado State University, in Ft. Collins, where he focused on Environmental Policy and Public Administration. Mr. Barry has served as a former board member for many professional, civil and personal organizations including Colorado’s ACHE chapter, The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau and the Capital City Soccer Club.




Karin Larson-Polluck, MD, FACHE

Karin Larson-Pollock, MD, MBA, FACHE is Senior Director of Value Analytics and Care Systems at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett (PRMCE), a 501-bed tertiary hospital in Washington and member of Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. In her role, Karin leads the development of care process redesign and transformation, including reporting and benchmarking analytics, Operational Excellence, and innovations.

Dr. Larson-Pollock graduated magna cum laude from The University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing and a minor in German.  After graduation, she served for two years as a Small Business Advisor with the United States Peace Corps in Kenya, and returned to the U. S. to further her studies, receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  After completing a Preliminary Year in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, she joined The Methodist Hospital System, a now eight-hospital system based in Houston, Texas with a large academic medical center, seven community hospitals, a physician organization and a research institute.  In her seven years with Methodist, Karin served in many roles, including Preceptor of the Administrative Fellows Program, Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Women’s Services, and Vice President of Operations, before deciding to return home with her family to the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is currently serving as a board member of the Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum, ACHE’s Washington State Chapter, where she served as President from 2015-2016.


Ryan Sundquist, MHA

Ryan Sundquist is a Seattle native. Attended the University of Washington for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, Ryan is working as a clinic manager for Sea Mar Community Health Center in Everett and serves on the communication committee as the webmaster for WSHEF. Prior work experience includes working at UW Medical Center as a patient service specialist in the operating rooms and interned at South Lake Clinic a multi-specialty clinic. He has been interested in health care ever since high school when his father past away. Amazed by all the help from the medical staff trying to save his dad’s life, Ryan has made it his life-long dream to give back to both the medical field and his community.


Sheridah Lemmon

Sheridah Lemmon is a student at the University of Washington entering her second year of the Master in Healthcare Administration program. In addition to school, she is an administrative intern with Providence Medical Group in the southwest region. Sheridah also serves as a volunteer on the WSHEF communications committee focusing in social media.




Aaron Hefel, MHA/MBA

Aaron Hefel has served in the system office at Providence since 2011, where he has contributed to system initiatives, strategic planning, business development, and physician services. Prior to joining Providence, he supported both ambulatory and hospital growth at CHI Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, worked on ambulatory performance improvement at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and served in multiple roles at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Aaron obtained MBA and MHA degrees at the University of Iowa, in his home state.



Nick Malos

Nick Malos is currently the Benefits Coordinator at Virginia Mason Memorial. Nick received his Masters of Health Policy & Administration degree from Washington State University, and recently received his SHRM-CP certification. Nick has over 8 years’ experience in different aspects within the healthcare industry, and continues to be knowledgeable on current industry trends. When Nick isn’t working he enjoys traveling and taking advantage of Yakima’s wineries.



Valerie Chrusciel

Valerie Chrusciel is the Chief Operating Officer for Overlake Medical Clinics, LLC., where she oversees the operations and strategy of a 150 provider multispecialty practice associated with Overlake Medical Center. Val joined Overlake Hospital Medical Center in 2007 as Director of Operations for Overlake Medical Clinics and lead the growth and development of Overlake’s Primary Care and Urgent Care network on the Eastside. Prior to this she held management roles in the Internal Medicine Department of The Emory Clinic in Atlanta, GA. Val has more than 25 years of healthcare experience in a variety of roles in Academic Medical Centers as well as the Pharmaceutical Industry including direct patient care, sales, marketing and operations management. Val has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta, a Residency in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond. Val is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Val also currently serves on the board of LifeWire.


John Joyce

John Joyce, FACHE is the MultiCare Health System Vice President for Ancillary Services with responsibility for Imaging, Laboratory, Pathology and Respiratory Therapy services with over 1,000 FTE and $180M expenses. Prior to MHS John has held a hospital services national business development position at Quest Diagnostics and senior management positions at Alfigen, The Genetics Institute, Perinatal Practice Management and was responsible for new esoteric testing commercialization at Specialty Laboratories. John has also held clinical and management positions at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles. In 2003 John was president of the Southern California chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served on the board of directors of the Hospital Association of Southern California with extensive experience in hospital, laboratory, and medical group management. John holds an MBA from the Peter Drucker School at the Claremont Graduate University, an MA from Downstate Medical School and a BA in Biology from Brooklyn College.