At-Large Board Members
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.
Joel Flugstad, MHPA
Joel Flugstad is a Pacific Northwest native who has served in a variety of capacities with WSHEF for nearly a decade. Joel currently serves as the co-chair of the Programs Committee, which oversees the development and execution of WSHEF’s events throughout the year. He has also served on the membership and communications committees. Joel is committed to the development of today’s and tomorrow’s healthcare leaders. He has worked closely with the region’s healthcare administration programs to sponsor and promote the value of capstone projects, as well as hosting interns and fellows.
Joel is the Senior Director of Strategy and Project Management for Skagit Regional Health, based in Mount Vernon. He holds a Masters in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelors in Communications from Carroll College. Joel also serves on the Alumni Board Committee for Leadership Snohomish County. He resides in Everett with his wife and family.
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 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 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.