Leadership

Chapter Staff

  • Judy Summers, M.S.

    Judy Summers, M.S.

    Executive Director

    Bio

    Judy Summers, M.S.

    Executive Director

    Judy is the Executive Director of the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter, where she has been employed since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with a Teacher’s Certificate in Business Education from East Texas State University, a Master’s Degree in Science with a focus on Community Health and Healthcare Administration from the University of Arkansas, and is a graduate of the Intermediate School of Banking at SMU. Prior to her current role, she worked at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Arthritis Foundation, and St. Mary’s Hospital. Judy has served as a member of the Childhood Diabetes Database Advisory Committee for the State of Oregon, and she is a member of the Portland Downtown Rotary Club and the Chi Omega Alumni of Portland. Judy has a son, Brian, and two grandchildren; Sierra (17) and Tye (22). She also has two four-legged family members – cats Neptune and Sissy. Judy enjoys being outdoors, theater, wine tours, and mystery novels.

    Judy’s key roles include: Chapter and Board of Directors administration, staffing, co-chair of nominating and board development, major gifts, planned giving, advocacy, Chapter development, and community relations.

  • Melissa Tweet

    Melissa Tweet

    Development Manager

    Bio

    Melissa Tweet

    Development Manager

    Melissa joined the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter as Development Manager in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing, from Vanguard University of Southern California and an Associate of Science degree in Fashion Design from Orange Coast College. Prior to her current role, she worked at Ocean Magazine, the JDRF Orange County Chapter, and OHSU Foundation. She is a member of the ADRP and Junior League of Portland. Melissa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 25, and immediately got involved with her local chapter in Southern California as a member of the Dream Guild and as a mentor. In addition, she participated in clinical trials and served as a panel speaker for a T1D medical conference. Melissa and her husband, Ryan, reside in Beaverton with their Berner, Huxley. Melissa enjoys water sports, traveling, fashion, and spending time with friends and family.

    Melissa is the lead staff member for the JDRF Hope Gala, Bag of Hope, T1D Connections Program, and she manages the Chapter’s web and social media outlets.

  • Susie Rice

    Susie Rice

    Development Manager

    Bio

    Susie Rice

    Development Manager

    Susie is a Development Manager at the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter. She is a Portland native, and she has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 17 years. Prior to her current role, Susie worked in fundraising and development for the American Heart Association, Greater Giving, National Kidney Foundation, World of Speed Motorsports Museum, and the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter. Susie and her husband, Jason, have two children; Charlie (11) and Samantha (7). Susie and her family enjoy fishing and hunting.

    Susie is the lead staff member for the One Walk, TypeOneNation Summit, Ride to Cure Diabetes, outreach support groups, third party fundraisers, and Chapter operational activities.

  • Pam Bogan

    Pam Bogan

    Office Admin Temp

    Bio

    Pam Bogan

    Office Admin Temp

    Pam is the Office Admin Temp at the JDRF Oregon/SW Washington Chapter. She is a graduate of Oregon State University. Prior to her current role, she worked at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System as an Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Surgery, Nike as an Administrative Assistant to CEO, Phil Knight, at the International Chiefs of Surgery Conferences as an Administrative Assistant, and at Target as a Sales Floor Team Member. Pam enjoys hiking, walking, running, traveling, weight training, gardening, and Zumba.

    Pam is the lead staff member for office support, daily operations, purchasing, accounts payable and accounts receivable, and she assists with the Bag of Hope program.

Executive Committee, Board of Directors

  • Gary Haines

    Gary Haines

    President, Board of Directors; Washington Federal

    Bio

    Gary Haines

    President, Board of Directors; Washington Federal

    Gary is the Northern Oregon Regional President of Washington Federal, where he has worked for 15 years. In 2013, he relocated to West Linn from the Seattle area. Prior to Washington Federal, he spent 24 years in the commercial banking industry in Oregon, Washington, and Florida. He is a 2011 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and a 1992 Graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a B.A. in Business Administration and International Finance. Gary and his wife, Kirsten, reside in West Linn with their four children; Alec (17), Gavin (14), Hunter (11), and Olivia (11). His son, Gavin, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at five-years-old. Prior to moving to the Portland area, Gary was an active board member for JDRF’s Seattle Chapter. In his free time, Gary enjoys coaching youth sports, going fishing, and watching his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes and Pittsburgh Steelers. His family participates in JDRF’s One Walk as Team Gavinator, and they have raised over $25,000 over the years. Gary is serving as President and he is working to support Corporate Development.

  • Merrie Kay Alzola, R.Ph.

    Merrie Kay Alzola, R.Ph.

    President-Elect, Board of Directors; Novo Nordisk

    Bio

    Merrie Kay Alzola, R.Ph.

    President-Elect, Board of Directors; Novo Nordisk

    Merrie Kay is a Senior Account Executive at Novo Nordisk. She graduated in 1993 from Washington State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree. Merrie Kay began her career focused on community, practice, and association involvement. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk in 2014, she spent two decades at Fred Meyer Pharmacy in roles that further developed her management, sales, merchandising, and leadership skills. At Novo Nordisk, Merrie Kay’s daily activities include working with health system leadership, employers and payers to advance diabetes initiatives, and to assist in achieving quality metrics in patient care. Merrie Kay resides in Washougal, WA with her husband, Leon. The two own a farm with cows, llamas, chickens, donkeys, cats, and a dog. Merrie Kay enjoys snow skiing, foreign travel, cooking, and a nice bottle of red wine. Merrie Kay is serving as President-Elect.

  • Sheri Burns

    Sheri Burns

    Nominating & Board Development Chair, Board of Directors; Umpqua Bank

    Bio

    Sheri Burns

    Nominating & Board Development Chair, Board of Directors; Umpqua Bank

    Sheri is the EVP of Associate Relations (Human Resources) for Umpqua Bank. In 2014, she relocated to Portland from the Seattle area to assume her role with Umpqua. She previously led the HR organization for Key Bank in the Western United States. Sheri obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and attended Sonoma State University for her Master’s level study in Organization Development. Sheri has three children; Olivia (13) and twins, Evan and Isabelle, (10). Evan was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 3-years-old. Her family has been actively involved in the JDRF Gala since his diagnosis. Sheri spends her free time supporting her children’s extra-curricular activities, and enjoys taking family vacations to sunny locations in the middle of our Northwest winters. Sheri is serving as the Nominating & Board Development Chair.

  • Dan Grierson, CPA

    Dan Grierson, CPA

    Treasurer, Board of Directors; Hoffman Construction Company

    Bio

    Dan Grierson, CPA

    Treasurer, Board of Directors; Hoffman Construction Company

    Dan is the Financial Controller at Hoffman Construction Company, where he has worked for six years. Prior to Hoffman, he was employed at KPMG. Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Management from George Fox University, and he is an active Certified Public Accountant. His younger sister, Kelsey, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was three-years-old, and later, Dan was diagnosed at the age of fourteen. Dan is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys time spent on the river and in the woods. He has been a strong supporter of the JDRF Hope Gala for the past six years, and will be co-chairing the 2018 Gala Procurement Committee. Dan is serving as Treasurer.

  • Gail Wangenheim

    Gail Wangenheim

    Advocacy Team Leader, Board of Directors; NWIBL & Wood Bats for Sale

    Bio

    Gail Wangenheim

    Advocacy Team Leader, Board of Directors; NWIBL & Wood Bats for Sale

    Gail and her husband, Duane, run an adult wood bat baseball league in Portland named Northwest Independent Baseball League (NWIBL), as well as a spinoff business named Wood Bats 4 Sale. The couple has two adult daughters, Michelle Freedman and Pamela Freedman.  They moved to Oregon in 2007 after their granddaughter, Liliana Morrisey, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Gail has been involved with JDRF for eleven years through the Walk program, Children’s Congress, volunteering, and advocacy. We are proud to share that Gail won a National Volunteer Award from JDRF for her hard work in Advocacy. Gail and Duane enjoy the outdoors, traveling, theater, and sports. Gail is serving her sixth year as Advocacy Team Chair.

  • Leon Alzola, R.Ph.

    Leon Alzola, R.Ph.

    Past President, Board of Directors; Fred Meyer Stores

    Bio

    Leon Alzola, R.Ph.

    Past President, Board of Directors; Fred Meyer Stores

    Leon is the Director of Pharmacy at Fred Meyer Stores. He graduated from Washington State University College of Pharmacy.  Leon was the youngest person ever to be appointed to the Washington State Board of Pharmacy. After practicing in home health care and independent pharmacy, Leon changed paths and has spent most of his professional career with Fred Meyer Pharmacy. He was a member of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy where he served on several committees and has also been active on numerous other professional Boards. Leon and his wife, Merrie Kay, live on a small farm in Washougal, Washington where they relish farm life with animals of all kinds. The two enjoy spending time with Leon’s daughter, Briana. Leon completed his term as Board President in 2017.

Board of Directors

  • Katrina Bickley, CPA

    Katrina Bickley, CPA

    Nike, Inc.

    Bio

    Katrina Bickley, CPA

    Nike, Inc.

    Katrina is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for North America Nike Direct Stores. She has worked at Nike for over 7 years in a variety of roles. Prior to Nike, she was employed at KPMG working in audit and attest services. Katrina attended Oregon State University and graduated with degrees in Accounting and Finance. She is a Portland native, and met her husband, Brad, at Oregon State. They enjoy traveling, playing golf, running, and supporting the OSU Beavers. Katrina was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at twenty-five. Since diagnosis, Katrina, her family, and friends have supported JDRF by fundraising and attending events such as the JDRF Hope Gala, Beat the Bridge Race, and Ride to Cure Diabetes. She and her husband are both active in the community, and also serve on the Trillium Family Services Foundation Board raising awareness for mental health. Katrina joined the JDRF Board in 2017.

  • Robin Bousquet

    Robin Bousquet

    Inspire Physical Therapy, Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

    Bio

    Robin Bousquet

    Inspire Physical Therapy, Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

    Robin is a Physical Therapist and the owner of Inspire Physical Therapy, Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Her practice specializes in pediatric sports and orthopedic injuries. In addition, she is a content researcher and developer for Trainer-Rx, a start-up medical software company. Prior to moving to Oregon in 2014, she worked for 12 years as the Senior Physical Therapist at UCSF Benioff Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes in Walnut Creek, California. Robin and her husband, Cedric, have 2 children; Jack (10) and Max (8). Max was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 19-months-old. Since then, their family and friends have supported JDRF through the Gala, Ride for a Cure, and the One Walk. Robin, Cedric, Jack and Max enjoy boating, exploring Oregon, and traveling to France to visit Cedric’s family.

  • Marcie Drury Brown, M.D.

    Marcie Drury Brown, M.D.

    Providence Pediatric Endocrinology

    Bio

    Marcie Drury Brown, M.D.

    Providence Pediatric Endocrinology

    Marcie Drury Brown, MD is Medical Director of the Pediatric Specialty Clinic and a Pediatric Endocrinologist for Providence Health & Services at St. Vincent. She is originally from the Pacific Northwest but has lived in other areas, as well. She went to medical school at Loma Linda University and completed her pediatric residency and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. She then spent 7 years at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC where she was on the Piedmont Triad JDRF Board. She has volunteered at diabetes camp in Oregon or North Carolina every summer since 2005. Marcie joined Providence in 2015, and she is glad to be back in the PNW. Dr. Drury Brown loves her patients with T1D, and she is thrilled to be on the JDRF Board volunteering for such a great organization!

  • Jessica Castle, M.D.

    Jessica Castle, M.D.

    Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU

    Bio

    Jessica Castle, M.D.

    Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU

    Jessica is an Associate Professor and Clinician Scientist at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at OHSU. She is a native Oregonian, and she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biology. She subsequently attended medical school and training, including an endocrinology fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Castle splits her time between treating patients at the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center and conducting clinical research. The focus of her NIH-funded research is using artificial pancreas systems to manage type 1 diabetes. Her research interests also include stable glucagon formulations, ultra-rapid insulin formulations, and glucose sensor technology. She and her husband, Randy, have two young sons, Brandon and Ethan. Her family enjoys spending time hiking and swimming. Dr. Castle is serving her third year as co-chair of the Chapter’s TypeOneNation Summit.

  • Barb Deeming

    Barb Deeming

    VC Fund

    Bio

    Barb Deeming

    VC Fund

    Barb is the Operations Manager and part Owner of a family-held real estate company. She is a native of Portland. Her grandparents founded Alpenrose Dairy in 1916, and it has been family-owned and operated ever since. Barb has two children. Her daughter, Jennifer, lives in Hood River with her husband, John, and their two children; Rosie (7) and Jackson (3). Her son, Eric, lives in Portland with his wife, Melanie, and their two children; Claire (11) and Caleb (8). Barb and her husband, John’s, granddaughter, Claire, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. Following her diagnosis, the family began supporting JDRF as team Claire Bears in the One Walk. Barb and John’s involvement spans across many of our Chapter’s programs – to include the annual Gala. Barb and her husband enjoy kayaking, cycling, camping, and spending as much time as possible with their grandchildren.

  • Gus Farah

    Gus Farah

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Bio

    Gus Farah

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Gus is the Sales Manager in the Corporate Partnerships Department of the Portland Trail Blazers, where he has worked for over 5 years. Prior to his current role, he worked as the General Sales Manager of multiple radio stations, owned by CBS Radio, for 17 years. Gus is a Portland native, and he attended Portland State University. Gus and his wife, Wendy, have a 16-year-old son, Luke. The family loves to travel, fish, hike, and watch Luke play competitive baseball. Gus was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes over 10 years ago, and since diagnosis, he has cultivated a desire to volunteer and help find a solution for future generations. Gus and Wendy have been very active in the community with board positions at the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Center and on multiple youth sports boards in NE Portland. Gus joined the JDRF Board in 2017.

  • Mike Fillion

    Mike Fillion

    ESCO Corporation

    Bio

    Mike Fillion

    ESCO Corporation

  • Nazanin Karimi Hajari

    Nazanin Karimi Hajari

    Chic Living Interiors at Urban ID

    Bio

    Nazanin Karimi Hajari

    Chic Living Interiors at Urban ID

    Nazanin is the Principle Designer and Owner of Chic Living Interiors and a Designer at Urban ID Interior Design. She is a graduate of Portland State University and went on to complete an ultrasound Program at University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Prior to Urban ID Interior Design, she worked at OHSU as a Vascular Ultrasound Tech and created Chic Living Interior Design. Nazanin and her husband, Homayon, have two sons; AJ (21) and Paarsa (19). In 2010, Paarsa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at twelve-years-old. Following his diagnosis, the family has supported JDRF through One Walk and the Gala. Nazanin has been a mentor to T1D families, and she enjoys meeting with the JDRF Coffee Group to aid in coping, helping others, and exchanging information. Her and her family enjoy traveling, hiking, and exploring the beautiful city of Portland.

  • Priscilla Hastedt

    Priscilla Hastedt

    Dexcom, Inc.

    Bio

    Priscilla Hastedt

    Dexcom, Inc.

    Priscilla is part of the Customer Success & Advocacy team at Dexcom, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition. Priscilla began her career in diabetes research at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. Since that time, she has worked in the diabetes field, both clinical research and industry. She and her husband, Eric Pippert, have two daughters; Annie (26) and Elise (23). Although Priscilla’s career has been spent in diabetes, it was still a major life adjustment when their daughter, Annie, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12. Since then, Priscilla and her family have supported JDRF through the One Walk, Ride to Cure Diabetes, and Gala programs. In her free time, Priscilla enjoys being outdoors; whether running, biking, hiking or gardening. Priscilla will be co-chairing the 2018 Gala Procurement Committee.

  • Suzanne Krahmer

    Suzanne Krahmer

    Community Leader

    Bio

    Suzanne Krahmer

    Community Leader

  • Michaela Lynn Lovell

    Michaela Lynn Lovell

    Portland General Electric

    Bio

    Michaela Lynn Lovell

    Portland General Electric

    Michaela is the Director of Customer Contact Operations at Portland General Electric, where she has been employed for 20 years. Prior to that, she worked in outside sales and retail for companies like Dakin, Etcetera, and Sesame Street. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado State University. Michaela and her husband, Bill, have four children; Jack (26), Trenton and Lucas (24), and Kellyn (14). Michaela and her family became involved with JDRF 20 years ago when they walked in honor of her father who has lived with diabetes for 33 years. Their family enjoys traveling, volunteering in the community, outdoor activities, and sports. Michaela is a member of the gala procurement committee.

  • Angela Major, RD, CDE

    Angela Major, RD, CDE

    Insulet Corporation

    Bio

    Angela Major, RD, CDE

    Insulet Corporation

    Angela is a Clinical Services Manager with Insulet Corporation, maker of the OmniPod, where she has been employed since 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a Pediatric Diabetes Educator at Randall Children’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center in Portland, OR. Angie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Florida State University. She has three children, Evie (14), Will (12), and Luke (9). Luke was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 23-months-old, and Evie was diagnosed when she was 9-years-old. Her family supports JDRF through the One Walk. They enjoy hiking, camping, outdoor activities, sports (soccer, baseball, wrestling, yoga, and dance), travel, and board games.

  • Thomas McNamara

    Thomas McNamara

    Viewpoint Construction Software

    Bio

    Thomas McNamara

    Viewpoint Construction Software

    Tom is the Chief Revenue Officer at Viewpoint Construction Software where he oversees global sales force including North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia sales teams. Prior to his current role, he worked for NAVEX Global and the Xerox Company. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University. Him and his wife, Kari, have four children; Jacob, Meg, Kate, and Thomas. Tom and his family enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, watching OSU and West Linn sports, and in particular, spending time together at their beach home in Gearhart, Oregon. Tom is active in his Rolling Hills church, as well as Young Life. He serves as an Executive Member of the local Young Life Chapter Board, as well as a member of the Stewardship Committee at Rolling Hills. He has served in other roles within both organizations with primary focus on fundraising, finances, leadership, and special projects.

  • Dan Occhipinti

    Dan Occhipinti

    Pacific Seafood

    Bio

    Dan Occhipinti

    Pacific Seafood

    Dan is the General Counsel & Director of Government Affairs at Pacific Seafood. Prior to his current role, he worked as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. Dan attended the University of Oregon and went on to attend UC Berkeley’s School of Law. Dan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes during his second year of law school at the age of 22. He began participating in the diabetes advocacy community by participating in studies of new diagnoses with the University of California San Francisco Medical School. Upon returning to Oregon, Dan served on the OHSU Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Center Advisory Board, and chaired the Center’s Get Going Oregon! statewide health and fitness initiative. Dan has been recognized as a “Forty Under 40” winner by Portland Business Journal, a “Rising Star” by Oregon Super Lawyers, and a graduate of the Portland Business Alliance’s Leadership Portland program. He joined the JDRF Oregon Board in 2016.

  • Gregory Smith

    Gregory Smith

    Laurus Wealth Management

    Bio

    Gregory Smith

    Laurus Wealth Management

    Gregory is a Wealth Advisor at Laurus Wealth Management, where he has been employed since 2012. Prior to that, he worked at Wells Fargo Advisors. Gregory holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Arizona. Gregory and his wife, Brianne, have three children; Brecken, Lauer, and Ellery Joy. Gregory was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 15 years old. Him and his family have been strong supporters of the walk since 2009. The family loves exploring the great northwest, having dance parties in their living room, and cheering on the University of Arizona Wildcat football and basketball teams. Gregory is currently serving as the One Walk Event Chair and Advocacy Team Chair for Washington.

  • Peter Stephens, CPA

    Peter Stephens, CPA

    PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Bio

    Peter Stephens, CPA

    PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Peter Stephens is a Tax Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he has been employed since 2008. He is a graduate of The University of Oregon and The University of Southern California. He holds a keen interest in the fight against type 1 diabetes, and is inspired by his grandfather, Dr. Jack Stephens, who specialized in childhood diabetes and who was a Founder of Gales Creek Camp. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and working with a variety of nonprofits.

  • Pikake Unger

    Pikake Unger

    Columbia Bank

    Bio

    Pikake Unger

    Columbia Bank

    Pikake is the Vice President, Branch Manager at Columbia Bank in Salem, where she has been employed since 2013. Prior to that time, she was with KeyBank and JP Morgan Chase. She has been in banking for over 16 years and holds her Life & Health, and 6 & 63 Investment Licenses. Pikake and her husband, Brad, have two children; Maile (8) and Maddie (6). Maile was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 2-years-old. The entire family has supported the JDRF One Walk since 2008 with participants coming from Oregon, Washington and California. Her family enjoys spending time together, having BBQs, visiting family in California, and vacationing in warm destinations.

  • Sevket Yigit, M.D.

    Sevket Yigit, M.D.

    Children’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center at Randall Children’s Hospital

    Bio

    Sevket Yigit, M.D.

    Children’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center at Randall Children’s Hospital

    Dr. Yigit is the Medical Director of the Children’s Diabetes & Endocrine Center at Randall Children’s Hospital. He received his medical degree at Ankara University in Turkey and finished his fellowship training in endocrinology and diabetes at the University of Connecticut. Prior to his current employment, he practiced pediatric endocrinology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for nearly ten years. He is interested in patient and family centered care and creating a medical home model for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Yigit is serving his third year as co-chair of the Chapter’s TypeOneNation Summit.