Staff

Group Health Foundation staff gather for a stand-up meeting.

Staff


  • Brenda Anibarro

    Brenda Anibarro

    Vice President of Learning and Community Engagement

  • Dion Asberry

    Dion Asberry

    Human Resources Director

  • Sewheat Asfaha

    Grants and Data Administrator

  • Carmen Berkely, vice president of programs.

    Carmen Berkley

    Vice President of Programs

  • Mitchell Chen

    Human Resources Manager

  • Kendall Clawson

    Portfolio Director

  • Steven Cole-Schwartz

    Vice President of Programs

  • Angie Corwin

    Administrative Associate

  • DeAna Crosson

    DeAna Crosson

    Staff Accountant

  • Karen Cunningham

    Program Officer

  • Kayla Davis, Program Associate

    Kayla Davis

    Program Associate

  • Fautimah El-Mehrik

    Program Associate

  • Bowei Gao

    Investment Analyst

  • Rosa Gimson

    Board Relations Manager

  • Willa Gubner

    Accounting Manager

  • Jorge Gutierrez

    Program Officer

  • Bárbara Guzmán

    Program Associate

  • Diana Huynh

    Communications Director

  • Tony Johnson

    Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

    Program Officer

  • LiLi Liu

    Program Officer

  • Carmen Loh

    Finance and Administration Director

  • Carmen “Spindiego” Berkley deejaying at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s National Conference. Photo credit: Sam Johnson Photography

    Quinn MacNichol

    Grants Manager

  • Nichole Maher

    Nichole June Maher

    President and CEO

  • Jerry Martinez

    Jerry Martinez

    Program Associate

  • Kiana McKenna

    Program Associate

  • Eduardo (Eddie) Moreno

    Special Assistant to the CEO

  • Muthu Muthiah

    Muthu Muthiah

    Chief Investment Officer

  • Ann Ngo

    Technology and Operations Manager

  • Ruben Pearlta, Program Officer

    Rubén Peralta

    Program Officer

  • Julia Reilly

    Investment Associate

  • Cory Sbarbaro

    Executive Vice President

  • Adelina Solís

    Grants and Data Administrator

  • Jay Thomas, Program Officer

    Jay Thomas

    Program Officer

  • LaHoma Thomas

    Administrative Associate

  • Peng Wang

    Managing Director of Investments

  • Dawn Wilson

    Investment Operations Director

  • Charlotte Zhang

    Charlotte Zhang

    Associate Director of Investments

Brenda Anibarro

Brenda Anibarro

Vice President of Learning and Community Engagement

she/her/hers

Brenda is responsible for shaping and executing the Foundation’s approach to community engagement, learning, research, and programmatic evaluation in support of our values and aspirations. She aims to ensure the experiences of communities most impacted by inequities are central to the Foundation’s learning, guiding how we meaningfully support community-led efforts.

Previously, Brenda served as deputy director and policy manager at the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. She feels fortunate to have incredible mentors throughout her life, from her mother who raised four kids on a steady diet of liberation theology, service, and love, to community elders who lead with the value of “nothing for us, without us.”

Brenda earned her bachelor’s at Western Washington University and master’s at the London School of Economics. She lives with her partner and two kiddos in West Seattle.

Dion Asberry

Dion Asberry

Human Resources Director

he/him/his

Dion oversees recruitment and develops organization-wide programs to support employee success and a positive team culture. Dion has spent the last 15 years as a human resources professional, partnering with other leaders to develop and execute successful recruiting strategies and employee engagement programs, as well as to establish new business functions. He has worked with Neighborcare Health, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, Amazon, Group Health Cooperative, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Alaska Airlines. As a person of color with his own health story, Dion recognizes the impacts of racial injustices, and is eager to be part of an organization looking to make extraordinary changes that improve health equity across the state.

Dion also serves on the clergy at Freedom Church of Seattle, where he’s involved with the Youth Violence Prevention Network, a daily love and peace campaign that engages young people in preventing violence of any form, as well as with the 100 Man Army, which brings together males of all ages for worship and community service. In addition, Dion enjoys spending time with his extended family, exploring new restaurants, and cooking (Food Network is his source of inspiration). He attended Warner Pacific College.

Sewheat Asfaha

Grants and Data Administrator

she/her/they

As a grants and data administrator, Sewheat Asfaha supports all aspects of grants processing, from applications to grant award disbursements. Her role in managing the grants database and collecting information plays a key part in the Foundation’s ability to evaluate how its goals are being achieved. Most recently, Sewheat was a grants database manager for the Social Justice Fund NW, where she gained experience improving accessibility for grantees. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator at College Access Now.

Volunteering in her community has always been important to Sewheat, who has been involved at various nonprofit organizations, like YouthCare and the ACLU of Washington. In her free time, Sewheat loves making art, roller skating (particularly jam skating), and listening to podcasts. She also enjoys gardening, and hopes to become involved with community farming. Sewheat holds a bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies from Bowdoin College.

Carmen Berkely, vice president of programs.

Carmen Berkley

Vice President of Programs

she/her/hers

As a vice president on our programs team, Carmen Berkley works in creative partnership with Foundation staff, allied funders, grant recipients, and community leaders throughout Washington. Her role includes developing and leading grantmaking portfolios and ensuring each program area advances the Foundation’s aspirations as a systems-focused and equity-rooted grantmaker.

Carmen has more than 15 years of experience in advocacy, political strategy, grantmaking, movement building, organizational development, communications, and cultural expression. She previously held leadership positions with the AFL-CIO, United States Student Association, and NAACP. As managing director for Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Carmen oversaw a $50 million grants, sponsorships, and advocacy portfolio and led a 50-person team. Most recently, Carmen was chief strategy officer with Dancing Hearts Consulting, a nationally renowned Black-women-led social and political impact firm serving foundations explicitly focused on ending inequality in all of its forms.

A founder of BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), Carmen has deep experience as an activist and an organizer. She sits on several boards, including the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Advocates for Youth, re:power, and the Sephora Equity Board. Carmen studied communications and rhetorical process, as well as political science and Africana studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of work, she deejays under the moniker, CarmenSpindiego, and has played in a wide variety of venues, from basement clubs to U.S. presidential forums. She enjoys concerts and travel with her husband and family.

Mitchell Chen

Human Resources Manager

he/him/his

As part of the human resources team, Mitchell implements the Foundation’s talent strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future staffing needs, recruitment, retention, and succession planning. He also analyzes trends in compensation and benefits, and supports the implementation of compensation policy and programs.

Mitchell was most recently an operations associate supporting our executive vice president. Before coming to the Foundation, he served as the advancement and communications officer for the University of Washington (UW) Department of Biology, where he managed policies and procedures for a robust portfolio of endowments, advancement projects, and donor stewardship events. Previously, Mitchell worked with Solid Ground and with Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) to advance affordable housing and voter engagement initiatives.

Mitchell earned an MPA from the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, as well as a BS in microbiology and biochemistry from the UW. In his free time, Mitchell enjoys exploring Seattle’s vibrant food scene with friends.

Kendall Clawson

Portfolio Director

she/her/hers

Kendall Clawson implements the Foundation’s leadership cultivation and development strategies, which includes building an ecosystem of connected organizations working for equity and justice. She was most recently the president and chief executive officer of Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington and previously served as the executive director of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon.

As deputy chief of staff for community engagement under Oregon’s Office of the Governor, Kendall oversaw the recruitment of 3,000-plus members of state boards and commissions. Membership for people of color quadrupled to 25 percent and for women doubled to 53 percent by the end of her eight-year tenure.

Kendall holds more than 32 years of nonprofit management and public service experience and her work is rooted in cross-sector collaboration, organizational development, community building, equitable practices, and leadership development. She is deeply involved with several community organizations and boards and serves as an elder care advocate. Kendall loves tennis, travel, art, and is known to talk to every dog she meets.

Steven Cole-Schwartz

Vice President of Programs

he/him/his

As a vice president, Steven is responsible for the vision, development, and implementation of a range of grantmaking, leadership, and power-building strategies to advance health equity in Washington and beyond. Steven has been nationally recognized for moving philanthropy toward greater investment in people and communities. He is particularly committed to supporting community leaders in becoming increasingly influential advocates and changemakers. Most recently, he served as the executive director of The Partnership Funds, a collaborative dedicated to winning anti-racist independent political power in states across the country. Steven was also the founder of his own consulting firm, a senior leader at the Tides Foundation, and an early staff member at Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.

Steven serves on the board of the Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation, for whom he was previously co-chair. He is on the governing board of the Alliance for Youth Organizing, and was a founding board member of the Ohio Transformation Fund, among other grantmaking collaborations. Steven, his husband, and their dog are delighted to explore Washington State, following more than 15 years in the District of Columbia, where they were proud Washingtonians of a different type. Steven studied theology and philosophy at Creighton University.

Angie Corwin

Administrative Associate

she/her

Angie is an administrative associate supporting the investment team at the Foundation. She’s responsible for providing overall administrative and database support while coordinating with external partners. Angie brings with her years of operations and administrative support at Seattle-area technology start-ups like Redfin. A big believer in the power of volunteering and being in the community, she’s served at organizations like Legal Voice since 2013. 

Angie loves to bake—particularly French desserts. And when she’s not taking her beloved dog Maddie on a hike, she’s likely playing the accordion. 

DeAna Crosson

DeAna Crosson

Staff Accountant

she/her/hers

DeAna joined Group Health Foundation with more than 17 years of accounting experience. As staff accountant, she ensures the accuracy and timeliness of accounting entries and monitors compliance with the Foundation’s policies, protocols, and workflows. Most recently, DeAna was an accounts payable specialist at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She also worked for several companies, including Live Nation, International Paper, and Smith Fire Systems.

She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in applied management at Tacoma Community College and holds an associate degree in accounting from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. DeAna and her family call Steilacoom in Pierce County home. In addition to “accountant,” DeAna also describes herself as an actor and singer. She shares a love for musical theater with her family and hopes to perform in a production with them one day.

Karen Cunningham

Program Officer

she/her/hers

As a program officer, Karen develops and nurtures relationships with community members and organizations around the Tri-Cities region, connecting those doing important work in their communities to the Foundation’s resources. She arrives to the organization by way of the Yakama Nation, of which she’s an enrolled member and previously served as economic development director. In her role, she helped reinstate transit services to the reservation and developed business opportunities that preserved history, reinforced cultural values, and improved overall quality of life.

An avid maker, Karen crochets, does beadwork, and sews. She’s grateful most of all for the continued support and love of her husband and two daughters.

Kayla Davis, Program Associate

Kayla Davis

Program Associate

she/her/hers

In her role as a program associate, Kayla ensures that the grants team functions efficiently and effectively as the Foundation supports community-based, equity-focused organizations throughout Washington State. She provides administrative support, relationship management, research, and team-wide coordination. Kayla was most recently a program associate for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and, before that, the youth program director for the Center for Community Impact at YMCA Pierce and Kitsap Counties.

Kayla is deeply connected to her community in Tacoma. During non-work hours, she spends time volunteering, helping community members problem solve, or taking road trips around Washington State. Kayla earned a BA in psychology from Central Washington University, and is the founder of a mentoring program for girls ages 11 to 17 called Purple Roses.

Fautimah El-Mehrik

Program Associate

she/her/hers

Fautimah supports the grants team as they work to engage with and learn from communities across the state and deliver on the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies. She also provides executive-level administrative and project support to the vice president of programs.

Fautimah earned a BA in sociology with a minor in diversity studies from the University of Washington, where she graduated in 2019. In addition to her studies, Fautimah’s experiences as a biracial woman have led her on a path to equity and social justice work. In her free time, Fautimah loves taking film pictures of her family and friends, listening to music and, most importantly, spending time with her cat Pierre.

Bowei Gao

Investment Analyst

he/him/his

As part of the three-year rotational analyst program, Bowei conducts manager screening and research, builds relationships with institutional investors, and analyzes portfolio-level data. Previously, Bowei served as a private asset analyst for LP Analyst, where he analyzed private markets and advised university endowments and foundations. Bowei has a master of finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a minor in economics, from Georgetown University.

In his free time, Bowei enjoys exploring nature, playing basketball and golf, and trying out new restaurants.

Rosa Gimson

Board Relations Manager

she/her/hers

Rosa is responsible for advancing the work of Group Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. She works closely with the president’s office and Foundation staff to ensure we fulfill our governance responsibilities and help move our strategic planning forward. She is committed to working with the board to center community and the Foundation’s equity agreements. Previously, Rosa was a program associate for the Foundation’s learning and evaluation team. Before Group Health Foundation, Rosa worked at the REACH Project of Evergreen Treatment Services with people experiencing homelessness, substance use, and mental health conditions in the Seattle area. Rosa was raised in a biracial and multicultural family, who taught her the importance of not only listening to—but also believing and honoring people’s stories.

Rosa serves on the board of  Onyx Fine Arts Collective. She earned an MPA from the Evans School at the University of Washington and a BA in anthropology from Linfield College. In her free time, Rosa enjoys getting outside as much as possible, quilting, and finding ways to satisfy her massive sweet tooth.

Willa Gubner

Accounting Manager

she/her/hers

Willa is our accounting manager, overseeing the day-to-day financial activities and working with the finance and administration director to design procedures that best serve the needs of staff and community partners. Willa has dedicated her professional career working with nonprofit organizations, previously working as accounting manager for Tides Center in San Francisco and for Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland.

Willa earned her BA in accounting from Portland State University, and is a licensed certified public accountant in Washington. Outside of work, Willa loves reading, playing board games, and hiking throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Jorge Gutierrez

Program Officer

he/him/his

As a program officer, Jorge cultivates relationships with communities across Washington State to advance the Foundation’s grantmaking and program strategies. Most recently, Jorge served as the executive director of the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council in Oregon, where he helped grow the organization from the ground up to become a state leader in the empowerment of the Latino community. While there, he established La Voz de la Comunidad (The Voice of the Community) to create a platform for community members to engage civically and influence policy. Previously, Jorge worked in the entertainment industry and as a paralegal, before he discovered his life passion for community power-building.

Jorge earned his BA in political science from Bowdoin College. Outside of work, Jorge and his partner like to travel, spend time with their Shiba Inu dog, and watch horror and classic movies. Jorge also enjoys reading history books, in part because understanding the past can help with understanding the present.

Bárbara Guzmán

Program Associate

she/her/ella

As part of the learning and community engagement team, Bárbara (Baar-bha-rah) brings expertise and knowledge of north central Washington communities to the Foundation. She provides administrative and project support for the Foundation’s learning, community engagement, and evaluation activities. Bárbara has more of a decade of experience serving immigrant and low-income students and families. She spent the last four years with the North Central Educational Service District, training school staff and parents as well as reviewing migrant education programs in multiple school districts. Prior to that, she helped build the Latino/a Education Achievement Project (LEAP), a program for academic achievement and leadership development for Latino students in Washington.

Bárbara earned a bachelor’s degree and an MPA from the University of Washington. She loves enjoying the beauty of her region, traveling, and eating delicious food—particularly her mom’s.

Diana Huynh

Communications Director

she/her/hers

Diana leads the development and execution of communications strategies to advance community aspirations for health equity across Washington. Most recently, Diana served as a director for the Community Center for Education Results, where she oversaw communications for the Road Map Project initiative in South King County. She worked in collaboration with educational institutions, community-based organizations, state and local government, and students and families to advocate for racial equity in seven school districts. Along with being an experienced journalist, Diana previously worked with the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. and with Asian Americans for Equality in New York.

Diana remains committed to educational equity work, serving as a member of the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition and as a director on the League of Education Voters’ C4 board. She is also involved with PIVOT, an organization for progressive Vietnamese Americans. Diana earned her MPA from New York University and a BA in journalism at Temple University. She hopes to become a skilled noodle and pasta maker one day, but until then, will continue to collect cookbooks on the subject.

Tony Johnson

Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

Program Officer

he/him/his

As a program officer, Tony (naschio) builds relationships with communities and grantees across Washington State and helps shape grantmaking and program strategies to improve health equity. He has spent his career promoting cultural and community health, including serving as director of the Education and Heritage Department for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, chair of the Northwest Indian Language Institute Advisory Board at the University of Oregon, and cultural education coordinator and language specialist with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Born and raised in Southwest Washington, Tony is a member of the Chinook Indian Nation and chairman of the Tribal Council, as well as chairman of the Cultural Committee. He brings deep, multi-generational connections with tribal and non-tribal communities throughout the state and a personal understanding of the socioeconomic injustices present in many rural communities.

Tony is also an artist, carver, and designer. His most recent project—a large-scale installation reflecting the arrival of a Chinookan canoe carrying cultural heroes from the Columbia River—is displayed on the entry plaza, greeting visitors to the Burke Museum. He and his family live above the Willapa River, where they feel inspired by the natural beauty around them and compelled by the lifeways of their ancestors. Tony studied silversmithing and American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and earned a BFA with a minor in anthropology at Central Washington University. He is also a licensed American Indian language teacher specific to the Chinuk Wawa language that he learned from his elders.

LiLi Liu

Program Officer

she/her/hers

LiLi works to advance Group Health Foundation’s grantmaking and program strategies by building relationships with communities and grantees across Washington State. LiLi is a seasoned grantmaker, having worked 11 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation developing strategies and managing programs to promote equitable outcomes for families and communities across Washington. Prior to that, she served as the local learning partnership manager for Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Making Connections Initiative” in White Center, and as a grants specialist and evaluation coordinator at the City of Seattle Human Services Department. LiLi started her career as an AmeriCorps communications coordinator in Seattle’s International District and a Peace Corps community health educator in Fiji.

As a first generation Taiwanese-American who grew up in Seattle, LiLi understands the power of community organizing to elevate the voices of communities of color. She earned her MPH from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BS from the University of Washington. Outside of work, LiLi enjoys gardening, reading, and traveling the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Carmen Loh

Finance and Administration Director

she/her/hers

Carmen serves as the finance and administration director, and is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the Foundation’s systems, internal controls, and procedures. Early on in her career, Carmen was inspired by mission-driven organizations working with communities that had been marginalized. She strives to make the Foundation’s grantmaking process streamlined and convenient so organizations can focus on programmatic efforts. Prior to the Foundation, she worked at various nonprofits in Washington and California.

A first-generation college graduate, Carmen earned a BA in business management and economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She serves on the board of Southeast Seattle Education Coalition, which seeks to improve education for students furthest from opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in her community of Beacon Hill in Seattle and rediscovering life marvels with her seven-year-old son, Mateo.

Carmen “Spindiego” Berkley deejaying at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s National Conference. Photo credit: Sam Johnson Photography

Quinn MacNichol

Grants Manager

they/them/theirs

Quinn is the foundation’s grants manager. They are responsible for administration and management of the foundation’s grantmaking processes, including everything from optimizing internal databases to building and prioritizing accessibility and functionality for grantees. Prior to this role, they worked as a grants specialist for Regional Arts & Culture Council, helping artists and arts organizations based in Portland metro area connect to grants and resources.

Born and raised in Portland, Quinn earned a BA in theater and politics from Whitman College. They enjoy baking, craft projects, and exploring the arts and culture in new places.

Nichole Maher

Nichole June Maher

President and CEO

she/her/they

Nichole June Maher became Group Health Foundation’s inaugural president and CEO in October 2018, after six years at Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF). In her first year, Nichole and Group Health Foundation staff visited all of Washington’s 39 counties multiple times. Under Nichole’s guidance, the Foundation used the learnings from community visits to build our early-stage infrastructure—from articulating how we approach critical areas of work, to designing equity-centered grantmaking programs, and creating a values-driven investment office. The Foundation also began significant grantmaking under Nichole’s leadership, committing $18.5 million in 2019 and more than $55 million in 2020.

Before joining Group Health Foundation, Nichole led NWHF to become a national forerunner in equity and a champion of supporting community vision for health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Prior to that, Nichole served as the executive director of the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), an Oregon- and Southwest Washington-serving organization widely recognized as having one of the most effective and innovative wraparound family service models for Native Americans in the United States. During those eleven years at NAYA, Nichole’s most satisfying and impactful accomplishment was co-founding the Coalition of Communities of Color, a powerful advocacy group in the Northwest region.

Nichole has served on a number of governing boards, including Grantmakers in Health, Philanthropy Northwest, National Urban Indian Family Coalition, and Northwest Indian College Foundation. She holds an MPH from the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She also completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School and the Robert Wood Johnson Minority Medical Education program at Yale Medical School. Nichole is proud of her Alaskan heritage and all of the lessons she learned growing up in rural communities in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. She is the mother of three young children and is a resident of Kitsap County, living as a guest on the land of the Suquamish people.

Jerry Martinez

Jerry Martinez

Program Associate

he/him/his

Jerry Martinez is a program associate on the grantmaking team based in Pasco. In addition to providing project and administrative support, he helps manage relationships and expand the Foundation’s reach in communities historically underfunded and overlooked by philanthropy. Jerry brings his experience as an emergency relief organizer for the United Farm Workers Foundation in Eastern Washington, as well as stints in the business sector through an internship with Boeing and an analyst role with Cougar Investment Fund.

A recent graduate from Washington State University, Jerry studied business administration and finance, and was the co-director of diversity and inclusion for the Associated Students of Washington State University. He serves as a member of the Kennewick School District’s equity team. Born and raised in the Tri-Cities, Jerry still dreams of growing up to be a professional soccer player and, until then, roots for Club América.

Kiana McKenna

Program Associate

she/her/hers

Kiana McKenna helps build relationships with communities and drive key learnings for the organization as part of the learning and community engagement team. In addition to identifying opportunities for values-driven engagement, she provides administrative and project support to the Foundation’s community outreach, learning, and evaluation efforts. A graduate of Gonzaga University, Kiana most recently worked at Empire Health Foundation in Spokane as a program coordinator and communications associate, helping to establish collaborative partner relationships, and ensure values alignment and the use of intentional language across communications.

Born and raised in Spokane, Kiana maintains her deep roots in community as an advisory committee member of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) Spokane, participating in the Spokane Coalition of Color, and serving as a board member of the local YWCA chapter. She is also a community organizer with Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in eastern Washington. When she’s not working, you can find her in community, with her family, which includes her two-year-old rescue pup or outdoors, no matter the weather.

Eduardo (Eddie) Moreno

Special Assistant to the CEO

he/him/his

Eddie manages the president and CEO’s daily workflow, cultivates relationships, and provides support for a range of initiatives on behalf of the president’s office. Most recently, Eddie served as a community engagement officer for Northwest Health Foundation in Portland, Oregon, where he co-designed and implemented community-driven and school-based strategies to improve health across the state. Previously, Eddie worked in nonprofit education supporting families and youth facing barriers to opportunity to grow their leadership and social skills and improve their academic achievement.

Eddie is a dedicated community volunteer, having served on the Nonprofit Association of Oregon board of directors, Stand for Children Oregon’s “Beat the Odds” scholarship committee, and other culturally specific and LGBTQ-focused organizations. Eddie is fluent in Spanish, and earned his BA in Spanish with an emphasis in communication studies from the University of Portland. Outside of work, Eddie enjoys taking weekend trips with his partner (and Floyd the dog) and exploring new corners of the great Northwest. He also appreciates spending time with family and friends.

Muthu Muthiah

Muthu Muthiah

Chief Investment Officer

he/him/his

Muthu oversees the strategic and sustainable growth of Group Health Foundation’s investments—stewarding our financial assets to create returns that advance our mission. Muthu is a seasoned asset management professional, with experience investing globally across various asset classes, including private equity, venture capital, real estate, real assets, and both public and private investments in emerging economies. He has led investment teams and strategies at Emory Investment Management, Covariance Capital Management, the University of Richmond, the State Board of Administration of Florida, and RSM Equico.

Outside of work, Muthu reads a lot of nonfiction books, stays active by bicycling or jogging, and enjoys watching Tamil movies. He also likes to travel, including visiting his family and community in India. Muthu holds a BHM from Mangalore University and an MBA from Rollins College.

Ann Ngo

Technology and Operations Manager

she/her/hers

Ann manages the Foundation’s technology platforms and programs and leads related projects in coordination with department leads, contractors, and consultants. Her role also includes providing staff trainings, resources and tools, and keeping abreast of cybersecurity policies, protocols and guidelines.

Growing up the daughter of refugees and in a multicultural immigrant community in Everett, Ann has witnessed firsthand how the health of individuals is deeply impacted by the community structures surrounding them. She has held on to these experiences as she pursued an undergraduate and graduate degree in public health. In her professional career, Ann has been compelled to work at nonprofit organizations that center communities in their work and service.

Most of Ann’s time outside of work is centered around food. Whether exploring neighborhood restaurants or sharing home-cooked meals with friends and family, she loves how food brings people together and teaches us about cultural history.

Ruben Pearlta, Program Officer

Rubén Peralta

Program Officer

he/him/his

As a program officer, Rubén Peralta builds relationships with grantees and collaborates with Foundation colleagues to develop, recommend, implement, and evaluate grants and programs. Most recently, he was the community and tribal engagement specialist for the Greater Columbia Accountable Community of Health, which serves nine counties in southern and southeast Washington. While there, he worked with communities to identify structural barriers to health and well-being to allocate grants. Rubén began his career with the Pasco School District, where he was also once a student. He was a bilingual educator and then later served as dean of students and a school board member.

Rubén lives in Pasco, where he is raising three children: Diego, an excellent saxophone player; Camila, a future kindergarten teacher; and Valentina, an aspiring immigration lawyer. He attended Columbia Basin College and earned a degree in social studies and a secondary teaching certificate from Washington State University. Rubén enjoys family gatherings, watching sports, and camping at nearby state parks. One of his favorite hobbies is tinkering with his car.

Julia Reilly

Investment Associate

she/her/hers

As an investment associate, Julia Reilly is helping build Group Health Foundation’s investment portfolio and operational infrastructure from the ground up. She is responsible for supporting the sourcing, due diligence, and monitoring of the Foundation’s investments in both public and private markets. Most recently, Julia worked on the investment team at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., helping manage a $1.8 billion endowment for the world’s largest network of museums, education, and research institutions, which include 19 museums and the National Zoo.

After graduating from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Julia worked as an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Julia grew up in Renton, went to high school in Covington, and is grateful to be back in Washington and closer to family. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, reading nonfiction, and travelling internationally.

Cory Sbarbaro

Executive Vice President

he/him/they

Cory has been with the Foundation since its inception, serving as the acting president and CEO during the Foundation’s inaugural two years. In that capacity, he led the establishment of the Foundation’s core operations and infrastructure, and managed the formation and development of the board. Cory now serves as the executive vice president—overseeing operations, finance, human resources, communications, technology, and organizational development, while providing counsel and support on governance and long-term strategy. Prior to his current role, Cory spent 16 years as a leadership and organizational change consultant for nonprofit organizations and coalitions in the Pacific Northwest. In that capacity, he served as an interim CEO for nine organizations, provided counsel to more than 100 boards of directors, and guided dozens of organizations through complex organizational transitions.

Cory is also passionate about cultivating and supporting nonprofit leaders. Through a partnership of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy and Cascade Executive Programs at the University of Washington (UW), Cory co-created the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute—an intensive, six-day learning experience for senior-level nonprofit professionals in the Pacific Northwest. He served as the faculty lead for the program from its inception in 2007 through 2019. Cory also served for 12 years as the lead instructor for the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program offered through UW Professional & Continuing Education. In 2009, he received a UW Teaching Excellence Award. Cory is a graduate of the UW Evans School of Public Affairs, where he earned an MPA with a focus on leadership, organizational development, and financial management.

Adelina Solís

Grants and Data Administrator

she/her/hers

Adelina Solís joins Group Health Foundation’s growing team as a grants and data administrator, a role in which she assists with grants and data management, beginning with proposal submissions and continuing throughout the grantmaking process.

Most recently, Adelina worked first as a program associate then as the grantee network manager for the Washington New Americans program at OneAmerica, a Seattle-based nonprofit. She carried out the entirety of the grantmaking operations, including reviewing grant proposals, executing new contracts, and reporting.

Adelina attended Scripps College in California where she earned a degree in linguistics. After graduating, she lived and worked in Vietnam for a year as a Fulbright Scholar. She fills her personal time with a wide variety of hobbies, including cooking and baking, crochet and knitting, spending time outdoors, and reading.

Jay Thomas, Program Officer

Jay Thomas

Program Officer

he/him/his

Jay fosters and maintains relationships with communities and grantees in the southern Puget Sound region in order to advance Group Health Foundation’s grantmaking and advocacy strategies. A 25-year veteran of the Pierce County nonprofit ecosystem, he has worked every position from front-desk receptionist to board member. Most recently, Jay served as executive director of the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation, building, supporting, and mobilizing the community to address issues like hunger, healthcare access, and student success. Prior to that, he served on the executive leadership teams for Peace Community Center, Associated Ministries, United Way of Pierce County, Bates Technical College, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Jay has earned a earned a master’s in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University after earning a bachelor’s in social work from the University of Washington.

Jay is also a musician and has been playing the piano since age six. In addition to producing music for artists across a range of genres, Jay has produced two of his own instrumental jazz albums. He is a part-time financial coach and loves to travel, solve Sudoku puzzles, and watch sitcoms with his family. Jay lives with his wife of 26 years, and they’ve raised their two daughters in the town of Frederickson.

LaHoma Thomas

Administrative Associate

she/her/hers

LaHoma Thomas joins Group Health Foundation as an administrative associate, a role in which she oversees the daily functioning of the Foundation’s Seattle office and assists with project and vendor management. Most recently, LaHoma worked as a compliance and corporate insurance analyst for Milliman. During her tenure, she created the company’s Insider Trading Guidance document, implemented the HR anti-harassment and non-retaliation training, and set up a companywide whistleblower hotline. LaHoma’s goals for each system or process were to prioritize the people who would use it and make it accessible and valuable to them.

She received her degree in Paralegal from Louisiana State University, a certificate in advanced financial accounting from AIB College of Business and is a licensed financial advisor and insurance producer in Washington. In her personal time, LaHoma is the music department coordinator at her church, New Day Christ Church in Renton, where she also sits on the board of directors.

Peng Wang

Managing Director of Investments

he/him/his

Peng is responsible for manager selection, asset allocation, portfolio construction, and risk management of the Foundation’s assets. He previously was the head of portfolio research for TIAA Endowments, a risk manager at the $7.5 billion University of Virginia Investment Management Company, and an analyst at Georgetown University’s $1.2 billion investment office. Peng has extensive expertise in asset allocation and risk management with several publications in top-tier journals, including the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Private Equity, Journal of Wealth Management, and Financial Analyst Journal, where he was awarded the Graham & Dodd Award of Excellence – Reader’s Choice for one of his publications. He was also listed as one of Chief Investment Officer’s “Forty Under Forty” in 2015.

Peng earned an MS in physics with a concentration in computer modeling and simulations from Georgetown University, and a BS in physics and economics from Peking University (Beijing University) in Beijing, China. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. In his free time, Peng likes hiking, fishing, and hunting. He is an avid photographer, with his pictures published in Lonely Planet travel guides. Peng also enjoys spending time with his spouse and young daughter.

Dawn Wilson

Investment Operations Director

she/her/hers

Dawn oversees a range of compliance, monitoring, analysis, and reporting functions for Group Health Foundation’s investment portfolio.  She holds extensive knowledge of investment operations and alternative investments.

Dawn spent two decades working for university endowments.  She was at the University of Virginia (UVA) as an accountant on the investment team and then later served as manager of investment operations and then director of investment operations. Dawn supervised all aspects of investment accounting, shareholder accounting, operations of investment pools, investment performance and compliance reporting, and safeguarding of assets. UVA formed a separate foundation, the University of Virginia Investment Management Company (UVIMCO), to manage the long-term assets of the university and university-related foundations.  Dawn was part of the team during the transition.  During her 17-year tenure at the university and UVIMCO, assets under management grew from $1.7 billion to more than $8 billion.

Most recently, Dawn was the senior director for investment administration at Emory University and worked as an independent consultant advising nonprofit institutions on investment operations. She lives in a multigenerational household with her parents, husband, and adult son. In addition to being among with loved ones, she enjoys spending time outside gardening and inside sewing.

Charlotte Zhang

Charlotte Zhang

Associate Director of Investments

she/her/hers

As the associate director of investments, Charlotte oversees the selection of external investment managers, conducts portfolio research, and helps to institutionalize processes, tools, and resources. Experienced in impact investing, she previously served as a senior associate at ICONIQ Capital and, before that, Medley Partners. Investing on behalf of foundations affiliated with family offices, her investments supported a variety of nonprofit work, from early childhood education to autism research. Charlotte was a founding partner of Seed Consulting Group, a California-based nonprofit that provides pro bono strategy consulting to environmental and public health organizations, and serves as a member of the West Coast Steering Committee of the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity.

Charlotte earned a BS with honors in business administration from the University of California, Berkley. When not working, you can find her globetrotting (18 countries and counting), writing a Yelp review about the best bite in town, or a mixture of the two.

Our multifaceted identities and experiences inform and strengthen our work as a foundation. Learn more about how we identify.

To learn more about our board of directors, visit our Board page.

For information about job opportunities at the Foundation, visit our Join Our Team page.