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  • Brenda Anibarro

    Brenda Anibarro

    Gerente de Aprendizaje y Comunidad

  • Dion Asberry

    Dion Asberry

    Director de Recursos Humanos

  • Steven Cole-Schwartz

    Director de Portafolios, Apoyo y Liderazgo

  • Rosa Gimson

    Rosa Gimson

    Coordinadora del Programa

  • Willa Gubner

    Willa Gubner

    Gerente de Contabilidad

  • Jorge Gutierrez

    Responsable de Programa

  • Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

    Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

    Responsable de Programa

  • EJ Juarez

    EJ Juárez

    Gerente de Políticas Públicas

  • Kate Kim

    Kate Kim

    Asistente Ejecutiva de la CEO y la Junta Directiva

  • LiLi Liu

    Responsable de Programa

  • Carmen Loh

    Carmen Loh

    Directora de Finanzas y Administración

  • Nichole Maher

    Nichole June Maher

    Presidente y CEO

  • Muthu Muthiah

    Muthu Muthiah

    Director General de Inversiones

  • Ann Ngo

    Ann Ngo

    Coordinadora de Operaciones y Tecnología

  • Cory Sbarbaro

    Cory Sbarbaro

    Vicepresidente Ejecutivo

  • Peng Wang

    Gerente de Inversiones

Brenda Anibarro

Brenda Anibarro

Gerente de Aprendizaje y Comunidad

As the learning and engagement manager, Brenda supports building relationships with communities across Washington that are impacted by health inequities. She aims to ensure their lived experiences are central to the Foundation’s learning and shape how the Foundation meaningfully supports 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 BA at Western Washington University and MSc at the London School of Economics. Her greatest learning, however, has and continues to come from being the mother of two little ones.

“I believe in the deep power of communities to transform our institutions to do right by people.”
Dion Asberry

Dion Asberry

Director de Recursos Humanos

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.

“I believe we all have something to contribute, and like to inspire that potential in others.”

Steven Cole-Schwartz

Director de Portafolios, Apoyo y Liderazgo

As portfolio director, Steven is responsible for developing and implementing an ambitious grantmaking, leadership, and power-building strategy to advance health equity in Washington. Steven is recognized for moving philanthropy toward greater investment in people and communities and supporting community leaders to become increasingly influential advocates and drivers of change. Most recently, he served as the executive director of The Partnership Funds, a funding collaborative dedicated to winning greater democracy and equity—from New Mexico to Minnesota to Virginia and beyond. As 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 has earned a reputation as an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader.

Steven is co-chair of the Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation and serves on the board of the Alliance for Youth Organizing. He loves to travel for work and for fun—around the state, country, and globe. Steven, his husband, and their dog are especially excited to explore Washington State after their move from Washington, D.C. Steven studied theology and philosophy at Creighton University.

“Building power means supporting leaders: ladders up to greater influence and lattices across communities for greater impact.”
Rosa Gimson

Rosa Gimson

Coordinadora del Programa

Rosa serves as a program associate, where her primary responsibilities are collaborating with the team to develop and implement plans for engaging communities and creating the Foundation’s long-term strategy for realizing the community’s collective vision. Previously, she worked as a community engagement coordinator at REACH and as a development assistant at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. Rosa’s experiences as an immigrant and multi-racial woman have developed her empathy for being an outsider and drawn her to social justice work.

Rosa 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 practicing mediation and connecting with the Buddhist community through classes. She also tries to get outside as much as possible—running, hiking, or playing volleyball (her favorite sport).

“I’m passionate about rooting solutions in justice and collaboration to address our biggest societal challenges.”
Willa Gubner

Willa Gubner

Gerente de Contabilidad

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. Previously, she worked as an accounting manager for Tides in San Francisco and for Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. Willa feels a strong sense of purpose to apply her professional skills to improve health equity in her home state of Washington, where she grew up in Alger—a small woodland community south of Bellingham.

Willa earned her BA in accounting from Portland State University, and is a licensed certified public accountant in Oregon and Washington. She serves as board treasurer for Whole Dog Academy, a nonprofit career school in Portland whose mission is to improve canine-human relationships and promote holistic training methodologies. Outside of work, Willa loves crafting, baking, and hiking through the damp, green Pacific Northwest.

“I’m eager to learn about communities across our state and create a more equitable, enriching existence for all.”

Jorge Gutierrez

Responsable de Programa

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.

“I see a lot of my own story in the families with whom we work and in the systems we’re trying to change.”
Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

Tony A. (naschio) Johnson

Responsable de Programa

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—will be displayed on the entry plaza of the newly-renovated 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.

“I believe cultural health is essential to community health.”
EJ Juarez

EJ Juárez

Gerente de Políticas Públicas

EJ is responsible for advancing the Foundation’s public policy agenda to improve health equity in Washington. EJ has spent the past decade as an electoral organizer and strategist, trainer, and seasoned policy analyst with deep roots across the Northwest. He has worked with Progressive Majority to help elect progressive candidates, Win/Win Network to increase people of color’s representation in government decision-making, and Amplify to increase ethnic representation in local governance structures. He’s also worked to build innovative partnerships and address inequities through his roles at the Seattle Public Library and Solid Ground.

EJ currently serves on the boards of the Washington Low-income Housing Action Fund, LATINO-PAC, University of Washington-Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and City of Seattle Democracy Voucher Advisory Committee. He has an MA from the University of Washington and a BA from Saint Martin’s University, where he is a distinguished alumnus. Outside of work, EJ loves reading, attending live music shows, and spending time in Central Washington where he grew up.

“I’m excited to support community-sourced solutions for a more vibrant, equitable Washington.”
Kate Kim

Kate Kim

Asistente Ejecutiva de la CEO y la Junta Directiva

Kate serves as executive assistant to the CEO and board of directors, providing administrative and project support on a range of initiatives in support of the Foundation’s mission. She is a skilled manager and operational leader, with extensive experience from working at CRISTA, Arctic Storm Management Group, LLC, and Starbucks Coffee Company. Kate’s lived experience growing up in an immigrant family and multi-cultural environment led her to be a strong believer in diversity and inclusion, which she interprets as what makes us unique and the same as human beings.

Kate earned an MS in hospitality industry studies from New York University and a double BA in business administration and Japanese from the University of Washington. In her free time, Kate enjoys reading non-fiction books, watching movies, sipping green tea, and exercising daily. She lives in the Mukilteo neighborhood with her husband, two teenage daughters, and a tween son.

“I’m passionate about building a more equitable future that enriches people’s lives.”

LiLi Liu

Responsable de Programa

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.

“I’m excited to work with a team that is committed to designing grantmaking programs that are grounded in the lived experiences of communities.”
Carmen Loh

Carmen Loh

Directora de Finanzas y Administración

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 wants to make the Foundation’s grantmaking process streamlined and convenient so organizations can focus on programmatic efforts. Prior to the Foundation, she worked as the director of finance and administration for Thrive Washington and as the controller for Eastside College Preparatory School.

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 refurbishing old furniture and re-discovering life marvels with her five-year-old son, Mateo.

“I’m motivated to shape conditions so a person’s zip code isn’t a determinant of a person’s health.”
Nichole Maher

Nichole June Maher

Presidente y CEO

Nichole June Maher joined Group Health Foundation as president and CEO in October of 2018 after spending six years as the CEO of Northwest Health Foundation (NWHF). Under her guidance, NWHF became a national forerunner in equity and a champion of supporting communities to improve their own health. Previously, Nichole served for 11 years as executive director of Native American Youth and Family Center, an organization widely recognized as having one of the most effective and innovative wrap-around family service models for Native Americans in the United States. One of Nichole’s most satisfying and impactful accomplishments has been co-founding the Coalition of Communities of Color, a powerful advocacy group in Oregon and regionally.

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 her connection to rural communities across Washington and Oregon. She is the mother of three young children.

“I believe the most effective solutions are created by listening, meaningful partnership, and sharing power with communities most impacted.”
Muthu Muthiah

Muthu Muthiah

Director General de Inversiones

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.

"Our ability to generate strong, risk-adjusted returns enables us to have real impact in communities."
Ann Ngo

Ann Ngo

Coordinadora de Operaciones y Tecnología

As the operations and technology associate, Ann enjoys thinking about and setting up systems and processes to facilitate efficient work flow in the office. Throughout her career, Ann has been compelled to work at organizations that center community, including Global to Local, OneAmerica, Sea Mar Community Health Center, and National Alliance for Mental Illness. She grew up in an immigrant and refugee community in Everett, where she felt a strong sense of how health was shaped by the surrounding community.

Ann earned a BA in public health and English at the University of Washington and an MPH at Portland State University. Most of her 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 about cultural history.

“I’m most excited about building authentic relationships and ensuring we center community in all aspects of our work.”
Cory Sbarbaro

Cory Sbarbaro

Vicepresidente Ejecutivo

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 our executive vice president—overseeing operations, finance, human resources, and communications, and providing counsel and support on strategy, organizational development, and governance. Prior to his current role, Cory spent 16 years as a consultant focused on helping progressive nonprofit organizations and coalitions advance their missions. In that capacity, he served as an interim executive for nine organizations, provided guidance to more than 100 boards of directors, and led 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 was the recipient of a UW Teaching Excellence Award. Cory earned his MPA from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington.

“We have a real opportunity to rethink how philanthropy engages with communities to advance equity and justice.”

Peng Wang

Gerente de Inversiones

Peng is responsible for sourcing, selecting, and maintaining a portfolio of investments and funds to generate financial returns for advancing the Foundation’s health equity mission. He previously was the head of portfolio research for TIAA Endowments, a risk manager at the $7.5 billion University of Virginia Investment 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 in Beijing, China. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. 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.

“I believe Group Health Foundation’s purpose of improving health and racial equity is fundamentally important.”

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