Group Health Board of Trustees

As the governing body of Group Health, the Board of Trustees hires the chief executive officer and sets the strategy, policy, and direction for Group Health. Eleven trustees are elected by Group Health members. They serve three-year terms. Any trustee who serves three consecutive three-year terms is not eligible for re-election.

Board of Trustees

For information about upcoming public meetings, see Classes & Events, call the Board of Trustees Office at 206-448-5790, or send an e-mail to

  • Bob Watt, chair

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in sociology, Portland State University; teacher's certificate in special education, Western Washington University

    Professional background: Retired from The Boeing Company as vice president, government and community relations. Former deputy mayor for the City of Seattle under Mayor Norm Rice. More than 40 years working in, leading, and volunteering for non-profits including Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Family Services of Seattle/King County, and Youth Eastside Services. Chair of the Board of Casey Family Programs and on the advisory Board of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences at University of Washington.

    Committees: Compensation (chair), Executive, Finance & Investment, Governance

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2017

  • Katie Bell, vice chair

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, Washington and Jefferson College; master's degree in health administration and business administration, University of Pittsburgh

    Professional background: Chief operating officer of Neighborcare Health. Over 20 years of health care experience working in leadership positions with hospitals, physician groups, and community health. Clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

    Committees: Quality (chair), Executive, Governance, Compensation

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2018

  • Susan Byington

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree in history, University of Washington; certificate in executive development program, Business School, University of Washington

    Professional background: Retired health care and human resources executive. More than 20 years as a member of the executive leadership team and as vice president, Human Resources, Providence Health & Service. Former chief human resources officer for University of Washington Hospitals, City of Seattle, and METRO. Volunteer leadership experience includes chair, Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, vice chair, Group Health Foundations. Certified mediator.

    Committees: Executive (chair), Compensation, Governance

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

  • Ruta Fanning

    Resides in: Olympia

    Education: Bachelor's degree in biology, Pacific Lutheran University; master's degree in public administration, University of Washington

    Professional background: Career began in private sector finance and moved to Washington state service including 28 years of senior executive-level positions such as director of the Office of Financial Management. Former positions include director of the Higher Education Coordinating Board and vice president for Finance & Administration, The Evergreen State College. Most recently served as the legislative auditor, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee. Board experience includes Nisqually Land Trust, Citizen Commission for Tax Preferences, and The Olympian Editorial Board.

    Committees: Finance & Investment (chair), Executive, Quality, Governance

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2017

  • Leo Greenawalt, JD

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Bachelor's degree, University of Notre Dame; master's degree in medical and hospital administration, University of Pittsburgh; law degree, University of Pittsburgh and Georgetown University School of Law

    Professional background: Hospital CEO. Policy analyst with state and federal organizations. Retired after serving 30 years as president & CEO of Washington State Hospital Association. Adjunct professor, Gonzaga University. Adjunct professor, University of Washington.

    Committees: Governance (chair), Audit & Compliance, Executive

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2017

  • Phillip J. Haas

    Resides in: Issaquah

    Education: Bachelor's degree, Northwestern University; master's degree, University of Chicago

    Professional background: Retired as vice president at Aetna Life Insurance Company. Over 40 years of experience in health care insurance and finance working for insurers, providers, and freestanding networks. Serves as clinical assistant professor, Department of Health Services, School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

    Committees: Audit & Compliance (chair), Finance & Investment

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2018

  • Harry Harrison Jr., MD, MAT

    Resides in: Auburn

    Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Wisconsin–Madison; master of arts in teaching, University of Alaska-Anchorage

    Professional background: Semi-retired after 30 years practicing pediatrics and neonatal medicine in Alaska and Washington. Served on the medical staff at Valley Medical Center and Seattle Children's. Former assistant clinical professor in pediatrics, University of Washington. Chair and staff in division of pediatrics, Auburn Regional Medical Center. Former stakeholder advisory panel member for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (part of ACA). Currently provides volunteer pediatric care service at a skilled nursing facility.

    Committees: Audit & Compliance, Cooperative Development, Quality

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2018

  • Dorothy (Dodie) A. Ruzicki, PhD, RN

    Resides in: Mead

    Education: Bachelor's degree in nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD in education, Washington State University

    Professional background: Director, Education, Providence Health Care (Spokane and Stevens counties). Forty years as a registered nurse, health professions educator, and health care leader.

    Committees: Cooperative Development (chair), Quality, Finance & Investment

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

  • Judy Schurke

    Resides in: Olympia

    Education: Bachelor's degree in management, The Evergreen State College

    Professional Background: Over 30 years working in public and private sectors including director of Department of Labor and Industries, member of Washington State Investment Board, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and managing self-funded workers compensation insurance for Boeing. Member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Currently advises on strategic government relations.

    Committees: Audit & Compliance, Quality, Cooperative Development

    Term ends: December 31, 2017

  • Hugh Straley, MD

    Resides in: Seattle

    Education: Doctor of Medicine, University of Washington; bachelor’s degree in history, Yale University

    Professional background: Retired president of Group Health Physicians and medical director of Group Health Cooperative from 2003-2008. Joined Group Health as a staff physician in medical oncology and hematology in 1979. Current chair of the board of trustees at Qualis Health and chair of the Dr. Bree Collaborative, a Washington state consortium where public and private health care stakeholders work together to improve quality, health outcomes, and cost effectiveness across the state.

    Committees: Finance & Investment, Quality, Cooperative Development

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2018

  • Michael Wilson

    Resides in: Spokane

    Education: Master’s degree in business and public administration, Southeastern University; bachelor’s degree, Pacific Lutheran University

    Professional background: Executive director of the Spokane Teaching Health Center. Serves as a consultant on health care related issues. Currently providing consultant services to the University of Washington and Gonzaga University for developing a partnership to sponsor medical education in Spokane. Thirty-five years of experience in executive health care management, having served as chief executive officer of Providence Health Care Spokane, and chief executive and president of Sacred Heart Medical Center & and Children's Hospital and Holy Family Hospital.

    Committees: Audit & Compliance, Compensation, Finance & Investment

    Term ends: Dec. 31, 2016

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