2017 Board Candidates Announced
Until final approval is received by regulatory authorities and the Kaiser Permanente acquisition closes, Group Health will continue to operate as we have for nearly 70 years, including conducting elections for the Board of Trustees. As a part of that process, Group Health’s Standing Nominating Committee (SNC) has nominated four candidates for three open Board positions.
Prior to nomination by the committee, the Board candidates complete an application, are interviewed by the member committee, and go through an extensive background screening and reference-checking process.
Meet the Candidates
Susan Byington (incumbent)
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.
Dorothy (Dodie) A. Ruzicki, PhD, RN (incumbent)
Resides in: Mead
Education: Bachelor's degree in nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD in education, Washington State University
Professional background: Forty years as a registered nurse, health professions educator, and health care leader. Retired after 27 years as director of education, Providence Health Care, Spokane.
Resides in: Kirkland
Education: Master’s degree in Finance, University of Puget Sound; bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Seattle Pacific University
Professional background: Adjunct Professor / Instructor of Accounting at Seattle Pacific University. Over thirty years of experience as a senior finance executive, working in the nonprofit, for profit, and public sectors, most recently at Public Health – Seattle & King County, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and Qualis Health. Currently serves on the boards of the Group Health Foundation and Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.
Michael Wilson (incumbent)
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. 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. Currently is active in providing direction in graduate medical education and undergraduate medical education in Spokane as well as chairing the Spokane Community Colleges Board and serving on other statewide boards including Group Health.
Additional Election Background Information
The election will be conducted this fall by mail ballot and in person at Group Health Cooperatives annual membership meeting on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016. The three candidates with the most votes in December will be elected for a three-year term, from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2019. Should Kaiser Permanente’s acquisition of Group Health Cooperative be approved by regulators, all trustee terms will end upon completion of the acquisition.