Meet Our Board

Megan Miller, MEd

President

Megan Miller is a Program Operations Specialist in the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research, and Practice (CHSIE) at the University of Washington. In her current position she manages education initiatives aimed at improving collaborative healthcare practice for multidisciplinary care teams throughout the 5-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). Megan has a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Washington and is working towards her Master’s of Public Health. In her spare time, Megan volunteers for the CAIR Project as a Practical Support Coordinator, and enjoys spending her free time running, cooking, and exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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Julie DahlenJulie Dahlen
Vice President

Julie Dahlen recently graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors of Science in Community Health and a minor Environmental Studies. After completing her health education internship at Anacortes Island Hospital, Julie moved to Seattle and completed her CHES certification. Since moving to Seattle, Julie has devoted her time to volunteering with the nutrition education organization Pure Food Kids, as well as several other nutrition and health education organizations in the greater Seattle area. In addition to her passion for community health education, Julie enjoys running, yoga, hiking and most of all cooking.

 

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Kaetlin Miller, MPH, CHES

National Delegate

A Pacific Northwest native, Kaetlin returned to the region in 2011 to begin her career in public health. Currently she is a Program Manager with the Community and School-Based Partnerships Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County. Previously she was the Health Education Specialist in the Community Health Education Department at Swedish
Medical Center, a non-profit hospital system in Western Washington. She received a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Public Health Degree at Columbia University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a strong interest in health communication, peer education, and adolescent health. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time exploring Seattle’s myriad cultural and natural offerings.

 

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Rachel Haas, MPH
Programs and CE Chair

Rachel Haas received her BA in Public Health and Medical Anthropology from the University of Washington. She then worked at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest as a Family Programs Coordinator where she marketed and co-facilitated puberty classes for elementary children and their trusted adults. She returned to the University of Washington in 2014 and received her Master’s in Public Health from the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program. She is passionate about the connections between education and health, particularly for early learners and elementary aged youth. She is currently the Development Manager at Three Tree Montessori School in Burien, Washington. In her spare time Rachel enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating her way through the city of Seattle, and exploring the great PNW outdoors.

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Maryam Jafari, CHES
Co-Treasurer

Maryam Jafari recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Community Health (Go Vikings!) Currently, Maryam works at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Center for Children with Special Needs as the Program Coordinator and is newly CHES certified. Maryam has a new found interest in pediatric-related preventative health measures including water safety and drowning prevention and in the ever-evolving world of children with special health care needs. She also has experience working with the health of the older adult population. While Maryam misses her college town of Bellingham, WA deeply but she is excited to be back in her home town of Seattle and exploring the PNW with her friends and family.

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Meghan Jacobson, CHES
Co-Treasurer

Meghan Jacobson is a Public Health Educator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) in the health promotion division at the Spokane Regional Health District. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2014 with a degree in Community Health. She is currently working on her Masters of Public Health with an emphasis in leadership at Eastern Washington University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and her recent work includes health promotion, social marketing, and community health workers/advocates. After graduation, Meghan hopes to pursue a career in global public health or health promotion. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and scratch cooking.

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Keri Foster, CHES
Membership Chair

Keri Foster is currently a Child Development Specialist at a non profit organization in Seattle, WA called WithinReach. She graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Community Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is passionate about public health, systems navigation/improvements, health education, and child development. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors, cook, try out new fitness classes, and explore the city with friends and family.

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Nadia Novotny
Membership Chair

Nadia Novotny is originally from Wisconsin, where she got her BA at the University of Wisconsin in sociology.  Moving to Seattle 5 years ago, she pursued her passion to work in community health where she has been ever since.  She is working as a Health Educator with Neighborcare Health, splitting time at Roosevelt High School Based Health Center and 45th Street Homeless Youth Clinic.  She finds herself wearing many different hats on a day to day basis.  One day teaching in health classes and another managing medical care at a homeless youth shelter.  The most rewarding aspect of her job is providing quality and easily accessible health care to underserved populations.  During her free time you can find her in a yoga studio or in pursuit of Seattle’s best sandwich place.  

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Arti Patel, MPH, CHES
Communications Chair

Arti graduated from Emory University with her Master in Public Health, concentrating her studies in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Arti is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. She is currently a Health Education and Outreach Specialist at the Washington Poison Center where she focuses on education and outreach to reduce harm and prevent poisonings.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and exploring the city.

 

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Sarah Brauneis, CHES
Student Engagement Officer

Born and raised along the PNW portion of the I-5 corridor, Sarah Brauneis is a 2016 Western Washington University graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health and Minor in Psychology. She accepted a position at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) with the Intake department after completing an internship with the SCCA Patient and Family Resource Center.  A summer spent working in Glacier National Park cemented Sarah’s interest in environmental health and the impact it plays in our lives. A big fan of the ‘stay-cation’, Sarah loves to bike to the local farmers markets, wander antique shops, and explore new areas of town.

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Jewelz CrandallJewelz
Alaska Representative

Jewelz is Dena’ina Athabaskan, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Portland, Oregon and received her BS in Community Health with a focus in Education. After she graduated she moved back to Anchorage and started working with the Alaska Native community as an advocate for families in the school. Currently she is working at Southcentral Foundation’s RAISE Program providing Alaska Native youth workforce, health and life skills. She is just about to graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Masters of Public Health degree. Her public health interests are in health promotion/education and intervention. When she is not at work, she enjoys gardening, being outside in the land of the midnight sun and participating in cultural activities.

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Marya Kampmann, CHES
Advocacy Chair

Marya Kampmann graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health in 2014 and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Marya interned at the Arthritis Foundation and went on to complete an AmeriCorps term as the youth education specialist at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. She now works at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a family service coordinator and is passionate about pediatric and adolescent health education. Marya has experience working with environmental health policy, women’s health, and older adult health education, focusing primarily on chronic disease prevention and management. In her spare time, she enjoys indulging her creative side through painting, writing, cooking, and exploring the outdoors.

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Sarah Stempski, MPH, MCHES, CPST

Member-at-LargeSarah Stempski

Sarah Stempski is a Health Educator in the Family Resource Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Public Health Social and Behavioral Sciences Program, with a focus on injury prevention, social determinants of health and strategies of health promotion.  Her recent work includes drowning prevention, child passenger safety and other areas of child health and safety.

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