Meet Our Board

Julie DahlenJulie Dahlen

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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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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Sarah Brauneis, CHES


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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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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Evy Haan, CHES

Membership Chair 

Evy is the Executive Assistant to the Advocacy & Philanthropy department at Pioneer Human Services, a social-enterprising non-profit that supports formerly incarcerated individuals in becoming successful and productive members of their community. Graduating from the Community Health program at Western Washington University in 2013, she subsequently obtained her CHES. She is interested in the points where social and environmental structures intersect with public health and how they influence and inform each other. Outside of her work, she is a tea-guzzling audiobookphile who enjoys origami and good food.







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 the Public Health and Education Director at the Washington Poison Center where she oversees the public health program to reduce harm and prevent poisonings.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga, cooking, exercising, and exploring the city.


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Karimi Mimi Boumatar

Oregon Representative

Karima Boumatar graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health. Afterwards, she returned home to Portland and completed an internship at the Oregon Public Health Institute, working alongside colleagues to promote healthy eating and active living across cities in Oregon. Karima has since continued her work in public health, volunteering at OHSU’s Tom Sargent Safety Center to provide direct service and outreach to patients and families regarding safety prevention measures. She also works with youth at the Multnomah Athletic Club, implementing programs about exercise, communication, and healthy lifestyles. In her free time, Karima enjoys hiking, photography, and trying new things around Portland.

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Maryam Jafari, CHES


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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