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Kae Peterson, CFRE

VP Development and ED EvergreenHealth Foundation

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I am privileged to lead one of the finest development teams that I have had the pleasure to work with in my nearly 30 years in the business. This team is energetic, passionate, professional and never satisfied with the status quo. I also have the opportunity to work with a strong board of volunteer leaders who shape the strategic vision for the EvergreenHealth Foundation. And lastly I get to work alongside the best senior leadership team and an outstanding CEO all of whom understand and appreciate the importance and the value that philanthropic giving can bring to EvergreenHealth in many different ways.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

When I’m not at EvergreenHealth, you can find me golfing, reading or volunteering my time with the Evergreen Golden Rescue Group.

Meg Powers

Director of Operations & Annual Giving

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I am responsible for the annual programs and events including the Campaign for EvergreenHealth (our employee workplace giving campaign), direct mail pieces, and the revenue stream of special events which benefit different departments of the hospital each year.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

When not at work, you can usually find me spending time with family and friends, treasure hunting for unique antiques, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and cleaning up after my ‘Marley’-dog, Paisley!  I enjoy a good movie from time to time and love rooting for our Hawks come football season.

Susan Peder

Finance & Database Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I joined EvergreenHealth Foundation in spring of 2015. I manage our donor database including updating donor records, inputting gifts and creating analytical reports. I have worked over the last year to create “best practices” and clean up the database to make it more efficient for the whole office. I also send donor acknowledgments and tribute cards.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

When not at work, you can find me spending time with my two sons, running the streets and trails of Kirkland and “getting lost” in a good book. I live in the house I built 25 years ago in Kirkland. I also run a small business that keeps me busy on evenings and weekends.

Megan Dunn

Administrative Coordinator

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I joined EvergreenHealth in early 2017 and am excited to be working with the Foundation team! As the administrative assistant, I am in charge of typical administrative duties as well as processing donations from our grateful patients and families. I love hearing how EvergreenHealth has changed lives because of our amazing staff! I also assist with maintaining the website and social media accounts. I oversee the Foundation Board of Trustees meetings, am on the Safety Committee and am the liaison for Whidbey Coffee, our coffee and deli vendor within the hospital.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I currently live in Redmond, WA in the house I grew up in. I graduated from Washington State University in May 2016. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our daughter Sawyer who was born at EvergreenHealth in January 2020. I also love reading, photography, shopping and traveling.

Jennifer Hoyord

Senior Major Gifts Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I recently joined EvergreenHealth Foundation in the Fall of 2018, where I am passionate about connecting donors and grateful patients to areas of need, giving each member of EvergreenHealth’s community the opportunity to make a lasting impact right in their own backyard.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

When I am not at the office, I am spending time with my family and dogs, exploring all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Megan Whitman

Major Gifts Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

At EvergreenHealth Foundation I work with individuals and families who trust in the care provided by EvergreenHealth and connect them with opportunities to support programs, facilities, and initiatives that advance the health and well-being of our community.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

Outside of the office I spend a lot of time with my family and friends – you can find us out shopping, trying a new happy hour spot, getting carried away at trivia and game nights, or just chatting and laughing for hours. I grew up here in the Pacific Northwest so I appreciate a good cup of coffee, proudly rep purple and gold (#godawgs), and get my hopes up every time a new Seattle Mariners baseball season rolls around.

Ellie Silesky

Major Gifts Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

As a Major Gifts Officer at EvergreenHealth Foundation, I have the privilege of building meaningful and sustaining relationships with our incredible community of supporters. Together, we work to ensure the continued impact of EvergreenHealth and EvergreenHealth Hospice Services, now and into the future.  

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

As a Bellevue native, and current Seattle resident, I love exploring our beautiful Washington trails –hiking, biking, and walking! My favorite way to spend time, either in the mountains or at a local café, is in the company of my wonderful family and friends.  

Ellie Silesky

Major Gifts Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

As a Major Gifts Officer at EvergreenHealth Foundation, I have the privilege of building meaningful and sustaining relationships with our incredible community of supporters. Together, we work to ensure the continued impact of EvergreenHealth and EvergreenHealth Hospice Services, now and into the future.  

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

As a Bellevue native, and current Seattle resident, I love exploring our beautiful Washington trails –hiking, biking, and walking! My favorite way to spend time, either in the mountains or at a local café, is in the company of my wonderful family and friends.  

Terry Pollard

Major Gifts Officer, Hospice

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

In my role, I have the honor of connecting the passions of generous individuals and families to the needs of EvergreenHealth with a particular focus on growing resources for our Hospice programs and services. I am deeply touched by the compassion and comfort our skilled Hospice staff, clinicians and volunteers provide daily as they help patients and their families in their end-of-life transition. This makes my work at EvergreenHealth especially meaningful and gratifying.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

When I’m not working, I can usually be found with my girlfriend exploring Washington by foot, enjoying family (especially my grandson), listening to music, or cheering on our local sports teams. When no one is watching or listening, I play old guy soccer and wrestle with my ukulele.

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