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Meg Powers

Director of Operations & Annual Giving

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, 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 find me spending time with my family, 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.

Shauna Smith

Corporate Engagement Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

I am privileged to project manage EvergreenHealth’s annual signature event – The Evergreen Gala. It’s certainly fun to see what we can dream up to make it the best event each year. As the Corporate officer, I work together with our corporate partners towards a mutually shared purpose to provide the best medical care for our community.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

Family is the heartbeat of my world. Bound together by our mutual enjoyment of one another, we love to spend time adventuring around and exploring the Pacific Northwest. We are avid sports fans from motorsports to balls and pucks!

Jay Harris

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

At EvergreenHealth Foundation, I work to connect families and foundations with opportunities to support physicians, programs, and facilities within EvergreenHealth that are instrumental in a positive care experience and/or beneficial to the greater good of our community. 

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

Outside of the office I spend a lot of time playing slowpitch softball.  I serve on the Board of the Emerald City Softball Association and travel the country year-round playing in tournaments.  You can also find me with dogs (the more, the better) when I am at home in West Seattle as a Rover sitter.   On weekends, you will typically see me in my Alabama Crimson red screaming ROLL TIDE at the TV! I’m a huge fan of the Mariners and attend as many games during the season as possible.   I love our area’s vibrant dining scene and I’m routinely referred to as the “Coffee Guy” because I likely have a cup of coffee in my hand!

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.  

Lori

Chief Philanthropy Officer

What I do at the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

Lori joins us after serving as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Pacific Northwest Research Institute in Seattle. She has a distinguished work history in marketing, communications and philanthropy, including her role as Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Providence General Foundation.

What I do outside of the EvergreenHealth Foundation:

A graduate of Washington State University with a degree in communications, Lori is well known for her spirit of giving back to her community. She served as an active advisor and volunteer with the Dawson Place Child Advisory Center; the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary; the Everett Public Schools Foundation; the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy; and the Providence Everett Healthcare Clinic Advisory Board and Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

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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