Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - Northwest Chapter
9 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 203
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-451-1708 FAX 

Welcome to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Northwest Chapter! We serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Staff Contacts:

Jennifer O'Connor
Regional Director - Northwest & Southwest

Cell: (646) 965-0891



Cory Townsend 
Deputy Executive Director

Cell: (646) 457-9918


Emma Croston
Development Manager, Special Events

Cell: (646) 457-9918


Peggy Merchant
Community Development Manager - Oregon
Walk Manager - Portland and Alaska

Phone: (646) 901-0168

Kathleen Waite
Education Manager

Cell: (917) 903-5047


Amanda Mendum
Endurance Manager - Seattle

Cell: (646) 734-0875

Mallory Cwik
Take Steps Walk Manager

Ainsley Kelly
Development Assistant


Robin Kingham
Education Resource Manager for Alaska, Idaho, and Montana
Phone: (646) 457-7215

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Northwest Chapter Board of Trustees

  • Chris Adams, HockeyTalkter Records - Board President & Flag Football Chair
  • Chase Carpenter, Microsoft - Immediate Past President
  • Terri Augustyn, Barb Pexa & Associates at Keller Williams 
  • Tyson Chaplin, Photos by Tessa & Tyson
  • Michael Chiorean, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center - CMAC Chair
  • Mary Ellen Doran, Unum
  • Pamela Eakes - Chair, Advocacy, Community Advocate
  • Lisa Judah, Community Advocate - Luncheon Committee Chair
  • Jason Harper, MD, University of Washington Medical Center
  • James Lord, MD, PhD, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
  • Stacy Messer, Wells Fargo & Company
  • Mark Murray, PhD, Arbutus BioPharma - National Trustee, Nom. & Dev. Committee Chair
  • Joel VandenBrink, Two Beers Brewing & Seattle Cider 
  • Teresa Webb, TNMultisports 
  • Jenn White, Nordstrom - Flag Football Tournament Co-Chair, Auction Procurement Chair

Chapter Medical Advisory Committee
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Northwest Chapter is proud to have two robust committees of healthcare providers serving on its Chapter Medical Advisory Committees (CMACs), led by chairs Michael Chiorean, MD in Seattle and Nir Modiano, MD, PhD in Portland. These individuals provide Foundation staff with invaluable support including insight on issues that are important to their patients, directing their patients to take advantage of the Foundation's services, and act as local liaisons for planning events in their communities. The chairs ensure that value is returned to members in the form of education opportunities, public recognition, and ongoing engagement and appreciation. 

The Northwest Chapter would like to recognize the following individuals currently serving on our CMAC and thank them for their true dedication and support of the Foundation's mission:

Name Last Suffix Center City State
Karlee Ausk MD Swedish Gastroenterology Seattle WA
Elisa Boden MD Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle WA
Michael Chiorean MD Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle WA
Carin Cunningham PhD      
Jonah Essers MD, MPH Swedish Medical Center Seattle WA
Jason Harper MD UW Medical Center Seattle WA
Peggy Headstrom MD The Polyclinic Seattle WA
Kathryn Hogan RD Virginia Mason Seattle WA
William Holderman MD Washington Gastroenterology Tacoma WA
Anjali Kumar MD Virginia Mason Medical Center, Colorectal Surgery Seattle WA
Mukta Krane MD UW Medical Center Colorectal Surgery Seattle WA
Steven Larson MD Franciscan Digestive Care Associates Tacoma WA
Dale Lee MD Seattle Children's Hospital Seattle WA
Scott Lee MD UW Medical Center Seattle WA
Arnold Levin MD Eastside Gastroenterology Kirkland WA
James Lord MD, PhD Virginia Mason Medical Center, Benaroya Research Institute Seattle WA
Lindsay Masters RN Washington Gastroenterology Bellevue WA
Uma Pisharody MD Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Seattle WA
Elizabeth Rosenblatt MD Washington Gastroenterology Tacoma WA
Steven Rulyak MD The Polyclinic Seattle WA
Trina Seligman ND, LAc Evergreen Integrative Medicine Bellevue WA
Bruce Silverman MD Gastroenterology Associates, LLP Olympia WA
David Suskind MD Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Teresa Wachs RN Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Ghassan Wahbeh MD Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Duane Webb MD Olympic Medical Center Sequim WA
Betty White ARNP Washington Gastroenterology Tacoma WA
Shira Wilson MA Seattle Wellness Counseling Seattle WA
Timothy Zisman MD, MPH UW Medical Center Seattle WA

Greater Portland Area Chapter Medical Advisory Committee:

  • Chair: Nir Modiano, MD, PhD - Oregon Heath & Science University  
  • Judith Collins, MD - Oregon Heath & Science University
  • Jason Etzel, MD - The Vancouver Clinic
  • David Grunkemeier, MD - The Oregon Clinic
  • Erica Heagy, FNP - The Oregon Clinic
  • Stephanie Hill, RN - OHSU
  • Donald Lum, MD - The Oregon Clinic
  • Rebecca Matro, MD - Oregon Health & Science University
  • Linda Muir, MD - Doernbecher Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Tina Patnode, RD - The Oregon Clinic
  • Swapna Reddy, MD - The Oregon Clinic
  • Harald Schoeppner, MD, PhD - Legacy Medical Group - Gastroenterology
  • Davis Sim, MD, PhD - Eugene Gastroenterology
  • Liana Tsikitis, MD - OHSU Surgery
  • Amy Wang, MD - Kaiser
  • Zibing Woodward, MD - The Oregon Clinic