Northwest Chapter

Get Involved

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of people with Crohn’s and colitis by becoming an advocate for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation no matter where you live! Interested in volunteering? Give us a call! (425) 451-8455 Or email us at


Chapter Contacts

  • Jennifer O'Connor

      Regional Director - Northwest and Southwest

      Cell: (646) 965-0891


  • Cory Townsend

      Deputy Executive Director

      Cell: (646) 457-9918


  • Peggy Merchant

       Community Development Manager - Oregon

      Walk Manager - Portland and Alaska

      Phone: (646) 901-0168


  • Amanda Mendum

      Endurance Manager - Seattle

      Cell: (646) 734-0875


  • Ainsley Kelly

      Development Assistant


  • Robin Kingham

      Temporary Education Manager for Washington and Oregon

      Educational Resource Manager for Alaska, Idaho, and Montana


Chapter Mailing Address

      9 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 203

      Bellevue, WA 98005


2019 Board of Trustees


  • Chris Adams

      Board President and Flag Football Chair

      HockeyTalker Records


  • Chase Carpenter

​​​​​​       ​Immediate Past President



  • Terri Augustyn

      Barb Pexa & Associates at Keller Williams


  • Tyson Chaplin

      Photos by Tessa & Tyson


  • Michael Chiorian, MD

      CMAC Chair

      Virginia Mason Medical Center


  • Mary Ellen Doran



  • Pamela Eakes

      Chair, Advocacy and Community Advocate


  • Lisa Judah

      Benefit Luncheon Committee Chair and Community Advocate


  • 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

       National Trustee, Nom. and Dev. Committee Chair

      Arbutus BioPharma


  • Joel VandenBrink

      Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider


  • Teresa Webb



  • Jenn White

      Flag Football Tournament Co-Chair and Auction Procurement Chair



Make a Gift to the Northwest Chapter

All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and will help the Northwest Chapter continue supporting the estimated 73,000 people living with IBD in our five state service region of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Gifts can be made online or by contacting the chapter at Thank you! 


Become a Member

As a member of the foundation, you will help us further the cause while receiving special membership benefits. Membership benefits include subscription to the chapter newsletter and national magazine, discounts on books, and invitations to participate in chapter events and programs. Individual memberships start at only $30. Renew or join today!


Be an Advocate

Make a difference in the lives of people with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by becoming an advocate for the Foundation. Click here to find out more.


Third Party Events

These are volunteer-led fundraisers that benefit the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Throughout the year we have people climbing Mt. Rainier, sailing the Strait of Juan De Fuca, rocking out at the Showbox, playing music in the park, and much more. If you have idea on how you can help the Foundation, contact


Volunteer Committees and Opportunities 

Volunteers make us the successful Foundation it is. We have planning committees for Take Steps, the Benefit Luncheon, and our Flag Football tournament and we would love to have you join us. Looking for less of a commitment? We need office and event day volunteers as well. Click here to view all of our volunteer opportunities. Contact Ainsley Kelly at


Workplace Giving 

Many companies (Microsoft, Starbucks, Bank of America, to name a few) will match your contributions! Contact your HR department to find out if your company has a matching gift program. If so, look up the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. You could be doubling or tripling your commitment to finding a cure!

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Talk About Us

Follow us on Twitter @CCfdnNW! Awareness of IBD and the Foundation are crucial to increasing the quality of life for patients.


Camp Oasis

Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential summer camp for youth with IBD entering grades 2-12 in the fall. Held the last week of June each year, Camp Oasis is held at Camp Colman in the south Puget Sound and is open to youth from our five-state region. Check out camp details online or contact Kathleen at


Take Steps

We will #walkforcures this year to EMPOWER and INSPIRE patients and their families to live their fullest lives and continue our fight for cures. By joining the Take Steps community, you will fundraise to support mission-critical research and patient support programs for the 3.1 million Americans living with IBD. Walk as an individual or gather your friends, family, and co-workers to form a team. Learn more and register for one of our local walk events in PortlandAlaska or Western Washington (Seattle).                  


Team Challenge

The Northwest Chapter offers Team Challenge Half Marathon team that trains in Seattle. Check out or our events page to learn about upcoming information meetings and recruitment.


Volunteer Opportunities

View Portland area opportunities and please contact us at if you are interested in volunteering in other areas.



9 Lake Bellevue Dr #203
Bellevue, WA 98005
United States


(425) 451-8455
(877) 703-6900

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