About

Northwest Chapter
9 Lake Bellevue Drive, Suite 203
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-451-8455
425-451-1708 FAX
northwest@ccfa.org



Welcome to CCFA Northwest!  We serve Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.



Staff Contacts:

Jennifer O'Connor
Area Executive Director
joconnor@ccfa.org

Kathleen Newbould Waite
Regional Education & Support Manager
kwaite@ccfa.org

Kristen Baxter
Community Development Manager - Oregon
Walk Manager - Portland and Alaska
kbaxter@ccfa.org
503-715-7610

Emma Croston
Development Director
ecroston@ccfa.org

Nicole Kittelson
Endurance Manager - Seattle
nkittelson@ccfa.org

Kara McCarthy
Walk Manager - Washington
kmccarthy@ccfa.org

Kristen Lowery
Development Assistant
klowery@ccfa.org   

Ashley Biehl
Development Temp
abiehltemp@ccfa.org 

CCFA Northwest Chapter Board of Trustees

  • Chase Carpenter, Microsoft - Board President
  • Chris Adams, Listen Hear Media
  • Anita Afzali, MD, MPH, UW Harborview Medical Center
  • Tyson Chaplin, Chaplin's Automotive Group
  • Carin Cunningham, PhD, Seattle Children's Hospital
  • Pamela Eakes, Community Advocate
  • Lisa Judah, Community Advocate
  • Jason Harper, MD, Swedish Medical Center
  • Alvin Loh, Jobvention
  • James Lord, MD, PhD, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
  • Mark Murray, PhD, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals - Past Board President
  • Teresa Nelson, TNMultisports 
  • Charles Peterson, MD, Seattle Orthopedic Center
  • Joe Silvernale, Perkins Coie
  • Chris Breeds, SubTerra, INC
  • Jenn White, Nordstrom


Chapter Medical Advisory Committee
CCFA Northwest is proud to have a robust committee of healthcare providers serving on its Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), led by Chair Ghassan Wahbeh, MD. These individuals provide CCFA staff with invaluable support including insight on issues that are important to their patients, directing their patients to take advantage of CCFA’s services, and act as local liaisons for planning events in their communities. Dr. Wahbeh ensures 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 CCFA's mission:

Name Last Suffix Center City State
Ghassan Wahbeh MD Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Jamil Abou-Harb MD Providence Pediatric Gastroenterology Spokane WA
Anita Afzali MD, MPH University of Washington Medical Center Seattle WA
Karlee Ausk MD Swedish Gastroenterology Seattle WA
Elisa Boden MD Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle WA
Tyler Burpee MD St. Luke's Children's Gastroenterology Boise ID
Michael Chiorean MD Virginia Mason Medical Center Seattle WA
Matthew Cole MD Group Health Seattle WA
Judith Collins MD Portland VA Medical Center; OHSU Medical Center Portland OR
Jonah Essers MD, MPH Swedish Medical Center Seattle WA
Ashley Evans MD Digestive Health Clinic Boise ID
Alessandro Fichera MD UW Medical Center, Colorectal Surgery Seattle WA
Rohit Gupta MD Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Tacoma WA
Jason Harper MD Swedish Medical Center Seattle WA
Peggy Headstrom MD The Polyclinic Seattle WA
William Holderman MD Digestive Health Specialists Tacoma WA
Kian Keyashian MD Oregon Health & Science University Portland OR
Anjali Kumar MD Virginia Mason 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 Seattle WA
Donald Lum MD The Oregon Clinic Portland OR
Nir Modiano MD, PhD Oregon Health & Science University Portland OR
Chad Morse MD Mid-Valley Gastroenterology Corvallis OR
Uma Pisharody MD Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care Seattle WA
Steven Rulyak MD The Polyclinic Seattle WA
Harald Schoeppner MD, PhD Legacy Medical Group - Gastroenterology Gresham OR
Bruce Silverman MD Gastroenterology Associates, LLP Olympia WA
David Suskind MD Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Teresa Wachs RN Seattle Children's Seattle WA
Duane Webb MD Olympic Medical Center Sequim WA
Betty White ARNP Digestive Health Specialists 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
  • Kian Keyashian, MD - Oregon Health & Science University 
  • 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
  • Maggie Stoeckel, PhD - Doernbecher Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Amy Wang, MD - Kaiser