The Whole Washington Board of Directors
Kathy Angel has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years. She started her career in Racine, Wisconsin where she was born and raised. She worked at St. Mary’s Medical Center for 16 years in various positions from Major Surgery including: Neuro, Cardiovascular, Thoracic, and Orthopedics. She also filled in for Radiology performing conscious sedation for procedures.
Kathy is a committed advocate of Health Care as a Right for all people. Kathy believes it is a basic Need not a Privilege. She has seen too often in her career, people with chronic conditions seeking Health Care too late because “they could not afford to go to the doctor”. She feels Single Payer is essential to the well-being of Washington and the rest of the country. She is willing and excited to work together toward this tremendously important goal. Kathy is Whole Washington’s Chair on the Executive Board.
Vicki Rhoades, ND, is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (1978, Biology) and Bastyr University (2006, ND). Her many careers include numerous low-paying non-technical jobs without health insurance benefits, and she is unhappy that this is still true of many 21st century workers. She is committed to the project of health care for all.
Vicki on the Board of Directors and is the Outreach Director for Whole Washington.
Erin Georgen is a Physical Therapist Assistant and a design/marketing small business owner. She served in the US Coast Guard and has worked in the military, the for-profit, and the non-profit health sector totaling 14 years. She had an opportunity to expand her perspective of the healthcare and insurance industry while doing creative work for ObamacareFacts.com where she researched, fact-checked, and answered questions about provisions and implications of the Affordable Care Act (and related legislation) on different individuals and families. Recently she was also appointed Secretary for the Third LD Democrats.
Erin is the Initiative Writing Committee Chair.
Alice Whittington, BSN, RN. (aka Alice BGreen), is an OB staff nurse currently working at Northwest hospital in Seattle. She has been a Washington State resident for over 20 years, and two of her four children were born here.
Her strong belief in healthcare as a right, within a civilized society, is grounded in evidence based patient outcomes as well as 30 years worth of anecdotal experience gained working in a variety of clinical settings. Alice received her original RN license in Philadelphia where she worked as a new grad at Hahnemann University Hospital. Patient acuity rapidly increased as Hahnemann became trauma certified. After her first child was born she trained in Maternity, Newborn, and Labor and Delivery at Thomas Jefferson. After a visit to Seattle, she fell in love with the pristine Northwest, and relocated her family to Seattle. Most of her work as a nurse has been with new moms and babies, and she is passionate about the importance of prenatal care, well baby care, and the long term positive impact of strong social support for new parents.
Alice is on the Board of Directors for Whole Washington.
Susan Soto Palmer
Susan Soto Palmer has over 23 years of experience in the legal profession as Legal Assistant; Office Administrator; Litigation Paralegal; Texas Attorney General Child Support Special Collections Unit Technician Specialist and Secretary/Receptionist. She has worked for general litigation firms, family law firms and a catastrophic personal injury law firm. Susan studied Criminal Justice at San Antonio Community College in San Antonio, TX; received her Associate in Applied Science in Professional Legal Secretary from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, TX. Susan discovered this beautiful state and region in 2010 and thereafter relocated from Texas.
The 2012 presidential election enlightened, inspired and activated Susan into action. Susan was empowered to knock on doors, attend community events, rallies and vigils as part of her involvement with grassroots organization. Susan ran for the 14th Legislative District Representative Position 1 in 2016, being inspired after a meeting with Bernie Sanders. On March 24, 2016, Susan had the incredible honor of introducing Bernie Sanders to an astonishing crowd of 7,000 in Yakima. Susan was also elected to serve as a Party Leader and Elected Official National Delegate for Bernie Sanders for the 2016 DNC
Susan believes that together we can champion for culturally responsive policies which support families, place education at the forefront, promote safe, strong and economically viable communities and provide quality healthcare for all. Susan’s experience also includes in part the following:
- Aspen Victim Services: Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate 2012 – present;
- Yakima County Democratic Central Committee: State Committeewoman 2016 – present; Precinct Committee Officer 2014 – present; Chair 2014 – 2016
- Washington State Democratic Central Committee: Affirmative Action Co-Chair 2017 – present
- 4th Congressional District Democrats: Second Vice Chair 2015 – 2017
- Act Yakima: Director of Public Relations 2017 – present
- CASA Guardian Ad Litem Volunteer, Yakima County 2012 – 2016
- Texas Equusearch: Search Volunteer 2010 – 2011
- San Antonio Police Department: Family Assistance Crisis Team Victims Advocacy Volunteer 2010 – 2011
Susan is a Board Member for Whole Washington.
Haylie, with her husband, are local business owners, managing a restoration company.
As a mom of a special needs child she since 2010 has been heavily involved with Hydrocephalus Support Group (HSG) at Seattle Children’s Hospital. As leader of HSG for two years she helped raise money for research, advocated for children, and worked with parents to connect them with resources and access to quality health care services for their child. This spurred her involvement in legislative advocacy for health care rights. Haylie worked with and traveled for Bernie Sanders campaign from 2015 to 2016.
Haylie is Whole Washington’s Secretary and is on the Executive Board.
Other Board Members include: Jessica Goldman, Vice Chair.