Leadership & Staff
Providence Institute for a Healthier Community is led by a passionate team of talented individuals within the community who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of those who live and work in Snohomish County.
Providence Institute for a Healthier Community
Scott Forslund – Executive Director
Scott is the founding Executive Director of Providence Institute for a Healthier Community. He brings over 30 years’ experience in healthcare, journalism and communications to these roles. Currently he serves on a number of boards and councils including, Board of Trustees, YMCA of Snohomish County; Executive Committee, and chair, Strategic Oversight Committee, Workforce Snohomish; Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation; Advisory Board, University of Washington-Bothell School of Nursing and Health Studies; and others.
Jessica Burt – Community Health Education Manager
Jessica holds a master’s degree in public health, community health education from California State University, Long Beach. She is a trained WellCoach®, and a certified children’s yoga instructor. In addition to her certifications she has been a facilitator of several national educational programs: Increasing Human Effectiveness through the EDGE Learning Institute, BodyWorks – strong girls and healthy women through the Office of Women’s Health, and FamilyStrong™ – building strong and healthy families. Jessica has over 25 years of experience as a health educator, with a special focus in HIV/AIDS prevention and education. She has covered a wide range of diverse topics, health programming and individual behavior change efforts in community based settings that range from jail and street outreach, drug treatments programs, housing developments, to families, school and youth peer education. She believes that regular connections with our bodies, ourselves, and our relationships are at the heart of health and happiness. Jessica has special interests in how to create environments that support our well-being; optimize our energy; and narrow the gap between what we value and what we do.
Rebecca Sill – Manager of Grant Development and Research
Rebecca has worked with the nonprofit sector for over 27 years and done grantwriting for 18 years — developing funding from foundations, corporations, charitable organizations, and government agencies. She has worked with nonprofits in a variety of sectors, including international relief and development, human services, higher education, and medicine, for organizations such as World Concern, Childhaven, Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, Saint Martin’s University, Sierra Nevada College, Northshore Senior Center, and Plastic Bank. She also worked in market research for four years, and carried this into her consulting practice, Sill Communications, with nonprofits, doing evaluation and research for outcomes measurement and product development, as well as HR and donor research. She has a master’s degree in Communications from Wheaton College. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys long walks with her dog Rosco, being a mom to Caleb and Natalie, and adjusting to life as an empty nester with her husband Michael.
Patty Nichols – Program Manager
Patty joined Providence Institute for a Healthier Community in April of 2019, providing Administrative Support and Project Management. She brings more than 19 years’ experience in the healthcare field and excels at maintaining timelines and meeting deadlines with exceptional organizational skills. Patty is a skilled collaborator and a compassionate team member who provides amazing customer service to our community. Prior to coming to Providence, Patty was the project manager for Care Coordination and Contracting at The Everett Clinic. Patty received her certification in Project Management the spring of 2017.
Anne Alkema – Program Manager
Anne joined Providence Institute for a Healthier Community in January 2019, providing program and project management. She brings over 25 years’ experience in project and event management, managing projects and fundraising programs big and small from celebrity sporting events to large fundraising galas for over 1,000 guests. Prior to joining the Institute, Anne helped manage and grow development programs for: Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, NW Children’s Foundation, Fred Hutch, Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and JDRF Seattle Guild. Anne holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington which has fueled her life-long love of developing relationships with all kinds of people. She finds inspiration in discovering the superhero in everyone.
Providence Strategic Oversight Council
Kevin Clay, MD
Chief of Ambulatory Medicine, Providence Northwest Service Area
VP of Equity, Advancement & Global Engagement, YMCA of Snohomish County
VP Mission Integration, Providence Northwest Service Area
Regional Director, Emergency & Critical Care Services, Providence Northwest Service Area
St. Mary Magdalen Parish
Maribeth Carson, SP
Sister of Providence
Senior Advisor to the President, Washington State University
Executive Director, Refugee & Immigrant Services Northwest
Retired, D.A. Davidson & Co.
John Vandree, MD*
Chairman, Providence Northwest Service Area – Community Ministry Board
Semi-retired, Director, WA State Leadership Academy, Superintendent Everett Public Schools 2000-2008
CEO, Providence Northwest Service Area
*Current/Former Providence Board/Mission Committee Members