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Wellness Place Board of Directors

It takes strong leadership to produce exceptional results, and each of our Board members brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organization.  We rely on the Board to make important decisions that will help us to maintain our vital mission.  Each of our volunteer members are committed to leading the organization with a high standard of integrity, accountability, along with a personal connection to their own cancer experiences, and a passion to help others. 

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Student Services Coordinator at Confluence Health​

Casey began her tenure as Wellness Place board member in May 2020.  Her position as Student Services Coordinator for Confluence Health, as well as serving on the Advisory Committees for Nursing, Medical Assisting and Pharmacy Tech Programs at Wenatchee Valley College and other area colleges, brings a unique healthcare perspective to the board.
Casey has many family members who’ve been affected by cancer.  Both of her Grandparents, her father and Aunt are all cancer survivors.  Her sister also had a breast cancer scare.  

Casey grew up in Wenatchee.  Her father was a Cardiologist for Wenatchee Valley Clinic from 1980-retirement in January of 2016.  She left to pursue a career in Exercise Science, attending PLU (Bachelor’s) and University of Montana (Masters) and worked in both Montana and Brewster, WA, before settling back in Wenatchee to work for Confluence Health and raise a family with her husband Jesson.  Together they share daughter Elsa (5) and Monte (3).



Chief Financial Officer at Cashmere Valley Bank​

Mike recently joined our board and brings previous nonprofit organization experience, along with a personal connection to cancer. Mike, his wife Kendall, and their 6 year old twins moved to Wenatchee Valley three years ago. Kendall is an Oncology RN at Confluence Health, so they both know what a cancer journey entails. He also lost his grandmother to cancer when he was 13, and has friends and family who also lost relatives. Before moving to NCW, he spent a number of years as a volunteer board member for the nonprofit organizations Child Start and Mentis Finance Committee, both located in Napa, CA.

His extensive Finance and Audit experience, as well as Human Resources supervision, will be a great asset to Wellness Place.

"I believe services provided by the Wellness Place are essential to our community and I would like to assist any way I can," says Mike.



Volunteer/Community Advocate

Anne first became involved with Wellness Place in 2005 as a cancer survivor.  She joined the board in 2017 and currently represents the Chelan area as a board member.  

Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.  Her sister-in-law was diagnosed 4 months later, and they walked their journeys together.  While Anne is now a survivor, unfortunately her sister-in-law lost her battle in 2016.  Anne continues to stay involved in the cancer community as a faithful supporter of Wellness Place and by facilitating a Breast Cancer Support Group in Chelan, WA.  

“My husband and I met at Mt. Rainier National Park as rangers,”  she says.  “But he was born and raised in Chelan.  So when he retired (in 2000), we moved to Chelan with our 2 sons.”  Anne states she loves being involved in such a vital and important asset in our community!



Internal Medicine Physician, Confluence Health​

Dr Graham has a love for NCW, as she was born and raised in Moses Lake.  After finishing eleven years of school and training she returned to Wenatchee three years ago, and joined as a Wellness Place board member November 2019.  She has been impacted personally and professionally by cancer, having lost three grandparents to cancer, as well as many friends you have had their own cancer battles. 

​As a Primary Care Physician at Confluence Health, Dr Graham has cared for many of her patients and families through their journey with cancer.  "I am constantly inspired by their strength, grace and hope and I am grateful to be able to be a part of an organization like Wellness Place that provides such important support and resources during this difficult time in people's lives." 



Contact Center Specialist at Confluence Health

Sharon began her tenure as Wellness Place board member in May 2020.  She works as a Contact Care Specialist at Confluence Health.  She has experience in fundraising, as she has participated in cancer fundraisers for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and CHOC walk at Disneyland (which funds research & awareness to help cure Pediatric Cancer).   

Sharon has a very personal connection to her previous fundraisers and the pediatric cancer community.  Her grandson, Carter, was diagnosed with Leukemia as a 4-year-old, and tragically passed from treatment complications at the age of 6.  She also lost her sister-in-law to colon cancer.  

“As Carter’s grandma and his daddy’s mother, I was initiated into the all consuming Cancer Community.  His parents became fierce advocates for him and other families. I am grateful and honored to become a WP Board Member and excited to serve on a local level, while honoring my sweet grandson.”



Retired Director of Geophysics at BP​

At the invitation of Wellness Place founder Dr. Carl Kjobech, Stephen joined as a board member in the fall of 2019.  He currently serves as Treasurer of the organization. ​

Stephen himself is a prostate cancer survivor.  His mother survived a battle with breast cancer.  However, he lost his father from complications related to Lung Cancer.  He has also lost close friends to cancer.  Stephen states “I felt very lucky to have the means and support to help me through my ordeal, but many are not so fortunate.  It feels so good to be part of an organization that provides help to people when they need it most.” ​

Stephen and his wife Susan retired in Wenatchee in the summer of 2015.  They looked everywhere from Denver to Bellingham, and found Wenatchee to be  a great decision for their retirement home. They enjoy their life here and are glad to be involved in the community.



Naturopathic Physician

Dr. Villano has worked in conjunction with Wellness Place over the last 15 years from loose involvement with another local non-profit.  She is a co-founder of EASE Foundation, and sat on their Board of Directors for 15 years.  She joined the Wellness Place board in May 2019. 

She is a local Naturopathic Physician whose life has been significantly affected by cancer.  She is passionate about preventive education and easing the burden of those affected by cancer.  She feels honored to serve as a board member for Wellness Place and inspired by the important assistance WP provides across NCW communities.​

Dr. Villano has suffered the loss of family members and loved ones to cancer.  She also has several family members who are survivors.  Her passion is helping others with cancer and bringing her experience to the cancer community we serve.​After graduating medical school over 16 years ago, she moved to the Wenatchee Valley and married her husband, whose grand-parents and parents created Ohme Gardens, a beloved local historical treasure.



Many thanks to our past board members for their service

Linette Gahringer
Megan Kovanen
Thomas Halgren, MD 
Patrick Aylward
Callie Klein

Maggie Kaminoff
Mary Gunkel
Melissa Knott
David Weber, MD
Justin Harris, DPT




In 2003 Dr Carl Kjobech, a Hematologist and Oncologist (1969-2002) at Confluence Health founded Wellness Place, and spent many years as President of the Board of Directors.

"In 1999 I moved from the Physician's seat to the patient's chair when I was told I had prostate cancer. Because of my professional and personal experience with cancer, I see how the patient's needs at the time of diagnosis and thereafter go beyond formal medical support. These needs can best be met by a non-profit organization.  We provide information and compassionate support for the patients diagnoses each year in our area." 

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