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Staff Profile

We intentionally seek talented people representing a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences to join our team. Moving the dial on a broader understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities is hard work. It only makes sense that our staff and board reflect the communities we serve.


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Zeke Smith, President

Zeke Smith serves as president of EHF and its affiliate organization, the Empire Health Community Advocacy Fund. Over the past 30 years, Zeke’s professional career has focused on strategic planning, community engagement and social justice, supported by a strong commitment to equity. His career includes tenure as Vice President of Programs for FoodCorps, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting kids to healthy food in schools; Chief Impact Officer of the United Way of the Columbia Willamette, where he led the effort to address childhood poverty and systemic inequities across the Portland, Oregon metropolitan region; and as Chief of Staff of Portland Public Schools, a district of almost 50,000 students, where he supported PK-12 strategic planning that led to an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in achievement gaps for students of color. Zeke serves on the boards of the Native American Youth & Family Center and the Lowenstein Trust. He also served as chair of the Governor-appointed Oregon Health Policy Board overseeing the Oregon Health Authority and the state healthcare system.

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Dan Aune, Senior Program Director

On staff since: October 2019

Working here is: Unconditional

How I describe my work: Centering families for health and healing.

Fun fact: Working with my hands - woodworking, masonry, etc. - is my therapy.

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Rocío Caravantes Wofford, Program Associate

On staff since: October 2020

Working here is: Motivating

How I describe my work: Helping communities develop their projects.

Fun fact: I became a radio host at age 10 when I started to collaborate with a cultural and educational radio station.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnston, Senior People & Culture Manager

On staff since: August 2017

Working here is: Exciting

How I describe my work: Supporting employee engagement and experience.

Fun fact: I have lived in Alaska, and learned that I love the warmer Spokane weather!

Richard Kier

Richard Kier, Facility & IT Manager

On staff since: April 2015

Working here is: Challenging

How I describe my work: Connecting people to necessary resources.

Fun fact: I worked on an exotic animal farm. 

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Kelly Knutson, Executive Assistant

On staff since: December 2016

Working here is: Rewarding

How I describe my work: Always helping EHF program team.

Fun fact: I love pistachio lattes!

Dave Luhn

Dave Luhn, Controller

On staff since: 2010

Working here is: Challenging

How I describe my work: Maintaining accurate accounting records.

Fun fact: My first paying job involved blowing things up.

Laura Martin

Laura Martin, Vice President of Operations

On staff since: September 2011

Working here is: Inspiring

How I describe my work: Support daily operations of EHF.

Fun fact: I paid for college by working in fish camps in Alaska in the summer.

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Charlotte Matthews, Staff Accountant

On staff since: April 2019

Working here is: Rewarding

How I describe my work: I get to write checks!

Fun fact: I am the oldest EHF employee on staff.

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Colleen Nick, Executive Assistant

On staff since: November 2013

Working here is: Inspiring

How I describe my work: Supporting staff, board, and all events.

Fun fact: I am the mother of two wonderful boys (well, men).

Jeri Rathbun

Jeri Rathbun, Program Officer

On staff since: September 2015

Working here is: Exhilarating

How I describe my work: Expanding access to care coordination.

Fun fact: I enjoy simple pleasures, like my morning coffee and the snoring of my old dog.


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Wendy Xue, Senior Accountant

On staff since:  July 2016

Working here is: Compassion

How I describe my work: Providing financial information to stakeholders.

Fun fact: I go to the Toastmasters International local club every weekend to practice public speech.

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Kellie Miner, Payroll Specialist

On staff since: August 2020

Working here is: Unity

How I describe my work: Getting employees paid on time!

Fun fact: I grew up on a farm harvesting crops, raising and showing animals. I still love to talk farming!

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Diego Rodriguez, People & Culture Coordinator

On staff since: March 2020

Working here is: Collaborative

How I describe my work: Assisting all that we do.

Fun fact: Cherry is my favorite flavor.

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Ranjan Shakya, Program Associate

On staff since: July 2020

Working here is: Fulfilling

How I describe my work: Providing resources to marginalized communities.

Fun fact: I speak three languages fluently, English, Nepali and Hindi, and can get by conversationally in Spanish.

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Lily Zhang, Chief Financial Officer

On staff since: August 2021

Working here is: Water

How I describe my work: The storytelling power of numbers.

Fun fact: I am obsessed with the gold dust of snow on a winter morning.