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Board of Directors

Dwight Wheaton, President

Dwight is a partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann and serves as the President of the CCHCP board. His law practice covers numerous sectors, including multinational companies, and issues related to nonprofit law and governance, tax law, corporate governance and organizational structure, among others.  With this expertise Dwight brings extensive experience to CCHCP. He is a firm believer in CCHCP’s mission of improving access to quality health care for the underserved.



Robert Kaplan, Vice President

Bob Kaplan is a Seattle-based attorney, now retired from his practice, and serves as the Vice President of the CCHCP board.  His practice included the representation of small businesses, tax exempt organizations, artists, and authors. He has been recognized for his pro-bono work by the American Bar Association. He has a long history of involvement in the community health movement in Seattle and was a board member of the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority (which gave rise to Pacific Medical Centers and to CCHCP). He is currently a board member of the Seattle Art Museum. Bob has been a longtime advocate for the work and staff of CCHCP.


Dale Morris, Treasurer

Dale serves as the Treasurer of the board. He has been involved in the Seattle community for quite some time, and served on the board of Byrd Barr Place, formerly Centerstone/CAMP, a nonprofit organization assisting low-income and under-served communities to better their lives. He also serves on the advisory board of JUMA, a nonprofit social enterprise that operates businesses with the purpose of employing young people. Dale is a Regional Branch Manager at Seattle Credit Union. His job includes providing financial solutions to the membership, while managing staff and all operational functions.


Rob Anderson, Member

Rob Anderson is Vice President, Global Communications, for USP (United States Pharmacopeia).  USP is a nonprofit organization with global reach that sets quality, purity, and other standards for medicines, food ingredients and dietary supplements. At USP, Rob guides strategic communications initiatives to strengthen relationships with important stakeholder audiences and improve understanding of USP’s impact on global health around the world. He previously served as Executive Vice President at Rabin Martin, a global health management consulting firm.  Rob also played an integral role in campaigns to reduce smoking and tobacco use among youth and adults through prevention and smoking cessation programs and clean indoor air initiatives.


Keith A. Bussey, Member

Keith A. Bussey is the Director of Operations for the Office of Healthcare Equity at UW Medicine in Seattle. His professional vision involves connecting people to events, projects and ideas that spur strengths-driven, mission-centric productivity.  Keith began his public health career at United Way of Central Alabama, working to advance county-level tobacco cessation efforts.  He continued his work in tobacco cessation for the Georgia Department of Public Health — offering technical assistance to statewide colleagues leading district level population-based interventions. Keith later moved to Washington DC, becoming the Director of the Geographic Health Equity Alliance at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.  Alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Keith devised and implemented strategies to reduce geographically specific health disparities related to tobacco use and cancer.  Keith earned an MBA from the University of Georgia and an MPH from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Tom Byers, Member

Tom is a retired public policy consultant and a founding partner of the Cedar River Group. He helped to create Country Doctor Community Clinic and served as the clinic’s first director. Tom has led numerous health care, environmental and community development initiatives that have had an enormous impact in Seattle and Washington state. He served as an assistant to Mayor Charles Royer from 1978-1990, and as Deputy Mayor of Seattle from 1998-2002. Tom wrote the original proposal that led to the formation of CCHCP and was central to establishing our organization as an independent nonprofit. He is currently serving as a member of the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners, the Board of Directors of Friends of Waterfront Seattle, and the national Board of Mercy Housing, the nation’s largest non-profit affordable housing developer.


Mikaela Louie, Member

Mikaela is a health care attorney at Foster Garvey PC.  Her practice includes representation of public hospital districts and other health care organizations.  Before attending UW School of Law, Mikaela was the manager of the CCHCP cultural competency programs.  In that role, she worked as a consultant and trainer for a variety of health care institutions, including FQHCs, government health agencies, and private hospital systems around the country.  Mikaela also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter, where she co-chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  She strongly believes that CCHCP plays a critical role in eliminating health disparities and increasing the delivery of equitable, culturally responsive health care.