Board of Directors


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Photo taken at the 2016 Annual Meeting held on February 27th.  Pictured left to right: Dr. Ernest "Chappie" Conrad, John Anderson, Lindsay Daehlin (former member), Jeff Swenney, Dr. Patricia G. Read-Williams, Julia Read-La Belle, Kathy Opie, and Dr. Lara Davis.

DOCUMENTS |  NWSF Board of Directors Job Description & Pledge Form  |  2016 Meeting Calendar

Jeffrey R. Sweeney

Vice President—Seattle, WA

Jeff has 34 years of commercial real estate industry experience and is a Managing Director for CBRE. He is the Western Region Leader for Change Management and Transition. Prior to joining CBRE, Jeff held senior leadership positions at Johnson Controls, Trammell Crow Company and Verizon Wireless. He has significant business experience in real estate, design, construction and facility management related areas.

He is the past President, has been a board member since 2005 and was introduced to Northwest Sarcoma Foundation through his son Justin, who is a Ewing's Sarcoma survivor.

Ernest "Chappie" U. Conrad, III, M.D.

Founder—Seattle, WA

Dr. Conrad is a native Virginian, and a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the Hospital for Special Surgery/Memorial Sloane Kettering in New York City.

Dr. Conrad founded the sarcoma service at both Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, and Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. He considers his greatest accomplishment to be establishing Northwest Sarcoma Foundation.

John T. Anderson

Treasurer—Portland, OR

John is a financial professional with 30 years experience in public accounting and private industry. He was previously an audit manager with Price Waterhouse and has held financial management positions with several companies. John is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and has served as Treasurer for several non-profit organizations.

Patricia G. Read-Williams, M.D.

President—Seattle, WA

Dr. Read-Williams grew up in the Midwest and Florida, and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine. She relocated to the Northwest following completion of her residency program.   She is a family practice physician at the University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic in Issaquah, as well as a UW clinical assistant professor, and has been practicing  in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years.  Her clinical interests include women's health care, family care, pediatrics and cosmetic dermatology.

Dr. Read-Williams is also a sarcoma survivor and has been active with Northwest Sarcoma Foundation since its inception.

Kathy Opie

Board Member—Seattle, WA

Kathy was born in Boston, M.A.  She has earned an M.S. in Psychology, an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, and plans to return to graduate school to pursue a post graduate degree in Psychology.  As an author, she has written articles for the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation newsletter and a book for caregivers who have loved ones diagnosed with cancer and serious illness.  Part of the proceeds of her book sales benefit the foundation, and she helps promote cancer awareness and support for families.

Kathy became involved with Northwest Sarcoma Foundation shortly after her youngest son, Conner, was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2008.  She is passionate about supporting families affected by sarcoma.

Lara E. Davis, MD

Board Member—Portland, OR

Dr. Davis grew up in the Adirondacks of upstate N.Y., and graduated in 2005 from Oregon Health & Science University. Her residency took her to Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. She is now a faculty member at OHSU in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, where she specializes in caring for patients with sarcomas – with unique expertise in caring for adolescents and young adults -- and is active in osteosarcoma research. In her spare time, Dr. Davis enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and gardening.  

Julia Read-LaBelle

Secretary—Portland OR

Julia is currently the Global Director of Planning Information Innovation at Nike, Inc.  She has utilized her mathematics background and problem solving skills in several companies and career paths.  At Texas Instruments, she worked on the development of algorithms to reduce noise and enhance signals.  At Nationwide Insurance, she analyzed the customer base to better predict loss.   With 15 years at Nike, she has taken on several roles including an IT role in building data warehouses and working in Corporate Audit building a data program to better understand the business and assess risk.   

Robert Ortblad

Board Member—Seattle, WA

Robert is retired from a career in civil engineering.  He's a sarcoma survivor, diagnosed in 2009.  The experience led him to involvement with the foundation, where he's been active as a fundraiser and contributor at both Dragonslayer and Stories From The Vineyard for multiple years.  Robert brings a wealth of financial analysis and systems design to support the financial oversight of the foundation.  He lives with his wife in Seattle and enjoys reading, attending history courses at the University of Washington, and traveling. 

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