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Faculty Information
Board Members & Planning Committee

Katie Kemble, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, AOCNP.
Dr. Kemble received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington and FNP/PA certificate from Stanford University. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, coordinates Confluence Health’s cancer survivorship program and nurse practitioner clinical placements. Katie has a special interest in translational research and research looking at quality of life measures in cancer survivors.
Vice President
Mary Gunkel, BAE, RN, RYT200.
Mary has been an oncology nurse for 20+ years and has a teaching degree. She is the director of an oncology program that spans four rural counties in Eastern Washington. Mary is a certified yoga teacher in the Viniyoga tradition and teaches Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.
Executive Secretary
Chandra Villano, ND.
Dr. Villano has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She has a naturopathic consulting practice, leads corporate & community preventive wellness education classes, and has a clinical specialty in whole foods nutrition, mindfulness, and environmental/personal detox.
Tim Burnham Ph.D.
Dr. Burnham is a Professor of Exercise Science at Central Washington University. His research interests include cancer survivorship issues and developing cancer survivorship rehabilitation programs. He has multiple peer-reviewed journal publications, which look at the interaction between physical activity, and physical and psychosocial function.
Administrative Assistant
Jill Larue, FNP, ARNP.
Jill is a retired family nurse practitioner of 30 years. She believes that healthy lifestyles are crucial to our sense of wellbeing. She loves spending time outdoors biking, hiking, Nordic skiing, gardening, or bird watching. Jill is the administrative assistant for the EASE Cancer Foundation.
Tamara Wells, OTR/L, CLT.
Tamara is an Occupational Therapist. She is certified both as a manual Lymphedema Therapist and Neurodevelopmental Therapist and specializes in lymphedema and rehabilitation. Tamara has extensive training and experience working with cancer survivors and is a frequent lecturer.
Marketing Director
Sarah Ohme
, Sarah seeks to cultivate connection, beauty, and growth through her work as a graphic designer. She works with a vibrant clientele of artisans, creative entrepreneurs, and small businesses, and was moved to contribute to EASE after losing her mother to endometrial carcinoma in 2018.
Guest Lecturers
Susie Ball, MS, LCGC. Susie started genetic counseling services for central Washington state more than 30 years ago, and is currently the lead genetic counselor for the three counselors who make up the North Central Washington Genetics Program. She enjoys being a genetic counselor where she sees her role as explaining, in common language, the complexities of genetic conditions. She feels privileged to be a generalist genetic counselor, seeing all types of patients, and to be living in the Pacific Northwest.
Samantha Belanger, RD, CD. Samantha Belanger is a Registered Dietitian in Oncology at Confluence Health. She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family, dog and using yoga to center and refocus herself. Her greatest passion with nutrition is educating and empowering patients to use diet as a means to prevent and treat illness.
Susan Butler, ARNP. Susan is an oncology nurse practitioner at Confluence Health. She earned her Master’s in Nursing from Gonzaga University. Upon graduation, she worked at Island Hospital in Anacortes where she started their survivorship and chemotherapy education programs. She has a special interest in palliative care, symptom management, and wellness education. She enjoys playing music, knitting, and exercise.
Connie Celustka ThM. Connie plays in "All Strings Considered" and teaches music at Columbia River Music Conservatory and Valley Academy. She has a Masters in Theology and has performed at Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival, with a repertoire of Celtic, Classical, Scandinavian, American Traditional, and original music.
Maggie Ellings, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, RN. Dr. Ellings received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from University of Washington. She is an oncology nurse practitioner who has a special interest in cancer survivorship. Her doctoral research focused on sexual health and relationship intimacy discussions for those with cancer. She has received multiple scholarships for her doctoral work and for her experience in women's health.
Amanda, Esmond, PT, DPT, OCS. Dr. Esmond is a Physical Therapist and Pilates Instructor. She has Doctorate of Physical Therapy and is certified in Orthopedics from the American Physical Therapy Association. She has special interests in sports rehabilitation, orthopedics, orthotic therapy, and manual therapy. Amanda enjoys working with special populations and is pursuing ACSM/ACS Certification in Cancer Exercise Training (CET).
Mitch Garrison, MD. Dr. Garrison specializes in Hematology and Oncology at Confluence Health. He is the President of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Group and chair of the Board of Directors. He has a strong belief in the inherent value of every human being. He desires to bring the most compassionate, evidence-based care to those living with the cancer diagnosis. Dr. Garrison hopes to expand the reach of his care through the leadership of a health care organization that can heal and help thousands of people.
Phylicia Hancock-Lewis, MSN, FNP, ARNP. Phylicia is a nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in family practice, women's health, and psychosocial issues unique to cancer survivorship. She dedicates much of her time to community educational programs, women?s health outreach classes, and children's programs focusing on health promotion and disease prevention with lifestyle modifications.
Ginny Heinitz, BSN, RN, CHPN. Ginny has worked for over 35 years bringing forth the patient’s story in health care. Along with a MD and herself, she started the palliative care program at Confluence Health 9 years ago. She believes that the patient is the expert of themselves and we in health care need to listen to their story in order to provide the best possible care for the unique individual person as they define living well. She is active in two state steering committees that augment her philosophy for the patient’s needs. She is a national instructor for Vital Talks and Respecting Choices. She is certified from the Cambia Excellence of Palliative Care Program at the University of Washington.
Amanda Jacobs, PhD. Dr. Jacobs has a PhD in Educational Psychology, with emphasis in the arts; she is also a professional composer, playwright, and artist educator who specializes in creating and applying curriculum of artistic activity to personal development and learning. As a composer, she is recognized most for her award-winning work on AUSTEN'S PRIDE, A Musical, which is currently under a Dramatists Guild contract for Broadway.
T. Lewis, BFA. T is an accomplished artist and book illustrator. He illustrates the comic strip Over the Hedge and wrote the computer-animated film adaption produced by Dream Works Animation. He received the National Cartoon Society Book Illustration Award for 1999. He enjoys conducting interactive programs for cancer survivors and health care providers on the healing powers of art and laughter.
Bonnie McGregor, Ph.D. Dr. McGregor is a clinical psychologist and behavioral scientist. She is the Executive Director and Founder of The Orion Center for Integrated Medicine in Seattle, Washington. Dr. McGregor was an Associate Member at Fred Hutch until 2016. Her NIH-funded research focused on nervous, endocrine and immune system interactions, as well as testing the effects of psychological intervention on mood and cancer-relevant biological outcomes. She has authored numerous papers on how psychological intervention can influence psychosocial and biological outcomes that are relevant to cancer survivors. She is a licensed clinical health psychologist and specializes in helping people cope with cancer and chronic illness, depression, anxiety and stress. Her clinical work utilized scientifically proven mindfulness practices and cognitive and behavioral techniques. For her work bridging clinical psychology and biological research, Dr. McGregor was awarded the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Washington State Psychological Association in 2013.
Alison Osius, MA. Alison is an author; a writer and columnist who has published in over 40 newspapers, magazines and websites, and six anthologies; a longtime magazine editor, executive editor of Rock and Ice magazine in Carbondale, Colorado; and recipient of the American Alpine Club Literary Award. She graduated from Middlebury College with high honors in English and received a Master's Degree in journalism from Columbia University. She teaches writing and literature classes at Colorado Mountain College and elsewhere. In December she completed treatment for thyroid cancer.
Julia Smith, MD. Dr. Smith practices Hematology/Oncology at Confluence Health, where she is the Medical Director of the Cancer Service Line. She is a Clinical Assistant Instructor for the University of Washington School of Medicine and enjoys teaching medical students and residents.
Guest Musicians
Beth and Steve Wood Longtime Laguna locals Beth and Steve Wood have a long trail of accomplishments in the music field. A few select milestones would include; members of legendary band Honk, who toured with The Beach Boys, Loggins and Messina, Chicago, etc. and made 3 albums on major labels, live and recording appearances with Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins, Sting, George Harrison, The Moody Blues, Paul McCartney and… well you get the idea.
Steve was Kenny Loggins' music director and appeared on all his albums throughout the 80's, as well as having produced and composed over 35 IMAX movies, and having won awards for at least one third of those.

Beth produced the Laguna Tuesday night songwriter's showcase for nearly 10 years which became a way station for a tremendous number of highly talented and accomplished performers. Both Steve and Beth have recorded extensively.

Beth and Steve have been together for over 45 years, gigging all that time, so they are getting pretty good at performing together. Here's a picture.

The Saddle Rockers are a Wenatchee-area band playing and harmonizing on a lively mixture of bluegrass, country swing and vintage rock. Members are Dr. Dave Notter, fiddle; Jac Tiechner, guitar; Bruce McWhirter, guitar; Steve Clem, bass; Chris Rader, percussion.
The LakeBoys are Greg Kennedy and Arthur Dunn, a musical duo residing in the Lake Chelan area. It's hard to believe it's just two guys playing all that music. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes for an evening of special entertainment!
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