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Faculty Information
Board Members & Planning Committee

Katie Kemble, DNP, 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 nurse practitioner and has a special interest in translational research as-well-as research looking at quality of life measures in cancer survivors. In 2006, she conducted of a research project funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command, which looked at the effects of low to moderate exercise on fatigue in breast cancer survivors. Katie has Level I and II Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training.
Vice President
Mary Gunkel, BAE, RN, RYT200.
Mary has been an oncology nurse for over 20 years and also has a teaching degree. She currently manages an oncology program that spans four rural counties in Eastern Washington. She is a registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level in the viniyoga tradition and teaches Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. She is currently working towards her 500-hour level in her yoga training. Mary volunteers much of her time teaching Yoga to support cancer survivors and community-based programs.
Executive Secretary
Chandra Villano, ND.
Dr. Villano has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She is an American Heart Association TEACH trainer and has Yoga of the Heart Certification for cardiac and cancer patients. Chandra has a naturopathic consulting practice and instructs corporate and community classes in preventative health education. Chandra has level 1 and II Motivational Interviewing training.
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 practiced in Cashmere for Confluence Health and retired in May 2015. She believes that healthy lifestyles are crucial to our sense of wellbeing. She loves spending time outdoors, whether it be biking, hiking, Nordic skiing, gardening, or walking the dog.
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 advanced problem solving for lymphedema and rehabilitation. Tamara has extensive training and experience working with cancer survivors and is a frequent lecturer on risk reduction practices, exercises to stimulate lymph function, and lymphedema management.
Marketing Director
Jim Fletcher, MBA, CBA
, with the Washington Small Business Development Center www.wsbdc.org since 2002. As a business advisor he has helps business owners improve their business skills resulting in increased profitability thus retaining or increasing jobs. He presently serves on the Certification Committee for Washington SBDC, the Cashmere City Council, Vice-Chair LINK Transit Board of Directors, and Secretary for Cashmere Rotary Club.
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.
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.
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).
Susan Fletcher, BS, RD. Susan is a registered dietician and has extensive experience providing medical nutrition therapy for specific medical conditions in underserved populations. She has dedicated many years counseling low-income pregnant and postpartum women on appropriate nutrition. Susan provides counseling for cancer survivors on diet modifications.
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.
Carli Hill BS, RD, CSO. Carli is a registered dietitian with a specialty certification in oncology nutrition. She received her Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences from Seattle Pacific University and completed her dietetic internship at Central Washington University. Carli chose to work in oncology nutrition because of the impact she has seen nutrition and eating patterns have on cancer survivors. She enjoys assisting others with making healthy changes that will last a lifetime.
Teri Hugo Hirss, M.Ed. Teri is an Expressive Movement Therapist. She earned a Master's degree in Education from University of Vermont and a certificate in body-mind psychology from Harvard Medical School. Teri is a certified Health Realization counselor and holds many certifications from numerous institutions. She is trained as a certified Shake Your Soul/Kripalu DansKinetics instructor. Teri has one agenda, to guide people to live their lives with self-compassion and acceptance. Teri specializes in women's issues and stress management utilizing body-centered psychology and mindfulness teachings.
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.
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.
Larry O. Smith, MD, FACEP. Larry is an Emergency Physician and the Medical Director of First Descents. First Descents provides those affected by cancer the opportunity to utilize outdoor activities to aid their overall recovery. Their mission is to support young adult cancer survivors with the emotional effects of cancer, and empower them to regain control of their lives
Linda Waterfall, BA. Linda Waterfall graduated from Stanford University and was a Phi Beta Kappa earning a BA in Visual Art. Recently named Seattle's top singer-songwriter in the Seattle Times, Linda has been active in the Northwest music culture since the late 70's. She has released twelve recordings of original songs and choral music. In addition to receiving grants and commissions for her choral compositions, she tours periodically as a solo musician, and teaches workshops all over the U.S. She has been a songwriting instructor at Cornish College of the Arts since 2005. Linda is a cancer survivor, completing cancer treatment in 1999.
Sandra Youngworth, ANP-C, AOCNP, ARNP. Sandra received her Master's of Nursing from the University of Washington. She is an Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Confluence Health. She has 15+ years working in Oncology as a nurse and nurse practitioner. She has a passion for Oncology and Palliative care.
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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