Movers & Shakers 10/12/2021


The Greater Vancouver Chamber (GVC) welcomes team member Jeana Fink as the newest membership relations manager, working to develop the membership base by bringing new and emerging industries as well as longstanding businesses into Chamber membership.

Fink has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Arizona. She brings to the Chamber more than 20 years of experience in sales development. Fink recently moved from California, where she worked as a sales leader in the hospitality industry. Her focused, solution-oriented approach and creative style has resulted in her exceeding expectations and goals throughout her professional career.

Fink will not only assist in the onboarding and retention of Chamber members, but she will also work to build lasting relationships between the Chamber and local organizations and business owners. Fink’s philosophy has been to “take care of the company and team, who in turn take care of the customers and the customers keep coming back.”

“We are excited to have Jeana join our team. Her professionalism and experience working with diverse organizations will pay huge dividends to our members and prospective members alike,” said GVC President/CEO John McDonagh.


PeaceHealth has named experienced healthcare leader Mary McWilliams to its System Board of Directors.

McWilliams is a proven leader with more than 25 years of experience as an executive in the public and private sectors of the healthcare industry. Most recently she served on the board of the Virginia Mason Health System following her retirement as executive director of the Washington Health Alliance, a multi-stakeholder collaborative of employers, providers and plans formed to bring affordability, quality and public transparency to healthcare. McWilliams also served as CEO at Regence BlueShield and was founder of an HMO for the Providence health system in Portland.

McWilliams holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and an Master of Science degree in health administration from the University of Colorado.

With her strong payor/health plan expertise, experience in leading transformational healthcare initiatives, and dedication to the health and well-being of the people and communities of the Pacific Northwest, McWilliams will be a valuable addition to the PeaceHealth System Board. She will support PeaceHealth’s ongoing commitment to the highest level of quality care in our communities.


PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center recently announced the addition of two distinguished members to its Community Health Board.

Karin Edwards, Ed. D and Vanessa Gaston join the 12-member Board that helps PeaceHealth Southwest in setting policies around quality, stewardship, community service and advocacy.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Edwards and Vanessa as they assume these important roles,” said Sean Gregory, Chief Executive for PeaceHealth Columbia Network. “Our volunteer Board is comprised of community leaders who we rely on for guidance and support in making decisions to ensure we continue to provide safe, compassionate care while staying true to our PeaceHealth Mission and Values.”

Gaston, who assumed her Board role July 1, is Director for Clark County Community Service and is responsible for strategic direction and oversight of a $30 million annual budget and 47 staff. She has more than two decades of valuable experience in a variety of disciplines including strategic planning, management, advocacy, policy and fundraising. 

Edwards, who assumed her Board role Oct. 1, serves as President of Clark College in Vancouver. Edwards manages core functions, including strengthening racial equity, building community trust, championing student achievement and employee retention, and nurturing effective relationships with the community including local businesses and legislators. Prior to Clark College, Edwards also served as President of Portland Community College’s Cascade campus, and had numerous leadership roles at colleges in Connecticut and New York.

For more information about the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Community Health Board please visit:


Northwest Association for Blind Athletes recently announced that Robert Stewart has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. Stewart is currently the Investment Advisor Representative with CUSO Financial Services & Columbia Credit Union. 
“I have a great passion for sports and physical activities in my personal life. Because of this, I want to help provide opportunities to NWABA athletes so they can experience the drive, exhilaration, and confidence that sports and physical activity can have in their lives. I also strongly believe in the mission, vision, and core values of NWABA. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest, and having branched out in areas such as Puget Sound and Boise, I believe in the impact that NWABA’s mission will bring to future athletes across Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. It’s not just about us in Vancouver; it’s about the whole community. Everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in sports and physical activity,” Stewart said.
Stewart will join other community leaders throughout the region in helping Northwest Association for Blind Athletes achieve its mission of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.



Article Source: Vancouver WA Business Journal