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Instructors & Staff

Contact and bio information for Leadership Institute (Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute) instructors and staff members.

The Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute has a diversity of faculty, staff, instructors, and guest presenters from the University and Washington and beyond. These are experts on numerous public health topics, including maternal and child health and health equity.

2017 Leadership Institute Faculty and Staff

List updated as new information becomes available.

Michelle Sarju, MSW

Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute Director,
University of Washington
Foundation for Healthy Generations
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Kate Davies, PhD

Center for Creative Change, Antioch University Seattle
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Deborah Gardner, MPH, MFA

Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Project Manager
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Gita Krishnaswamy, MEd, MPH

Instructor, PBL facilitator and mentor
Community-Oriented Public Health Practice, University of Washington
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Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, MD, MPH

Instructor, PBL facilitator and mentor
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Sarah Manchanda

Technical Support
NWCPHP E-Learning Manager
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Bruce Miyahara, MHA

PBL facilitator and mentor; Leadership Projects instructor
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Kurt O'Brien, MHROD

Instructor, Leadership Development
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Dennis M. Dennis, PhD, RN

Instructor, Leadership 360
(Details, bio, and contact coming soon.)

Jack Thompson, MSW

Leadership Projects Instructor
NWCPHP Faculty
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Trudy San Jose White

Institute Logistical Planning and Applications
NWCPHP Continuing Education Coordinator
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Panelists and Guest Instructors

In 2017 the leadership institute will invite numerous guest panelists and presenters from throughout the field. The 2016 Leadership Institute included over two dozen guest presenters and panelists, including notable public health leaders from the region. To learn more and get a sense of the presenters we tend to invite, read the bios of 2016 Leadership Institute guest presenters and panelists.