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CMH Foundation Board of Directors

Portrait of Bill Garvin

Bill Garvin, Chair
Attorney

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Julia Radditz, Secretary
Totem Properties

Portrait of CMH Foundation Board Member Max Bigby

Max Bigby
Retired

Portrait of Dr. Michael Murdock

Michael Murdock, DPM
Podiatric Surgeon

Portrait of CMH Foundation Board Member Howard Clarke

Howard Clarke, Vice-Chair
Retired

Portrait of Penny Cowden

Penny Cowden, Executive Director, CMH Foundation

Portrait of Dr. Jeff Leinassar

Jeffrey Leinassar, DMD
Dentist

Portrait of Regina Mysliwiec

Regina Mysliwiec, MD
Emergency Medicine

Portrait of CMH Foundation Board Member Rachel Larsen

Rachel Larsen, Treasurer
Columbia Bank

Portrait of CMH Foundation Board Member Dale Barrett

Dale Barrett
Retired

Portrait of Linda Moreland

Linda Moreland
Thrivent Financial

Portrait of CMH Foundation Board Member Walt Postlewait

Walt Postlewait
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Emeritus Directors

Portrait of Mike Autio

Michael Autio
Attorney

Portrait of Senator Betsy Johnson

Senator Betsy Johnson
Oregon State Senator

Ex-Officio Directors

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Terri Gibson, President
CMH Auxiliary

Portrait of Constance Waisanen

Constance Waisanen
CMH Board of Trustees

Portrait of Zach Schmitt

Zach Schmitt, CFO
Columbia Memorial Hospital

Portrait of Erik Thorsen

Erik Thorsen, CEO
Columbia Memorial Hospital

Professional Staff

Penny Cowden, Executive Director

Penny Cowden, Executive Director

Penny began her career at Weyerhaeuser Company in marketing, communications and business development where she worked throughout the region until transitioning to healthcare philanthropy in
1993. She has specialized in healthcare philanthropy for over twenty years holding executive positions at major health systems and institutions in Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Arizona.

Penny earned her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and master’s degree from Washington State University. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and has earned advanced certification as a Fellow in the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (FAHP).

She and her husband live in Gearhart, Ore.

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Kassia Nye, Annual Gifts Advisor

Kassia moved to Astoria in 2013 after 10 years in pharmaceutical sales. She spent the next five years leading local non-profits in the parks and schools, and falling in love with the people and beauty of Clatsop County. Kassia joined the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation in May of 2018, where the passion of the hospital staff, volunteers and leaders mirrored her drive to improve health and save lives.

Outside of work, Kassia counts down to every summer camping trip, anticipates losing card-games to her two kids, and practices yoga in an attempt to achieve a level of sanity and basic health.

Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation

Nicole Bales, Development Specialist

Nicole moved back to Astoria in the summer of 2017 after earning two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oregon in journalism and communications, history, and political science.

In her spare time Nicole enjoys working on creative projects, reading, traveling, hiking, practicing yoga, and drinking Taiwanese tea.