Our Advisory Board consists of healthcare industry leaders who provide expert guidance and direction to NetworxHealth.  These market leaders share their collective perspective to best align strategy and performance to best serve our clients.

Advisory Board Members

Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development

Kerry joined the leadership team at Virginia Mason in July, 2016 to focus on strategy and growth. Her team focuses on strategic planning, organizational relationships and outreach. Prior to this she spent twenty eight years as a management consultant and five years in hospital operations. As a consultant she worked with academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, and medical schools across the US positioning them for the next decade through strategic plans and all types of affiliations. Virginia Mason was her favorite client.

Kerry studied Biology and Biochemistry as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, earned a master’s degree in Labor Relations from Loyola University and master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.


Charleen Tachibana is senior vice president for quality/safety and the Chief Nursing Officer of the Virginia Mason Health System.  She is accountable for nursing, quality, safety, clinical informatics, and patient experience. She has taught and consulted internationally on the application of the principles and methods of Lean to healthcare and to nursing. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013.  Charleen holds a BSN from Pacific Lutheran University, an MN from the University of Washington and a DNP from Vanderbilt University.

Executive Director

Sarah Patterson has been a member of the leadership team at Virginia Mason Medical Center for over 30 years, most recently serving as the executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Sarah is currently Executive Director of the Virginia Mason Institute, as well as leading the integration of the Yakima Virginia Mason Memorial group.  She helped Virginia Mason set up its own lean production system to eliminate waste, improve quality and patient safety and has been on 7 study missions to Japan.  She has held responsibility for all operations of the clinic and hospital along with the Kaizen Promotion Office, Human Resources, Quality and Compliance, Facilities and Pharmaceutical Services.

Originally from Boston, Sarah Patterson earned her B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1972 and her MHA from University of Washington in 1984. She was elected board chair of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) in 2010/2011. WSHA represents all Washington hospitals and health-related organizations. She also has served on the Board of Directors of the Horizon House Retirement Community.

Russ Myers has served as the President and CEO of Virginia Mason Memorial (Memorial) since January 2014, instilling a core purpose of inspiring people to thrive.

Career Path

He started his healthcare career as a pharmacist in Chehalis, Washington and has worked as a staff pharmacist at hospitals in Washington and North Carolina, while earning his masters in healthcare administration.  He joined Memorial in 1989 as a Management Analyst.  Through more than 25 years with Memorial, his innovative thinking, hard work and dedication earned him increased responsibility and promotions to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and then Senior Vice President in 2011.  He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Delivering safe, quality care is of utmost importance to him.  He has a passion for creating a values-based work culture that is team oriented.  Mr. Myers has led Memorial’s strategic planning process and its pursuit of performance excellence using national Baldrige criteria and application process.  In collaboration with the board of directors and the senior leadership team, he led the decision-making process to affiliate and integrate with the Virginia Mason Health System.  “Our goal was to seek a partner that would enhance our ability to provide high quality, safe care for our community.”


*Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Washington State University, 1977

*Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Washington, June 1989

Community Leadership

Mr. Myers’ leadership isn’t limited to Memorial.  He generously donates his time to various community organizations in Yakima and has served on the boards of Washington State Hospital Association, Yakima Valley Council of Campfire, United Way, The Capitol Theatre, Central Washington Family Medicine, Heritage University, Yakima Downtown Kiwanis and the Red Cross.  He co-chairs the New Vision Capital Campaign for 2018.


Mr. Myers enjoys both water and snow skiing, golf, travel and biking.  He’s a sports fan and an avid Washington State University Cougar fan.

He and his wife, Penny, have two grown children, Jamie Sandberg (husband Andy) and Mark Myers.  He is the proud grandfather of Livia and Stella Sandberg.

Steven is a partner at Hall Render.