Meet the Team

Working towards a healthier, more equitable three-county region.

Check out our team's professional bios and contact information by clicking on a specific profile below.

Amy Brandt

Communications & Special Project Coordinator 
amy@olympicch.org

Amy takes complex ideas and creates easy to understand graphics, newsletters, and webpages to communicate the impact of health initiatives in the Olympic region. Given her background in non-profit marketing and communications, Amy has a unique understanding of design and storytelling. She loves being part of a team that prioritizes community empowerment. When Amy isn’t creating colorful charts for OCH, she can be found searching for agates at the closest Washington shore. 

 

Andrew Lau

Epidemiologist (Contractor)

Andrew works with the OCH team to identify data and develop evaluation plans for partner projects. Previously working with the Prevention Research Center and Arcora Foundation, he brings a passion to make data approachable and useful. Andrew loves being part of a team that is making the Peninsula a healthier place to live. When not at work, you’ll find him backpacking the Olympics or riding his bike. 

 

Celeste Schoenthaler

Executive Director

celeste@olympicch.org

Celeste guides the advancement of OCH’s mission by directing the design, implementation, and administration of OCH’s governance, programs, and collaborative efforts. She approaches this by working closely with the Board of Directors, the staff team, and partners. Coming from a Public Health background, Celeste brings a passion for health and equity to her work along with experience in policy, systems and environment change efforts, and strategic communications. Celeste is drawn towards the boldness and collaboration of OCH’s approach, as it requires creative solutions and cross-sector perspectives. In her spare time, Celeste enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and traveling to places unknown. 

 

Debra Swanson

Operations Coordinator

debra@olympicch.org

Debra manages events and meeting logistics for OCH, including daily administrative tasks that support the efforts of our team and partners. With eight years in non-profit administration and nine operating a small freelance business, Debra brings organization and enthusiasm to support this prolific work. She views OCH’s role as collaborator and connector, to be paramount in improving complexities of healthcare. When Debra is not booking OCH’s next convening, she can be found wandering beside the Salish sea or creating art with her family and friends. 

 

Margaret (Maggie) Moore

Director of Administration

margaret@olympicch.org

Maggie handles all things internal, including finance, human resources, policy, and everything in between. She brings to this work her previous experience with a small start-up company, where she learned all about how to keep the lights on given limited resources and staff capacity. She is excited about the opportunity to contribute to a unique and innovative approach to healthcare reform and improving care in the Olympic region. In addition to crunching numbers, Maggie enjoys making beautiful things, such as visual art and music. 

 

Miranda Burger

Program Manager

miranda@olympicch.org

As the Medicaid Transformation Project lead, Miranda supports partner success in transformation activities and monitors OCH deliverables and milestones. Her previous work in both behavioral health and community based organization settings, Miranda has experienced the barriers providers face and is equipped with a deep understanding of how to support partners. She is passionate about making our communities a healthier place to live and thrive through policy and systems level transformation. Outside of supporting OCH partners, Miranda can be found spending time in the beautiful outdoors of the peninsula with her husband and two pups! 

 

Mel Melmed

Program Coordinator

mel@olympicch.org

Mel Melmed MPH, MSN, RN works with the Three-County Coordinated Opioid Response Project (3CCORP) to support regional efforts addressing the opioid health crisis in the Olympic region. This work focuses on both prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder through evidence-based approaches. Mel has experience bringing diverse partners together to achieve shared goals and is excited about improving health on a regional level. Outside of her work with OCH, Mel enjoys hiking, canoeing, volunteering, and traveling.

 

Siri Kushner

Director of Data & Analytics (Contractor)

Siri believes in the power of data to drive planning, implementation and quality improvement. She uses analytics to turn data into information, using numbers, themes, and trends to describe program implementation and health and well-being outcomes. Siri’s work is grounded in a holistic definition of health that includes the influence of many community, environmental and social factors. Siri is a Kitsap County native with years of experience working with partners across the Olympic region. In her non-work time, she enjoys her two children, running and wandering the beaches and trails of the pacific northwest. 

 

Dan Vizzini

Advisor

Dan is a policy analyst, facilitator and consultant with the Center for Evidence-based Policy at the Oregon Health and Science University. His work focuses on intergeneration financing strategies, alternative payment methods for healthcare services, the integration of social determinants measures into electronic health records systems and technical assistance to health care reform initiatives in Colorado and Washington state. Dan serves as an independent advisor and consultant, with particular involvement in the design of OCH’s approach to the Medicaid Transformation Project, financial planning and management and the allocation of project incentives to OCH partners and affiliates.