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.

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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. 

 
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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. 

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Ayesha Chander

Program Coordinator
ayesha@olympicch.org

Ayesha works closely with the team to manage a portfolio of projects. She has worked in a variety of positions in the behavioral health field and has expertise in research and data management. With this experience, Ayesha is uniquely positioned to lead the data and analytics of projects to best serve our community. She is particularly excited about the role Olympic Community of Health plays in elevating the voices of our community, actively encouraging those experiencing racial, social, and economic injustices to co-create regional health goals. In her spare time, Ayesha can be found working on her next creative project, exploring the Olympic region, and always enjoying time with her furbabies.

 
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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. 

 
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Debra Swanson

Operations Manager

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. 

 
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Mackenzie Jakola

Program Generalist

mackenzie@olympicch.org

Mackenzie is the creative, organized, solutions-oriented, collaborative teammate who engages with partners through a variety of innovative projects and programs to advance OCH's mission. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 8 years and sheds light on what is actually happening within clinics and hospitals within the community. She is excited to work with a group of passionate individuals who strive to keep our community engaged in their health and well-being. When Mackenzie isn’t assisting with team projects, she runs a videography business with her husband and enjoys baking and cooking any chance she gets.

 
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Miranda Burger

Program Manager

miranda@olympicch.org

As the Program Manager, Miranda supports both partner and the organization’s success. Her previous work in both behavioral health and community based organization settings has equipped her with a deep understanding of how to support partners. Her experience navigating the health system and advocating for her son with complex medical needs gives her a great appreciation for patient-centered systems of care. She is passionate about making our healthier place to live and thrive through policy and systems level transformation. Outside of supporting OCH partners, Miranda can be found adventuring the beautiful Olympic Peninsula with her son and husband.  

 
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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.