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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

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 (she/her)

Operations Manager

debra@olympicch.org

Debra manages financial tracking, office operations, and purchasing to support the important work of the OCH team and partners. With many years of experience in non-profit administration and operating a freelance business, Debra feels fortunate to utilize her skills towards innovative and action-oriented approaches to improving health and equity in our region. When not in the office, Debra savors time with her family, walking the beach with her dog, and connecting with friends.

 
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Mackenzie Jakola (she/her)

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, you can find her trying to keep up with her daughter, run a videography business with her husband and baking all the treats.

 
 
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Drew Gilliland (he/him)

Program Coordinator

drew@olympicch.org

As a program coordinator, Drew will work to strengthen and expand community partnerships through facilitating events & meetings, as well as promoting community engagement with OCH resources and programs. Drew's background in coalition-building and the study of social change positions him well to help OCH continue to partner with vital health resources in the Olympic region. He is excited to be part of an organization that looks beyond immediate issues to upstream solutions in collaboration with others to address systemic injustices in our community and to bolster the strengths of our diverse communities. Outside of work, Drew can be found adventuring with his dog, shooting nature photography, or reading in a local coffee shop.

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Miranda Burger (she/her)

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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Ren Mack-Hazelwood (they/he/him)

Community Hub Coordinator
ren@olympicch.org

Ren works with local care coordination agencies and vendors to facilitate delivery of essential food, hygiene and housing assistance to vulnerable community members in quarantine and isolation due to COVID-19. Born-and-raised in Port Angeles (Lower Elwha Klallam territory) and equipped with a background centering education equity and access, Ren has a unique lens into the communities OCH serves, and an intuitive understanding of the local social factors that impact health. Passionate about community enrichment, he is eager to serve his community in such a direct and meaningful way. Outside of the office, Ren is a multidisciplinary artist and performer with their beloved spouse and is currently building their off-grid home and sustainable food forest.

 

Stronger
together

OCH is grateful for the support of many consultants and local agencies. We could not do this important work alone.

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