CHF Announces Next Executive Director

Dear Friends of Chuckanut Health Foundation,

On behalf of the Chuckanut Health Foundation Board of Directors,  I am so pleased to announce the selection of our next executive director, Heather Flaherty of Bellingham.  Heather will assume her new position January 2nd, 2019 replacing Sue Sharpe who is retiring after serving as executive since 2008.


Heather has a strong background in community health, philanthropy, non-profit strategic planning and governance and operational management in the private sector.  For the last four years she has served as director of the RiverStyx Foundation, a local foundation, and operations director at the Raptor Group.   Previous to her present position she was Executive Assistant to the CEO at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

Heather has a passion for addressing critical community health issues and has been active in promoting end of life planning and care as part of the Northwest Life Passages Coalition. She  is now serving on the boards of the Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Advancement (President) and the Opportunity Council.

Heather holds an undergraduate degree in Community Health and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Western Washington University.   She was selected as Outstanding Graduate in her MBA program and also served on the WWU Board of Trustees.

Heather’s selection is the culmination of an extensive regional search process initiated by the Chuckanut Board of Directors in early July.  In addition to board input, key community partners helped inform the recruitment process that focused on attracting candidates with experience that would advance the health and wellbeing of the people of Whatcom County through a commitment to health equity, community-based engagement and the building of strong relationships and partnerships.

I would like to acknowledge the Search Committee who devoted the last 4 months to stewarding an inclusive and transparent process.  Leslie Farris, former board president served as co-chair of the committee along with board members Dave Lynch, Greg Winter and Brandi Damon. Alexandrea Spaulding, a local consultant, provided vital administrative support and guidance.  I am grateful for their time and commitment.

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Heather Flaherty as the Foundation’s fourth executive in 35 years while thanking Sue Sharpe for her leadership over the last 10 years.

Warm Regards,

Tim McEvoy,
CHF Board President

Heather Flaherty