Community Advisory Council

The Health Equity Zones Community Advisory Council convenes community, tribal, and sector leaders to establish the foundation of the Health Equity Zones Initiative. This group ensures efforts are community-centered and health equity-driven, with focused attention given to communities experiencing the greatest health inequities. Community representatives will also help identify and shape stories that provide insight on the health inequities facing communities in Washington, and the public health data that document how these groups are disproportionately impacted. 

The Community Advisory Council is tasked with developing selection criteria for the Health Equity Zones and identifying 2-3 zones across the state. There are 25 seats on the HEZ Community Advisory Council including community representatives, Tribal community representatives, and sector representatives. The sectors represented are Accountable Communities of Health, local health jurisdictions, the Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities, and philanthropy. 




Alina Swart

Community Representative

Carmen Pacheco-Jones

Community Representative

Cheryl Sanders, Lummi

Tribal Community Representative, Western Washington

Delia Gutierrez

Community Representative

Jean Scheid

Community Representative

Jessica Nye

Sector Representative, Local Health Jurisdiction

Katie Stephens

Community Representative

Leah Tanner, Nez Perce

Tribal Community Representative, At-Large

Mike McNickle

Sector Representative, Local Health Jurisdiction

Mustafa Mohammed

Community Representative

Nichole Peppers

Sector Representative, Accountable Communities of Health

Olivette Foster

Community Representative

Paul Park

Community Representative

Phinthang Yeang

Community Representative

Dr. Quyen Huynh

Sector Representative, Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities

Symetria Gongyin, Spokane

Tribal Community Representative, Eastern Washington

Taniela Tokailagi

Community Representative


Sector Representative, Philanthropy

Vacant Tribal Community Representative, Urban