Cori Garcia Hansen, Center Director, AHECWW

Cori Garcia Hansen, BA, BS, CMA. Cori has worked in rural communities, immigration law, Cori Garcia-Hansenagriculture, primary care, and behavioral health, and has experience with grants in various allied health programs. She has a background in teaching and developing curriculum, and ten years of experience working in clinics and health centers. Cori also serves as an active volunteer in the Bellingham community. She brings ambition, collaborative spirit, and a dedicated work ethic to the AHECWW team.


Kate Di Nitto, Associate Director, AHECWW

Kate Di Nitto, MFA. Kate has worked in behavioral health, higher education student Kate Di Nitto
services, and as a writer and writing teacher. She brings perspective from eight years working in community mental health as a service provider, and her volunteer work with youth. She is passionate about increasing access to career pathways and comprehensive healthcare. She is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer.



Ellen Barton, Health Projects Coordinator

Ellen supports AHECWW’s work with the UW School of Medicine Rural Underserved Opportunities Program (RUOP) program.Photo of Ellen Barton
She assists with grant writing and, as a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer, conducts outreach to schedule and lead Mental Health First Aid trainings. She brings prior experience in community engagement and grant management for health-oriented transportation planning.

Deborah Elliott, AHECWW Health Professions Coordinator

Deborah coordinates AHECWW programs for health career pathways including the Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) projectD Elliott photo
and other student health career “pipeline” development projects. She brings administrative skills and connections from her work at the Bellingham School District, Western Washington University, and University Christian Ministries. A recent graduate of Whatcom Community College, Deborah is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University. She volunteers in global work with refugees and is earning certification as a Community Health Worker.

Ellen Carroll, AmeriCorps Member, College Access Coordinator

Ellen coordinates and facilitates the Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) project, Photo of E Carroll with Americorps logoa service-learning curriculum designed to prepare and inspire students from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in the healthcare field. At Western Washington University, Ellen earned degrees in Psychology and Sociology and served as a Resident Advisor, developing skills in working with students of different backgrounds.


AHECWW Advisory Board Members:

Co-chair: Dan Ferguson, Director, Allied Health Center of Excellence
Co-chair: Jacqueline Barton True, Director of Rural Health Programs, Washington State Hospital Association
Stacey Alles, LMHC, GMHS; Chief Operating Officer, Compass Health
Carlos Enciso Lopez, Medical student at UW School of Medicine
Sonia Handforth-Kome, Chief Financial Officer, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Marcy Hipskind, MD; President and CEO Family Care Network
Peter House, UW Medicine Public Health Master’s Program, Public Health/ Rural Health education
Tom Jensen, CEO, Grays Harbor Community Hospital Aberdeen/Grays Harbor County
Dr. John McCarthy, Assistant Dean for Rural Programs, WWAMI AHEC Associate Director
Stacey Morrison, WWAMI AHEC Associate Director
Mykenzie Puckering, RN student at University of Washington School of Nursing
Yong Ki Shin, MD, Assistant Clinical Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine
Nathan Thomas, Workforce Program Manager, Northwest Regional Primary Care Association
Samuel Watson-Alvan, Primary Care Director, Office of Primary Care, Washington Department of Health
Janice Walker, Dean for Workforce Education, Whatcom Community College (Ex-Officio)
Cori Garcia Hansen, Executive Director for AHECWW (Ex-Officio)
Kate Di Nitto, Associate Director for AHECWW (Ex-Officio)