Meet Our Staff
We are grateful for amazing staff, dedicated to improving the health of the communities we serve.
Ted was born and raised in Nebraska, where his family had a farm near the rural community of West Point. He earned a BA in Business Administration with a double major in Accounting and Finance. Prior to United General, Ted worked for a cable company and for two hospital systems in the Denver area beginning in 1992, performing work in accounting, finance, and internal auditing. In 1999 he began working for Affiliated Health Services, and continued employment in 2004 as the Controller for United General Hospital. Ted is currently responsible for oversight of all operational and financial matters for United General District 304 administration and program services. These include Community Health Outreach Programs (CHOP); the Fitness Center; the Landing; and Women Infants Children (WIC)—nearly 25 staff in all. He is also responsible for managing and maintaining District 304 assets. Ted feels his work matters, because working in health care and an industry that helps people maintain a better quality of life has always been important to him. Hobbies and interests include church-related activities such as mission trips (in Canada, Mexico, and Africa), and also being involved in local community service.
Mary hails from Bellevue, Washington and is the youngest in a family of six girls. She earned an Associate in Accounting at Skagit Valley College. Before being a stay at home mom, Mary worked as a reprographics technician at CH2M Hill, a large engineering consulting firm in Bellevue. Her career at United spans its history from Affiliated Health Services to United General Hospital to United General District 304. Mary’s work responsibilities include all accounting duties (grant billings and payroll for all departments and staff), and general office management. Thanks to Mary’s consistent behind the scenes work and attention to detail, the fiscal wheels turn smoothly at United General: “It’s the money, baby!” Mary and her husband Mike have lived in Mount Vernon for over 30 years, and currently share their life with a dog named Sadie. Their two adult daughters Robyn and Erin have provided several grand-dogs. For fun, Mary and Mike enjoy Hawaii, Disneyland, and 5th wheeling.
Steve was born and raised in Lyman, Washington and attended higher education at Skagit Valley College and Seattle Pacific University. He holds certification in public/governmental accounting, Train the Trainer and is a registered Senior Human Resource Professional. Prior to his current position Steve was United General’s Human Resource HRIS Analyst. Before joining United General he held the positions of Human Resources Analyst with Island Hospital in Anacortes, Customer Service Manager and Regional Operations Director for Fred Meyer for the Pacific Northwest region, and Vice President for Business Administration for Transform, LLC in Burlington. Steve’s role at United General is multi-faceted with responsibilities in the areas of Human Resources, Information Technology, Fixed Assets, and Accounts Payable. Steve’s work provides him the opportunity to either directly or indirectly support all of the programs offered by United General. In his time away from work you will find Steve involved in music, gardening, volunteering or traveling to new places, which may be his greatest passion.
Cynthia is from Arlington, WA and has a BS in Web Design and Development from Brigham Young University – Idaho. After an internship at The Institute of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Cynthia worked for over 10 years on various freelance projects involving graphic design, web design and marketing. In addition to her work at United General District 304, she is also a Remote Instructor in Visual Media for Communications at BYU Idaho. At United General, Cynthia works with staff on graphic design projects, website development, developing social media, branding and marketing strategies for our programs and community events for the district. Her work helps United General staff to effectively communicate and promote the health improvement programs they offer to the community. Cynthia and her husband Matthew have been married for 20 years and have four children, Abbey, Hannah, Luke and Esther and two golden retrievers, Lola and Penny. She says her family is pretty nerdy, and really busy. They love sushi, watching musicals on Sundays, playing games together and supporting each other to reach for their goals. They love the Pacific Northwest and feel really fortunate to live here!
Carol was born abroad in Kunsan, Korea. As part of a military family, she has lived in several different countries and states. Carol attended Western Washington University where she earned a BS in Community Health; she is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. After completing an internship with Affiliated Health Services, Carol began her career as their Health Educator focusing on Youth Substance Prevention and Low-income issues. She then became Director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, which was renamed Community Health Outreach Programs (CHOP) in 2010. As Director of a 100% grant-funded department, Carol oversees a staff of 10 coordinators, and assists with grant writing while managing numerous programs and budgets. She also serves on the Board of Hospice of the Northwest, Foundation of District 304, Population Health Trust, and several local coalitions. Carol believes prevention is the key to building healthier communities and approaches her work through a focus on changing policies, systems and environments. She values the importance of developing collaborative relationships and strategic partnerships to address unmet needs of the community, and is a self-driven big thinker, who accomplishes great outcomes by creating a vision, empowering staff, engaging stakeholders, and securing resources. Carol resides in Bellingham where she is joined by husband Bill, their son Slater, and canine child Zeke. She enjoys traveling with her family, watching the Seahawks, scrapbooking, hiking, is a fantastic cook as well as an active volunteer in her son’s sports and school PTA.
Beth was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington where she graduated cum laude in 2016 with a BS in Community Health from Western Washington University. Shortly after graduation she earned her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification. Prior to joining United General, Beth worked in restaurants and volunteered with a needle exchange program (something she still does). Her role at United General District 304 is to work with community organizations and individuals to implement evidence-based programs and practices, primarily related to substance use, but also access to healthy foods and mental health promotion. On any given day Beth’s job varies from attending coalition or work group meetings to connecting with other professionals on how best to carry out a program. Her goal is to be as creative and sustainable as possible, within the parameters of each individual project. Beth continues to live in Bellingham with her partner of seven years and their two cats. She makes time to practice yoga, garden, cook and bake, have spontaneous dance parties, read for pleasure, and rock climb (weather permitting!). The occasional day trip to Seattle or Vancouver reaffirms her love of the Pacific Northwest and its people. Beth also loves to travel and credits the time abroad with opening her eyes to issues of equity and the importance of public health infrastructure.
Lyndie grew up in a military family and settled in Bellingham after attending Western Washington University. She earned a BA in Education and taught 9th grade Health in public schools, then worked in the Prevention Center at Northwest ESD. At United General, Lyndie coordinates the Skagit County Child and Family Consortium(SCCFC) and the Children’s Council of Skagit County. Through her work with the Consortium Lyndie coordinates professional development around Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience and Substance Abuse Prevention topics. She also coordinates the Consortium’s Substance Abuse Prevention Committee and the annual Linda Nelson Community Champion awards. Lyndie’s work with the Children’s Council of Skagit County includes planning and coordinating professional development workshops for Early Childhood educators and families, the annual Connections Conference, family programs and the Pre-K and K Network. In addition, she organizes the Spotlight Film Festival each year. Lyndie’s efforts are helping build a seamless continuum of support that ensures Skagit families are healthy and thriving from prenatal through high school. At home Lyndie has two kids, a dog and a cat. She likes to read, be outside, and stay involved with her kids’ activities and schools.
Marjie was born in Seattle, Washington and has lived in Whatcom County since the age of five. She attended Western Washington University and earned a BA in School Health Education and a MEd in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction. After college, Marjie and her partner built a home and farm and marketed their produce to restaurants and CSA clients for almost 10 years. Before joining United General Marjie waited tables and managed a café, coordinated community education classes, taught HIV/AIDS education to health care workers, and was a substitute teacher. Marjie’s work at United General includes researching community needs, developing partnerships, and seeking and writing grants. She is especially proud of her role in building and sustaining the Concrete Farm to School program, and seeing it grow and thrive with the strong partnership between United General, the school district, and the Upper Skagit community. Marjie and her partner have two wonderful kids who are the fourth generation to live on the family property. Interests include gardening, cooking, having dinner parties, playing scrabble, participating in school events, volunteering in the community, camping in an old VW van, and backpacking.
Danika was born in Kirkland, Washington, and spent her teen years in Woodinville. She moved to Whatcom County to attend Western Washington University, where she earned a BS in Community Health. Danika is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and is working toward becoming a Certified Prevention Professional. Before coming to United General, Danika worked in many different fields. She coached springboard diving for seven years, worked as a barista, served at a French restaurant, and was a Special Education para educator for the Northshore School District. Danika also traveled and volunteered abroad, working with a group of deaf youth in Kabwe and as a Certified Nursing Assistant in an HIV/AIDS hospice in Zambia. At United General, Danika works on two projects. She serves as a co-coordinator helping launch a new substance abuse prevention coalition in Mount Vernon, and coordinates a traffic safety project with Skagit County law enforcement, to reduce underage drinking and marijuana use. Danika works to treat substance abuse as a public health problem rather than as a moral failing, and focuses on upstream factors that are proven to prevent and reduce the initiation of substance use. Now that her two-year research on vaccination opinions and rates in Washington’s homeschool population has been published, Danika’s spare time is spent on hobbies including painting, singing, playing with her two sugar gliders, working out, playing sports, cooking, watching football (go Hawks!), and exploring the great outdoors with her husband.
Stephanie was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington. After high school she joined the Army and served four years as a Logistics Specialist, making sure troops had the supplies they needed to complete the mission. Stephanie’s military experience included tours in Iraq and South Korea. After the Army, Stephanie attended Western Washington University and earned a BA in Human Services. Before coming to United General, she worked as the East County Resource Center Coordinator for Community Action of Skagit County, helping stabilize at-risk Upper Skagit families. When she joined United General, Stephanie was thrilled to move into the world of prevention. Through her position as the CPWI (Community Prevention Wellness Initiative) Coordinator, Stephanie coordinates the Concrete Resource Coalition which provides substance abuse prevention efforts for communities within the Concrete School District. They offer evidenced based family management programs including Strengthening Families and Incredible Years, and support evidenced based programs in the school such as PAX Good Behavior Game and Life Skills. The coalition also sponsors local students to attend youth leadership conferences, and coordinates the annual Concrete Youth Activity Day. Stephanie lives with husband, two children, two dogs and two cats in Concrete.
Born and raised in Shoreline, Washington Rachel attended Trinity Western University in British Columbia, where she earned a BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Intercultural and Religious Studies. Prior to joining United General, Rachel worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Geography Department and a Research Assistant in the Dendrochronology Lab at Trinity Western. She also worked for five seasons as a maintenance employee for the National Park Service, in the North Cascades and Wrangell St. Elias National Parks, and completed a Sustainable Agriculture Internship at the Brooksdale Environmental Learning Centre in British Columbia. For her first year with United General Rachel was an AmeriCorps VISTA, responsible for building and growing the Concrete Farm to School program. After her VISTA term she was offered the position of Farm to School Program Coordinator. Her job involves working with the Concrete School District to source and prepare local produce for school meals, provide experiential education for students in the school garden and kitchen classroom, and facilitate the Community Advisory Team. She also coordinates Concrete Summer Learning Adventure, a four-week day camp for kids in grades 1 through 8. Rachel feels her work is important because as a nation, we have become disconnected from the source of our food, resulting in negative impacts on our health and the health of our planet. The Farm to School program helps reverse that trend by engaging young people while they are still learning and developing. In her spare time Rachel can be found gardening and cooking, reading, writing, and hiking in the North Cascades.
Adele was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Edmonds. She attended the Claremont Colleges in Southern California, where she majored in Linguistics at Pomona College and earned a minor in Spanish from Claremont McKenna College. After graduation, Adele worked as an innovation and design consultant, conducting qualitative research and data analysis for INSITUM in Lima, Peru. She then moved to Graz, Austria and spent a year as a Fulbright Combined Grantee, conducting research with minority languages and teaching English at two secondary schools. Toward the end of that year she was selected for an AmeriCorps VISTA position at United General; when her one-year VISTA term was complete she accepted a position as Program Coordinator for multiple projects. Adele coordinates an Active Trails grant which focuses on connecting Concrete youth and families to local trail systems and natural resources. She also assists in the coordination of SNAP-ED programming in Sedro Woolley, conducting Skagit County Basic Food outreach to improve food security in low-income households. Adele also coordinates LifeSkills classes in the Concrete School District, and the Skagit Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. The work she does matters because it increases access to healthy foods, connects community members of all ages to the natural landscapes and outdoor recreational opportunities of Skagit Valley, and encourages individuals to become advocates for their own health. Aside from the obvious joys of gardening and hiking, Adele’s personal interests include language learning and endangered language revitalization, cooking, art and design, beatboxing, and running.
Alan is from Fairbanks, Alaska where he was born and raised. After high school he attended University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a BA in English. For nearly five years he was the General Manager of the university radio station, KSUA 91.5 FM. As an AmeriCorps/VISTA member at United General, Alan works to increase food security and healthy food access in Concrete, primarily through the Farm to School program. His work is important because nutritious food is required for optimal brain performance—healthy students are better learners! In his spare time Alan is new to the Skagit area but already appreciates the abundance of fresh produce. He is newly married, likes to cook, go running, and listen to music, and is looking forward to his first Tulip Festival.
Sherri was born and raised on a 60 acre farm in Port Townsend, Washington. She earned a BA in Personnel Psychology and Human Resources and has worked as a grant coordinator for non-profits, in publicity and marketing for a performing arts theatre, a software programmer, and optician’s office manager. At United General, Sherri assists program coordinators for Basic Food, Farm to School, Harvest of the Month, Strengthening Families, and Concrete Resource Coalition. Her skills are important in enabling coordinators to have the extra help they need to run effective, efficient programs. Sherri has one cat named Maggie, two grown children, and 5 young grandchildren whom she loves to pieces! She also designs jewelry and owns a business called Green Leaf Creations, through which she sells one- of- a-kind turned wood pieces. Sherri loves to spend time out of doors hiking, walking, gardening, and traveling. She is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle–spiritually, mentally, and physically.
Lauren was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska where she received an AA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She previously worked as the Program Director for KSUA-FM, the university radio station. At United General Lauren works with staff on invoice correspondence, completes inter-office orders, reviews timesheets, and coordinates Basic Food Program outreach and enrollment. Lauren’s work provides assistance to her co-workers and helps them juggle a multitude of tasks, so they can focus on the bigger picture of the important services they are providing to the community. Lauren is married and her interests include going on bike rides and walks, fashion, being encouraging, cooking, and family time.
Born and raised in Northern Arizona, Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree from Western Washington University in Human Movement and Performance. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Certified Motivational/Health Coach, and is Certified by the Arthritis Foundation. Prior to working for United General, Mark was a Strength and Conditioning Coach, Athletic Trainer, Health Club Manager, and Personal Trainer. At United General, Mark manages the day to day operation of the United Fitness Center and individual programs including: Group Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Yoga, Total Body Transformation Program, Trek for Treasure, and Worksite Wellness. The Fitness Center serves 400-500 people a month; 675 participants took part in Trek for Treasure in 2017. Mark enjoys working with people to motivate, educate, and support them in their efforts to achieve a healthier lifestyle. He loves seeing people make progress towards their health and fitness goals and being a part of helping them improve their body, mind, and spirit. Mark likes being creative and making things, and loves Halloween. His hobbies include art, hiking, tennis, golf, fishing, and being outdoors with friends and family.
Kyle was born and raised in Sedro-Woolley, Washington and has a BS in Kinesiology. He is an Exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Kyle began an internship with the United General Fitness Center in 2013 and was hired part-time in 2014. At any given time the Fitness Center serves between 300-500 members, and Kyle is proud to help people maintain a level of fitness needed for the highest possible quality of life. Kyle and his fiancée Elizabeth have two beta fishes and a hedgehog named Arthur. They enjoy hiking and softball.
Krista was born and raised in Visalia, California and moved to Washington in 2016. She began higher education at the College of the Sequoias and transferred to Western Washington University in 2016, where she will earn her BS in Kinesiology–Health and Fitness, in 2018. Prior to leaving Visalia, Krista grew up dancing and danced all through high school until the age of 20. She was a dance teacher for six years at several community studios and elementary school programs. At the Fitness Center she assists in exercise prescription for adults ranging in age from early 20s to 90s, some with chronic health issues such as diabetes, COPD, heart disease/hypertension, and arthritis/joint replacements. The Fitness Center provides classes for seniors to maintain muscle strength and decrease risk of falls, and also provides a 12-week program called Total Body Transformation, which is geared more toward younger members. These programs are important because staying active throughout life is the best way to ensure ease of daily activities as we age, help us manage weight, improve flexibility and balance, and decrease risk of falls in our later years. Krista is very passionate about her kitty Shadow, who she rescued with the help of her boyfriend. Krista’s mother is her biggest inspiration and supporter, and they talk every day. Her best friend since age six still lives in California and they talk frequently and stay connected in each other’s lives.
Lynne was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in Spokane. She has lived in Skagit County since 1972. Lynne earned a BA in Dance from Western Washington University, Continuing Education in Dance at University of Utah and Tucson Creative Dance Center, and completed Yoga Instruction and Teacher Training in Iyengar-style at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham. Before joining United General, Lynne taught Dance (Ballet, Modern, and Creative) for 27 years in studios, community centers, and at state, national, and international Conferences. She also taught Dance as Art in Education in local schools for 23 years, taught yoga at Yoga Northwest in Bellingham and Yoga for Teachers at Allen Elementary School, and has led 1 to 2 intensive yoga retreats per year for the last 10 years. Lynne has published Creative Dance for Learning: The Kinesthetic Link (McGraw Hill, 2008) and re-published Creative Dance and Learning: Making the Kinesthetic Link (Princeton Books, 2015). At United General’s Fitness Center, Lynne teaches yoga based on the Iyengar tradition and on her movement training of 50 years. She is committed to making yoga safe and accessible for all levels of ability by adapting poses according to her training in yoga anatomy and adaptive instruction. Lynne provides seven yoga classes per week, at four levels of student experience. She serves over 100 students, many of whom are seniors or people with physical limitations. Lynne is passionate about the benefits of yoga, which increases one’s quality of life by balancing strength and flexibility in the whole body, by finding proper alignment in the body (which prevents and heals injuries), by increasing body awareness, improving posture, and increasing energy, by reducing stress, and by empowering people to take charge of their health. Lynne has been married to her husband Marty for 45 years. They have three grown children, a huge extended family, and a few grand-dogs. She enjoys gardening, creative arts, and is an avid reader.
Stacy was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Hawaii, Florida, San Diego and Camano Island. She graduated from Stanwood High School and earned certification as a Phlebotomist. Before coming to work for United General, Stacy worked for Community Action of Skagit County and as a Pregnancy Aid for Snohomish County. As United General’s WIC Supervisor, Stacy leads a team that provide health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other health and social services to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their children to age 5. WIC also provides vouchers for nutritious foods and promotes a healthy lifestyle to 975 clients in three locations: Concrete, Stanwood, and the United General office in Sedro-Woolley. Stacy’s work ensures that low-income women, infants and children have resources that promote their health and well-being. Stacy is married and has two sons and a dog. She enjoys the outdoors, especially gardening, running, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding, and quilting.
Mardelyn was born in Yokosuka, Japan. After moving frequently as a child she landed in Washington State in the mid-1980’s and has been here ever since. Mardelyn has earned a BS in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a MS in Dietetics from Kansas State University. She has been a Registered Dietician since 2004. Prior to joining United General’s WIC department Mardelyn worked as a clinical dietician for St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood, WA for nine years. At WIC, Mardelyn provides nutrition education to women, infants and young children. She assesses clients at high risk for nutrition-related health issues, and develops and adjusts nutrition care plans as needed based on follow-up appointments. Mardelyn also engages community members through nutrition outreach events and helps out in the WIC office as needed. The WIC team serves between 900 and 1,000 people each month. Mardelyn knows her work matters because supporting healthy families is important for a thriving community. On a personal note, Mardelyn is married; she and her partner have two Alaskan Malamutes and like to stay active through hiking, snow shoeing, workouts, and travel.
Connie was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington. She earned her GED and continued with her education with Medical Assistant Phlebotomist certification from Skagit Valley College. Before joining United General’s WIC department Connie was a WIC Certifier with Community Action of Skagit County. At United General, Connie serves pregnant and breastfeeding moms and their children to age five by determining their eligibility for the program, collecting and recording client measurements such as height, weight and growth. She sees up to 975 families each month. Connie’s work helps provide nutritious foods and education to low-income families.
Priscila was born in Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico and was raised in Washington State. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School and attended SVC for classes in clerical skills and medical terminology. Before coming to United General, Priscila worked as a Server/Dish aide at an assisted living home; as a Sales Associate at Bed, Bath, and Beyond; and as a Cashier at Lafeen’s Donut Shop. In her work at United, Priscila answers phone calls, enrolls new WIC clients, schedules WIC appointments, and inputs client demographics information and required documentation. WIC helps a wide range of people, with nutrition resources and referrals. Priscila’s customer service skills are important in all aspects of the job, both over the phone and face to face. When clients see her good attitude and willingness to help, they feel comfortable and continue on the WIC program. In addition, they are more likely to recommend family and friends.