Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics
VIMO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, governed by a volunteer board of directors.
Board President Jackson Williams
Board Vice President and Medical Director Gerald B. Stephanz Jr., MD, FACP has been dedicated to helping patients with kidney disease for over 25 years. He "retired" to the Olympic Peninsula in 2015, after the clinical practice of Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Utah for 20 years; the last 10 years of his practice had been at Central Utah/Revere Clinic, in Provo, Utah. Dr. Stephanz earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas in 1983; completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. He completed his Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1990. He remains board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Stephanz served the nephrology community by serving on the Intermountain ESRD Network 15 Medical Review Board for over 15 years. He is a former board member of the Renal Physicians Association. He served as the nephrology consultant for HealthInsight (the Utah Quality Improvement Organization) for a CMS QIO CKD project ending in 2011 and served on a committee for the Utah Department of Health revising Utah Diabetic guidelines for 2012. He was medical director of multiple dialysis units, serving a diverse geographic and patient population. Dr. Stephanz served on the medical review board for the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. He became VIMO medical director in 2016 and was appointed to the Clallam County Board of Health in 2017. Dr. Stephanz and his wife (Dr. Nancy Ahlstrom, hospitalist at Olympic Medical Center) enjoy exploring the Olympic Peninsula; he is an avid golfer.
Board Treasurer T. Scott Brandon joined the VIMO board in 2018, having been employed as the clinic's Development & Operations Director for three years. He started working at VIMO following nearly a decade of involvement in charitable and public organizations in Port Angeles and across Clallam County. Scott retired from the tech industry in 2003 to focus on family and community. Prior to his retirement he held international management positions at Intel, Trend Micro and Alpha Pro Tech. He has delivered international marketing and integrated technical security lectures at technical conferences, colleges and universities around the globe. He holds multiple technical and training certifications from Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and others. He did his undergraduate work at BYU (accounting/finance) and is currently enrolled in the MIT/Harvard EdX MicroMaster of Business Management program. In addition to his work at VIMO, he is the chair of the Port Angeles School District General Advisory Committee and the co-chair of the Society for American Baseball Research's (SABR) Pictorial History Committee and SABR Trivia online chartered community.
Secretary Sheila Everett
Board Member and Immediate Past President Bonnie Bulach, a native of Sunman, Indiana, retired from the United States Navy Nurse Corps at the rank of Captain after 26 years of honorable service. Her last assignment in the U.S. Navy was as Senior Nurse Executive at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Washington. Upon retirement from the Navy, she and her husband, Pete made their home in Port Angeles. Bonnie began volunteer work in the Hypertension Clinic at VIMO in June 2012, where she provided nursing support and hypertension education to uninsured and underinsured patients. In addition, she taught in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Peninsula College for 2½ years. Currently, Bonnie works as a part-time Nurse Case Manager at Olympic Medical Center. Bonnie is active in the community and regularly collaborates and supports other local non-profit organizations and agencies, such as Shelter Providers Network, Peninsula Behavioral Health, Veterans Community Partnership and Port Angeles Community Action Network. Bonnie enjoys the beauty the Clallam County Community has to offer and enjoys hiking, kayaking, sightseeing, gardening during her free time.
Board Member Suzanne DeBey was a teacher for 37 years which included 32 years in the Port Angeles District, and in that position saw firsthand the impact poor access to health care had on students and their families. She was heartbroken to see their struggle to succeed in school without proper medical care. After retiring in 2012, she volunteered at the VIMO clinic and was humbled to encounter patients that caused her to remember "There but for the grace of God go I." When asked to join the VIMO board, she saw it as an opportunity to work at expanding access to quality health care for all citizens in the community. Suzanne is also involved in her Rotary club, both as a board member and member of several committees (including being the Youth Committee Chair, overseeing tutoring and other youth projects). She is a board member and lay leader of the local Jewish community, writing a regular column for the Peninsula Daily News on Jewish perspectives on various issues. She recently joined the planning board of the newly-formed Interfaith Community of Clallam County and is part of the Peace Choir. In her spare time she enjoys camping, hiking, her animals, kayaking, gardening and travel, along with spending time in Seattle with her children and grandchild.
Board Member Mike French is a local businessperson and an elected member of the Port Angeles City Council. He was born and raised in Port Angeles, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Central Washington University. He is passionate about improving access to quality medical care and increasing scientific literacy among the general public. Mike enjoys biking, playing the piano at various community events, and spending time with his two young boys.
Board Member Shawn Gould
Board Member Thom Hightower
Board Member Janene Jones has been a practicing pharmacicst for more than 30 years. A northwest native, she received her pharmacy degree from Oregon State University College of Pharmacy. During her many years in retail pharmacy she has serviced county jail imates, nursing homes, adult family homes and an autistic childen's facility. Having such varied professional experiences has allowed her to see the impact of limited access to quality healthcare across a broad spectrum. When not helping patients to improve their health, she enjoys reading, walking/hiking and traveling.
Board Member Jason Viada
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