2022 Industry Health Trust Trustee Bios

Denise Giambalvo**

Denise Giambalvo is the Alliance’s Director of Purchaser Strategies. Previously, Denise was Vice President at Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), where she managed the coordination and marketing of monthly educational programs, social media, newsletters, and employer benchmarking surveys. In addition, Denise led various sponsor and grant-funded projects including the National Employer Initiative on Specialty Drugs.

Prior to MBGH, Denise served as Executive Director for the Employers’ Health Coalition (EHC) in Fort Smith, AR, where she was directly involved in contract negotiations for the PBM, Employers’ Choice Rx. Committed to carrying out the Coalition’s mission to “enhance the general health of the community,” Denise oversaw EHC’s launch of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and negotiated a discounted group rate for employer-sponsored financial well-being programs.

Denise has led team collaborations with stakeholders on research and pilot programs including limited-fill, site-of-service, mental and behavioral health, and data analysis.  Educational activities she has organized have focused on population health management, value-based benefit design, pain management, and analytics.

Denise received her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management in 2012.

 

Simone Loban**

Simone is President and Owner of Simone David Barbershop in Seattle, WA. She has built a business focused on customer needs and showing employees their true value and appreciation. Offering comprehensive and affordable health insurance to her team has been an important value since opening and has been able to offer BHT products to her team members. Simone has also served on the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County board of directors.

 

Matt Kolacz*

Matt Kolacz is the Owner and COO of Journey School Lynnwood, a Reggio-Emilia inspired outdoor private school in Lynnwood, WA. As Owner and COO, Matt’s focus and passion is to create an environment for our leadership, staff, kids, and families to grow with unlimited potential.  Specifically, working on all aspects of finance, Human Resources, facilities, planning and much more. Matt is also a board certified Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a national accreditation as a Master Addiction Counselor. Through almost 30 years of working in the mental health and social services field, Matt has most recently worked with many executive and small business owners with a variety of coaching strategies for personal and business success. Matt is excited to bring my years of varied and integrated interpersonal and business skills to assist in the continued efforts of BHT.

 

Mary Byrne*

Mary Byrne has served in the car business for over 30 years. The former owner of Nissan of Fife, Mary was the first female president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association in over 100 years. After retirement from the auto industry, she currently is the Business Manager of Total Property Services. A local property services company employing just over 25. I handle all day-to-day operations including employee benefits. Born and raised in Tacoma, attending Holy Cross and Bellarmine, she never left her roots in Tacoma.  Mary has always valued giving back to her community. Mary and her husband recently celebrated 36 years of marriage and raised their two sons in the South Sound community. She currently services on 2 local Boards, South Sound Cancer Care as chair of the board and Coffee Oasis, a local overnight teen shelter as a core member.

 

Barbara Andrews*

Barbara Andrews, CPA; CGMA is the CFO of Ziemek Dental Laboratory.  With over 30 years of experience in management level financial administration, she brings strong expertise building teams and infrastructure from the ground up.  She enjoys the challenge of assisting in the development of sustainable growth and refining processes to obtain the most advantageous result.  Her passion in the workplace is team building, she strongly believes in the power of positive reinforcement and in putting the people on the team first to achieve entity goals.  Barbara is encouraged daily in these efforts by her family, especially her husband of 38 years and her two boys.  Outside of work, Barbara enjoys the outdoors, gardening, fishing, and kayaking on the waters of Puget Sound with family and friends.

 

 

Beth Damis* (Second Term)

Beth serves as the CFO for Penny Arcade Inc. located in Redmond, Washington. Beth began supporting small businesses in the Accounting and HR realms in 2007, at times as a W2 employee and at others as a consultant and is passionate in helping small businesses succeed.

Beth is also passionate about helping business owners attract and retain the best talent to help them succeed in the long term while providing their employees’ benefits that are important to them.

“I am fortunate to work for a company that provides premium medical benefits for the staff and their dependents,” she notes. Continuing to provide this level of health insurance is extremely important to her as a reduction in coverage would be a reduction to morale.

As an accountant, Beth works to help companies find the most affordable products that meet the needs of their business. As an HR professional, she strives to help companies provide the highest level of benefits possible to their team. Beth strongly believes that great medical coverage is one of the best benefits any company can provide to their staff. Great medical coverage reduces employees’ stress levels as they are assured they can adequately take care of their mental and physical needs without sacrificing other essentials. This, in turn, benefits employers as the number of sick days is reduced and their staff is in a better position to perform their duties.

 

Evelyn Lemoine*** (Second term)

Evelyn retired as Vice President, People Programs (Human Resources) at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce after 25 years; since retirement, she has continued as a Trustee for the Business Health Trust. She previously worked for the City of Seattle for nearly 17 years in various. HR management roles, including staffing a former mayor. She served on a consumer advisory committee and a leadership advisory group of a major regional health care organization and chaired the nominating committee for the board of the organization; she currently serves as the patient partner on the quality and safety committee of the organization’s successor.

Evelyn was a long-time volunteer at United Way, including founding co-chair of its Early Learning Impact Council. She was also founding co-chair of SOAR, a community coalition. She was an active member of the Seattle Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. She currently serves as immediate past President of the Association for Psychological Type, is a founding member of APTi’s Washington State Chapter, and serves as the chapter’s secretary. She is a former board member of Child Care Resources. Her degree in Business Administration is from City University (Seattle).

 

 

*denotes participating employer in industry health trust

**denotes participating employer in other BHT products

***denotes community volunteer

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Industry Health Trustee Bios

Below are the biographies and information on the candidates appointed as Trustees for your Industry Health Trust. Please review the qualifications and vote using the link provided. If you have questions, please contact info@businesshealthtrust.com or 425.201.1972.

 

Nancy A. Giunto

Nancy Giunto has served as executive director of the Washington Health Alliance since September 2014. Working in partnership with the board of directors, Nancy has guided the organization into its second decade, collaborating with providers, purchasers, payers and patients to promote transparency in health care and improve quality and affordability.

Previously, Nancy served as executive director of Foster Pepper law firm in Seattle and program analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., and before that she held positions with the American Hospital Association, Intermountain Health Care and Providence Health & Services.

She is a member of the board and on the executive committee of the Network for Regional Health Care Improvement (NRHI) and chairs NRHI’s Strategic Planning Committee. Nancy is also active in the local business community as a member of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Board of Trustees and a member of the Advisory Panel for Cambia Grove.

In 2018, Nancy was invited to testify, on behalf of the Alliance, in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on “Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients.”

She has a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Communications and a Master of Health Administration from The Ohio State University.

Kayla DeMonte*

Kayla DeMonte is the Managing Director at Citizen University, a Seattle based non-profit where she leads the team on strategy and execution of a national slate of programs focused on strengthening citizen power and renewing civic practices. Prior to this role, she was Director of Programs & Partnerships at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she built and managed a roster of public programs including the Young Professionals Network and Women in Business & Leadership Initiative.

Kayla moved to Seattle in 2009 to join the team at One Reel where she managed festival sponsorships, partnerships, and special projects for Bumbershoot and the Family 4th. In addition to her years on staff at One Reel, Kayla has worked on the vendor relations and production teams for a variety of major festivals and events such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Northwest Folklife, and has been an event consultant for the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Awards for the past six years. She is currently a board member at The Vera Project and has held volunteer leadership roles with ArtsFund and the Community Development Committee of the Seattle Arts Commission.

“As a manager of a small non-profit, I understand the importance of offering and maintaining valuable benefits and options for our team members to feel supported in their professional and personal lives. I am honored to be able to serve and advocate for other employers and employees at organizations like mine in helping to provide accessible healthcare plans and other benefits.” – Kayla Demonte

Jennifer Weitz*

Jennifer is an experienced Human Resources Manager, serving as Operations and Human Resources Manager at Dockside. She is passionate about personal and team development. Jennifer has a demonstrated history of working in the retail industry (both small business and large corporate settings). She has been the primary individual responsible for managing and implementing various employee benefits for the company.

Beth Damis*

Beth serves as the CFO for Penny Arcade Inc. located in Redmond, Washington. Beth began supporting small businesses in the Accounting and HR realms in 2007, at times as a W2 employee and at others as a consultant and is passionate in helping small businesses succeed.

Beth is also passionate about helping business owners attract and retain the best talent to help them succeed in the long term while providing their employees’ benefits that are important to them.

“I am fortunate to work for a company that provides premium medical benefits for the staff and their dependents,” she notes. Continuing to provide this level of health insurance is extremely important to her as a reduction in coverage would be a reduction to morale.

As an accountant, Beth works to help companies find the most affordable products that meet the needs of their business. As an HR professional, she strives to help companies provide the highest level of benefits possible to their team. Beth strongly believes that great medical coverage is one of the best benefits any company can provide to their staff. Great medical coverage reduces employees’ stress levels as they are assured they can adequately take care of their mental and physical needs without sacrificing other essentials. This, in turn, benefits employers as the number of sick days is reduced and their staff is in a better position to perform their duties.

Evelyn Lemoine

Evelyn retired as Vice President, People Programs (Human Resources) at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce after 25 years; since retirement, she has continued as a Trustee for the Business Health Trust. She previously worked for the City of Seattle for nearly 17 years in various. HR management roles, including staffing a former mayor. She served on a consumer advisory committee and a leadership advisory group of a major regional health care organization and chaired the nominating committee for the board of the organization; she currently serves on a consumer advisory committee of the organization’s successor.

Evelyn was a long-time volunteer at United Way, including founding co-chair of its Early Learning Impact Council. She was also founding co-chair of SOAR, a community coalition. She was an active member of the Seattle Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. She currently serves as President-Elect of the Association for Psychological Type, is a founding member of APTi’s Washington State Chapter and serves as the chapter’s secretary. She is a board member of Child Care Resources. Her degree in Business Administration is from City University (Seattle).

Mary McWilliams

Mary has served in healthcare leadership for 25+ years, and is a founding CEO of several health plans. She served in executive leadership (including President) of Regence Blue Sheild from 1997 – 2008. Mary has been a leader in healthcare innovation through her leadership on the Virginia Mason Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee Member for the Washington Health Exchange and Executive Director of Washington Health Alliance (2008-2014).

Mary is a board member of corporate, civic and non-profit organizations.

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*Denotes that employer is part of a participating Industry Health Trust administered through Business Health Trust