Kay currently serves as the Director of Special Initiatives at Heritage University in Toppenish where, as Director of the Center for a New Washington, she oversees and coordinates the varied activities of the Center for a New Washington. In addition Kay provides leadership for starting new or short-term projects at the University. Most recently she developed the Office of Institutional Research and led the redesign of the University web site.
Off campus, she is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club and board memberships on Northwest Harvest, the United Way of Central Washington, EPIC and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
Before coming to Heritage, she and her husband John were at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he was president for 10 years. While in Massachusetts Kay was active on campus and in the community where she served on the Boards of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Music Worcester, Foothills Theater, the Ecotarium (Museum of Science and Nature) and the YWCA. She was a founding member and second chairperson of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. She also chaired the Colleges of Worcester Consortium’s Community Engagement Committee and Worcester’s Cultural Coalition, was active at the Worcester Art Museum and was a member of the Worcester Rotary club. Prior to her time in Massachusetts she enjoyed a 17-year career in technology management, most recently at the NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an MBA from Wayne State University.
Kimberly recently joined the Center for a New Washington team. Her experience includes 24 years law enforcement and seven years working with non-profit organizations, such as the Yakima Valley Museum, Memorial Hospice, Safe Yakima and the YMCA. She holds an MS from the University of Central Florida and is presently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Heritage.
Enthusiastic about living in the Yakima Valley and dedicated to helping others achieve their full potential; Kimberly is excited to be the newest member of the Center for a New Washington.
Robert E. Sutton, PhD
Robert E. Sutton, PhD, is the Associate Professor of the Center for a New Washington. He is currently the Senior Advisor to the President and Acting Associate Dean of Medical Education at Pacific Northwest University (PNWU) in Yakima, Washington.
Prior to coming to PNWU, Dr. Sutton served as Vice President for Academic Affairs for Genesys Regional Medical Center, a large allopathic/osteopathic teaching hospital in Grand Blanc, Michigan, associated with Michigan State College of Human Medicine and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Sutton earned his PhD degree from the University of Idaho and has spent over thirty years in leadership positions in dental and medical education. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators, and the Association for Hospital Medical Education, which he served as its president from 2001 to 2003.
Timothy Melhorn, MD
Timothy Melhorn, MD, MMM, CPE, joins the Center for a New Washington as HRSA Grant Assistant. He has had an extensive career in medicine in the Yakima Valley. Tim has served on the medical staff of Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in a variety of leadership roles including chair of the department of Internal Medicine, Chair of the Clinical Nutrition Committee, and most recently Practicing Internist at Cornerstone Medical Clinic. He is co-founder of the Medical Associates of Yakima, a community clinic without walls that transitioned to an MSO. He helped develop and implement the Hospitalist and Intensivist programs at Memorial Hospital. Tim has served as adjunct faculty at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. Among his many board and committee memberships are the Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees, the Washington Medical Group Alliance Board, and Physicians Insurance Board of Directors. He holds undergraduate and MD degrees from the University of Washington and a Master of Medical Management from Tulane University. The Center for a New Washington at Heritage University is pleased to have his leadership in implementing a HRSA grant for developing workforce development and Inter-professional Education (IPE) programs in Yakima County.
Katherine Bell is the HRSA Grant Project Liaison for Health Resources and Services Administration Grant at the Center for a New Washington. She grew up on the Yakama Reservation, which ignited her passion for social justice on both the community and international levels. At the community level, Katherine has directed summer literacy programs for underprivileged children in the Lower Yakima Valley and has worked within the Mount Adams School District with at-risk students, introducing international social justice topics and issues that pertain to their own community and struggles. She received a B.A. in English Language & Literature at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA and a M. Phil in International Peace Studies at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Katherine hopes to continue advocating for low-income communities on both the national and international level, focusing on children’s rights, health and education.
Melissa McCoy joined us in June 2014 as the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Native Health & Culture and the Center for a New Washington. She was raised in Toppenish, Washington and she relishes the diverse cultures in the Yakima Valley. Her heritage, passion for the communities, as well as the four seasons which brings out the excellence in its community members, keeps her here. Melissa is a descendant of the Yakama, Shoshone, Nez Perce & Puyallup tribes.
Eliseo Alcala joined the Center for a New Washington as a Work Study Office Assistant in the Fall of 2014. He is a 2014 Toppenish High School graduate, and is currently enrolled as a freshman at Heritage University. Eliseo is planning to obtain a Degree but is currently undecided on a major. He is a life long resident of Buena Washington. Eliseo has a passion for fine arts and playing soccer. Mr. Alcala has a multicultural background and is also a fluent Spanish speaker.
Julia Silberman is the outgoing Administrative Assistant for the Center for a New Washington and the Center for Native Health & Culture. She has been involved in many aspects of both Centers including research projects, event planning, coordinating and the day to day operations. Julia’s interests include culture, collaboration and campus life. We are so grateful for Julia's service and will miss her!