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Providence St. Mary Foundation Board

Dean Snider

Dean Snider

Board Chair

Dean, a native of Vancouver British Columbia, has lived in Walla Walla since 1996 and has served as the Whitman College Director of Athletics since 2006. Under Snider's tenure, Whitman has developed $30 million in new facilities, including Baker Faculty Fitness Center, a complete renovation of Sherwood Athletic Center and New Outdoor Tennis courts. Snider also founded the W Club, a high-powered alumni board that has produced about $5 million in new athletic endowment in addition to a significant annual fund drive. Whitman is now considered an athletic power in the Northwest Conference and nationally in NCAA III. The growth of the program has taken place in tandem with Whitman's national academic reputation.

Cindy Widmer, Board Chair

Cindy Widmer

Past Board Chair

Cindy recently retired as the Office and Donations Manager at L’Ecole No. 41. She currently cares for her preschool grandchild and provides non-profit grant development and consultation services. Prior to working at the winery, Cindy’s career path gravitated to executive management positions within the non-profit community. Cindy grew up in California, spent years of college and her early career in Oregon, and has lived the last 38 years in Walla Walla. Cindy joined the Foundation Board because she was moved by a personal experience of deep care, concern and compassion from the staff of Providence St. Mary Medical Center in 2007.

Matt Mahan, Vice-Chair

Matt Mahan


Matt grew up in Walla Walla and attended area schools, including Walla Walla Community College. Matt is a licensed Funeral Director at Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home and has been very active in organizations such as the Knights of Columbus, Walla Walla Exchange Club, WWCC Booster Club and the Washington State Funeral Director's Association. Matt is married to Lita Mahan and they have one son, Zachary.

Dr Patty Martin

Patty Martin, DDS


Patty is a general dentist at Stone Creek Dental Care and moved to the Walla Walla Valley in 2012. She grew up in Sumner, WA and graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University in 20005. She was a varsity cheerleader for the Cougars and remains a huge fan. After graduation, she worked as a flight attendant for a few years before moving onto graduate school at the University of Washington’s School of Dentistry. Patty did several externships throughout eastern Washington during her dental school training and became passionate about providing high quality health care in a more rural setting, which is what interested her in becoming a member of our board. Patty is an active member of several charitable organizations, including noon Rotary, AAUW and Junior Club. She serves as president for the local dental society and is on the Budget and Finance Committee for the Washington State Dental Organization. She enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, running and spending time with her husband, son and fur babies.

Susie Colombo

Susie Colombo


Susie has worked for over 30 years at Baker Boyer Bank, most recently serving as Vice President and Financial Advisor in Private Banking. She currently holds a certified Wealth Strategist Certificate. She embraces spending time with her husband and two children and loves to travel. Susie joined the Foundation Board in 2013 to increase her knowledge of the medical field and to give back to the community

Gretchen Brown, Providence St. Mary Foundation board member - Walla Walla, WA

Gretchen Brown

Gretchen recently retired as a RN at Providence St. Mary Medical Center after 27 years - more than 20 were in the Cancer Center. Her husband of 41 years, three sons and six grandchildren were born at St Mary’s. Gretchen has served on King's Kids Preschool Board as treasurer for the past 26 years, and is active at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Milton Freewater—most recently as worship accompanist, choir member and volunteer parish nurse. She is also on the board for the Breadbasket food bank in Milton Freewater. Gretchen hopes to help maintain the high level of service found at St Mary’s and has a passion for taking care of the vulnerable and disenfranchised.

Deborah Castillo, Providence St. Mary Foundation Board member.

Deborah Castillo

Deborah was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Sam in 1972. The couple moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1974 where Sam attended Dental School at University of Oregon Health Science Center. In 1978 they moved to Redmond, Washington and she helped her husband establish his dental practice in Duvall. She also enjoyed a career as a licensed massage practitioner. In 2007 they purchased 66 acres in the Walla Walla Valley and became involved in the wine industry as owners of Castillo de Feliciana Winery (the name inspired by Deborah’s great aunt, Feliciana). Deborah and Sam have two children, Kara and Christopher - both are involved in the family-owned winery - and recently became grandparents. Deborah enjoys reading, cooking, entertaining, traveling and spending quality time with family.

Marguerite Daltoso

Marguerite Daltoso

Marguerite has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Walla Walla County Conservation District for over 31 years. She has been blessed with a devoted husband, 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 1 more on the way. Together, her and her husband volunteered a total of 56 years at St. Mary, where Marguerite also served as President of the Service League. Marguerite has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for the Spokane Diocese Catholic Charities and the 1991 Washington State American Mother of the Year. She feels honored to serve as a Foundation Board Member after serving more than 20 years as a volunteer. She feels happy to be a part of an organization that gives back to the community in it's generosity and charity every year.

Bill Fleenor

Bill Fleenor

Bill was born and raised in Walla Walla. He graduated from Walla Walla High School and attended the University of Washington, majoring in Business Administration and graduating in 1974. Bill has served on the Walla Walla City Council and many boards throughout the Walla Walla Valley. He is an avid golfer and enjoys officiating high school and college basketball games.

Chris Gardea, Providence St. Mary Foundation board member - Walla Walla, WA

Chris Gardea

Chris is the Assistant Superintendent for the Walla Walla School District. He graduated from Eastern Washington University and has been involved in education in the Walla Walla Valley since 1997. He and his wife, Angie, have two children that were born at St. Mary. Chris is excited to serve an organization that has provided exceptional compassion and care to his family.

Chris Garratt, Executive Director

Chris Garratt

As Chief Development Officer, Chris oversees all philanthropic and development activity for the southeastern Washington service area of Providence St. Joseph Health, including the administration of the Kadlec Foundation and the Providence St. Mary Foundation. Prior to being promoted to Chief Development Officer, Chris was the Executive Director for Providence St. Mary Foundation since 2012. Chris spent 10 years in various hotel sales and marketing leadership positions throughout the country, with stops at MGM Grand Las Vegas, Visit Seattle, Starwood Hotels and Red Lion Hotels. Chris has an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Whitman College. When not running after his three kids, Chris enjoys golfing, tennis, running, hiking, cooking and drinking away the profits of his wife’s family wineries.

Art Griff

Art Griff

Art is a retired Pharmacist who has lived in Walla Walla for 63 years. He became involved with St. Mary in 1966 when he served as President of a newly created advisory board to guide the Sisters of Providence on the feasibility of building a new hospital, which was built in the 1970's. Art has served as a member of the Walla Walla Chamber of Commerce, Exchange Club, Downtown Development Corp., Main Street Development, Assumption Parish Council and the Washington Pharmacy Association. In 1978, Art was the recipient of the the Person of the Year Award. He serves as a Foundation Board Member because of the great hospital it is and the contribution it is making to the community.

Peter Hess

Peter Hess

Peter is an attorney at Hess Law Office, PLLC and a proud Walla Wallan! He joined the Foundation Board in 2012 with the belief that everyone should have access to great health care. Peter is married and loves being a dad.

Bradley Johnson, MD

Bradley Johnson, MD

Dr. Brad Johnson is the Medical Director of Imaging at St. Mary. He is married to Jan Johnson and has lived in Walla Walla for the last 5 years. Brad loves Walla Walla and feels strongly about the appropriate use of philanthropy in the current health care environment.

Dr. S. Steven Maxood

S. Steven Maxood, MD

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John Reese

John and his wife, Elaine, moved to Walla Walla in September 1958 after two years in the United States Air Force. They have four children, twenty-three grandchildren, and will soon be great-grandparents. John joined the Providence St. Mary Foundation when it was first formed, as he thought it was important to do everything possible to keep St. Mary a strong organization. John feels that having a strong local hospital enables all Walla Wallans to stay at home for medical care without the necessity of traveling outside the community.

Lane Savitch, Providence St. Mary Foundation board member - Walla Walla, WA

Lane Savitch,

Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Washington/Montana Market, Southeast Washington Service Area

Mr. Savitch was previously the Regional Chief Executive for Kadlec Health System prior to having the role expanded to include responsibility for Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He began at Kadlec in 2006 as the Medical Center President. He had served as the interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, AK, the COO of the Ballard Campus at Swedish Health System, Senior Executive Director at Stevens Healthcare (now Swedish-Edmonds) and Administrator (CEO) of Valley General Hospital in Monroe, WA.

Mr. Savitch has a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Western Washington University and Advanced Credential in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota MHA program. Mr. Savitch is a member of the Board of Directors of Tri-Cities Home Health LLC, a member of the Benton-Franklin Community Health Alliance Board, a member of the Board of Directors at the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, and the Tri-Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Savitch is a member of the Washington State Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for WSHA. Mr. Savitch is a past President of the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts and past President of the Northwest Washington Hospital Council. He also currently serves as the Board Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Western Healthcare Insurance Trust.

Matt Stroemel, DO

Matt Stroemel, DO

Dr. Matt Stroemel is a Nephrologist at St. Mary. He graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Oklahoma State University and completed his fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Matt joined the Foundation Board in 2014.


Terri Turner Hanson

Terri grew up in Walla Walla and became a cosmetologist 35 years ago. She has since owned three salons in Walla Walla. She and her husband, Gary were co-owners of Abajian Toyota-Scion, until selling the business in 2014. Terri has been blessed with two children, a son-in-law and granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and entertaining. Terri has volunteered in many local organizations including; Junior Club, Carnegie Art Center- Picture Lady, Youth Baseball Chairperson, Sharpstein PTA, Garrison PTA, Citizens for Schools and co-chair of a bond for the Remodel of Sharpstein School. She has received numerous awards for her volunteerism including the Art Reiger Award for "Volunteer of the Year" presented by the Walla Walla School District. She has also coordinated the Walla Walla High School golf fundraiser tournament. She has volunteered for the silent auction at the St. Mary Foundation Golf Tournament in 2014 and 2015. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the St. Mary Foundation Board and is looking forward to putting her skills to work.

Blake Underriner

Blake Underriner

Blake Underriner is the General Manager of Walla Walla Valley Honda. He was raised in Billings, Montana and is a fourth generation auto dealer. Blake was raised in a family environment that emphasized community involvement and giving support to local causes. He graduated from Billings West High School and then earned a degree from Gonzaga University in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance. Prior to moving to Walla Walla, Blake served as a District Sales Manager for American Honda Motor Company in Virginia. During his four years with Honda, Blake excelled at his position and gained valuable experience. He plans to put his family upbringing and business experience to work at Walla Walla Valley Honda. Blake has been active in supporting cancer survivor programs for children with cancer and is active in automobile trade associations. He is looking forward to working with the Walla Walla Valley Community.

Gordy Venneri

Gordy Venneri

Gordy Venneri is a co-winemaker, co-owner, and managing partner at Walla Walla Vintners. Upon returning from a trip to Italy in 1981, he and his friend Myles Anderson started producing home-crafted wine. In 1995, their hobby was launched in the 8th bonded winery in the Walla Walla AVA, which now boasts more than 100 wineries. Walla Walla Vinters has grown from 600 cases to 5,000 cases and specialized in hand-crafted premium quality red wines at a value price.

Meghan Warwick, Foundation Board member - Providence St. Mary Foundation, Walla Walla, WA.

Meghan Warwick

Meghan graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Zoology. She has worked for 11 years in the pharmaceutical industry and is currently an Executive Sales Representative for a major bio-pharmaceutical company. Meghan was born at Providence St. Mary and was raised in Walla Walla, where she spent many high school hours volunteering at the hospital. She enjoys spending time with her two children (also born at St. Mary), doing yoga and dancing. Meghan has a passion for promoting healthy living and is excited to be part of an organization that supports health and wellness in our community.