Board of Directors

Andrew J. Saxon, MD

Board Chair

Dr. Andrew Saxon is Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington and Director, Addictions Treatment Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System Medical Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program, University of Washington. Preceding his entry into psychiatry, Dr. Saxon completed an internal medicine internship and worked for 4 years as an emergency room physician.  Subsequent to his general psychiatry residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Saxon has 23 years of experience as a clinical and research addiction psychiatrist.  Dr. Saxon is board certified with added qualifications in addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Saxon serves as one of five National Clinical Experts on office-based treatment of opioid dependence with buprenorphine for the Physician Clinical Support System, a national mentoring network for physicians.  Dr. Saxon is also the Medical Director of the SAMHSA funded Physician Clinical Support System for Methadone.

John Gahagan

Vice Chair

John Gahagan is co-chair of SAMA’s Family Action Council. John is an active advocate of safe disposal sites for prescription medications. He speaks locally, statewide and nationally about youth substance abuse and the need for improved awareness and treatment.

Herb Bone


Laurel L Spelman


Laurel Spelman earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stanford.  Spelman has more than 25 years experience in urban residential and mixed-use real estate development and previously served as Director of residential real estate development for Vulcan Inc.  Spelman also served as Housing Developer for the Downtown Emergency Services Center working to expand housing resources for the city’s most disabled and vulnerable homeless, as well as Board Vice President of the Housing Resources Group, a non profit affordable housing developer. She also was a Vice President of Intrawest Corporation and formerly a principal at The Seneca Group.

Robert W. Day, MD, PhD, MPH

SAMA Co-Founder

President & Director Emeritus of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Robert Day also serves as a member of the FHCRC Division of Public Health Sciences, Cancer Prevention Research Program and has served as the Scientific Director for the International Consortium for Research on the Health Effects of Radiation. Dr. Day has attended Harvard College, University of Chicago, and University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health and was named Emeritus Dean and Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Dr. Robert W. Day’s full bio

Kathleen L. Albrecht

Kathleen is vice president,assistant general counsel at Starbucks Coffee and has been a member of the Starbucks team since 2001.

Michael Balt

Michael is responsible for product and market management of Citi Private Bank’s Family Office initiatives, working closely with bankers and families throughout North America.  Michael joined Citi in 2005 from Ernst & Young where he led marketing efforts in the firm’s Emerging & Growth Market group throughout the Pacific Northwest.  In addition, Michael ran the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program.  Prior to Ernst & Young, Michael worked for the Walt Disney Corporation.

Originally from the Chicago area, Michael attended college and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and completed a Graduate Marketing Program through Seattle Pacific University.  Michael enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife and two children at his home in Sammamish.


Rose Dennis

Rose Dennis earned her B.A. in Business Management at Seattle Pacific University in Executive Management with the JC Penney Company; tenured college professor at Edmonds Community College as Director and Professor, teaching classes in Fashion, Retail, Marketing an Business Management (includes teaching one year in Kobe, Japan); Public Relations and Special Events Director for City Centre and fashion designer Luly Yang; Director of Procurement, Marketing, PR and Operations for the non profit Art’s organization PONCHO. Currently serves on the PONCHO and Pacific Northwest Ballet Board of Trustees. Rose and her husband Frank’s son Matthew, is a cancer (AML) and substance abuse survivor. They support SAMA’s mission, and know first hand that research, treatment and education are greatly needed to prevent drug addiction and abuse among our youth.

Dennis Donovan, PhD.

Dr. Dennis Donovan has been the director of the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute since 1993 and has been a UW faculty member since 1981. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded grants, including NIAAA’s Project MATCH, the NIAAA COMBINE Study, and the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Dr. Donovan has published more than 150 articles and chapters in the area of alcoholism and addictive behaviors, has published numerous books. He was selected by the Center on Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to serve as the Chair of the Consensus Panel developing and publishing the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) on Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management.


Jean-Pierre “JP” Green

JP Green, CFP®, is a Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager with Key Private Bank in Bellevue, Washington.  JP brings 15 years of financial experience to clients and their families with a focus on full balance sheet advising and client goal achievement.  JP uses a comprehensive financial plan as the foundation for coordinated financial decisions and pursues the best solutions for clients by leveraging a team of colleagues chosen for their expertise and commitment to service.  JP’s client portfolio is a mix of individuals, families, family businesses and non-profit organizations.

Prior to joining Key Private Bank JP was a relationship manager at JP Morgan Private Wealth Management for two and a half years and worked at Citi Private Bank for ten years, both in Seattle, WA.  He also worked at AXA Advisors for almost two years after his five years of service as an officer in the US Army Stationed in Hawaii.

JP graduated from West Point in 1993 with a BS in Management Information Systems and is a Certified Financial Planner since 2004.  JP is the Treasurer/Vice President and a Trustee of the Seattle Repertory Theatre.  JP resides in Seattle with his wife, Jen.  They enjoy traveling, wine tastings, hiking and other outdoor activities in additional to the local theatre scene.

Norman Johnson

Norman Johnson is Executive Director of Therapeutic Health Services (THS), a non-profit chemical dependency and mental health agency located in Seattle.


.       Elaine Thompson PhD,RN

        Dr.Thompson is the Sandra and Peter Dyer Term Professor in Nursing in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health within the University of Washington’s School of Nursing, and a Principal Investigator for the Reconnecting Youth Prevention Research Program. She obtained her Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Washington. She has also received funding from The National Institute of Nursing Research and The National Institute of Mental Health for suicide prevention and school dropout prevention research. Her research specializations are 1) intervention and evaluation research; 2) advanced multivariate analytic techniques; 3) measurement and instrument development; and 4) testing intervention theory. Her clinical specializations are 1) family, child, and adolescent psychosocial nursing; 2) suicide risk assessment; and 3) stress and self-management.


Heidi Orr

Heidi is a shareholder in the Seattle office of Lane Powell PC. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Heidi’s practice focuses on all aspects of estate planning, estate and gift taxation, and estate and trust administration with an emphasis on personal planning for high net worth families and individuals. Heidi also advises families and individuals with respect to their charitable planned giving. Heidi regularly advises tax-exempt organizations with respect to formation, board structuring and education, federal and state compliance, and strategic planning. Heidi has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Seattle University School of Law and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle, Washington Women in Tax, the YWCA Planned Giving Advisory Committee, and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association, where she currently serves as the Probate & Trust Council Director. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Board of Directors of Science and Management of Addiction.

Bowen Peck

        Bio coming soon

        Susan  Peck

        Bio coming soon

Donna Rosenberg

Donna Rosenberg is a community volunteer having held fundraising roles with Boys and Girls Club of King County, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Humane Society, Woodland Park Zoo, and PONCHO. Ms. Rosenberg currently serves on the board of the USO of Puget Sound Area.  Ms. Rosenberg attended the University of Arizona and worked for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants for twenty years in management and operations assistant to John Schwartz.

Thomas Todaro

Tom has a Master’s in Economics from Stanford University and is a leader of business development of Biotech and Technology companies in the Seattle area.


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