Board

 Rodney Outlaw

Rodney Outlaw, Interim Chair

Rodney Outlaw is a graduate of Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science with a degree in Audio Engineering and has over 15 years of experience in the music industry as a recording artist, music producer and audio engineer. He is the founder of Walla Walla Music Organization He is now the Youth Engagement Director for the Walla Walla YMCA. Rodney has over ten years of experience working with kids as an after school program director for Downtown YMCA and a Para Educator for the Walla Walla Public School District. He also run sound for the Big Idea talks that’s held at the Walla Walla Public Library.

R. Simons

Dr. Richard D. Simon, Jr., Secretary

Dick was born in Toledo, Ohio but moved to Walla Walla with his family when he was in 6th grade. He attended Berney Grade School, Pioneer Junior High School, Walla Walla High School, and Whitman College before moving to Chicago to attend the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He and his family moved back to Walla Walla in 1981 where he practiced internal medicine and was one of the few AIDS doctors during the initial 20 years of the AIDS pandemic. Later, as part of a pilot project with Dr. William Dement (WaHi graduate 1947 and founder and director of the Stanford University Sleep Center) to bring the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders into primary care, he helped to establish the Kathryn Seveyns Dement Sleep Disorders Center at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Dick has a particular interest in the sleep needs of adolescents and the effects of sleep deprivation on adolescent performance (intellectual, emotional, physical).

Ting Anthes

Ting Anthes, Treasurer

Ting came to the United States towards the end of 2007. In 2015 she began her career at Baker Boyer Bank in Walla Walla and is currently serving as a Consumer Loan Advisor. Ting attributes her success in Walla Walla to all the help she received from the community since moving here.  She now wants to utilize her expertise and enthusiasm to give back to her adoptive community and to help others call Walla Walla home as well. Ting has a B.S. in Communications Engineering acquired in China and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Central Washington University. Ting enjoys spending her free time supporting her daughter’s activities and interest in the community.

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Melissa Wilcox

Melissa Wilcox is a Walla Walla native who attended Berney Elementary, Pioneer Junior High School, and Walla Walla High School. Although she has lived in several places worldwide, she decided to move back to Walla Walla in 2003 to raise her children here before they began their schooling. Melissa has been working as a Financial Advisor since 2008, and her office is located on 3rd Ave. in Walla Walla. She is passionate about giving back to her community and has previously served as the Executive Director and board member for the American Red Cross, board member for Junior Achievement, and PTA vice president for Sharpstein Elementary. Currently, she is a member of the Walla Walla Noon Rotary. Melissa cares deeply about creating opportunities for all children and is proud to support The Health Center in its mission. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Mike, and spending time with their four adult children. 

Brent Cummings

Brent Cummings

Brent Cummings is WWPS's Director of Early Learning and the Center for Children and Families. He has been an educator in Walla Walla since 2005. For the first 15 years, Brent engaged our young people, their families, and our community through the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program initiative. Over that time period, he worked in our schools as a Site Coordinator, Program Director, and national Afterschool Ambassador. More recently, as Walla Walla Public Schools’ Director of Accelerated Learning and Support, Brent helped shape and implement many of the district’s America Recovery Plan initiatives - including the oversight and implementation of the Summer Sol program and many successful supplemental afterschool academic and social-emotional intervention programs. Brent has also previously served on the board of the SOS Health Services of Walla Walla and has a passion for ensuring accessible, high quality health care for all people.

 Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser

Elizabeth Fraser was born and raised in New England, and attended college in New Jersey.  Upon completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Columbia University, Liz remained in New York City to start her family. When life brought her to Walla Walla in 2011, Liz dedicated her time to raising her three children and was able to perform acts of service in the community, joining Junior Club of Walla Walla, and volunteering frequently at the schools, with Hospice, and with Carnegie Picture Lab, among others. In 2018, Liz began her work with Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, where she currently serves as a supervisory case manager for individuals living with Substance Use Disorder. In her copious spare time, Liz enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and, most of all, travel.

 Dr. Viavant

Dr. Peter Viavant--Coming Soon!