Our Board of Directors
Mark Vossler is a cardiologist practicing at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland. After Medical School at University of Rochester and Internal Medicine Residency at University of Vermont, he was a cardiology fellow and then on faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University in the heart transplant program. He was the recipient of a clinical investigator award from the National Institutes of Health for his work on the molecular biology of muscle cell differentiation. He left OHSU to help Evergreen develop its heart failure treatment program and now serves as the chairman of the cardiology section there. He joined PSR in 1986 after completing a student research fellowship at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan and witnessing first hand the devastating effects of nuclear weapons. He and his wife Susan have been lifelong advocates for environmental and public health causes, and Mark makes an annual pilgrimage to Washington DC to plead with congress to take action on climate change.
Bruce Amundson is a Family Physician whose medical career included rural practice, teaching in a Family Practice residency in Spokane WA, serving on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Medicine focusing on helping rural communities sustain health services, and sponsoring a rural health development company that worked with communities across the U.S. to strengthen their health systems. He has been a member of PSR for approximately 35 years and a member of WPSR for 30 years. He was a founding member of Spokane PSR and a party to the F.O.I.A. request that forced the Department of Energy to release the documents that first revealed the massive off-site contamination from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. He has served on the national PSR board as well as many years on the board of WPSR. He worked with Russian physicians in the 1990’s to form the Hanford-Chelyabinsk movement to support their heroic efforts to leverage the government of the U.S.S.R. to disclose the massive contamination from the Mayak complex. He was also one of four principal investigators on the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Hanford Thyroid Disease Study.
Mary Weiss practices Family Medicine at The Polyclinic. She formerly worked at Providence and Swedish, and served as Chief of Staff and Director for Community Outreach at Swedish. Mary attended Antioch College, University of Washington Medical School, and completed her residency at Seamar Community Health Center. Her longstanding passion for providing compassionate, full-spectrum, continuity care to a diverse panel informs her interest in the health impacts of income inequality. Mary rejoins the WPSR board, having served previously as a medical student. She enjoys outdoor activity, friends, and family.
Stephen Bezruchka is Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle. He worked clinically as a doctor for 35 years, including three decades as an emergency physician. He spent over 11 years in Nepal, writing the first trekking guide to that country, running a community health project a week's walk from the road, training Nepali doctors in a remote district hospital and advancing concepts of population health. His focus is on creating greater public understanding of the determinants of health, and especially the importance of economic justice and attention to the first thousand days after conception, when perhaps half of our health as adults is programmed.
Minoo, the newest member of the Board of Directors, has a bachelor's and a master's degree in business administration. She dedicated her career to public and higher education institutions, primarily in Washington state. Minoo’s jobs involved launching new departments and designing and managing systems and processes to generate savings and enhance effectiveness. She believes in education, peace, equality, and quality of life for citizens of the world, and aspires to contribute to WPSR’s initiatives to advance these ideals.
Dave Hall, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist trained at the University of Washington, served on the WPSR Board from 1983-2011 and rejoined the board in 2014. He served on the national PSR Board from 1991-1998 and 2003-2006, serving as chapter president 1991-2 and 2002-3, and national president in 1997. His area of focus and expertise is nuclear weapons abolition. He actively participates with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, which maintains a standing protest against the Trident nuclear weapons system home-ported on Hood Canal at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
Adam Hoverman is a Family Medicine and Public Health Physician with Multnomah County Health Department, where he combines primary care and public health practice caring for Immigrant and Refugee populations. Adam completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota, and worked with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic before completing a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Most recently Adam has completed a second residency in Preventive Medicine at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, along with a Masters in Public Health in Health Management and Policy. His research, teaching, and writing focuses on health systems strengthening via Community-Based Participatory Research and Community Health Worker training for improving Maternal and Child Health and Indigenous Health, program evaluation for Global Health training programs, and the co-production, co-creation, and co-design of health and social care.
Ken Lans is a founding member of WPSR and a retired general practice physician. He first became involved with WPSR as one of the founding chapter board members in 1979 upon moving here just after finishing medical school. While his concerns were initially about nuclear issues, Ken has become increasingly concerned about the threat of climate change. He completed public action and speaking training through Climate Reality Project and regularly puts that training to use as a member of WPSR’s Climate Change Task Force.
Anita Peñuelas is a Family Medicine Physician currently working as a Locums Physician for The Polyclinic. She grew up in Seattle on unceded Duwamish land so has deep ties to the Pacific Northwest. After a formative 2 years living and working on the Diné (Navaho) Reservation she returned to the University of Washington to obtain a Masters in Pubic Health in Maternal and Child Health. She worked for several years in public health programs before completing Medical School and Family Medicine Residency at the University of Washington. Most of her medical career has involved direct patient care but she has always remained interested and engaged in broader public health Issues. More recently as the Climate Crisis has become the biggest Public Health issue of our time, she joined the WPSR Climate and Health Task Force in order to help influence the deep policy changes which are needed. She is honored to join the WPSR Board in order to further the goals of this vital organization.