Our Board of Directors
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 over 40 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.
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.
Curt Jensen is a life-long Washingtonian who has spent the last 20 years performing various levels of operations management work for AT&T. Curt’s desire to contribute to society beyond the standard 9-5 workday led him to obtain his MBA focused on Sustainable Business and Corporate Social Responsibility from Pinchot University in Seattle. Curt also has a degree focused on International Relations from the University of Washington, as well as expertise in Public Relations and Project Management.
Tom Buchanan has served on the board of WPSR for the past 8 years. He currently works on energy issues and serves as our Artist in Residence. Tom is a lifelong activist, working as a lead Campaigner for Greenpeace on nuclear weapons and wastes at Hanford and participating in the Western NY Radioactive Waste Campaign. Tom has also worked extensively in the aircraft industry, including nearly two decades at Boeing. He studied English and American Literature, graduating from the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. He also holds a master’s degree in political science from SUNY.
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.
Sterling Clarren was the Robert A. Aldrich Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Embryology, Teratology and Congenital Defects at the University of Washington and Head of In-Patient Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital before leaving for Canada in 2004 to become the first CEO and Scientific Director of the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and a Professor of Developmental Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. His work was always at the interface of development of new clinical programs for underserved populations and working with the medical/political arenas that supported them. Now retired, Clarren remains passionate about the ways political systems can be positively or negatively structured for the benefit of human development and well-being.
Steve Gilbert is Director of the Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders (INND) and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. His research has focused on neurobehavioral effects of low-level exposure to lead and mercury on the developing nervous system. His book, A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals, was published in 2004; the second edition is now available as a free e-book (www.asmalldoseof.org). He also started the wiki-based web site Toxipedia (www.toxipedia.org).
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.
Gerri Haynes is a palliative care nurse consultant. She has served for over two decades on the WPSR Board and has also served on the National PSR Board. Since 1992, she has been organizing WPSR delegations to the Middle East; these delegations simultaneously provide services to vulnerable populations and promote the larger goal of peace.
Adam Hoverman is a Family Physician and Preventive Medicine Resident at the PSU-OHSU School of Public Health. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, as an English Major; medical school at AT Still University in Kirksville, Missouri; and completed Family Medicine Residency at the University of Minnesota. Following his National Health Service Corps Scholars in Service Obligation with the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in the Lower Yakima Valley, he completed the Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For the past six years, prior to moving to Portland to begin the Preventive Medicine Residency and the Masters in Public Health in Health Management and Policy, he was director of the office of Global Health and Research at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima. Currently Adam is the graduate medical education program representative for the PSU-OHSU School of Public Health Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter.
Kyle Monahan is completing the fourth year of his medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University's interdisciplinary honors program and biology department, he is a self identified humanist and futurist who strives for the actualization of social justice and preservation of our biosphere.
Noah is a family physician at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill campus in Seattle. He has worked at this site for the last 10 years and has been the medical center chief for the last 2 years. As a resident, Noah’s work at the Downtown Public Health clinic in Seattle showed him first-hand the tremendous impacts social determinants have on health outcomes for individuals and communities. When he’s not working, Noah spends a lot of time outdoors, reflecting his strong sense of mission with respect to being a good steward of our limited and amazing environmental resources. Noah earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, and also holds a degree in psychology from Carleton College.
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.