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.
Bruce Amundson, MD | Vice President
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.
Curt Jensen, MBA | Treasurer
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.
Mary Weiss, MD | Secretary
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, MD, MPH
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.
Tom Buchanan | Artist in Residence
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.
Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT
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).
David C. Hall, MD
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, DO, DTMH
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.
Mark Vossler, MD
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. He currently co-chairs the WPSR Climate and Health Task Force and makes an annual pilgrimage to Washington DC to plead with congress to take action on climate change.
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