Leadership

Neighborcare Health’s leaders come from varied backgrounds, but are all committed to our mission of ensuring equal access to quality, affordable health care with zero health disparities.

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Michael Erikson, MSW
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Erikson joined Neighborcare Health in 2016, with nearly two decades of executive health care leadership experience. He is a nationally known leader for health care improvement.  Most recently he served as the chief operations officer for one of the largest multi-specialty integrated care delivery systems in northern California, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health. Prior to this, Michael led the design and implementation of the groundbreaking primary patient-centered medical home model for Group Health Cooperative, and served as an executive vice president for Group Health. Michael began his career as a clinical psychotherapist in community health settings and returned to community health to continue his commitment to patient-centered, affordable, effective care that is accessible to all.

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Marcus Rempel, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

Marcus Rempel, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, joined Neighborcare Health in January 2000. He brings considerable experience, having worked as Medical Director and a physician at Providence Medical System and serving as part-time faculty in Providence’s Family Medicine Residency Program for seven years. He is a community clinic representative in Alliance for Reducing Cancer Northwest, where he works to bring together researchers, the Washington State and Seattle/King County health departments, and other community agencies who share the goal of improving cancer screening in underserved populations.

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Sarah Vander Beek, DMD
Chief Dental Officer

Sarah Vander Beek, Chief Dental Officer, joined Neighborcare Health in August 2010. She completed her BA in Sociology at the University of Washington and earned her DMD in 2009 from Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, a dental school that emphasizes community health. Before becoming Chief Dental Officer Dr. Vander Beek was a practicing dentist at Neighborcare Health Rainier Beach Medical & Dental Clinic.

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Meredith Vaughan, MHA
Chief Operating Officer

Meredith Vaughan, MHA, Chief Operating Officer, joined Neighborcare Health on February 6, 2017, returning to Neighborcare Health where she began her health care administration career. With a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Washington (Executive Program), Meredith served most recently in leadership roles at large health care delivery systems such as Virginia Mason and MultiCare Health System. Meredith believes that in order to provide the best care for our patients, her responsibility is to develop team members’ strengths and encourage their growth, while facilitating operational improvements across the organization.d objectives in line with the organization’s strategic plan.

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Janine Childs, MHA
Chief Financial Officer

Janine Childs, Chief Financial Officer, joined Neighborcare Health in December of 2006 as the Controller and became the CFO in January of 2010. She is responsible for oversight of Neighborcare Health’s finance, billing and eligibility departments, bringing more than fifteen years of experience in health care finance departments.

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Amanda Gayles, MS, SPHR
Chief Human Resources Officer

Amanda Gayles joined Neighborcare Health in December 2014. She completed her B.A. in English at St. Martin’s College and her M.S. in Human Resources Management at Chapman University. She has worked as a human resources leader in a variety of organizations including Group Health Cooperative. Most recently, Amanda worked with The Boeing Company as a Human Resources Strategic Business Partner. Amanda oversees all human resources functions for Neighborcare Health.

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Joseph Sparacio
Chief Development Officer

Joseph Sparacio, Chief Development Officer, joined Neighborcare Health in October, 2004, after having been the Development Director for Pike Market Medical Clinic for over 10 years. As Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for oversight and planning of Neighborcare Health’s fund development program.