New members of the South Puget Sound Community Mission Board

June 12, 2023

Message from Darin Goss, Chief Executive:

PROVIDENCE SOUTH PUGET SOUND — Please join me in welcoming new members to our Community Mission Board. I am thrilled they have decided to join our board and look forward to working with them:

Jennifer M. Bonds-Raacke, Ph.D., the 11th President of Saint Martin’s University and the first woman to serve in that role, has extensive higher education administrative experience, including her previous position as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at St. Norbert College. During her time as Provost at St. Norbert College, she worked with partners in academic affairs to create equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) and mission cohort hires; sponsored anti-racism training for faculty, staff, and students; and partnered with human resources to revise policies and procedures, ensuring transparency and due process. At her prior institution, Fort Hays State University in Kansas, she was the Dean of the Graduate School and Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects, where she developed and supported programs to work closely with first generation, adult learners, military and veterans, and historically underrepresented groups to ensure a college education is achievable for all. As a faculty member, Dr. Bonds-Raacke built a reputation for experiential student learning by fostering undergraduate research and study abroad experiences across the curriculum. Dr. Bonds-Raacke obtained her Ph.D. and M.S. from Kansas State University in experimental psychology and her B.A. from Christian Brothers University.

Mercy Mvundura, PhD, holds a doctoral degree in Economics from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also did a post-doctoral fellowship at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. She works as a health economist for PATH, a global non-profit. Her day-to-day work entails doing research to evaluate costs and or cost-effectiveness of health interventions in global health. Mercy has lived in Chehalis, Washington for over 15 years. Mercy previously served as a member on the Providence Centralia Hospital Foundation Board. Mercy is native of Zimbabwe. Before moving to the USA, she studied economics at the University of Zimbabwe, obtaining a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Economics and then teaching in the economics department of the university for 5 years. Mercy is married to Elisha, an OBGYN doctor, and they have 3 children. The family enjoys traveling. Their faith in God is an integral part of their identity and worldview.

Laurie Tebo.  In December 2014, Laurie Tebo joined the team at Behavioral Health Resources as the new chief of operations and in October of 2015 was offered the CEO position. Laurie earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and spent most of her career working in that state. Early in her career she worked for 11 years in Community Behavioral Health Center and after learning a great deal there, went on to spend 15 years growing a program to serve the brain injured population and a PACE program for total care for the frail elderly. BHR has brought her back to her earlier roots. “I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many who struggle with addiction and mental illness every day. I am inspired by our resilient clients and skilled compassionate staff every day.”

Jonathan Babbitt, MD, is an emergency department physician and has worked with Olympia Emergency Services at St. Peter Hospital since 2010. Dr. Babbitt was born in Canada and spent his formative years in B.C. and Alberta where he obtained his undergraduate degree. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His first job as a physician was on the Oregon coast in Lincoln City. One of Dr. Babbitt’s passions is international medicine. He has had the opportunity to serve with medical missions in Asia, South America and Africa. In fact, he and his oldest son are headed off to Rwanda in a few weeks for a medical mission trip and very much looking forward to it. Dr. Babbitt is married and has two children. The family enjoys traveling, skiing, and hanging out on the boat. 

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