On October 1, 2012, Governor Christine Gregoire appointed Susan K. Sharpe to Western’s Board of Trustees to a term through September 30, 2018 and reappointed by Governor Jay Inslee for a term ending September 30, 2024.
Sharpe, a Bellingham resident, is the Executive Director of Chuckanut Health Foundation. Her professional experience also includes owner of Sue Sharpe Consulting and as a health care planner and hospital manager and executive.
Sharpe has a strong commitment to the community. She serves on the Board of the Northwest Economic Development Council and as a member and former President of the Bellingham Bay Rotary. She has also served on the Whatcom Community Foundation, the Health Policy Committee of Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA). The WAHA “Transforming Healthcare in Whatcom County” Steering Committee and co-chaired the successful Bellingham School District bond and levy campaign to rebuild Bellingham High School. In 2004 Sharpe was inducted into the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame.
Sharpe has served the State of Washington as a member of the Washington State Health Insurance Partnership Board, as co-chair of the Office of Insurance Commission Healthcare Reform Realization Committee and as past chair of Community Connect, a statewide association of community-based health care collaborative.
Sharpe earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington State College and a MBA from Western Washington University.