Suzanne Lewis, President

Suzanne joined the Board of Trustees in June 2011.  She is a Washington Native, having been raised just outside of Enumclaw on the Green Valley Road.  Suzanne attended the University of Washington and University of Texas Medical Branch, where she received her BS in Physical Therapy. She is a physical therapist at Rainier State School in Buckley and own Plateau Physical Therapy with her wife Katey.  Suzanne is a Husky Fan and a proud mother of two adult children and one English bulldog.  She and Katey are getting used to the empty nest phase of life. Suzanne enjoys utilizing her skills and enthusiasm to make Enumclaw a healthier place.

Larry Kauffman, Vice President

Larry and his wife Karma and three boys moved to Enumclaw in 1994. Larry is currently a captain with Alaska Airlines and retired from the Idaho Air National Guard in 2011 after 32 years of service. He has a Bachelors in Aviation Management from Boise State University and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Larry is active in the Enumclaw VFW Post and the Washington Pilots Association. The mountains, water and sky of the Puget Sound provide Larry with great outdoor enjoyment. Larry states “giving some of my time to this foundation is rewarding. It is a method for me to return gifts I have received from living in this community and raising my children. it is an effort that matters.”

Kaylee Garrett, Treasurer

Kaylee joined the Board of Trustees in 2007 and has served two consecutive terms as Board President, 2011-2012.  She has lived, worked and been a volunteer in the community since 1986.  In 2009, Kaylee was recognized by the National VFW as the EMT of the Year for her commitments and accomplishments in EMS.   Kaylee currently works for the Pierce County Department of Emergency Management as a Coordinator, and she continues to serve in the community as a volunteer for Buckley Fire.

Kim Sweeney, Secretary

Kim has  been an occupational therapist for over 30 years working in acute care, home health,  skilled nursing and pediatrics.   Kim graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch in 1980.  She and her husband moved to Enumclaw over 30 years ago and have raised two children. Kim has volunteered with Honor My Wishes,  The Pediatric Interim Care Center, Elk’s Therapist, and numerous local school activities.

Michelle Apodaca

Michelle joined the Board of Trustees in June 2011. She moved to Enumclaw when she was six and graduated from Enumclaw High School. Michelle has worked in Senior Care for over 15 years and can’t imagine doing anything else. She is currently a Senior Housing & Care Advisor. Her passion for helping seniors is why she supports RFWF. Michelle and her husband, Tony, have two boys, Ky and Kody. She enjoys walking and biking or anything outdoors!

Alan Gamblin

Alan became a member of the Board of Trustees in 2000, spending two of those years as President. Alan started working for his father’s auto dealership, Art Gamblin Motors, when he was 13 years old in 1969. He worked washing cars and sweeping floors. Since then, he has worked in every aspect of the dealership. Alan became a partner in 1985 and then purchased the dealership in 1992. He is active in his church and was named the Rotarian of the year by the Enumclaw Rotary club. Alan also donates his time for the automobile industry.  He is twice past President of the Northwest Chevrolet Dealers advertising association and sits on a national Chevrolet advertising committee.  In addition, Alan is a board of director for the Washington State Auto Dealers Association representing the new car dealers in South King County.

Anthony Jordan, DOPA-C

Anthony considers that all of his life experiences and trainings (including: Lawn Service with his dad, Boy Scouts, Jet Engine Mechanic in the U.S.M.C., Quality control at Rockwell during the Space Shuttle program, Firefighter-EMT, Delivery Driver, Armed Security, Taco Bell Assistant Manager, Tacoma Police Chaplin, completing his Master’s degree of Christian Ministry, “Jordan and Son’s” Painting and Lawn Service, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Sleep Apnea Educator, and currently as Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant -Certified) have all been a blessing to him. He believes that the multiple classes, experiences and trainings have worked together to develop his relational skills, and instilled information into his heart to allow his degree of Master’s of Christian Ministry to become descriptive of his lifestyle versus just another preacher’s title! They have sculpted him into a gentle servant. Finally, as any husband and father will tell you, Anthony’s true growth in the call to service, was honed at home. Where, by God’s help, direction, and correction, he husbanded one awesome wife, Monique, and parented six wonderful children into amazing adults. Who all embrace travel, and love to enrich the lives of others. God has blessed Anthony and Monique’s sons and daughters to be respected voices in their community, to win awards, and to become highly respected for their contributions of Art, Community Service, Photography, and Music. Yes! There is even a platinum award! But as amazing as the community recognition for their sons and daughters is; Pastor Jordan considers their willingness to be taught, to be of service to others, and to live as a conduit of good and God into our community, as the most amazing miracle.

Ed Lindner

Ed and and his family moved to Enumclaw in 1999. Ed worked for Whirlpool Appliances in various roles (including helping to launch the Whirlpool Brand in China) and retired from Whirlpool after 23 years as the Western Region Builder Director of Sales. Ed has served on several committees including: 1st VP of the Leading Suppliers Council of the National Home Builders Association and Executive VP of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance for 2 years. Ed and wife Sue love the outdoors (hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and Golf). They love their involvement with the Full Bellies organization feeding all who need a hot meal weekly, delivering Senior Hot Meals, and occasionally Ed can be seen driving the Care Van as a back up driver. They have one son Alex who works and lives in Kirkland.

Kirk Parce

Kirk Parce graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1983 with a Bachelor in Business Administration.  He moved to Enumclaw in 1989 and is presently Vice President of Commercial Lending with Commencement Bank managing the Enumclaw branch.

Kirk joined the Board of Trustees with Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation in November of 2014.  He is motivated by the Rotary motto of “service above self” and feels passionately to give to the community that supports it.  RFWF provides Kirk an opportunity to give back.

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Ralph K. Zech, MD

Forever remembered, forever missed!!
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff at Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation we would like to pay tribute to Dr. Zech who spent 29 years as a Foundation board member,four of those years as Board President. Dr. Zech contributed countless hours helping the foundation be a success. Many may remember his persuasive pitch at the Street Fair to buy “ducks” and of course we won’t forget the “bling” he sold at numerous HolidDr. Zeckwithflowersay Fantasy events. With our love and deepest sorrow, we will all cherish the memories we hold of Dr. Ralph Zech.

Dr. Zech joined the Board of Trustees in 1985, spending four of those years as the Board President.  He graduated from Craighton University Medical School and completed his medical internship at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.  Dr. Zech completed his surgical residency at Harbor View and the University of Washington Medical Center.  He went into private practice in Seattle in 1957, and began performing surgical procedures at Enumclaw Regional Hospital (now St. Elizabeth Hospital) in 1960.  Dr. Zech moved his family and practice to Enumclaw in 1967.  During the 1970’s, Dr. Zech was the Chief of Staff at Enumclaw Regional Hospital and became the Chief of Surgery until he retired in 1985.  He was on the Human Rights Commission at Rainier School in Buckley since 1985, and was a Charter Member of the Enumclaw Rotary.