Nancy L. Belcher is a veteran of the scientific and nonprofit business world. As the CEO of King County Medical Society, Nancy is announcing the Society’s presence, developing engagement opportunities in order to grow membership, and amplifying physicians’ voices. By leveraging the Society’s 130-year history of partnering with physicians and legislators, Nancy is proactively identifying cross working opportunities, modernizing operations and improving the Society’s ability to improve healthcare for all.
Nancy started her science career as an undergraduate at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The labs Principal Investigator inspired her to complete her Ph.D. at Drexel University, and her doctoral research at University of Pennsylvania’s Wistar Institute. Returning to Fred Hutch for her postdoctoral research, Nancy continued on as a research scientist and was a professor of Biology at Seattle Pacific University. After many years at the bench (and chalkboard), Nancy returned to school and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the UW, Evan’s School.
Internships in the Seattle City Auditor’s Office, and with Senator Patty Murray were fascinating additions to Nancy’s career. The wetland mitigation efforts for the Arboretum Foundation during the SR 520 expansion was a highlight. Nancy eventually returned to Fred Hutch where she could view science from ‘the other side of the bench.’
Currently Nancy is completing coursework at Stanford University in the area of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Nancy has enjoyed nearly every step of her circuitous career path; believing that varied experiences gained over time have equipped her to perfectly represent the members at King County Medical Society.
Nancy enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Dr. Chris Belcher, and their five sons.
Salem Adisu was born and raised in Seattle, where she first developed her passion for non-profit work and working with children by volunteering with organizations like Teen Feed and St. Martin de Porres, as well as assisting as a teaching aide in Seattle schools. Her experiences with these organizations have inspired her to create a positive impact within the communities she is involved in and appeal to their diverse needs.
Salem continued to pursue her interests when she traveled to San Jose, California to attend Santa Clara University, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Child Studies. During her time at Santa Clara, Salem became involved with Ethiopia Reads, an organization dedicated to improving child literacy in Ethiopia. She worked with a team to coordinate fundraisers and events and create marketing materials promoting the organization’s mission. Salem continued her professional experience by promoting student welfare programs within the SCU Office of Student Life.
Salem has returned to Seattle as a recent graduate to take on the role of Program Manager at King County Medical Society, where she will be coordinating a new program to expand awareness of lead exposure and poisoning within children. She is excited to begin the process of bettering a community that is near and dear to her heart.
Reed Belcher has been a Program Manager at King County Medical Society since the beginning of 2018. Reed was initially brought in to only serve as the Program Manager for the Student Shadowing Program, but his duties have evolved to include policy development, marketing, and business to business interactions.
Reed was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington. Exposed to medicine and healthcare at a young age by his father, Dr. Chris Belcher, Reed has always been fascinated in the lifestyle and challenges that doctors face. As a lifelong resident of King County, Reed has grown to love Seattle and all the unique experiences it has to offer. However, Reed has also experienced first-hand some of the public health and healthcare issues that face the Seattle area. All of this has contributed to Reed finding a career that utilizes his knowledge and perspective as a resident of Seattle.
With his new position as Program Manager, Reed hopes to make a positive effect on the issues in King County by increasing the volume of physician voices. Reed believes that a strong King County Medical Society leads to greater influence for its members. Reed will continue to work hard to increase the Society’s visibility, voice, and impact on the healthcare landscape of King County, Washington State, and beyond.
Czarina, a Seattle local, is excited to be a part of an organization committed to promoting health and the right to health in King County. During her time as a volunteer with Teen Feed and other homeless shelters in the Seattle area, she began to recognize the ways in which she wanted to serve her local communities.
Her experiences working with the diverse population of Seattle led her to pursue a degree in Public Health at the University of Washington, where she continued to work with various communities on topics such as nutrition and food security. During this time, Czarina began working with the Boys and Girls Club of America. Here, she gained teaching experience and further expanded her public health knowledge to include the health problems and issues children face in today’s society.
Czarina graduated from the UW with a B.A. in Public Health – Global Health in 2019. Her interests include health advocacy, community outreach, and health equity. Czarina is excited to be a part of the team at KCMS and learn more about the complexities and nuances of the healthcare system.
James has spent 20 years working at the local, state, and federal governments by delivering lobbying, messaging, policy analysis, and consultation for both elected officials and a broad spectrum of clients. We are delighted to have James join our team.