Nancy L. Belcher is a veteran of the scientific and nonprofit business world. As the CEO of King County Medical Society for the past 3-years, Nancy has developed engagement opportunities and support networks for physicians and their staff. Leveraging the Society’s 133-year history of partnering with physicians, patients, and legislators, Nancy is proactively identifying collaborations and improving the Society’s ability to improve healthcare for all.
Nancy started her career as an undergraduate at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) which motivated her to continue to pursue a life of science. Completing her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Drexel University, and her doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wistar Institute, Nancy received a full academic scholarship from the American Heart Association. She also enjoyed working in the ICU at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia throughout graduate school.
Returning to Fred Hutch for her postdoctoral research in genetics and molecular biology, Nancy continued on as an oncology research scientist and was also a professor of Biology at Seattle Pacific University. After many years at the bench (and chalkboard), the confounding politics surrounding how science and healthcare decisions were made motivated Nancy to return to school. In an effort to identify ways to impact policy and have scientist’s voices heard at the policy tables. Nancy 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 SR 520 wetland mitigation efforts for the Arboretum Foundation, and settling a $35 million mitigation package, was empowering. Nancy was called back to Fred Hutch to focus on advancing scientific research and healthcare from ‘the other side of the bench’ as the Corporate Relations Director. Currently, Nancy is completing another degree at Stanford University in the area of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Nancy has enjoyed nearly every step of her circuitous career path. A firm believer that varied experiences, gained over time, have equipped her to anticipate those strategic moments that help to advance healthcare, science, and the practice of medicine. The ultimate goal is to provide improved healthcare for all and to represent the members of KCMS with the insights that only come from working as colleagues in healthcare.
Nancy enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Dr. Chris Belcher, their five sons, and one daughter-in-law (!).
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.
Based out of Bellevue, Washington, Connor has continually found inspiration in bettering the local community through both advocacy and policy. His education and past professional work have inspired his desire to put this vision to work in the sector of healthcare.
As a Senior at Gonzaga University Connor is pursuing a degree in Political Science, an opportunity that is providing the tools necessary to find his voice in the field of policy development. Outside of this Connor has been a continued volunteer at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer, assisting in fundraising activities and helping with background work to ensure grants are provided to researchers in search of a cure.
As a new addition to the King County Medical Society as a program manager, Connor hopes to further meet the needs of those in the community by assisting this group achieve their vision of success in healthcare.
Lily is an upcoming senior at the University of Washington studying environmental studies and political science. Through her studies and volunteer experience with Food & Water Action, she has become passionate about helping all people obtain equal opportunities and outcomes. She is excited to nurture this passion further by interning for King County Medical Society this summer.
Joe Albrecht is a third year undergraduate student at UW pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Nutrition. He has been passionate about medicine since middle school and hopes to attend medical school after his studies at UW. Over the past couple of summers, Joe has interned at Proliance Surgeons, UW Medicine, and completed the COPE Health Scholars program at Swedish Hospital with over 300 hours of volunteer work. He is also set to begin epileptic research at the VA in the near future. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, running, and experiencing the outdoors with his friends and family. Joe is extremely excited for this summer with KCMS and all that this internship has to offer. Joe will be helping KCMS and the Pacific Northwest Transplant Society’s (PNWTS) CME scheduled for September.
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.
Shwetha is an upcoming senior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA. She is passionate about scientific communication and is involved in many clubs, including Science Olympiad and HOSA. She also volunteers at Swedish Medical Center as a Junior Health Scholar. Recently, she wrote a research essay about “Racial Inequalities in Mental Health Care” for the International Baccalaureate program that sparked her interest in healthcare equity, delivery, and access. She is excited to collaborate with the KCMS team to explore and assist in healthcare research. Shwetha will be focusing on further developing our CME on Racism in Medicine.
Lauren Crumb is an incoming Senior at Bishop Blanchet High School. She loves science (especially chemistry), nature, and just learning in general. The cultivation of knowledge that has the possibility of improving the lives of people around her has always been a pillar in her life, and conducting research at KCMS will help Lauren further develop this principle! Lauren will be helping KCMS to evaluate the how best to combat the harsh effects of climate change from a policy standpoint.