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WRF is led by an accomplished staff and board of directors. Our collective expertise in science, medicine, startup operations and venture funding helps to grow Washington’s economy.

WRF Staff

Ronald S. Howell
Ronald Howell

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Eby
Jeff Eby, MBA

Chief Financial Officer

Will Canestaro
William J. Canestaro, PhD, MSc

Managing Director

Loretta Little
Loretta Little, MBA

Managing Director

David Shoultz
David Shoultz, PhD, MBA

Director, Grants Programs

Kim Emmons
Kim Emmons, MLS

Manager, Research and Information Services

Morgan Hellar
Morgan Hellar


Lisa Caldwell
Lisa Caldwell, MSLS

Grants Coordinator and Venture Center Manager

Dale Wadman
Dale Wadman, MAEd

Communications Manager

Jasmine Coleman
Jasmine Coleman (photo coming soon)

Administrative Assistant

WRF Board of Directors

C. Kent Carlson
C. Kent Carlson, LLM, JD

Senior of Counsel, K&L Gates

Thomas J. Cable
Thomas J. Cable

Vice Chairman
Private Investor

Jacqueline Brainard
Jacqueline Brainard, JD, MBA

Vice President, Operations and Compliance Officer, First Choice Health

Adriane Brown
Adriane Brown, MSMS

Senior Advisor, Intellectual Ventures

Kevin Cable
Kevin Cable

Managing Director, Cascadia Capital

Sue Coliton
Sue Coliton, MLA

Partner, Luma Consulting

David Galas, Ph.D.
David Galas, PhD

Senior Investigator, Pacific Northwest Research Institute

Ronald S. Howell
Ronald Howell

CEO, Washington Research Foundation

Brooks Simpson
Brooks Simpson

President, Pacific Rim Medical Systems

James R. Uhlir
James R. Uhlir, JD

Partner, Christensen O'Connor Johnson & Kindness