Our Board

Caroline Alabach- Chairwoman, 2013

Caroline has always had an affinity for Seniors since her early childhood growing up in St. Louis.  A Seattle resident since 1998, Caroline has made this a focal point of her career as a financial advisor.  As an advocate for making sure Seniors are treated with dignity and respect, Caroline is pleased to “give back” to her Senior community by serving on Columbia’s Board.

Barbara Graham- 2006

A native Seattleite, Barbara managed contracts for the City of Seattle for 30 years and is now happily retired.  She has the unique qualification of not only having two family members at Columbia, but has herself twice been a post surgical rehab resident.  With her unique perspective as a resident and her eye for detail, we count on Barb to ask the questions the rest of us haven’t thought of.

Jenny Roraback-Carson, M.D.- 2014

Jenny is a mother of three (including a recent set of twins) and a full time geriatrician at the University of Washington/Harborview.  She is passionate about caring for elders and brings a broad range of specialized clinical experience to our Board.  She has been inspired by the excellent care provided to our Residents, and guides us to maintain the highest standards.

Charlotte McGinness -2015

Charlotte has the distinction of having the most family members in residence at Columbia- 6!  In addition to owning several businesses, she has been active in local community and charity organizations for more than 20 years. Her passion for charitable causes and enthusiasm is sure to keep us all inspired.

Chris Freeman- 2010

Chris is a second generation Board member having succeeded his father for a total of 11 years of service. As an accounting professional, Chris knows operating as a not-for-profit means  being prudent, having a healthy bottom line and directing money back to benefit our Residents.

Ed Mason- 2015

Ed has been in the health services industry as a supplier for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge of best practices in transitional and senior care.  He was impressed with the Staff at Columbia and their level of dedication to our Residents and volunteered for the Board in 2015. We count on Ed’s broad industry exposure to bring us fresh ideas and the latest industry trends.

Deborah Ramsey- Multiple terms since 2008

Deborah knows Columbia on two dimensions; both as a family member and as the Parish Administrator of Magnolia Lutheran Church for 17 years.  She brings an important perspective to Columbia through her service on a biomedical ethics committee at the University of WA and her interest in end-of-life issues and care of the elderly.

Dr. Sabine von Preyss-Friedman- Multiple terms since 2008

Sabine’s interest in geriatric medicine began as a young girl in her native Germany where she volunteered at a nursing home.  She remains a passionate- and tireless- advocate for quality long term care; serving as Medical Director for multiple long term care facilities, a Clinical Associate Professor at University of Washington in geriatric medicine and recognized by the American Medical Director’s Association as the 2011 Medical Director of the Year….we’re honored she finds time to serve on our Board.

Lisa Abrams- 2017

Lisa traded the mile high city for sea level in 2009 when she joined Seattle Children’s Hospital.  A Nurse Practitioner for 25 years and spouse of a physician, she set a high bar when it was time to choose long term care for her Mother.  Her expertise and tough standards continue to serve Columbia Lutheran and our Residents.

Employee Spotlight

Trish O. – Staff Development Coordinator

trish o.- rn, staff development coordinator“I love working with the Residents…and I really like the fact we are a non-profit.”

Please contact us if you have an interest in serving on our Board.  Board Members serve 3 year terms and we meet 6 times a year.  Your experience and talent can make a difference.