Movers & Shakers 12/18/2015

Nancy Steiger


Nancy Steiger, RN, has accepted the role of president of hospital services for the PeaceHealth Columbia Network, which includes PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview.

Steiger has been serving in an interim leadership role for the network since March. In addition to leading hospital services for the network, she also will oversee system-wide community benefit and advocacy activities for PeaceHealth.

“In my time here, I’ve fallen in love with our communities and hospitals,” Steiger said. “I’m eager to continue to build on the strength of our services and look for innovative new ways to ensure the health and well-being of the people we serve. I’m honored to answer the call of PeaceHealth’s mission in our communities, which promises to relieve pain and suffering and to treat each person in a loving and caring way.”

Steiger served as chief executive officer for PeaceHealth’s Northwest Network for eight years before overseeing ambulatory care for PeaceHealth and heading hospital services in Washington and Alaska.

“Nancy is an exemplary leader with a strong ability to develop relationships with a diverse group of health care stakeholders, including providers, caregivers, payers and business leaders,” said Beth O’Brien, chief operating officer for PeaceHealth. “I look forward to working with Nancy as we continue to build on the great work already underway in our Vancouver and Longview communities.”

With more than 20 years as an executive, Steiger has held positions with San Mateo Medical Center and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital/St. Joseph Health System, both in northern California.


Andrew Westlund

Justin McDanielsThe Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council (SWWDC) has hired Andrew Westlund and Justin McDaniels to serve its youth program and will launch a new interactive database for business and youth in first quarter 2016 to increase engagement between businesses and their future workforce, teens and young adults ages 16-24.

“We’re pleased to welcome Andrew and Justin to our team,” said Jeanne Bennett, SWWDC’s CEO. “Given the high levels of unemployment among young teens and young adults, we must do all we can to increase opportunities for them to obtain the skills they’ll need to get a job and be successful.”

In his new role as youth initiatives manager, Westlund is responsible for implementing youth-related strategies for workforce development and management of the youth provider projects and contracts that expose youth to training and employment opportunities for the region’s high-demand jobs.

Prior to joining the SWWDC, Westlund was an educational assistant for day treatment and re-entry programs for Evergreen School District. He has experience working with at-risk youth and a desire to help them develop the skills to be successful in their education and the workplace.

Westlund received a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University and bachelor’s degrees in English and kinesiology from Whitworth University in Spokane.

As the organization’s regional work-based learning coordinator, McDaniels will collaborate with school districts and community partners to enhance education and employment opportunities for youth by connecting students to businesses for internships, mentoring, job shadowing and other experiences that will give them insight into the world of work and increase their awareness of career options, education and training.

McDaniels has served as an advocate and organizer and partnered with local radio stations to produce and host social justice broadcasts and collaborated with nonprofit organizations on grant writing, developing programming and outreach campaigns.

He will receive a bachelor’s degree in political science with a focus on international affairs and social policy from Oregon State University.

“Our goal is to ensure employers can hire skilled and adaptable employees when they need them and individuals develop the skills needed to find jobs that meet their needs,” said Bennett. “Bringing teens and young adults into businesses and allowing them to interact with employees in work settings is one way to make that happen.”

Companies interested in participating in youth workforce development programs can contact Westlund at or 360.567.3183.


C-TRAN has named Christine Selk as its new communication and public affairs manager/public information officer.

In her new role, Selk is responsible for leading C-TRAN’s Public Affairs Department and overseeing all aspects of agency communication, including media relations.

Before joining C-TRAN, Selk worked as a marketing manager for global consulting firm WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff, where she was responsible for business development in Utah and Southern California. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as an editor at The Oregonian.

A native Iowan, Selk holds a degree in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa.

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