Michelle Merriweather (Chair)
Rituja Indapure (Vice-Chair)
Quinn Dalan (Secretary)
Quinn Dalan is the executive director of Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services. She is a passionate leader in the effort to increase access to justice and reduce barriers to the legal system in Central Washington. Quinn also represents indigent juvenile offenders, serves as a Title 11 Guardian ad Litem, District Court Pro Tem Judge, and is an adjunct instructor at Yakima Valley College where she teaches Business Law.
Quinn has previously served as a deputy prosecutor, a special prosecutor, and as a part-time court commissioner. Before joining VAS, she worked for YWCA Yakima as their Development Director. These experiences have crystalized her resolve to make a difference in the lives of individuals and to work to ensure fair and just systems.
Quinn currently serves on the board of Rod's House, La Casa Hogar, League of Women Voters, and Safe Yakima Valley. She has served on the boards of Washington Women Lawyers, Junior League of Yakima, and YWCA Yakima. Quinn is a member of Yakima Rotary Club and is a past president of Yakima County Bar Association. She has been a recipient of the YWCA Yakima Citizen of the Year Award, YWCA Dorothy and Fred Plath Award, and WWL Chapter Member of the Year Award.
Graciela Gomez Cowger (Immediate Past Chair)
Anna Franklin is the Director of Clinical Effectiveness for Providence St. Joseph Health. Anna has led various large-scale improvement initiatives in the healthcare sector for universities, state agencies, health insurers, hospitals, and clinics.
As a master change facilitator, Anna brings diverse stakeholders together to accelerate implementations and increase the success of organizational change. Her passion and areas of influence include using technology to assess healthcare practices based on quality, outcomes, and value. She leverages this information to partner with clinicians using an evidence and consensus based approach to guide the effectiveness process for improved patient outcomes.
Anna demonstrates her commitment to opportunity for all and fosters system change by serving as the chair for the Providence Health Care Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Spokane, and chairs its Racial and Social Justice Committee. Anna holds an MBA from West Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in Urban and Regional Planning.
Anna believes in the power of connections and relationships, and is a mentor and champion for local youth — especially young women of color. She is committed to providing experiences and opportunity to our future community leaders.
Vicki Lowe is the Executive Director of the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State (AIHC) since July 2015. She is a descendant of the Jamestown S’Klallam and Bella Coola First Nations. She has also worked in the Health Department of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe since December of 1996.
Working with the AIHC, Vicki has utilized her vast knowledge of the Indian Health Care Delivery System, state and federal regulations that govern the Indian Health, to implement statewide strategies supporting Tribal and Urban Indian health programs. She developed Tribal Assister Project and Indian Health Care Reform Manual for Washington State and ensured Tribal engagement and inclusion in Medicaid Transformation. Vicki has also helped with drafting and passage of the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act (2019) and the Washington Indian Behavioral Health Act (2020).
Vicki is very involved in the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Community. She has been part of the Jamestown Canoe Family since 2009, pulling in the Tribe’s canoe since 2012. She also supports singing and drumming, language, weaving classes and other culture programs. In 2012, Vicki was honored as the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Volunteer of the Year. Most of all she enjoys spending time with her family, husband Jim, five children and seven grandchildren.
Dawn Rains, MPA, has nearly 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and legislative advocacy. For 11 years, she has been a key leader at Treehouse, Washington’s leading organization focused on educational equity and other essential supports for youth in foster care. As executive vice president and chief policy and strategy officer, Dawn leads policy, advocacy, government affairs, and organizational strategy. She previously served as Treehouse’s chief operating officer and as director of development and marketing.
Prior to working for Treehouse, Dawn served as director of development for Seattle Repertory Theatre from 1999 to 2009. She is a respected leader in fund development and taught for several years at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and the UW Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.
Dawn is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. She was actively involved in the Women’s Funding Alliance for two decades, an organization that advanced leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls in Washington and served on its board of directors for 13 years. She also serves on the Board of the 34th Legislative District and The IF Project, an organization focused on ending the cycle of mass incarceration, particularly for women. She holds a Master of Public Administration and a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Washington and a B.A. from The Evergreen State College. She is also a former foster parent.