Rituja Indapure (Chair)
Michelle Merriweather (Past Chair)
Quinn Dalan (Vice Chair)
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.
Vicki Lowe (Secretary)
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.
Anna Franklin is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Providence EWA/MT. 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 on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Spokane, Take Up The Cause, and as a member of The Links, Incorporated, Spokane Chapter. 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 opportunities to our future community leaders.
Chris Kobdish is currently the Director of Planning and Development at Unity Care NW, where she leads efforts identifying and working to meet community needs for vulnerable populations. She has over 20 years of fundraising, public relations, and marketing experience. Prior to her current position at UCNW, Chris built a nationally-recognized development, public policy, and community education team in the non-profit sector.
Chris is a member of the Bellingham/Whatcom Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, which works to achieve systemic chane in sexual and domestic violence response, and a member of the Whatcom Has HOPE (Heroin and Other Opioid Prevention and Education) Task Force. She was a 2020 Geier Gibson Health Policy Fellow at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, and was a Western Washington University Community Engagement Fellow from 2018 to 2019.
Before moving to Washington, Chris was an independent filmmaker and owned and operated her own turn-key marketing agency in Dallas, Texas. Chris earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Riddhi is the Executive Director of the Sexual Violence Law Center, an Adjunct Professor for the University of Washington Law School, a Commissioner for the Gender & Justice Commission, and a member of the Washington Bar Association. She has worked and advocated for the rights of some of our most vulnerable populations—detained immigrants facing removal proceedings, involuntarily committed patients, incarcerated individuals with mental health issues, and now, survivors of sexual violence and abuse seeking legal protections. The work has allowed her to practice in several areas in both the criminal and civil context.
Through her work, she has learned about numerous, often intersecting issues different populations face, particularly women in these communities.
Kasi Perreira currently serves as the Director of Racial and Gender Justice for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, a role in which she leads the work of challenging Washington’s statewide labor movement to better realize collective advocacy for racial and gender justice. Kasi is a member of the Tlingit tribe, and is committed to focusing her skills and time on the leadership development of Black, Indigenous and other workers of color, women, young people, LGBTQ+, immigrants and other marginalized groups.
Kasi has over 15 years of experience in local, regional, national, and international labor organizing and championing equity in her work with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Her membership and coordination experience includes work with the UFCW International Union; the Organization United for Respect Walmart National Constituency Groups; the Asian Pacific Labor Alliance; the Coalition of Labor Union Women; the National LGBTQ Worker’s Center; UFCW Women’s Network; UFCW Minority Coalition; UFCW OUTReach and Pride at Work.
She also serves on the Board of Puget Sound Sage, and was a cohort member of Washington State's Women Labor Leaders in Action in 2017.
Ann's enduring passion is women’s justice. She started her career as a lobbyist for Washington Women United, which was a statewide umbrella women’s organization representing women’s voices throughout the state. Ann founded a new women’s health advocacy organization called the Sun Mountain Women’s Health Alliance and published “The Health of Washington Women.” She recently completed her Masters in International Service from American University. After 25 years of advocating for the reestablishment of a Women’s Commission she succeeded in making the Commission a reality in 2018.