Network and Community Executive Team

Members of the Northwest Network and Community Executive Team embrace a leadership model fully rooted in our Mission and Values and in our heritage as a Catholic health care ministry. This model guides our leaders in every aspect of their work and oversight responsibilities. It challenges us to relentlessly pursue improvements in patient outcomes and service to patients and families while awakening joy, meaning and purpose in the human spirit.


Dale Zender
Chief Executive, Hospital Services NW

Dale Zender has been with PeaceHealth for over 30 years, beginning his career at St. Joseph Hospital in 1983 as a budget manager.  Throughout the years he has served as VP of Finance, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  Before being named Chief Executive, Hospital Services, NW, Dale served as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and Organizational Integrity Officer.

During his tenure he has built a distinguished and diversified career in the health care industry developing impressive credentials in operations and finance. Dale is also well versed in strategic planning and has a deep understanding of all aspects of healthcare operations and management. He is viewed as a servant leader; confident, patient, determined and constantly aspiring to learn new things.   

Dale holds both a CPA certificate and MBA degree; he graduated from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics. He also completed the Advanced Training Program (ATP) in Healthcare Delivery Improvement, Intermountain HealthCare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dale received the Whatcom Business Alliance 2015 Business Person of the Year Award and in 2011 was the recipient of the rare “John Tiscornia Award” – honoring at least 20 years of service modeling outstanding leadership, stewardship and exemplification of PeaceHealth values.

Active in the community, Dale has serves as Chair of the Whatcom Educational Credit Union (WECU) Board, is a member of the WSHA Public Policy Committee and has been an active volunteer coach for youth sports.


Cherie Martin
Chief Operating Officer

Cherie Martin, MHA, MSN, RN, FACHE came to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in the fall of 2015 to fill the role of interim Chief Nursing Officer.  An exceptional leader with a deep understanding of hospital operations and excellent relationship-building skills, she easily transitioned to the permanent role of Chief Operating Officer in February 2016.  

Before joining PeaceHealth, Cherie was with Banner Health in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she held a number of executive positions. Most recently, she was CEO for its 96-bed, free-standing inpatient psychiatric hospital; prior to that, she was CNO of Banner’s 248-bed children’s hospital and its 549-bed acute care hospital. She also worked at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, Texas, as Vice President of Patient Services and CNO.

In her role as Chief Operating Officer, Cherie is responsible for the operational effectiveness and financial performance and accountability for the overall administration to ensure outstanding patient care to the community. 


Ken Bachenberg, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer

Ken Bachenberg, MD, has been a member of the Bellingham medical community since 1991 when he joined Bellingham Anesthesia Associates.  In addition to his busy practice, Dr. Bachenberg held several leadership positions at PeaceHealth St. Joseph before taking this permanent, full-time post.  At various times over the last two decades, he has been the Medical Director of Critical Care and Respiratory Services, Cardiac Anesthesia, and Perioperative Surgical Services.

Dr. Bachenberg received his medical degree from Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska, and did his internship and residency at the University of California San Francisco. Earlier in his career, he practiced primary care for five years before moving to Washington to complete a residency in anesthesiology at UW Medicine.   He has participated in several medical missions to Santiago, Guatemala, as well as on the surgical team for Health Volunteers Overseas, to Managua, Nicaragua.

In his role as Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer, Dr. Bachenberg leads a team that includes Medical Staff, the Medical Staff Services Office and patient safety consultants. In addition, he will lead the enhancement of clinical quality at PeaceHealth St. Joseph.


Roseanna Bell, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer

Photo and bio coming soon.


Nancy Tieman
Vice President Strategy, Innovation & Development 

Nancy Tieman is the Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Development for the PeaceHealth Alaska and Washington communities.  She leads strategic and operational planning, business development, market growth, and affiliation activities for all PeaceHealth operations in Washington and Alaska—a healthcare delivery system comprised of six hospitals and a large medical group.  She is a board member of Mount Baker Imaging, Neuroscience Imaging and Mount Baker Kidney Center.

Originally from Chicago, Nancy began her health care career as a clinical laboratory medical technologist and over the years, changed her focus from testing to leading new development, merger/acquisition planning and implementation, operations and marketing.  She currently works on collaborative strategic initiatives to improve the health of the communities PeaceHealth serves.  Nancy has been the administrative director of Northwest Regional Laboratory and the executive director of ComPASS, a local medical billing company.  Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Western Washington University.


Chris Phillips
Director for Community Affairs

Chris Phillips serves as part of the community executive team in his current position as Director for Community Affairs at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. In this role, he has helped to build and lead successful community partnerships that have resulted in improved pediatric dental services, greater insurance coverage for the North Sound region, and expanded care coordination services for the most vulnerable.  Chris is also part of the PeaceHealth systemwide community benefit and advocacy team which plays an important role in helping PeaceHealth continue to provide a voice for the voiceless and further the health of the communities we serve.

Chris received his master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco.  He  previously served as the clinical director of a community mental health center in Monterey, California, a grant administer and evaluator for an interagency project designed to provide coordinated primary health care and social services for people who are homeless in Burlington, Vermont, and the executive director of a community health center in Bellingham.


Anne Rasmussen
Chief Development Officer, Northwest

Anne Rasmussen is the Chief Development Officer, Northwest. Since joining PeaceHealth in 2012, she has led the fundraising teams for the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation and the Whatcom Hospice Foundation and both foundations’ board of directors in creating new sources of funding to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. Anne works with senior leadership to raise funds that align with the organization’s strategic goals and mission. 

Anne received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and has a secondary major in Public Administration from the University of Montana. She recently obtained her Master’s in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Healthcare, from Western Governors University. Anne is also a Certified Fundraising Executive and a recent graduate of the Health Systems Philanthropy Leadership Group Fellows Program. She is a board member of the Whatcom County Chamber of Commerce, and University of Montana Alumni House of Delegates.

Anne has a passion for health and wellness, and serving her community. This passion led her to PeaceHealth, and her leadership role in philanthropic development, in a very nontraditional route. Before joining PeaceHealth, Anne worked for the YMCA of the Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN as the Facility Program Manager for a 10,000 member branch, where she oversaw the marketing and membership develop program, as well as the fitness and aquatic center.  After moving home to Bellingham, Anne served two fortune 500 companies as an account director for Toolhouse Design. She also spent many years working for two different technology-based education companies, collaborating with educators to integrate technology into the classroom.

Anne makes the most of living in Whatcom County by enjoying all of the outdoor recreation opportunities our community has to offer! Her favorite pastimes are trail running, road biking and golfing.


Shawna Unger
Senior Human Resources Director

Bio coming soon.





Beverly Mayhew
Director of Communications & Marketing

Bio coming soon.





Ross Fewing
Director of Mission & Ethics

Ross Fewing came to St. Joseph’s in 2002 as Director of Spiritual Care.  Over the years the job description evolved and he now serves as Director of Mission Services with responsibilities for Ethics, Mission Integration, and Spiritual Care for the Northwest Network.  Prior to coming to St. Joseph Medical Center, he served as staff chaplain on the oncology unit at Virginia Mason Medical Center before moving to Swedish Medical Center and working in the ICU, CVU, and pre-op areas as well as being on-call for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center when needed.  

He received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1973 and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Seminary in 1977 and a Masters in Bioethics and Health Care Policy in 2005 from Loyola University of Chicago in 2005.