Board of Directors | Delta Dental of Washington

Meet our board of directors who are helping to lead the way at Delta Dental.  Get to know more of our leadership team.

Scott Armstrong

Scott Armstrong served 12 years as President and CEO of Group Health Cooperative, an integrated health care provider and not-for-profit health plan that has been nationally recognized for delivering top quality, innovative care. Scott oversaw the acquisition of Group Health by Kaiser Permanente, which closed on February 1, 2017. The sale merged Group Health into the national KP system as its’ Washington Region, and created the Group Health Foundation, an independent foundation initially funded with $1.8 billion.

Scott’s commitment to improving the effectiveness of our nation's health systems extends beyond his role leading Group Health. He served six years as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. He has been an active advisor and Board member for several national healthcare association Boards.

Scott currently serves on the Board of Puget Sound Energy, the Pacific Northwest’s largest gas and electric utility. He chairs the Board of Concure Oncology, a start-up company with a new and proven approach to treating breast cancer. And he has served in a variety of roles on regional non-profit Boards, including the Pacific Science Center.

Colleen B. Brown

Colleen has achieved outstanding results and recognition as a business and corporate leader. She currently advises media, technology and information companies. She recently was Director, President and CEO of Fisher Communications (FSCI), a Seattle-based owner of TV, radio stations and technical facilities located in the US west.

She serves on the American Apparel Board (APP), on the Audit Committee and as Nominating and Governance Chair and on the True Blue Inc. Board (TBI), serving on the Compensation and Technology Committees. She has served on the boards of Career Builder and Classified Ventures (cars.com) and the venture backed technology company, DataSphere, Inc. A few highlights of her extensive business and civic boards include the National Association of Broadcasters, elected Chair of the Washington Roundtable, Chair of United Way of King County (UWKC). Co-Chair of the UWKC campaign, and President of the Washington Chapter of the International Women’s Forum. She’s a member of NACD and WCD. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

Katherine M. Hakes, FAGD

Dr. Katie Hakes has been providing integrated oral health care in Spokane since 1991, focusing on the synthesis of beauty and function in unison of the mouth and body.

Dr. Hakes has served as Treasurer for the Spokane District Dental Society and as a Board Member for both the Washington State Dental Association and the Washington Oral Health Foundation. She maintains professional memberships and certifications in multiple oral health organizations.

Dr. Hakes received a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame. She then attended the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and graduated with honors in 1991. Dr. Hakes received numerous awards and recognition while in dental school, and has avidly pursued continuing education beyond graduate school – including a Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry (an achievement based upon 500 hours of continuing education).

Anne Farrell

Chair

Anne Farrell is President Emeritus of The Seattle Foundation and a lifetime Trustee Emeritus of Seattle University. She currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Co-Chairs the Women Corporate Directors Board and is immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors for KCTS Channel 9 Public Television. She is a former member and Chair of the REI and Premera Boards.

Anne brings significant corporate and nonprofit board experience, with particular strengths in board governance, strategic planning, and financial accountability.

Anne graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s of arts degree.

W. Kurt Labberton, DDS

Vice-Chair

Dr. Kurt Labberton is a general dentist practicing in Yakima. He has led Washington State organized dentistry in several capacities, including the Washington State Dental Association’s Strategic Planning Committee, serving as the chairman from 1996 – 1998 and was president of the Yakima County Dental Society in 2004.

He was a trustee of Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service before becoming part of its Members Advisory Panel and in 2010, became a member of the WDS Foundation Board.

Dr. Labberton is a graduate of the U S Naval Academy, serving five years aboard two different submarines. After graduating with his DDS degree from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, he returned to the Navy, completing his General Practice Residency at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital and served two additional years at sea in the Dental Corps.

Mark Mitchke

Mark Mitchke is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Dental of Washington and will serve on the board of the Delta Dental Plans Association (DDPA), a national association of member plans from the 50 states and Puerto Rico. DDPA members provide more than $14 billion in dental care services per year to more than 51 million people. Mark will also serve on the board of DeltaUSA, which oversees policy and marketing issues for DDPA’s national products and plans. Mark serves on the board of Healthentic, Inc., a consortium of Delta plans that is developing an oral health focused analytics product.

Prior to joining Delta Dental, Mark was the Vice President and General Manager of Amazon Global Fulfillment Services. Mark led the Marketplace Business and Product Teams in creating products and services to enable sellers to build and scale global businesses on Amazon. From 2014 to 2018, Mark empowered hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and quadrupled sales for Amazon.

Mark comes from a strong management consulting background with experience leading strategic change initiatives for a variety of industries. For 16 years, Mark was a partner at the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company in Seattle. Mark specialized in business transformation programs, including performance turnarounds, growth strategies, operations productivity, performance improvement, product development, and organization design.

Mark graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as an engineer at Boeing before receiving his MBA from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Kris have deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and have lived in Seattle area for more than 25 years. Mark has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska & Washington since 2015, served on the board from 2015 to 2010 and served as the Board Chairman in 2009.

Carol Nelson

Carol Nelson was a top executive for KeyBank (NYSE: KEY), a top-20 US bank, with a leading commercial and investment banking platform for middle market clients. She served as Key's Pacific Region Executive and Market President. She managed KeyBank's brand and success throughout the Pacific Northwest and was accountable for the full P&L of the region which included commercial banking and wealth management. Carol was a member of KeyBank's Executive Council and a Director and Trustee for the KeyBank Foundation, retiring in June 2019. During her tenure, Carol was named to American Banker magazine's Most Powerful Women in Banking Top Team.

Carol holds an MBA and BA with honors from Seattle University. She earned a credential as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow in 2012. She also earned a Certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Executives in State and Local Government in 2014.

In addition to her corporate experience, Carol has been an active community leader. She is chair-elect of the board for United Way of King County. She is a qualified audit committee “financial expert” pursuant to the Securities & Exchange Commission rules of governance for public companies. She is a member of NACD and Women Corporate Directors.

Christopher Pickel, DDS

Dr. Chris Pickel practices general dentistry in Northgate at North Seattle Dental. After graduation, he served on multiple committees as well as the executive council for the Seattle King County Dental Society. He was president of SKCDS 2009-2010. He also served on the SKCDS Foundation Board and was a delegate to the Washington State Dental Association. He has served with the WSDA as chair of the committee on dental benefits and as a member of the NORDIC underwriting committee. He then served on WDIA (Washington Dentists Insurance Agency) and DentPAC, the political action committee for the WDSA as a board member. He also served on the WSDA board of directors from 2011-2014. In addition to service with organized dentistry, he is an educator assisting Dr. John Kois as a clinical instructor teaching a comprehensive risk management-based curriculum to other dentists at the Kois Center, a premier center for post-graduate dental education. He also serves on the Kois Center's Advisory Board.

Dr. Pickel has been selected by his peers as one of Seattle's Top Dentists for the last 9 years.

Dr. Pickel graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Zoology and received his DDS degree from the School of Dentistry in 1988.

Eve Rutherford, DDS

Dr. Eve Rutherford is a general dentist practicing in the town of Snohomish. She is a member of the Snohomish County Dental Society, the Washington State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

Dr. Rutherford has been on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Dental Service Foundation since 2008. She served as Chair of the Foundation Board from 2013-2014.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with Honors from Scripps College in Claremont, California. After college, Dr. Rutherford was a research technician investigating connective tissue disorders under the direction of Peter Byers, MD, in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Rutherford graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 2001.

Jeff Seely

Jeff Seely was most recently the President and CEO of Recruiting.com, a human resources software company. Prior to that he founded and managed ShareBuilder Securities, the first online brokerage to allow automatic, dollar-based, fractional share investing. He was its chairman, president and CEO until its sale in 2007. He began his career in New York as an investment banker, where he was a specialist in financial institutions.

Jeff serves on the Board of Directors of Concur Technologies, Inc., the Washington State Investment Board, Lighter Capital, Inc. and KEXP Radio.

Jeff graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and from Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he earned his MBA in finance.

James F. Tune

Jim Tune recently retired after six years as President & CEO of ArtsFund, one of the nation's leading united arts funds. Prior to joining ArtsFund, Jim concluded a three-decade career in corporate law, during which time he practiced at Bogle & Gates for twenty-five years, serving as its managing partner for seven years, and at Stoel Rives LLP for five years, serving as managing partner of the Seattle office for three years. Jim is listed in the 2006 edition of Best Lawyers in America for his corporate law expertise and was rated a Super lawyer by Washington Law & Politics for seven consecutive years.

Jim currently serves on the boards of Puget Sound Bank, headquartered in Bellevue, and Keynetics Inc., headquartered in Boise, and its subsidiaries. He has previously chaired the boards of Seattle Repertory Theatre, United Way of King County, the Economic Development Council of Seattle/King County (now Enterprise Seattle), and Group Health Community Foundation.

Jim was an officer in the United States Navy for five years and Officer-in-Charge of a Swift Boat during the Vietnam War. Jim has his bachelor’s with high distinction (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and his masters and juris doctor from Stanford University.