Our board of directors

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

G. Douglas Beck, DDS

Dr. G. Douglas Beck is a general dentist practicing in Mill Creek and is the founding partner in Wildwood Dental Group. He is involved in dental practice management consulting and has developed business technology applications for dental offices. In 1978-80, he served as dental clinic director and instructor for general practice residency at Methodist Hospital in Madison, WI.

Dr. Beck has served on the Delta Dental Board of Directors for over 14 years and is currently vice chair. In addition to his responsibility as an ex-officio member of various committees, he is chair of the member advisory panel. Dr. Beck is also a member of the Delta Dental Holdings Board and the Washington Dental Service Foundation Board and has served in various roles in the county and state dental associations.

Dr. Beck graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1977 with a DDS degree and a bachelor’s in Biology. He completed his general practice residency at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 1978.

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 ( 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.

James D. Dwyer

Jim Dwyer is president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental and serves 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. Jim also serves on the board and is vice chair of DeltaUSA, which oversees policy and marketing issues for DDPA’s national products and plans and is chairman of Healthentic, Inc., a consortium of Delta plans that’s developing a disease management analytics product.

Prior to joining Delta Dental, Jim was the chief executive of the Port of Seattle. He was responsible for domestic and international lines of business, more than 1,000 employees, assets of more than $1 billion, and annual budgets of $250 million. He has a strong background in operations, risk and investment, sales and marketing, strategic planning and public affairs. His experience also includes serving as president and CEO of a $30 million wholesale distribution company operating in six states. Prior to that Jim was a partner and director of international commercial law for a leading Pacific Northwest law firm.

Jim has served on the board of trustees at Seattle University and chaired the university’s board of regents. He has also served on the board of the Center for Leadership Formation (CLF) at Seattle University and has recently been named a Fellow of the CLF. Jim has been recognized with numerous civic awards, including International Business Person of the Year by the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Distinguished Public Service Award by Seattle University. He was also a member of the board of directors of the 1990 Goodwill Games Organizing Committee and also served on the board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Jim graduated from Seattle University, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1972. He attended the Harvard Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development in 1979.

Anne Farrell

Vice 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.

Janis Harwell

Janis Harwell is the President and CEO of her consulting firm, Aggregation Strategies. Previously, she was SVP, Corporate Strategy, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Intermec, Inc.; VP, General Counsel and Secretary of Renessen LLC, a joint venture of Monsanto Company and Cargill, Inc.; Associate General Counsel of Monsanto company; Deputy General Counsel of Pacific Telesis Group, the holding company of Pacific Bell; Partner in the Palo Alto law firm of Holtzmann, Wise & Shepard; and Partner in the San Francisco law firm of Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges.

Janis is a former director of DD/WDS, the Washington Technology, Industry Association and the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). Janis received her Bachelor’s from Yale University, her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Business School, and her JD from the University of Chicago Law School. She is admitted to practice law in California, Illinois and Washington, and is admitted to practice before a number of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

W. Kurt Labberton, DDS

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.

Joanna Lohkamp

Joanna Lohkamp was most recently CEO of MicroGREEN Polymers, stepping in from the Board of Directors to lead a turnaround effort. Despite quickly achieving significant operational improvements, the major investor elected not to inject additional capital. From 2010-2014 she was Managing Partner / Chief Financial and Operating Officer at NBBJ, a leading global architecture and design firm, with nine offices across the US, China, and the UK. She is also the founding President of Sound Business Solutions, Inc., a C-Suite interim leadership and business consulting practice. As interim President in 2005-2008 she led a turnaround of Isonics Vancouver, Inc. (division of ISON), a high-tech manufacturing company. Joanna began her career at Intel Corporation (INTC) where over twelve years she held various executive positions in Finance, Operations, and HR.

Joanna has served on the Delta Dental Board of Directors since 2010 and is the immediate past chair. In addition to serving on the audit and investment committee, she currently chairs the governance and nominating committee. Joanna serves on The Kleinfelder Group Board, on the audit and compensation committees, as well as the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) NW Chapter Board where she chairs the membership committee. Joanna is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Joanna graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s in International Relationship and from the Haas School at the University of California, Berkeley with an MBA.

Gerald S. Phipps, DMD, MS


Dr. Gerald S. Phipps is an orthodontist practicing in Spokane.

After serving on the Washington Dental Service Foundation since 2004, Dr. Phipps was elected to the Delta Dental Board of Directors in 2010 and is currently vice chair. In addition to his responsibility as an ex-officio member of various committees, he serves on the governance and nominating committee and the member advisory panel. Dr. Phipps has also served in a number of roles in professional associations, including the Washington State Dental Association where he served on the board of directors and as editor. He served as president of the Spokane District Dental Society in 1998 to 1999.

Dr. Phipps graduated from the Washington University School of Dentistry, St. Louis, Missouri in 1978 with a DMD degree. In 1978-85, he served as dental officer in the United States Public Health Service completing a general practice residency at Gallup Indian Medical Center in 1984. Dr. Phipps completed an orthodontic residency at Washington University in 1987 where he received his M.S. in orthodontics.

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, 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.

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