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Angela is a Sales Executive at Delta Dental of Washington. She has been in the insurance industry since 2002, with a background at Asuris Northwest Health and Principal Financial Group. She has her MA in Communications from WSU and her undergrad degree from EWU. She has been Treasurer on the EWAHU board for two years. Before that, she worked on the membership committee. Angela is the 2018-2019 EWAHU President. In her personal life, Angela is a mom to two kids and two dogs. She also likes to read and write.

Angela Dubay

Delta Dental ​of Washington



Angela Dubay

Delta Dental ​of Washington



Immediate Past President


John was born and raised in Spokane. He has been married for 45 years to his high school sweetheart and they have four children and four grandchildren. John obtained his Bachelor of Marketing Management from Eastern Washington University in 1973. Following a fifteen year stint of upper management for a local firm, John has had his own practice in the insurance field for about 25 years starting in 1990. He has been an independent broker the entire time and has obviously seen changes in our industry that go far beyond what he experienced when he first got into the business.


John has been involved in a number of community activities including board member and Chairman of the Board of Northland Credit Union for a number of years. He is actively involved with NAHU/NAIFA charity golf event benefiting St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Center. He and his wife have been involved with World Relief supporting legal immigrants from Serbia, Croatia, and Iran. He just graduated this past December with his Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies of Christian Leadership.

 John Johnson

 Integrated Financial Services


Julie Shepard-Hall

Integrity Insurance Solutions




Treasurer & Communications

Julie is the Owner of Integrity Insurance Solutions.  As Medicare changes started to take place, she decided that helping seniors and individuals was her niche. Julie’s office focuses primarily on assisting individuals with Medicare and individual health insurance plans.  Julie is certified to sell plans through the Washington State Exchange.  She also sells, life insurance, dental, vision, and disability products.


Julie is a 2007 Leadership Spokane graduate.  Through her studies, she learned the value of Servant Leadership.  Along with being a Board member of SAHU, she is also the President of the Garland Business District and one of the coordinators of the Garland Street Fair.  She is a past member of the Northeast Kiwanis and past board member of Riverview Terrace at the Riverview Retirement Community.   


In her personal time, she helps her daughter manage their women’s consignment clothing store and spends time with her granddaughter, Taija.


The insurance industry has changed over the past several years and Julie is an avid supporter of NAHU and advocating for our industry. She firmly believes it takes all of us to work together to protect the future of our careers. 


Kathleen started her career in the industry at Principal Financial Group in 1999. In 2007 she began working as an Account Executive at Asuris Northwest Health and works in small group sales and account management. She has been a NAHU/WAHU/SAHU member since 2007 and serving as the Secretary for the SAHU Board since November 2012.

Kathleen Rounds
Asuris Northwest Health


Legislative Chairs

Since 2001, Annette has been a trusted adviser and helps clients overcome their unique obstacles by asking the right questions in order to tailor their benefit solutions. She prides in being proficient in customer service and has a passion to help you to the best of her abilities. In her spare time, you will most likely find her outside hiking, biking, fishing, camping, and discovering the beauty of National Parks.

Annette Hunter 

Blasingame Insurance



Tara has been in the insurance industry since 2014. She is a Lead Account Manager with Alliant Insurance. Tara works with large self-funded employers with a primary focus on industries such as Municipalities, Hospitals, School Districts, Construction, and Tribal Entities throughout the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. She has extensive experience building and customizing strategic employee benefits packages for large group employers. Tara is a graduate from Washington State University and a steadfast Coug fan. She has a passion for traveling and the outdoors and enjoys spending her free time with her 2 nieces.

Tara MacKay

Alliant Employee Benefits



Al Pierce

O'Connell-Pierce Benefits, LLC




Since 1991, Al has been making a difference in people's lives by providing the resources to protect them from harm when crises of a most personal nature -- illness and injury, disability, or death -- threaten their physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being. For business owners and their employees, he's made a difference by not only providing those same resources, but also much needed guidance as the increasingly overwhelming multitudes of complicated rules, regulations, requirements, and products, in the employee benefits realm continue to change and evolve.


In 2007, Al formed O'Connell-Pierce Benefits, LLC. That same year, he took over as President of the Spokane Association of Health Underwriters, before taking over at the helm of the Washington Association of Health Underwriters in 2013. Today, he maintains a lesser but still active role on the Boards of Directors of both Associations.


On a personal level, Al and his wife of 38 years, Sheryl, have two grown children, and three grandchildren. He is a former Youth Hockey and Women's Hockey Coach, and while hockey activities still takes up the bulk of his winter interests, during the summer months he enjoys riding his Harley.

Congratulations to Al...The 2017 Barry Thoma Award Recipient!

Felipe Sarquilla

Fidelity Associates



Regional Health and Benefits Sales and Marketing Consultant serving Eastern Washington, & Idaho. Licensed in Life, Health and Disability in Washington & Idaho. Twenty one years’ experience in Variable Life and Securities; Health, Life and Disability Group Sales and Marketing on the Carriers side; Employer Group Benefits on the Broker/Agent side.


Completed Health Insurance Association of America, Manage Healthcare Professional and Long-Term Care designations, Registered Health Underwriter designation through the American College and a Registered Life and Disability Broker with the State of Washington. NAHU Healthcare Self-Funding Certification.  Medicare Specialist & Appointed Consultant for the Washington State Health Exchange.


Long-standing member of the Greater Spokane Regional Chamber, Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Health Underwriters. (NAHU)  Previous Spokane Club Activities Committee and Foundation Committee Chair.  Current Spokane Regional Chapter of the Association of Health Underwriters (SAHU) Immediate Past President; NAHU Representative to Healthcare Reform CAP Conference in Washington DC 2014 & Annual Conference in New Orleans 2015. Support Charitable organizations: Catholic Charities and MDA volunteer. 


Has lived and raised a family of ten in the Pacific Northwest since 1977.  Hobbies include golfing, season ticket hold to Spokane Shock, camping, biking, traveling and spending quality time with my wife, grown children and the grandkids. Has a burning desire is help clients through all of the healthcare reform changes and keep them compliant.

Membership & Retention Chairs

Drew started working for Moran Benefit Advisors in 2016, where he is a Sales Account Manager. Drew became a EWAHU board member shortly thereafter, working as the Membership Chair.

Drew Jordan

Moran Benefit Advisors



Nancy is the Account Executive/Account Manager, Small Business Group, for Kaiser Permanente Washington, based in Spokane WA.  Her responsibilities include new sales for Eastern and Central Washington brokers, along with all out-of-state brokers.  She also is responsible for small group account management for Spokane county.  She has been in the health insurance industry since 1986, spending 20 years at Regence BlueShield of Idaho before moving to Kaiser Permanente. Nancy joined the EWAHU Board in September 2019.

Nancy and her husband enjoy spending time with her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  They love traveling, Mariners baseball and the Seattle Seahawks.

Nancy St.Marie

Kaiser Permanente WA



Awards Chair & Website

Brianna has been in the insurance industry since 2013. She is a Licensed Agent and Notary Public at Integrity Insurance Solutions and has been on the EWAHU board since 2017.


Brianna stays busy as the mother of three amazing boys between the stages of toddler to teenager.

Brianna Johnson

Integrity Insurance Solutions



Professional Development Chair

Ashley has been in the insurance industry for more than 11 years. She is an Account Executive for HUB International Northwest and previously worked for a large employee benefits consulting firm as well as a local third party administrator managing large, self funded clients. Ashley obtained her BA in Journalism through EWU and is also a member of the Inland Northwest Society of Human Resource Management (InSHRM). 

Ashley Douglas

HUB International



Vanguard Chairs

Matt Morris

Alliant Insurance Services



Mike Kelsey

Alliant Insurance Services