Thurston welcomes new Board of Health members
Beth Harvey, Maria Williams and Lynn Nelson now on board
From The Jolt News:
Thurston County’s newly expanded Board of Health (BOH) held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, October 11.
BOH chairperson Tye Menser, Vice Chair Gary Edwards, Commissioner Carolina Mejia, and board member Robin Vazquez attended the meeting in person, while new board members Dr. Beth Harvey, Maria Williams, and Lynn Nelson were present virtually via Zoom.
Local pediatrician Harvey will represent of public health, health care facilities, and providers; community-based health provider and psychologist Williams will stand for public health consumers; while Nelson, a registered nurse, will represent other community stakeholders.
“This is a new experience for all of us,” said Menser as he welcomed the new appointees.
Legislation this year (RCW 70.05.030 and WAC 246-90) obligated the county to grow the board to eight members, including the three elected county commissioners, a city-elected official, three citizen seats, and one tribal representative.
The American Indian Health Commission of Washington State has yet to name a tribal representative for the board.