March 1st marked Executive Director Elya Prystowsky's last day at OCH. We are sad to see our friend go but wish Elya the best on her adventure.
Elya has been a leader in our community and state who guided our collective work on the Medicaid Transformation Project with care. A fixture of OCH from the earliest days, Elya played a significant role in establishing and leading important projects such as the 3-County Coordinated Opioid Response Project, the Digital Health Information Technology Commons, and OCH's work toward dental health care integration with the Arcora Foundation. Elya also made her mark by working to establish three committees responsible for crucial work in our region: the Contract Management and Compliance Committee, the Community and Tribal Advisory Committee, and the Performance Measurement and Evaluation Committee.
In addition to establishing and shepherding numerous projects and committees, Elya was the first executive director of an Accountable Community of Health to ensure those tribes whose lands the OCH region resides within had a seat at the table.
As we bid farewell to Elya, we prepare to welcome OCH's new executive director, Celeste Schoenthaler, on March 11th. Elya and the rest of the OCH team are excited to welcome someone who is such a strong fit for our work and the community we serve.
Celeste is thrilled to join the Olympic Community of Health. For the past 13 years, she has worked in the public sector, primarily in the field of public health, collaborating with communities in the areas of chronic disease prevention and health equity. Most recently she worked in Human Resources for King County. She is committed to and passionate about issues facing communities and works alongside them to implement solutions. Celeste lives in Chimacum with her husband and pets. She enjoys mountain biking, yoga, the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, and area wineries.
From Celeste: "I look forward to meeting everyone and to learning how I can best support the great work of the Olympic Community of Health!"