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Executive Biographies

Anne McBride
Chief Executive Officer
To her position as CEO at Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care, Anne McBride brings over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and management consultant. After completing her MBA from Boston University, she joined the international accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney to work as a healthcare consultant. Succeeding to the level of Senior Manager, she became the West Coast Director for long range financial planning and capital restructuring projects for healthcare clients. After her seven years at E & W, she was Director of Finance at Seattle Children’s for three years.

Anne McBride served as Chief Financial Officer at Evergreen Healthcare for 13 years and co-led a cultural transformation which was based on process improvement, accountability and improving patient and staff satisfaction. During her tenure, the healthcare system achieved higher-than-average positive returns and was able to achieve a credit rating exceeding similar sized organizations. She led several business development projects including creation of a Primary Care Division and joint venture Surgical Center, and acquisition of a home health agency to support a newly developed Hospice program.

In 2000, Anne left Evergreen Healthcare to establish a consulting practice based on leadership development, executive coaching and management team development. For the past three years, she worked as a consulting CFO to Regional Hospital.

Dr. Embra Roper
Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Embra Roper brings his over 20 years of Critical Care experience at Polyclinic, Seattle to his responsibilities of medical oversight of all patients admitted to the hospital.  Dr. Roper attended Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, and completed a fellowship in Internal Medicine at University of Virginia.  He completed his Fellowship in Pulmonology at University of Virginia in 1986.  He has received acknowledgements including the House Staff Medical Teaching Award from Swedish Medical Center in 1999-2000. He received an Excellence in Teaching award from Providence Healthcare System in 1996-1997. He also served as the Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, providing oversight and support for all training programs within the Swedish system.  He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine of University of Washington School of Medicine.

Christi Sifri
Chief Nurse Executive
Christi is the Chief Nurse Executive at Regional Hospital. She has direct supervisory responsibility for Nursing Services, the Department of Social Work, and Case Management. Christi received her Bachelor’s of Nursing at Oregon Health Sciences University where she worked in the Intensive Care and Critical Cardiac Care Units and was involved in the local chapters of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of NeuroScience Nursing. Christi returned to school and achieved her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Washington where she specialized in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program.

Prior to coming to Regional Hospital in 2011, Christi was in the Biologics and Medical Device Research Industry. Christi is a proven team leader with more than 20 years of increasingly responsible management positions in both the medical industry and non-profit community assistance. Her teams have consistently accomplished objectives on time and on budget in varying levels of complexity. Christi is a dynamic and passionate cross-functional team leader who communicates effectively with diverse audiences from Research and Development to board members, volunteers and funders. Her accomplishments include leadership roles for global clinical trials of revolutionary medical products and building sustainable resources for food, housing and the arts in her home community. Christi was a visionary President of the Board of Directors of the West  Seattle Food Bank (WSFB) for five years and co-directed Three Projects | One Community which successfully raised $29M in capital from foundations, government grants and community donors.

Donavan Knight
Director of Clinical Support Services & Safety
Donavan has been a member of Regional Hospital's leadership team for more than ten years. He ensures that both clinical and support functions are accomplished with quality patient care as the primary focus. He is currently responsible for Respiratory Therapy, Information Technology, Employee Safety, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Environment of Care program. His experience includes more than two decades of healthcare leadership in a variety of clinical and operations support functions. He also has prior clinical/management experience in cardiac catheterization, non-invasive cardiology, pulmonary function lab, polysomnography, and critical-care air-transport.

Donavan is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow. He is also a Registered Respiratory Therapist who has served on the Respiratory Care Society of Washington Board of Directors and was responsible for coordinating the state-wide election of officers. Donavan is a member of the American Association for Respiratory Care and has served as President for a local Kiwanis Club.

In addition to his clinical education, Donavan received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Management from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis. Prior to joining the Regional Hospital team, Donavan was a member of the U.S. Air Force where he served in numerous leadership positions at two major military medical centers during his 20-year career.

Valerie Albano
Director of Human Resources
As Director of Human Resources, Valerie is responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing and participating in the selection of all new employees. She also has responsibility for labor contract negotiations, compensation levels, benefits administration, recognition programs and employee relations. Valerie has been an integral member of Regional Hospital’s leadership team for ten years.

Valerie believes that Regional Hospital’s most valuable assets are its employees. She continuously promotes open and honest communication throughout our organization. Valerie’s approach to Human Resources contributes to the accomplishment of Regional Hospital’s mission and strategic goals while simultaneously supporting the employees in their efforts to provide quality patient care.

Fairness and equity are important to Valerie. Her philosophy is that all employees should “have a voice.” Her approach to leadership, employee support and labor relations can be characterized as honest and assertive yet compassionate.

Valerie is active in several Human Resources professional organizations. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and has held various leadership positions in the Washington State Association for Health Care Recruitment including Secretary and Past President. Valerie has attained Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute.

At The University of Washington, Valerie earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Communications and Sociology by completing a double major. She recently attained her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Ashworth University.

Valerie has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources. Prior to her current position at Regional Hospital, Valerie worked in the banking industry. During that time she held leadership positions and managed district-wide programs for both the Federal Reserve Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank.

The Joint Commission
Accredited by
The Joint

Member of
National Association
of Long Term Hospitals

Member of
Washington State
Hospital Association

Regional Hospital for Respiratory and Complex Care,
a Joint Commission accredited facility, is a Long Term Acute
Care Hospital (LTACH) providing specialized hospital services
for critically ill patients experiencing prolonged recoveries.
16251 Sylvester Road S.W., Burien, WA 98166
(206) 248-4604 phone • (206) 439-4688 fax