As the "Friends" of Fisher House Puget Sound Board of Directors, we appreciate the trust our stakeholders have placed in us. We are humbled by the opportunity to advance the generous intentions of our donors. We will continue to act as prudent stewards of your gifts with transparency, integrity, and heart!
Roxane Rusch, President
Whether through my experience as an Air Force Nurse, years in federal government leadership roles, marriage to a Navy guy, Sister to 7 siblings or Aunt to dozens of nieces and nephews, my appreciation for the importance of Family and Service to Country has led me to ‘Friends’ and the important mission of opening the doors of home for deserving Military and Veteran families.
John Park, Treasurer
I was fortunate to work the last 29 years at the Seattle VA Medical Center/Puget Sound Health Care system in roles that allowed me to have a impact on operations and service to Veterans. I have enjoyed working for Veterans and their families finding it rewarding and satisfying. Serving as a Director for the Friends is a great opportunity as it allows me to contribute to helping make positive contributions to Veterans and their families during difficult times in their lives. I look forward to helping ensure continued support for house guests in the future.
Rocco Bagala, Secretary
I have always valued the Fisher House's mission. During my career as a social work leader in the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, I was actively involved with the development of the Fisher House policies as well as extensive involvement in social work leadership at the National, network and local levels. My experience of working with Veterans and their families has allowed me to develop a variety of skills and expertise in the field of social work. Finally, being an Army Veteran has allowed me knowledge of military culture along with insight to family involvement. I am excited to be on the Board of Directors and look forward to continuing to serve Veterans and their families.
Billy Ray King, Director
In my capacity as Command Sergeant Major, I have had the privilege of volunteering, supporting,and advising the Fisher Houses at Landsthul Regional Medical Command (Europe) and Madigan Army Medical Center (JBLM). I am honored to join the Board of Directors of Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound to continue to advocate for Military and Veteran families. families.
Gail Eck Director
Right out of college, with my business degree in hand, I accepted a position in management with the VA. Little did I know then that my entire career would be spent serving in seven different VA health care systems across the country. It was the VA mission of caring for those who gave so much in support of our nation and other nations around the world that I couldn’t leave. Having a son who served as a Marine in Iraq really brought the importance of that mission home. After retirement, my involvement as a Board Member on the Friends of Fisher House Puget Sound Board has allowed me to continue to provide support for Veterans, active duty military and their families, as the Friends help the Fisher Houses provide a comfortable home away from home for those who stay there.
Rod Skaar, Director
The role of the Fisher House is to assist the families of those who have served and sacrificed. Being a Director gives me the opportunity to be personally involved in supporting this important mission.
Jan Torell, Director
During my 38 years with VA Medical Centers (Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle), I could always identify how my assignments benefited the Veterans and active duty military personnel being treated at the medical centers. The outcome of my work could seem to have many miles between me and the patient, or it could be an immediate improvement for the patients. I was fortunate to have been intensely involved in getting the Fisher House at VA Puget Sound Health Care System approved by the Fisher Foundation, so being a member of the Board of Directors is a natural post-retirement effort to continue making a difference for Veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families.
Joel Wirasnik, Director
A life-long commitment to serve Veterans, and recent retirement following 38 years of service with the Department of Veterans Affairs, leads me to serve Friends of Fisher House. It continues to be my personal mission to faithfully serve the men, women and families that diligently share their time, talents and lives to protect our freedom. As a participating member of the Board of Directors, we work alongside each other, to provide housing and comfort for military families impacted by illness and injury.