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WELCOME TO THE FOSTER HEALTHCARE AND BIOTECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION!

Mission of Healthcare and Biotechnology Association (HCBA)

  1. Career: Support Foster MBA’s pursuing a career in healthcare and provide exposure for all MBA’s to career paths in the industry.

  2. Education: Develop skills to comfortably navigate patient access to healthcare throughout life and gain knowledge needed for working in healthcare.

  3. Community: Engage with broader healthcare community to develop strong professional network.

HCBA achieves its mission through pursuing a diverse set of activities and events, including speaker series, site visits, experiential learning opportunities, and large networking events. For those interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare and biotechnology spaces, or simply wanting to learn more about these dynamic and impactful industries, this club serves as a valuable and integral component of the Foster experience. 

2018-2019 Membership Dues 

  • Full Time: $35 for 1-year membership

  • Evening: $30 for a 1-year membership 

  • Students from other schools and departments are welcome to join and take full advantage of what our organization has to offer. 

To join HCBA: Please pay your membership dues to our official club venmo account: @MbaHcba

 

Leadership
MONICA HAGGARTY  PRESIDENT    Past job: Project & Relationship Manager at BetterDoctor  Summer internship: Consultant at ECG  Why healthcare: Healthcare is an industry with many challenges that, if solved, will positively impact millions of lives. I’m excited by the opportunity to improve the quality, affordability, and delivery of healthcare in the US.  Favorite part of HCBA: Talking with current club members about the future of healthcare and meeting with HCBA alum

MONICA HAGGARTY
PRESIDENT

Past job: Project & Relationship Manager at BetterDoctor

Summer internship: Consultant at ECG

Why healthcare: Healthcare is an industry with many challenges that, if solved, will positively impact millions of lives. I’m excited by the opportunity to improve the quality, affordability, and delivery of healthcare in the US.

Favorite part of HCBA: Talking with current club members about the future of healthcare and meeting with HCBA alum

NIMIT PATHAK  VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL HEALTH    Past job: Index Derivatives Trader  Summer internship: Starbucks – Digital Ventures  Why healthcare: Interested in global health and the positive macroeconomic changes that are generated from incremental wins on the global health frontier.  Favorite part of HCBA: Opportunities to meet with nonprofits, startups, and young companies in Seattle who are making meaningful inroads in the battle to level the playing field in healthcare for the next generation

NIMIT PATHAK
VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL HEALTH

Past job: Index Derivatives Trader

Summer internship: Starbucks – Digital Ventures

Why healthcare: Interested in global health and the positive macroeconomic changes that are generated from incremental wins on the global health frontier.

Favorite part of HCBA: Opportunities to meet with nonprofits, startups, and young companies in Seattle who are making meaningful inroads in the battle to level the playing field in healthcare for the next generation

GINA JOHNSON VICE PRESIDENT, CONSULTING AND IT   Past Job: Inpatient Pharmacy Technical Services Representative at Epic  Summer Internship: Consultant at ECG  Why healthcare: I love solving hairy problems that matter! And my parents are both pharmacists, so I’ve had an inside look at some of the healthcare system my whole life.  Favorite part of HCBA: The engagement we get from people at events is great. People are really interested in learning more about healthcare, and acknowledge how much there is to learn. They ask great questions, and it’s fun to see how much you don’t know.

GINA JOHNSON
VICE PRESIDENT, CONSULTING AND IT

Past Job: Inpatient Pharmacy Technical Services Representative at Epic

Summer Internship: Consultant at ECG

Why healthcare: I love solving hairy problems that matter! And my parents are both pharmacists, so I’ve had an inside look at some of the healthcare system my whole life.

Favorite part of HCBA: The engagement we get from people at events is great. People are really interested in learning more about healthcare, and acknowledge how much there is to learn. They ask great questions, and it’s fun to see how much you don’t know.

 
AUSTIN GUYETTE  VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH STARTUPS    Past job: Worked in technology consulting and on the product team at a health analytics startup  Summer internship: Associate at Voyager Capital – a Venture Capital fund focused on entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest  Why healthcare: I’m excited about organizations and entrepreneurs working at the intersection of technology, science, and health to challenge the status quo and create radical change in the world.  Favorite part of HCBA: The people, inside the club and out. HCBA is a great avenue to learn from phenomenally smart people with unique perspectives on health throughout the globe.

AUSTIN GUYETTE
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH STARTUPS

Past job: Worked in technology consulting and on the product team at a health analytics startup

Summer internship: Associate at Voyager Capital – a Venture Capital fund focused on entrepreneurs in the Pacific Northwest

Why healthcare: I’m excited about organizations and entrepreneurs working at the intersection of technology, science, and health to challenge the status quo and create radical change in the world.

Favorite part of HCBA: The people, inside the club and out. HCBA is a great avenue to learn from phenomenally smart people with unique perspectives on health throughout the globe.

WEBER HUANG  VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH IT AND MEDICAL DEVICES    Summer internship: Vulcan, Senior Product Manager  Why healthcare: As there are more emerging technologies and new businesses out there, they have enabled everyone to utilize these applications or services to benefit our health through understanding and controlling individual health data easily. I am particularly interested in areas including wearables, health data with machine learning, and virtual medical treatments.  Favorite part of HCBA: Getting to build our Foster brand in the Seattle healthcare community and participate in a lot of great events in the healthcare industry both on and off campus.

WEBER HUANG
VICE PRESIDENT, HEALTH IT AND MEDICAL DEVICES

Summer internship: Vulcan, Senior Product Manager

Why healthcare: As there are more emerging technologies and new businesses out there, they have enabled everyone to utilize these applications or services to benefit our health through understanding and controlling individual health data easily. I am particularly interested in areas including wearables, health data with machine learning, and virtual medical treatments.

Favorite part of HCBA: Getting to build our Foster brand in the Seattle healthcare community and participate in a lot of great events in the healthcare industry both on and off campus.

JENNIFER FRANCIS  VICE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS    Past job: Operating Room Division Officer  Summer internship: Seattle Children’s Hospital  Why healthcare: Being a nurse has allowed me to be an advocate for patients especially at their most vulnerable state. Healthcare is so dynamic–I am able to be by the patient’s side, yet be part of innovation and process improvement, be challenged as a leader, and work with a multidisciplinary team.  Favorite part of HCBA: I love being surrounded by a dynamic and diverse group of individuals who help broaden the perspective of healthcare.

JENNIFER FRANCIS
VICE PRESIDENT, HOSPITAL STRATEGY AND OPERATIONS

Past job: Operating Room Division Officer

Summer internship: Seattle Children’s Hospital

Why healthcare: Being a nurse has allowed me to be an advocate for patients especially at their most vulnerable state. Healthcare is so dynamic–I am able to be by the patient’s side, yet be part of innovation and process improvement, be challenged as a leader, and work with a multidisciplinary team.

Favorite part of HCBA: I love being surrounded by a dynamic and diverse group of individuals who help broaden the perspective of healthcare.

 
AARON SACHS  FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE     Past job: Product Manager at ThoughtWorks  Why healthcare: In my opinion, Healthcare offers innovators the biggest opportunity to solve some of the world's toughest problems while having the greatest impact. I want to work with the smart people solving these problems to figure out how together we can solve these problems in a commercially sustainable way.  Favorite part of HCBA: The HCBA recognizes the impact that software can have on industry problems. The opportunity to bring together technologists with healthcare professionals exposes club members to companies, startups, and people looking to make a real difference in the space.

AARON SACHS
FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE


Past job: Product Manager at ThoughtWorks

Why healthcare: In my opinion, Healthcare offers innovators the biggest opportunity to solve some of the world's toughest problems while having the greatest impact. I want to work with the smart people solving these problems to figure out how together we can solve these problems in a commercially sustainable way.

Favorite part of HCBA: The HCBA recognizes the impact that software can have on industry problems. The opportunity to bring together technologists with healthcare professionals exposes club members to companies, startups, and people looking to make a real difference in the space.


KC PRESKA    FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE    Past job: Chief of Staff at UnitedHealth Group - Optum Technology  Why healthcare: In my youth I spent a lot of time in hospitals due to my family's medical issues. I witnessed opportunities for improvement and a lack of coordinated care for patients with complex medical conditions. These experiences instilled in me a passion to contribute in the healthcare space. I am most interested in how the application of emerging technologies can improve healthcare outcomes and the patient experience while reducing costs.

KC PRESKA
FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Past job: Chief of Staff at UnitedHealth Group - Optum Technology

Why healthcare: In my youth I spent a lot of time in hospitals due to my family's medical issues. I witnessed opportunities for improvement and a lack of coordinated care for patients with complex medical conditions. These experiences instilled in me a passion to contribute in the healthcare space. I am most interested in how the application of emerging technologies can improve healthcare outcomes and the patient experience while reducing costs.


CASEY WHITE  FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE    Past job: Research Associate at the Allen Institute for Brain Science  Why healthcare: I am ready to learn from the people connected to this organization about how we can make an impact on projects that streamline healthcare, find gaps in the market, and improve the care of patients directly. This is a chance I couldn't pass up!  Favorite part of HCBA: Working with fellow classmates with different perspectives and backgrounds is very insightful for developing a strong voice in the future of healthcare.

CASEY WHITE
FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Past job: Research Associate at the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Why healthcare: I am ready to learn from the people connected to this organization about how we can make an impact on projects that streamline healthcare, find gaps in the market, and improve the care of patients directly. This is a chance I couldn't pass up!

Favorite part of HCBA: Working with fellow classmates with different perspectives and backgrounds is very insightful for developing a strong voice in the future of healthcare.


 
BARBARA LEE    FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

BARBARA LEE
FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

RUCHIR THAKORE  FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE    Past job: General Surgery Resident and Project Manager for a Medical Device Startup.  Internship Interest: Healthcare Consulting  Why healthcare? Healthcare is a fast-growing industry with complex problems that impact millions of lives. I want to tackle issues of quality, affordability, and delivery of care.  Favorite part of HCBA: Bringing together people with diverse backgrounds, but similar goals, to discuss the issues that face the healthcare industry.

RUCHIR THAKORE
FIRST YEAR BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Past job: General Surgery Resident and Project Manager for a Medical Device Startup.

Internship Interest: Healthcare Consulting

Why healthcare? Healthcare is a fast-growing industry with complex problems that impact millions of lives. I want to tackle issues of quality, affordability, and delivery of care.

Favorite part of HCBA: Bringing together people with diverse backgrounds, but similar goals, to discuss the issues that face the healthcare industry.


 
 
Events

The HCBA board members spend a great deal of time networking with trailblazers in the local healthcare, global health, and biotech community to organize events for our members. We host regular events for members that cover a broad array of topics across healthcare administration, healthcare consulting, global health, and biotechnology topics. Examples of past events include:

  • Design Thinking Workshop with Kaiser Permanente: learn how a health system applies design thinking to service delivery and facility planning

  • Premera Blue Cross Tour: meet with the leaders of a PNW insurance company to learn about unique challenges and opportunities within the organization

  • Seattle Children’s Hospital Tour: an opportunity to tour one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country to understand the intersection of patient care, design, and operations

  • PATH Tour: a tour of the local renowned international health organization to learn more on the various global healthcare issues and in progress solutions

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Tour: a joint tour with the Net Impact Club to learn more about global development and healthcare from one of the largest foundations in the world

  • Philips Healthcare Manufacturing Tour: a joint tour with the Operations Club to see the Toyota Production System to create hospital/healthcare tools and equipment

  • Just Biotherapeutics Tour: tour of a local biotechnology company that focuses on scaling and development of biotechnologies

  • Healthcare and Biotechnology Association Networking and Social Event: annual student and alumni event to hear about the short- and long-term healthcare opportunities and learnings

  • Unique Careers in Healthcare Dinner & Panel: dinner with industry professionals to understand that ‘you don’t need a background in healthcare to get into healthcare,’ featuring – SightLife, Northwest Hospital, Novo Nordisk, Village Reach, Safe Flame

  • Health & Wellness Startup Panel: an evening to understand the various opportunities in healthcare as a startup, featuring the following local companies – Aduro, Arivale, Pillsy

  • ECG Meet-the-Firm & Consulting Walk: meet with former Foster alums at ECG to understand the world of healthcare consulting

  • Valuation in Biotechnology with Clifford Stocks: CEO of OncoResponse explains what it takes to evaluate a new biotechnology

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