Meet Our Team
Mt. Baker Care Center and Summit Place Assisted Living Management Team
Catherine Reis-El Bara
Catherine Reis-El Bara Bio
Catherine first came to Mt. Baker Care Center in 2000, remaining in the Administrator role for 8 years until transitioning to another area skilled nursing facility until her return in 2014. She is licensed in the State of Washington for Nursing Home Administration and received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Pacific Lutheran University.
When Catherine is not at work, she enjoys camping, knitting, shopping, and spending time with her family (husband, Mark; son, Brandon; daughter, Morgan; and three pugs, Homer Simpson, Eva Longoria, and Luna Legend).
Executive Director, Summit Place
Jozef Bosman Bio
Bio coming soon!
Catherine Thomas, RN
Director of Nursing
Catherine Thomas Bio
Catherine received her RN from Skagit Valley College. Prior to joining Mt. Baker Care Center, she was a Registered Nurse at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.
When she isn’t providing exceptional care to residents, Catherine enjoys refinishing and painting furniture, spending time outdoors with her family, knitting, and playing with her pugs. She has a husband, Nate, and two kids, Phenix and Kai.
Sara Bushaw, RN
Assistant Director of Nursing
Sara Bushaw Bio
When she isn’t overseeing patient care plans, you can find Sara enjoying the outdoors – kayaking, camping and spending time with her girlfriends. She is married to her husband, Daniel, and together they love on their fur-baby, Luna, an Australian Shepherd.
Tracie Clarke, LPN
Medical Nurse Manager
Tracie Clarke Bio
Tracie offers more than 30 years of professional healthcare experience. She received her Licensed Practical Nurse certificate in 1993 and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Nurse.
When she’s not caring for the wonderful residents of Mt. Baker Care Center, you can often find Tracie reading a book, shopping, or enjoying the beach in Moclips. Tracie is married with two children.
Kara Lea West, BSN, RN
Resident Services Director
Kara Lea West Bio
Kara received her RN from Bellingham Technical College and her BSN from the University of Washington. She has previous work experience at another area nursing facility as its Staff Development Coordinator.
When Kara is not at work, you can usually find her enjoying her family (husband, 5 daughters and 3 granddaughters), geocaching, or participating in Girl Scouts activities with her daughter.
Cheryl Wright, RN
Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator
Cheryl Wright Bio
Cheryl was previously a manager of clinical nursing services for a home infusion company and boasts more than two decades of acute care nursing experience. She is a graduate of Everett Community College School of Nursing, is an intravenous nurse specialist, and a Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator.
When she isn’t working, Cheryl enjoys traveling, spending time with her eight grandchildren, reading, and researching topics that interest her. She is married to her high school sweetheart (who she still “likes”) and together they have three grown children, various dogs, and other pets.
Alison Scott Zdenek
Admissions and Staffing Coordinator
Alison Scott Zdenek Bio
Alison studied at Bellingham Technical College and at Western Washington University. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant.
When Alison isn’t at work, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and family adventures with her nephew and cocker spaniel, Sophie.
Co-Director of Rehabilitation
Lauren Conlan Bio
Lauren maintains her PTA licensure, completing her PTA accreditation. She has an Associates degree in Ongoing Continuing Education/Science.
When she’s not helping heal residents at Mt. Baker Care Center, she can often be found weight lifting and exercising. Lauren is married to her husband, Justin, a head golf professional at Loomis Trail, and together they have three children.
Co-Director of Rehabilitation, Speech-Language Pathologist
Sara Williams Bio
Prior to her current employment, Sara was a Speech-Language Pathologist at Shands Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida. She brings to Mt. Baker residents 13 years of professional experience as well as a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida.
In her free-time, Sara enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family. She currently resides in Bellingham with her husband, daughter, and family dog.
Life Enrichment Coordinator
Fred Kamperman Bio
Prior to his arrival to Mt. Baker Care Center, Fred was an instructor, maintaining 25 years of experience and a Master’s in Education.
In his free time, Fred enjoys traveling, comedy writing, and documentary making. He resides with his husband, Jozef, and their four dogs and two cats.
Life Enrichment Coordinator
Erin Bean Bio
Caitlin Thompson, LPN
Staff Development Coordinator
Caitlin Thompson Bio
Caitlin has 14 years of experience in the healthcare profession. Prior to joining the Mt. Baker team, she was a Clinical Informatics Nurse and a Telehealth Manager. Caitlin receive her Licensed Practical Nurse certificate from Vermont Technical College and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Ethnobotany from Connecticut College.
In her free-time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, camping, hiking, Buti Yoga, music, and cooking.
Medical Records Manager
Christie Walker Bio
Christie has seven years of professional healthcare experience with prior experience as a unit secretary at another area skilled nursing facility. She obtained her degree in Medical Transcription and Medical Coding from Bellingham Technical College.
In her free-time, Christie enjoys running 5K races and spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Jon, and sons Logan and Landon.
Dale Poat Bio
In his free-time, Dale enjoys camping and listening to music.
Director of Plant Operations
Branka Devic Bio
In her free time, Branka enjoys cooking and gardening. She lives happily with her husband and daughter.