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Angel Flight West Welcomes New Board Members

Laura Long – Waimea, HI and Bigfork, MT


Laura is a retired Chief Financial Officer in the electronics equipment field. She’s served with a number of charitable, non-profit, and local government boards, including Habitat for Humanity, American Association of University Women, and the Flathead Community Foundation, and as a trustee of her county library system. Laura previously served on the Angel Flight West board from 2005-2014, as chairman and as treasurer. She’s been active in the organization since 2004. Currently, she divides her time between Waimea, on the island of Hawaii, and Bigfork, Montana.

Jim Origliosso – Eugene, OR


Mr. Origliosso is the general manager of Summit Air Services, LLC, a single pilot Part 135 operator. A Certified Public Accountant, he served for 22 years as the Treasurer and Finance Director of the Eugene Water & Electric Board. He holds an MS in Urban Affairs and Public Policy Analysis from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Origliosso flies a Piper Saratoga and has been an AFW Command Pilot since 2012, and for several years served as the Oregon Wing Leader and on the AFW Finance Committee.

Benjamin Anderson – Denver, CO


Mr. Anderson is Vice President for Rural Health and Hospitals for the Colorado Hospital Association, where he provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of the Association’s rural strategies, advocates on behalf of rural hospitals and health systems, and works to develop strategic partnership with organizations that affect the health of rural Coloradans.  Prior to joining CHA, he spent six years serving as CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and an MBA from Drury University as well as a Master of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College. 

Jeffrey G. Ojemann – Seattle, WA


Dr. Ojemann is Surgeon-in-Chief and Senior Vice-President at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is an attending physician in Neurosurgery and co-director of the Seattle Children’s Neuroscience Center. He is also a Professor and Vice-Chair for Research in Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. He holds the Richard G. Ellenbogen Chair in Pediatric Neurological Surgery at Seattle Children’s and is a research affiliate at the University of Washington Center for Neurotechnology.

Bette Gardner – Portland, OR


Ms. Gardner is founder and senior educator at Breakthrough Learning, a Portland-based company that develops team learning tools and methods for improving performance. She was previously CEO of Breakthrough Learning; co-owner of HealthWorks, a healthcare management consulting firm; Vice President for Planning and Development at San Jose Medical Center, an urban hospital and trauma center; Director of Health Planning and Socioeconomic Policy at California Medical Association; and has held board positions with several Bay Area nonprofits. An Angel Flight West volunteer pilot since 2009, Ms. Gardner flies a Columbia 350. 

Stephen Elop – Seattle, WA


Mr. Elop is CEO of APiJET, an Aviation Partners company. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to private equity firm TPG, and served as the Group Executive of Technology, Innovation and Strategy at Telstra Corporation Limited. He previously held executive positions at the Microsoft Devices Group, Nokia Corporation, Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft Corporation, Juniper Networks, Adobe, and Macromedia, and has served on the board of several technology and software companies. Mr. Elop flies a Cessna Citation CJ3 and a Cessna T-182T and is a Trustee and Chair of the Development Committee at the Museum of Flight.

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