Women Making a Difference through Whole Person Health

Last updated: March 1, 2024, at 11:15 a.m. PT

Originally published: February 25, 2024, at 9:54 p.m. PT

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By Kristy Thompson

Vice President of Human Resources
YMCA of Greater Seattle

This Women’s History Month, we're honored to shine a spotlight on the exceptional leaders within our YMCA of Greater Seattle family who are dedicated to championing Whole Person Health for all. From pediatricians advocating for health equity to program executives forging innovative partnerships, each of these remarkable leaders who identify as women is making a profound difference in our community. Their commitment to nurturing mind, body, and spirit inspires us all to strive for a healthier, more inclusive future.

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Rahel Bahailu

Rahel Behailu

Program Executive, Health Equity
YMCA of Greater Seattle

Rahel launched the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s community health navigator team. While open to the community, especially those referred by their medical provider or health insurance, getting to a specific Y location can be a barrier for many people. Started in 2018, the Y’s Community Health Navigator team is changing that by taking those same programs out into the community to reach populations who do not have easy access. Rahel is an Ethiopian/American woman who prioritizes meeting our diverse communities where they are. By building relationships, translating programs into different languages, and ensuring programs are culturally appropriate, she leads the Y’s Community Health Navigator team to truly put the Y’s mission into action, building health equity for all.

Robin Martin

Robin Martin, Ph.D.

Founder, Navigating Courage
Equity and Justice Executive Consultant
YMCA of Greater Seattle

Dr. Robin Martin founded Navigating Courage, Inc., and is the Equity and Justice Executive Consultant at the Y. She has over 20 years of experience in social impact investment and higher education. She developed the Navigating Courage Framework, a community-centric approach to leadership and systemic change. Her work addresses the need for practical support and resources for lasting social change. This Women's Month, Dr. Martin's contributions to creating a more equitable and courageous world are honored and celebrated. Her work not only exemplifies leadership in action but also lights the path for others to follow in her footsteps toward a more inclusive and just society.


Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA.

Professor and Division Head for General Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s
YMCA of Greater Seattle Board Member

Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA, is Division Head for General Pediatrics and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s. As a dedicated pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital and respected researcher focusing on health equity and disparities, Dr. Coker's work emphasizes the importance of addressing social determinants of health and ensuring that all children, regardless of background, have access to quality healthcare. Her advocacy for vulnerable populations underscores the interconnectedness of social justice and holistic health.

Sally Sundar, M.A.

Sally Sundar, M.A.

Program Executive, Health Integration and Transformation
YMCA of Greater Seattle

Sally is a dynamic leader, dedicated to forging meaningful partnerships with healthcare providers and payer systems across Washington. Her visionary approach aims to enhance community health by establishing direct patient referral pathways to YMCA disease prevention and management programs, fostering bidirectional feedback mechanisms for collaborative care, and integrating YMCA services into evolving health system reimbursement models. Leading the External Clinical Integration Steering Committee, Sally drives cross-sector collaboration to strengthen connections between clinics and community, ensuring our shared patient populations receive comprehensive support for their well-being. With her strategic initiatives, Sally is transforming the landscape of healthcare delivery and advancing population health efforts in Washington.

Tina Vincent

Tina Vincent

Senior Program Executive, Youth Development
YMCA of Greater Seattle

With a keen eye for development, Tina crafts innovative strategies for initiatives like Kids Zone, youth sports, teen programs, and enrichment activities. Supporting leaders across 11 locations, she ensures every program thrives. Beyond our walls, Tina fosters partnerships with community organizations, uniting efforts for maximum impact. Tina’s work has strengthened ties with local sports teams, including the Reign and Kraken, and our commitment to access for all through her participation in the King County Play Equity Coalition. Her dedication to collaboration and excellence shapes a brighter future for our youth and families. 

Sonya Walker

Sonya Walker, Ph.D.

Senior Program Executive for Association Programming YMCA of Greater Seattle 

Dr. Sonya Walker is the Senior Program Executive for Association Programming at the YMCA of Greater Seattle. In this role, she spearheads strategic planning and development initiatives for healthy living, health equity, aquatics, and sports and recreation. Dr. Walker is a dynamic and results-oriented leader and a compassionate and caring individual. She brings a comprehensive understanding of holistic well-being and community engagement to her role, driving impactful change and fostering healthier, more vibrant communities.

Get Involved

We are fortunate to have leaders who help build a community that thrives in mind, body, and spirit. We encourage our community to get involved by joining us as volunteers or participating in our Community Health Fair on Saturday, March 30, dedicated to supporting all, especially Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in gaining access to vital and lifesaving community healthcare resources.