ICHS Leadership

Teresita Batayola | President and CEO

Teresita Batayola serves as ICHS president and CEO after entering health care with a background in economic development, community and international development, and strategic planning. A spokesperson and advocate for affordable health care and community health, she is Chair of Seattle Colleges’ Board of Trustees, immediate past president of the Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers, and serves on national and state health care boards and task forces. Awards and recognition include: Seattle Business Magazine outstanding leader in health care in 2010, Betsey K. Cooke Grassroots MVP Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers in 2012, White House Champion of Change in 2014, Filipino Community of Seattle Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership in 2014, Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2017, and Filipina Women’s Network One of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World in 2019. Under her leadership, ICHS was named a National Quality Leader for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2015, Governor Jay Inslee honored ICHS with the 2015 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Health Care. Batayola holds a bachelor’s in public affairs from Seattle University and an MS in urban administration from Bucknell University.

Asqual Getaneh | Chief Medical Officer
Asqual Getanek, medical director and physician, ICHS International District Clinic
Dr. Asqual Getaneh previously served as ICHS medical director since July 2018. Prior to joining ICHS, Dr. Getaneh served as a medical director of a health center at Unity Health Care, the largest community health system in Washington, D.C. An expert in global health and research to improve health equity among minority populations, Dr. Getaneh was previously an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicans and Surgeons and practiced internal medicine for more than 20 years for organizations including New York Presbyterian Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and MedStar Health Research Institute, where she focused on diabetes and hypertension research. Dr. Getaneh is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Board Trustee of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research. Dr. Getaneh has a medical degree and masters of public health from the University of Washington.

Samantha Lee-Chiu | Chief Dental Officer

Samantha Lee-Chiu, DDS has served as ICHS’ chief dental officer since April 2020 after first joining ICHS as the Bellevue Clinic assistant dental director in 2018. Prior to that, she was with Neighborcare Health for 14 years as a practitioner performing comprehensive dentistry, diagnosing, preventative, restorative, periodontics, endodontic and prosthodontics. Dr. Lee-Chiu received her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2001 from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. Her BS in zoology was also with the University of Washington.

Hermes Shahbazian | Chief Financial Officer

Hermes Shahbazian brings more than 30 years of health care financial management experience to his role at ICHS, with emphasis in leadership, strategic planning, operational management and team building. He has a master’s in public administration/finance from Seattle University and a bachelor of science in business administration/accounting from California State University, Los Angeles.

Rachel Koh | Chief Operations Officer

Rachel Koh brings more than 25 years of experience in pharmacy management, including retail and clinic pharmacy operations and pharmacy benefit administrations. In addition, she has provided oversight to care management, led NCQA accreditation and certification efforts, led HEDIS measure certification and been responsible for vendor and risk-sharing management. Her areas of expertise include health plans, pharmacy benefits, integrated delivery systems and medical software.

Sunshine Monastrial | Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Sunshine Monastrial is responsible for leading and carrying out a number of diverse strategic initiatives on behalf of ICHS under the direction of the president and CEO. She directs, leads and oversees planning; policy and advocacy; community health services; grants; data analytics and performance management. Under the direction of the president and CEO, she leads the exploration of major opportunities and partnerships advancing ICHS interests. Monastrial holds an MPH in health policy and management from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in public health and BA in international studies from the University of Washington.

Lakshmi Deepa Yerram | Medical Director

Dr. Deepa Yerram comes to ICHS with more than 12 years of practice in primary care, women’s health and obstetrics, community medicine and retail medicine. She is a firm proponent of affordable and accessible, high-quality health care for all. Dr. Yerram postulates that innovative system-wide partnerships along with digital technologies can support a sustainable transformation of primary care for all. Prior to joining ICHS, Dr. Yerram was at ZoomCare, where she served as the practice lead for the Seattle urgent care team. Dr. Yerram has a medical degree from India and completed her residency in family and community medicine at the University of New Mexico. She has a master’s in health administration from the University of Washington.

Heidi Wong | Foundation Executive Director

Heidi Wong brings over 15 years of fundraising, marketing, communications and strategic planning experience to her role at the ICHS Foundation. She is responsible for developing and implementing fund development and marketing strategies to support ICHS programs and services in collaboration with the ICHS Foundation board of directors and the president and CEO. Heidi holds a BA in business administration and a certificate of fundraising management from the University of Washington, and is a degree candidate of the masters of nonprofit leadership at Seattle University. She is a proud mother of three young daughters.

ICHS and the ICHS Foundation are led by dedicated community members who serve on its Board of Directors

ICHS Board of Directors

Gildas Cheung | Chair
John Foz | 1st Vice Chair
Cris Krisologo | 2nd Vice Chair
Kelli Nomura | 3rd Vice Chair
Lee Marchisio | 4th Vice Chair
Catherine Johnson | Secretary
Mariam Abarientos | Treasurer
Patricia (Trish) Bustos
Nicole Chu
Tessa Chu
Chengzhen Dai
Marvin Eng
Amanda Kimura
Kristina Laubner
Ted Lew
Richard Mellon
Hiroshi Nakano
Barbara Obena
John Park

ICHS Foundation Board of Directors

Leeching Tran | President
Jenny Shin | Vice President
Tom Van Bronkhorst | Secretary & Treasurer
Teresita Batayola
LumOr Chet
John Foz
Lu Jiang
Barbara Obena
Arigin Sakda
Charles Wu