Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Marcia Stedman, President
With a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Minnesota, Marcia spent the majority of her career in customer relations, most recently as the Customer Relations Manager for a small wholesale travel company specializing in long-haul travel to Europe, South America, and Asia. She has long been interested in issues of fairness and equality. When advocates of single-payer health care were shut out of the Affordable Care Act deliberations, she turned her attention to health care reform. Shortly after her retirement in 2010, she joined HCFA-WA, and now finds herself in a second career of health care activism. She has served as Chair of the Writers Team and Outreach Committee and was invited to join the Board of Directors in 2013, where she has served as President since 2017. She can be reached at [email protected].


Ronnie Shure, PharmBS, Vice President, 
Ronnie Shure has been an active member of our Political Action and Outreach committees. Ronnie worked as a pharmacist providing care to underserved populations in public health, behavioral health, and substance abuse programs for 42 years. Instead of retirement, he has transitioned to become an advocate for social justice in health care for all people. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Am in Northeast Seattle, the Board of Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, and the Health Care Work Group of Faith Action Network. Most importantly, his retirement transition allows him the joy of spending time with his wife and daughters and grandchildren. He can be reached at [email protected].



Hal Stockbridge, MD, serves on the Policy Team and the Fundraising Committee. He is a long-time advocate of universal health care and is active in the South Sound area.


Sarah K. (Sherry) Weinberg, MD, is co-chair of the Policy Team, editor of our quarterly HCFA- Ed Fund Newsletter, and President of the HCFA Education Fund. A retired private-practice pediatrician, she is a long-time advocate for universal health care.



Peter Lucas, MD, has practiced psychiatry for 36 years. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his residency at UC San Diego. Subsequently he worked at the National Institute of Mental Health and was on the faculty at UC Los Angeles. He has worked in a number of settings including research, teaching, and administration but most of the time has been spent in clinical practice. For 19 years he worked at Group Health Cooperative. Peter, in addition to being on the board of HCFA where he serves as chair of the fundraising committee, is involved in other progressive causes including the environmental crisis and performs mental health evaluations for asylum seekers. He lives on Bainbridge Island and in Mexico. He can be reached at [email protected].


DW Clark spent 40 years as a writer, director, producer, editor in broadcast media and ad agencies. He became personally involved with the issues of healthcare as the producer of the Seattle Children’s Telethons on KOMO 4 TV. And that intensified when he began producing videos for Country Doctor Health Care Centers, and served on their Developmental Board. After he retired from KOMO, he moved to Spokane where he and his wife are members of the HCFA group in Spokane. DW can be reached at [email protected].


Chris Covert-Bowlds, MD, is a family doctor at Kaiser Permanente Northgate Medical Center in Seattle, and has seen many people suffer terrible health problems and die prematurely, due to lack of any or adequate health insurance. Chris believes Americans all deserve affordable health coverage, as a human right, and we need to tell the stories to move people’s hearts and minds to achieve this life-saving goal of social justice. Chris has practiced in public health, low income, and private practice clinics, and will always remember the suffering of two women who died very early: one due to breast cancer, and the other due to untreated heart disease, because of their lack of health insurance. That is an outrage, and should not happen to anyone. Every American has a right to attorney, if accused of a crime, and every American should have the right to health care. Chris can be reached at [email protected]

Connie Rock serves on the Communications committee. With a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a master’s degree in digital communication from the University of Washington, she has a passion for storytelling and social justice. Connie previously served as the Secretary for the Health Care for All social action committee at Temple Beth Am in northeast Seattle, and remains active as a member of this committee. A native of Seattle, she also has a passion for travel. Having been to more than 30 countries, she’s always up for the next adventure.



Consultants Team

syd.jpgSydnie Jones is HCFA-WA’s communications specialist and webmaster. She has a background in sports and advocacy writing. After studying English at the University of New Orleans, she ultimately graduated with a BFA from the Art Institute of Seattle. Advocacy writing has been a constant for her since graduation and working for HCFA-WA marks her first foray into non-profit work. She can be reached at [email protected]