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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Names New Board Members and Board Leaders

SEATTLE — Aug. 22, 2005 — The board of trustees of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center named five new members, including former Gov. Gary Locke, to serve its mission of overseeing the Center's policies, management and institutional effectiveness. In addition, two existing board members were appointed to key leadership positions.

Joining Locke on the board are Dr. Edward D. Davila, a physician with Burien Medical Care, Perrin Kaplan, vice president of corporate affairs for Nintendo of America Inc., Melissa Waggener Zorkin, chief executive officer and president of the strategic communications agency Waggener Edstrom and Warren McKenzie, president and chief executive officer of Redmond Group.

Henry James, advisory director for Goldman Sachs & Co., was named chairman of the board, and Sally G. Narodick, president of Narodick Consulting, will serve as vice chairman and chairman-elect.

Henry James is a private investor and formerly a general partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. After leaving his last assignment as head of Goldman Sachs' operations in Japan, James moved to Seattle where he has served not only the Hutchinson Center, but the boards of ZAMA Networks, Seattle Opera, the Seattle Symphony, the Henry Art Gallery and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival. James also served on the Washington State Investment Board, which oversees more than $50 billion in state-employee pension funds.

Sally Narodick is an educational-technology and e-learning consultant. From 1998 to 2000, she served as chief executive officer of Apex Online Learning, an Internet educational-software company. Previously, Narodick served as an education-technology consultant, both independently and for the Consumer Division of IBM. She also served as chairman and chief executive officer of Edmark Corporation and in a variety of financial-management capacities at Seafirst Corporation and Seafirst Bank.

Dr. Edward D. Davila practices internal medicine at Burien Medical Care. A native of Yakima and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Davila received his medical degree from the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, completing residencies at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the boards of Highline Community College and Highline Behavioral Health; and as president of the La Liga Hispana Rainier youth soccer league.

Perrin Kaplan serves as vice president of marketing and corporate affairs for Nintendo of America Inc. Before joining Nintendo, she served as vice president for Seattle-based public affairs firm The Rockey Company and as a member of the Washington State Department of Ecology public affairs team. Kaplan also served on the Washington state Senate staff and was a reporter and editor for KING Broadcasting.

Gary Locke was elected Washington's 21st governor in 1996, making him the first Chinese-American governor in U.S. history. He was elected to a second term in 2000. Deciding not to seek a third term, he joined the Seattle law firm Davis Wright Tremaine. Locke has also served as chief executive of King County and as a deputy prosecutor. In 1982, Locke was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, serving on the House Judiciary and Appropriations committees, with his final five years spent as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Warren McKenzie is president and chief executive officer of Redmond Group, an international consulting company. A Canadian native, he is also chairman of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation and serves on the board of DCU Invent, a company that partners the university, private, and government sectors in Ireland. He has served as non-executive chairman of SystemHouse Technology Group, Ireland's leading communications and e-security firm, and he has held a number of executive positions with leading international high-tech firms.

Melissa Waggener Zorkin is chief executive officer and president of the strategic communications agency Waggener Edstrom. She has provided counsel to major brands including Microsoft, IBM, and The Walt Disney Company, serving on the creative councils for a number of worldwide brands. She also serves on the board of directors of the Technology Alliance, a consortium of technology leaders based in Washington State.


Editor's Note
A full list of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Board of Trustees members and additional information about the board's functions are available at the Borad of Trustees webpage. Photos of selected board members are available upon request from Christi Ball Loso, (206) 667-5215.

Media Contacts
Christi Ball Loso
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206) 667-5215

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