Barbara J. Drennen,  Co-Founder and Executive Director:

Chief Executive Officer and Administrator.

Barbara came to this mission in the late 1980s as a provider of in-home care for medically fragile infants in the state foster care system.  She heads the nation’s only newborn nursery dedicated to specialized 24-hour care of the littlest victims of drug abuse.  Her honors include the national Jefferson Award for Public Service.



Peyton Gaunt, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Director:

Chief Medical Officer; Pediatrician on call and makes rounds.

Dr. Gaunt is Board Certified in Pediatrics and began private practice in 1977. He served for three years as Chief of Pediatrics at Valley Medical Center and received the Distinguished Service Award by the Washington Chapter of Pediatrics.



Kelly DenHeyer, R.N., Director of Nursing

Directs nursing staff and manages infant care in PICC’s Newborn Nursery

Kelly DenHeyer is a Registered Nurse.  She supervises infant care at PICC and has extensive experience in hospital pediatric nursing.



Elaine Purchase, Development Director:

Grant writer, special events coordinator, fundraiser.

A Peabody Award-winning television producer (KOMO and KCTS TV), Elaine became PICC’s grant writer in 2003 and fulltime Development Director with the launching of the Capital Campaign for PICC’s new building in 2004.

Eric P. Drever, President

Commander, Tukwila Police Department

Partner, Gryphon Forge, LLC (card and board games)

Joined Board:  2011  Residence:  Bellevue


Sadie Herting, Vice President

Director of Support Services, Allflight Corporation

Joined Board 2014. Residence: Covington

Affiliations:  Board of Directors, Forius, an International Aviation Credit Group; Mentor, Communities in Schools, Renton School District.


Lynn (Marjorie L.) Norman, Secretary

Retired Administrative Director Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound, Retired Auburn City Councilmember, retired small business owner

Joined Board 2009     Residence:  Auburn

Affiliations: Green River College Board, Trillium Board, Auburn Youth Resources Board


Kenneth G. Bussey, Treasurer

CPA, Rhodes & Associates, Federal Way

Joined Board 2005   Residence:  Black Diamond

Affiliations:  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, Associated General Contractors of Washington, Federal Way Chamber of Commerce.


John C. Hall, Past President

Director of Sales, Western U.S. & Canada, Esterline Engineered Materials

Retired Navy Commander with 40 years’ experience in aerospace industry; Board Member and former Chairman, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance

Joined Board 2006  Residence: Newcastle


Monica Ochs

Registered Nurse

Joined Board 2015.  Residence: Anacortes

Affiliations:  Vice President, Friends of the Forest Board


Ruby Hill

Boeing Co., Retired

Joined Board 2017.  Residence, Kent

Affiliations:  Kent First Baptist Church Executive Board and Women’s Ministry Team


Elizabeth Halberg

Office Manager, Optimal Dental

Joined Board 2018.  Residence,  Seattle

Affiliations:  Past PTA President and Legislative Representative, Issaquah School District


John Thompson

Patrol Commander, Kent Police Department

Joined Board 2018, Residence, Puyallup

Affiliations:  Lifetime member, California Narcotics Officers Assn: current member, Washington State Tactical Officer Association; volunteer, Berean Baptist Church, Puyallup Community Baptist Church, Behind The Badge Foundation.




Board of Directors

Emeritus Board

Harry H. Hansen

Dr. Wilma Hepker

Kenneth Kilbreath

Thomas Leonard

Dr. Cathy Jo Linn

Dennis O’Block

Hal R. Russell

Nancy Tyrie





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