Board & Auxiliary

Since its inception in August 1999, Life Support has diligently worked to raise the needed funds to improve the Emergency Medical Services and Health Care of Upper Kittitas County and surrounding communities. Life Support is an independent 501(c) (3) organization governed by a board of trustees, supported by a volunteer auxiliary, and event volunteers.

Cheri Marusa – Founder & President of Life Support



Cheri Marusa is a lifetime resident of Upper Kittitas County who founded Life Support in 1999 and serves as President. She successfully guides the effort for Life Support’s fundraising.

In addition she volunteers and serves as Board President- Roslyn Downtown Association, Board Member- USONW, Rehab Unit – Kittitas County Fire District 7, and Citizen Patrol – Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office. She and her husband, Rob, are involved in numerous efforts that make a difference.

Board Of Trustees

Chairman Sid Morrison – Is a former state representative and senator where his leadership helped guide legislation that helped create the Washington wine industry. He subsequently served 12 years in Congress and then ran the Washington State Department of Transportation for eight years. He spends about half his time in Olympia and the other half at his Yakima ranch. Among numerous board involvements including Life Support and Energy Northwest Board of Directors, he is past Board Chair of Central Washington University and has been committed to public service for nearly five decades.

Dr. Patricia Galloway – Is chair of the board of directors of Pegasus Global Holdings. She currently oversees the strategy of the firm. For more than 40 years, she has provided strategic advice to boards and senior management concerning governance, management structures, and performance and risk management. Dr. Galloway serves on several public and non-profit boards, including Life Support. She is a chartered international arbitrator and is a member of several arbitral institution panels including the ICC, LCIA, CPR, ICDR, and the American Arbitration Association, where she also serves as a member of the AAA’s Board of Directors. Dr. Galloway was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States National Science Board in 2006 for a six-year term. In that position, she served as vice chair from 2008 to 2010. In 2004, she was honored to be elected by her peers to serve as the first woman president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She has served as an advisor to multiple independent review panels and has extensive international experience, having worked on some of the world’s largest projects. Dr. Galloway serves on the board of directors of Granite Construction, Inc., one of the nation’s largest infrastructure contractors, and recently served on the SCANA board, a public traded utility where she served as Chair of the Special Litigation Committee of the board until the SCANA merger with Dominion Energy.

Mark Reisman – Is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington. He is also the Director of several cardiology programs throughout the country. Dr. Reisman has been the site Principal Investigator on more than 50 clinical trials and remains an active investigator on a multitude of trials with a focus on structural heart disease and coronary artery disease. As Director of Cardiovascular Emerging Therapies, he has a research interest in emerging technologies for the treatment of heart disease. Reisman has numerous publications and presentations.

Robert (Bob) McLean – Was a member of the United States Marine Corp. He is now retired from the Board of Directors of The Management Trust. He is past CEO of CDC Management Services and CDC Development, which he founded in 1970. CDC Management Services is a Seattle-area leader in association management, and its staff is well acclaimed by local and national trade organizations. He has been a real estate developer for the past 35 years. His development expertise includes condominiums, apartments, single-family homes, retirement and assisted-living facilities, hospitals and medical centers, as well as office buildings and shopping centers. His organization has built and developed throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. Bob and his wife, Penny, reside part-time in Upper Kittitas County at Lake Cle Elum.

Sena Lanphere – Is a lifelong resident of upper Kittitas County. After a 25-year career in banking with Seafirst and Bank of America, she opened her own business. She is an active volunteer in the school district and community. She has served on numerous committees and is the go to for family and friends.


Honorary Members

John Fluke, Jr.
William Peare
Linda Nordstrom
Craig Stewart

Auxiliary Members

Judy Ragland
Sharon Risdon
Laureen Ross
Lori Zwick
Stephanie Zipperer
Cherly Walker

******************************************************************************************** When dispersing funds Life Support considers the demographics of individual agencies and size of coverage area, their call volume for both EMS (primary) and fire responses. The most extensive coverage and call response area is Fire District 7. Supporting grants are dispersed to other agencies. In addition a restricted donation funds the Swedish Mammography Mobile Unit serving the Upper Kittitas County communities and the Annual Life Support – Swedish “STEM” Scholarship for a graduating senior from Upper County,  both in Memory of former Life Support Chairman Dr. Kris Nielsen. *********************************************************************************************

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Life Support logo design created and donated by:
GA Creative, Bellevue WA

Life Support recognizes the outstanding services that were provided by:  501 Commons, Seattle WA

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