Meet the UVCares team
We are leading efforts for accessibility of mental healthcare through our dedicated experts.
Meet the hardworking volunteers that make UVCares a possibility. Browse by group:
Rebekah Subido, EMBA Board President & Executive Director
A Pacific Northwest native, Ms. Subido envelops the value that everyone deserves to have access to mental health services and that mental health and physical health equally contribute toward a person’s overall well-being.
As a Superior Court Guardian ad Litem for 28 years, Ms. Subido frequently observed the need for mental health services and the main barriers that prevented access to services. Determined to create access to mental health services for all, Ms. Subido founded UVCares. She is passionate about people and helping those in need.
Ms. Subido holds an Executive Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science Psychology degree from Washington State University.
John Fishburne, PhD Board Vice President
Growing up in the rural community of Leavenworth, WA, Dr. Fishburne developed a keen awareness of the need for mental health services in rural communities that often, do not have access to basic services. Dr. Fishburne’s personal and professional views strongly align with the mission of UVCares and he has spent much of his career supporting rural access to mental health for everyone.
Dr. Fishburne holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology and has been in private practice for 15 years with his office located in Spokane, WA.
U.N. Umesh, PhD Board Secretary
U. N. Umesh is a professor of marketing in the Department of Marketing and International Business. He has published his research in many journals, including Decision Sciences, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of International Marketing, Psychometrika and Journal of Forecasting. He co-authored a paper on outsourcing that was a Best Article Finalist in Decision Sciences.
He has held visiting positions at University of Texas at Austin, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a visiting associate professor, University of Washington and Koc University. His Ph.D. in marketing is from the University of Washington, where he has taught classes. He has won five teaching awards in his career. His students have won many prizes at Business Plan competitions.
Fernando Hernandez Board Director
Fernando Hernandez is vice president of the Enterprise Operations, Finance and Sustainability (EOFS) – Enterprise Services – Indirect Supply Chain organization. In this role, Fernando leads the overall strategy, contracting, daily operations of Indirect and Center of Excellence goods and services for The Boeing Company. Fernando has worked for The Boeing Company for more than 20 years, starting as an intern and continuing in numerous supply chain and operational roles in Boeing Commercial airplanes, Boeing Global Services, and Enterprise Services. Fernando is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Fernando completed his undergraduate degree from Central Washington University and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Carson School of Business and Economics at Washington State University.
Sheriff Burnett Board Director
Brian was born and raised in Chelan County and is a 1985 graduate of Cascade High School. He and his wife April have been married for 34 years and call Chelan County their home. They have five adult sons, one daughter, four grandsons, one granddaughter, and number six is on the way.
Sheriff Burnett has held a longstanding philosophy toward supporting communities and the giving of himself to the community. Brian & April are the current Directors for Royal Family Kids Camp #207, a weeklong summer camp for abused and / or neglected foster children. Additionally, Sheriff Burnett is a current Board of Director for the North Central Washington Chaplain Foundation and Vice President of the Washington State Sheriffs Association.
Ana Cortez Board Director
Ana Cortez is an experienced and knowledgeable City Manager with 30 years of progressively responsible experience in public administration. Prior to relocating to the Seattle metropolitan area, she has served in multiple roles in Central Washington including City Administrator in Leavenworth WA- Washington’s Bavarian Village and Assistant City Manager in Yakima. Key preparation in her professional journey includes her role as Public Works Business Manager for the City of West Sacramento, CA and the Community Development Manager for the City of Richmond, CA. Ana is especially knowledgeable about public works, community development/redevelopment, federal grants administration, finance, airport operations, human resources, public-private partnerships, and systems improvements, as well as fully bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural. She is also a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Leslie Sigrah Board Director
Leslie Sigrah is Marketing & Operations Director for GEICO Spokane Local Office, in this role; Leslie leads the overall marketing, team building, & Operations of Excellence. Leslie has owned her job and established company bars nationwide since 2019 regardless of the current economy. Leslie’s career includes many successful hospitality operations including companies where she held positions up to and including Operations Manager overseeing operations producing over $2 million a year in revenues. Leslie feels like the opportunity that has made her most proud over her many years in business is a non-profit that allowed her to operate and command Bambino Buddy Ball. This is a baseball program benefitting youth and young adults with disabilities in Spokane, WA since 2007 and has successfully and will continue to serve 60-100 families every year.
Asia Goins, LMFT Clinical Supervisor
I am a 55-year-old multi-racial male with over 25 years’ experience in social services and counseling. I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwest Christian University and am a licensed LMFT in the State of Washington. Throughout my 25 years of practice, I have been a social worker, a Quality Assurance trainer, a Child and Family Therapist and have training in family systems theory, trauma recovery, relationship dynamics and racial diversity.
I concentrate on helping married and cohabitating couples deal with conflict, anxiety, anger issues and adjustment problems in their relationship. I counsel couples and individuals with a focus on repair, reconciliation, and restoration.
I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced trauma and have specific training and expertise with men who have been sexually abused as children.
Andrna Christopher, ARNP, PMHNP Provider
Andrna’ Christopher, ARNP, PMHNP is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Christopher obtained her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Her clinical training was completed at inpatient and outpatient facilities throughout her state of residence. She received additional education in highly focused programs such as intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization programs, and programs providing drug and alcohol detoxification and medication-assisted treatment. Ms. Christopher then worked at a local hospital as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Ms. Christopher has a diverse clinical background that has equipped and enabled her to manage a wide variety of mental health conditions. She is dedicated to providing patient- and family-centered care.
Safa Guizani Director of Social Media
Growing up across the world, Ms. Guizani lived in four countries and visited seven more. With her international upbringing, she understands the value and importance of diversity. Ms. Guizani supports the mission of UVCares that ensures mental health access to all persons and the value that diversity brings to all. As Director of social media, Ms. Guizani performs community outreach across social platforms to connect all persons to mental health services as well as providing education of mental health including addressing biases the inhibit the seeking of needed mental health services.