PNDRI Welcomes Four New Board Trustees to Roster


Seattle– October 28, 2013 - Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI) announced today the addition of four new trustees to its board of directors. At the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, Seattle Genetics’ CEO Clay Siegall joined the PNDRI board along with ex-Microsoft VP of Tax and Audit Mike Boyle. Also joining are KCF Investments Principal and real estate expert Catherine Fisher and entrepreneur and longtime PNDRI supporter Cynthia Haba.

“We are pleased to welcome these four exceptional individuals to PNDRI’s Board of Trustees,” said John Wecker, President and CEO.  “Each one brings a unique and valuable skill set enhancing our ability to realize our organizational aspirations.”

New board member Clay Siegall, Ph.D. co-founded Seattle Genetics in 1998 and is the company’s President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board. A scientist by training with an emphasis on targeted cancer therapies, Dr. Siegall built Seattle Genetics on a foundation of scientific innovation, rigorous research and drug development practices as well as a passion for helping patients. “I’m pleased to be joining the PNDRI Board, and to be involved with an organization that focuses on improving outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Siegall. “I look forward to working with the other trustees that guide PNDRI in its goal of further understanding and advancing scientific research for diabetes.”

Mike Boyle, the former vice president of Tax and Audit at Microsoft, looks forward to serving on PNDRI’s Finance Committee. Starting at Microsoft in 1986, Mr. Boyle served as the company's chief tax counsel and general auditor before taking over responsibility for the tax and internal audit departments.

Catherine Fisher discovered she had unexpected roots at PNDRI. Her father-in-law, Phelps Fisher, served on the board of PNDRI from 1972-1988.  As KCF Investments Principal, Ms. Fisher is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Certified General Appraiser. Her extensive experience in the real estate and construction industry, as well as forensic real estate matters, will be an asset to PNDRI.

Cynthia Haba and her husband are long-time supporters and friends of PNDRI. Over the past two years, she has served on PNDRI’s Auction and Development Committees, contributing to the institute’s fundraising successes. Cynthia is a Certified Career Consultant and Life Coach with strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. 

“Making progress against diabetes requires vision, drive and commitment,” said Wecker. “This kind of leadership begins with the Board and we are fortunate to have Trustees dedicated to achieving the mission of our organization.”