About the WSPC

Our Team

The WSPC Core Team coordinates the day-to-day logistics of WSPC initiatives, meetings, and provides quality improvement technical assistance and support. We collaborate with leadership teams, community organizations, patients and families, and advisory workgroups.

WSPG-Rita Hsu MD
Rita Hsu, M.D—OB Clinical Lead


Bat-Sheva Stein, DNP, MSN, MSc, RN—Nurse Quality Manager, Legislation and Policy Lead

WSPC-Krystle Perez MD
Krystle Perez, M.D– Neonatal Clinical Co-Lead
WSPG-Jenica Sandall MSN
Jenica Sandall, MSN, RNC-OB, C-ONQS —Director of Safety and Quality, WSHA
WSPG-Trish Anderson MBA
Trish Anderson MBA BSNSenior Director of Safety and Quality, WSHA
WSPG-Rebecca Penders PhD
Rebecca Penders, PhD, RNC-OB, C-ONQS —Perinatal Regional Nurse Coordinator


Sharilyn Emhoff BSN, RN — Perinatal Regional Nurse Coordinator

WSPG-Carolyn Sedan MPH
Caroline Sedano, MPH—Principal Investigator, MMRP Representative
WSPG-Dixie Weber MSN
Dixie Weber, MSN, RN— MMRP Nurse Consultant
WSPG- Jill Smith MN
Jill Smith, MN, RN, CPHQ—MMRP Nurse Consultant 
WSPG-Tiffany Tibbs MPH
Tiffany Tibbs, MPH, CHES—Program Coordinator


End preventable morbidity, mortality, and disparities in pregnancy, postpartum, and infant care through quality improvement initiatives and fostering a network of statewide perinatal leaders.


Washington state is a safe and equitable place to experience pregnancy, give birth, be born, and parent.


  • Equity: Eliminate disparities in perinatal outcomes based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other factors. Equity is at the heart of the WSPC, and we prioritize projects that address social determinants of health, such as access to culturally responsive care.
  • Transparency and Accountability: Maintain transparency and accountability. We do this by providing timely and accurate information, engaging in meaningful dialogue, and being responsive to feedback and concerns. 
  • Open Membership: Establish an inclusive community without barriers or requirements for membership. The WSPC welcomes all who share an interest in enhancing perinatal and infant health, as we values diverse perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
  • Collaboration: Working beside and in partnership with the people and communities we seek to serve. We foster a culture of mutually beneficial, non-hierarchical collaboration, and are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment where all members feel valued, respected, and supported.  
  • Quality: Strive for the highest standards of performance in our programs, processes, and deliverables. We are lifelong learners committed to continuous improvement, high-quality work, and willingness to learn from mistakes and setbacks.

Read our strategic plan (PDF)