Jonathan Hallsted - Founder and Chairman
I was born and raised in California, and have spent most of my life there, with the exception of 6 years in Eastern Europe. I’ve had the privilege to serve on four separate non-profit boards, and I have a passion for combining practical issues with spiritual issues. That’s not to say that spiritual issues aren’t practical, because they are; that’s the whole point. During my experience in non-profit work overseas, the concept of local financial sustainability resonated with me deeply.
My free time is usually spent with family. I also enjoy a good book, a good cup of coffee, and pretending that I can play the guitar well. I love traveling to new places and trying new foods. Secretly, I enjoy cooking too. I would like to have more time to play tennis and surf, and living a little closer to the ocean wouldn’t be a bad thing either. I’m supported in all that I do by my gracious wife Rebecca, and 4 of the best looking kids on the planet.
Eric Hanson - Executive Director
Born and raised in Southern California , I now live in Olympia, WA with my beautiful wife and 4 amazing daughters . I have the distinct privilege of serving Healthbridge Global as the Executive Director. Our family has been involved with this amazing organization since the inception as board members and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this non-profit. Prior to coming on full-time, I enjoyed 13+ years at PepsiCo in various sales, operations and marketing roles.
While I enjoyed my profession, my real passions were with my family and gospel centered activities. In the last twenty years God has allowed us to be involved internationally in various ways; support of several individual missionaries, mission based philanthropic organizations, as well as visits to Mexico, Romania and Cambodia. As I look forward to the future, my hope/desire is that God will continue to open doors where Healthbridge Global can make a difference.
Kimberly Epperson - Board Member
I am an RN at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and have worked in labor and delivery for the past nine years. I thoroughly enjoy supporting laboring women in this exciting and sometimes scary event of welcoming a new baby into their family. In addition to being an RN, I am a limited obstetrical sonographer. I have been able to use my skills at Care Net Pregnancy and Family Services. My time there has offered me many opportunities to meet the physical and spiritual needs of women and families in times of crisis. I've also served internationally in Mexico, Panama, Togo, Botswana and Bangladesh, providing me an opportunity to see how medicine is practiced around the world.
In my free time, I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, and drinking chai with friends. I am the wife of a wonderful man, Josh and mother of two, and we’re currently living in Seattle, WA.
Jason Buono - Board Member
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska I spent my time playing soccer, fishing, cross country skiing, camping and working summers above the Arctic Circle. I knew from the time I was a freshman in high school that I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. After graduating high school, the next seven years were dedicated to just that. After graduating and meeting my amazing wife, Erin, who is also a physical therapist from Alaska... go figure... we moved from Oregon to Washington to work for a Catholic non-profit hospital system. It was this first career position that made me appreciate how Christ-centered healthcare can truly change a life. I also found how being a provider who has compassion and empathy for his patients can produce truly great results and change lives forever.
With two young children, Erin and I have been dedicated to raising them to care for their world (local and global) with our family mission of "Leave the World a Better Place".
Being a part of Healthbridge Global does that with unabashed attention. I am pleased to give and serve on this amazing board that I have no doubt will reach its goals and change the world.
Stephanie Pleasance - Board Member
My husband and I now reside in Arizona with our beautiful daughter. Originally from the northwest, my husband and I have always enjoyed outdoor activities of all types. For us, family is of paramount importance and we love to spend time together. With regard to our passions, aside from family, we desire to work in areas that extend the kingdom of God, have an international and local missions focus and are actively correcting social injustices.
That said, our hearts were drawn to the work Healthbridge Global was doing from the very beginning and, are glad to say, have been involved with the organization from its inception. We have been affiliated with many non-profit organizations (Red Cross, Stockton Pregnancy Center, Lodi Pregnancy Center, I-Help, Feed My Starving Children, to name a few) over the past 15 years and, in some cases, found ourselves in positions of leadership. We absolutely love to serve and gladly accepted the invitation to join the board of Healthbridge Global when the opportunity was presented.