NWPF Staff Members

Steve BioSteve Wright, MPA
Executive Director

Steve Wright joined Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation as the organization’s third executive director in March 2013. In his 15 year nonprofit career he has worked for causes including cancer research, quality of life issues for inflammatory bowel disease patients and providing opportunities to compete for people with intellectual disabilities. His goal is to make NWPF the leading source locally, regionally and nationally for people with Parkinson’s to find education and support. Steve is a husband, father, brother and son.


Mel Beer HunterMelissa R. Tribelhorn, MPA
Deputy Director

Melissa has spent her career advocating for educational and healthcare programs that benefit patients and families, no matter their diagnosis, socioeconomic level or background. At NWPF, she manages the operations of all mission-based programs, including educational events, advocacy and client services. Melissa has a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University and has lived all over the Northwest, including Montana, Alaska, Idaho, Eastern Washington and Seattle.


Virgil Sweeney
Finance Director


Angela Rickard PhotoAngela Rickard
Development Director

Angela joined the staff in February 2015, bringing more than nine years of development and nonprofit experience to the Development Director position. She oversees all fundraising activities. Specifically, she focuses on special events, grant management, corporate solicitation, and individual and major giving programs. Angela is an avid reader and in her free time enjoys discovering local parks with her husband and two dogs.


Maria E. Cole, MSW LSWAA
Social Services Manager