NWPF Staff Members

Wright brothersSteve 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 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.


MariaMaria E. Cole, MSW LICSW
Social Services Manager

Maria Cole, MSW joined the NWPF team in February 2014 as Social Services Manager.  In her role, she manages NWPF's client support programs, including PD Link Northwest, support group training, and providing direct service to patients and families at the EvergreenHealth Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center.  Maria comes to NWPF with experience in case management, counseling and program development in community mental health, hospitals and senior living organizations.  Her commitment to social justice and health promotion is affirmed everyday in her work at NWPF, as she works to empower clients in the PD community to live their best lives.
She has her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago.  Maria loves exploring her adopted city of Seattle.


MeleahMeleah Roy
Communications Specialist

Meleah joined the NWPF team in March 2015 as the Communications Specialist. Her primary focuses include managing the website, newsletters and social media platforms, supporting Team Parkinson's efforts and sharing the NWPF story with the Parkinson's community and the public. Meleah graduated from Wellesley College in 2013 and promptly entered the world of nonprofit communications. She hails from the grand state of Maine and loves to travel.