Board of Managers
Brian Joseph Cartin, MD
Dr. Cartin is Associate Division Chief of Hospital Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH), where he has been on staff since 2012. He also serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. Dr. Cartin is board certified in pediatrics and performs research focused on medical informatics. He attended George Washington University School of Medicine in DC and completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta.
Robert Hilt, MD, FAAP
Dr. Hilt was raised in western Michigan and attended the University of Michigan for his undergraduate studies before moving on to medical school at the University of Rochester, a Pediatrics residency at the University of Iowa, and adult and child psychiatry residencies at the University of Massachusetts. He has worked at Seattle Children's Hospital since 2006 and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. Hilt also serves as the program director for the Partnership Access Line. He is the Seattle Children's representative to the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association.
Hilt lives in Seattle and is married with two children. He enjoys fishing and woodworking in his spare time.
Neil Kaneshiro, MD
Dr. Neil Kaneshiro was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his BA in Science from Northwestern University in 1988. He returned home and received his MD from the University of Hawaii in 1992. Kaneshiro completed residency training at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s in 1995. He has been associated with Woodinville Pediatrics since 1995 and is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Kaneshiro is past president of the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has a deep interest in immunizations and disease prevention. This includes over a decade of service on the Washington State Vaccine Advisory Committee. Kaneshiro currently serves as Chair of the Immunization Action Coalition of Washington.
During his free time. Kaneshiro enjoys hiking, golf, swimming and water polo. He has one son.
Christine Kessler has held her position as the Executive Director of Children’s University Medical Group (CUMG) since 2014, and had served in various leadership roles at Seattle Children’s since 1997. She is responsible for overseeing the practice management functions of CUMG’s 600+ pediatric physicians who primarily practice at Seattle Children’s locations and have faculty appointments at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Kessler also has responsibility for supporting the CUMG business interests of Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington School of Medicine, who have joint ownership interest in CUMG.
Prior to coming to Seattle Children’s, Kessler was a consultant focused in healthcare IT with 3 large consulting firms, and served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at a 182-bed community hospital on the east coast.
Glenn Lux, MD, MBA – Board Chair
Dr. Glenn Lux is the president and CEO of Allegro Pediatrics in Bellevue. Allegro Pediatrics is a physician-owned practice committed to providing excellent medical care to infants, children and adolescents. Lux graduated from Amherst College in 1968 with a degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1972. In 2006, Lux received an MBA in management from Seattle University.
Sandy Melzer, MD, MBA
Dr. Sandy Melzer is executive vice president, Networks and Population Health, at Seattle Children’s and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. A pediatric hospitalist and physician executive with more than 25 years of experience, Melzer is responsible for planning and business development at Seattle Children’s, including leading Seattle Children’s strategic response to healthcare reform.
Karen Murray, MD
Dr. Karen Murray is Division Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Seattle Children's, where she has been on staff since 1998. She is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology. In addition to providing clinical care in gastroenterology, hepatology and transplantation, she has an active clinical research program. Her main focus is childhood liver disease, especially the treatment of hepatitis B and C viral infections, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cholestatic liver diseases in childhood. Murray is a professor of pediatrics at University of Washington School of Medicine and past president of Seattle Children’s medical staff. She is on the steering committees of three National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases clinical research networks related to her research.
Murray earned her MD at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Seattle Children’s.
Danae Nakoneczny, MD
Danae Nakoneczny, MD has been practicing pediatric medicine in the Seattle area since 2009. She grew up in Madison, WI and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for undergraduate studies, majoring in French with a minor in Biology. She spent a year studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.
After attending medical school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Nakoneczny completed her pediatric residency at Northwestern University in Chicago (Lurie Children's Hospital). She worked for 5 years as a pediatric regional hospitalist for Seattle Children's before joining Ballard Pediatric Clinic in 2015.
"Dr. Danae" lives in Greenwood with her husband, Matt, and their two children. She enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Rob Roskin, MD
Dr. Rob Roskin attended Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Allegro Pediatrics in 1998. Roskin is a clinical professor at the University of Washington. He feels the best part of being a pediatrician is the kids.
Each summer, for more than 19 years, Roskin has volunteered at Seattle Children’s Stanley Stamm Summer Camp. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his granddaughter.
Melissa Walsh, MD
Dr. Melissa Walsh joined Richmond Pediatrics in Shoreline in 2007.
Walsh is a Midwest transplant, having grown up near Detroit, Mich. She graduated with high honors in biology from the University of Michigan where she helped develop a mediation center, started a group to explore complementary and alternative medicines and, most importantly, met her husband, Mike. After a year teaching through Americorps in Detroit, she completed medical school at the University of Rochester. Walsh and her husband, along with their dog Willow, came to Seattle for her pediatric residency at the University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital. At the completion of her residency, she was honored by the Seattle Children's Family Advisory Council with the Family Centered Care award. They have two children, Alex and Elizabeth.
Frederick (Fred) Walters, MD – Secretary
Dr. Walters was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Dartmouth College receiving a B.A. in Economics. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha society. During Medical School, he and his wife Liz traveled to various rural areas in Central America (Ahuas, Honduras and San Felipe, Guatemala) and South America (Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador) working at small clinics for the under-served. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Walters founded Bainbridge Pediatrics in April 2007 with the aim of creating a medical practice devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents. Prior to founding Bainbridge Pediatrics, he worked at the Virginia Mason Winslow Clinic for four years. He is board certified in Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Walters' medical interests encompass all aspects of pediatric medicine, including both preventive and acute care. In addition, he has a special interest in utilizing electronic technology and the internet to improve pediatric care and communication with both parents and their children. Walters previously served on the Board of Directors for the KiDiMu, Bainbridge Island's children's museum from 2009 to 2012.
Walters lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Liz and their three children, Claire, Margo and Elise. He enjoys spending time with his family outdoors – in particular skiing during the winter months and hiking during the warmer weather months.
Russ Williams, MHA
As Seattle Children's senior vice president and chief administrative officer, Russ Williams oversees key system operations areas including Facilities; Human Resources; Marketing and Communications; and Research Service Line Operations.
Over the last 20 years of working in healthcare, Williams has shown his strength in building needed relationships for providing the best care possible. Prior to his role at Seattle Children’s, Williams served for 3½ years as chief operating officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. During that time, he led major facilities expansions; facilitated planning and development of key service lines; and maintained complex systems that supported patient, family and clinical operations across the institution.
Prior to his role at Riley, Williams served as vice president of operations at Fairview Southdale Hospital, and vice president of patient experience at University of Minnesota Medical Center and Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Williams earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Brigham Young University in Utah and his master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota.