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My name is Jeremy Jaech and I am running for Chelan County Hospital Commissioner.  

I grew up in Richland where my dad was a mathematician working in the nuclear industry. I left Richland to go to school at the University of Washington when I was eighteen, and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in computer science. I moved back to Richland for a while and worked at the Hanford area, and then moved back to Seattle and worked at Boeing for a few years. Then I started doing a series of startup companies, cofounding a company called Aldus that developed the first commercially successful desktop publishing software called Pagemaker, and then Visio, which developed a new way to create business drawings on computers. After that I cofounded a company called Trumba, that created an internet-based calendaring and scheduling software service, and finally a company called SNUPI Technologies that developed a consumer electronics product for detecting water leaks and other home hazards.  

Along the way I served on many civic and non-profit boards, including The Technology Alliance, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Washington Technology Center, and several volunteer roles at the University of Washington. I’m currently Chair of the Board of Regents for the University of Washington, the governing board for the university. Since about half of the revenue and expenses of the university comes from UW Medicine, which includes four hospitals, twelve clinics, and their physician practices, I’ve learned a lot about medical care over the past four years I’ve been a regent. It’s the biggest piece of the UW so you can imagine that I and the other regents pay close attention to it.

Two years ago my wife Jacquelyn and I moved to the Chelan Valley full time so we could focus on developing a new project, a tennis and event center up in Manson where the old Banjo Creek Farms property was located. I’ve had a vacation house on the lake since 1991—26 years ago—first up at Fields Point, then up-lake of Manson, and now in Manson proper. I’ve always loved being on the lake and have really enjoyed living here full time now.

I’m running for hospital commissioner because I believe my experience as an entrepreneur and a UW regent would be helpful as the hospital embarks on a new phase with the construction of a new facility. Regardless of your thoughts about the last election, our democracy has spoken and we need to move forward to get it done. And we need people with experience on the hospital board to get the benefits the voters expect to see.

 

 


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