Snoqualmie Hospital Foundation hires new exec director, Erick Kaltenbacher

Erick Kaltenbacher, new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Director. - Courtesy photo
Erick Kaltenbacher, new Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Director.
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The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation has just hired Eric Kaltenbacher as its new executive director.

Kaltenbacher brings four years of volunteer program management, fundraising and local government experience to the position.

As the executive director, Kaltenbacher will plan fundraising programs and special events, manage a grant-writing program and develop ways to increase the number of financial donors.

Over the years, the Foundation has raised money for an Affordable Access voucher program, which provides scholarships for people who don’t have money for health care. They have also funded Lunch and Learn classes and awarded scholarships for students pursuing a medical career.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with the Foundation Board, community members and local leaders to increase awareness about the Foundation and the Hospital District,” Kaltenbacher said.

Kaltenbacher replaces Kim Arellano who was the Director for the past two years. Arellano resigned to focus on her business, Workforce Evolution, earn a PhD in Organizational Systems Transformation and spend more time with her family.

“There are so many exciting things happening with the Foundation and the Hospital District right now,” Arellano said. “I knew I didn’t have the time needed to accomplish the Foundation goals. Even though I am pursuing other avenues, I will help out in any way I can.”

Kaltenbacher has a Master of Public Administration from Seattle University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Oregon and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. In addition, he completed two management internships with the city of Snoqualmie in City Management and Finance.

“I had the advantage of seeing Eric’s work first-hand during his internships,” Jim Schaffer, Board President of the Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Foundation, said. “He has excellent attention to detail, is hard-working and has the job experience and education to make him a good fit for the Foundation Director.”

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