Meet Our Staff
Jarrell Fox, Regional Manager for Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery
Jarrell specializes in the field of blood transfusion alternatives. His interest and respect for blood spans over 40 years, serving as a volunteer in visiting patients and later as a liaison, which led to his work in Transfusion-Free medicine. He has been a member of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management since its inception in 2002, and has over 20 years of experience in the hospital setting. He enjoys working with the physicians and the medical staff and most importantly, patients, as an advocate, assisting them in making informed choices about the use of blood products and transfusion. He attributes the success of this specialty service to his hard working and diligent team members and volunteers who work tirelessly in providing this service.
Sandy Brown, RN
Sandy is an experienced nurse with a lifelong interest in helping people. She continues to develop her sincere interest in promoting emerging medical strategies in the realm of Transfusion-Free Medicine, passionately advocating for individuals who prefer to avoid or refuse the use of blood products in their medical care.
She is inspired by the many wonders of creation — not the least of which is how wonderfully made we are. She enjoys pursuing diverse interests, such as arts and crafts, photography, reading, volunteer work and generally enjoying the outdoors.
Jennifer Min, RN
Having worked as an oncology nurse navigator and a general surgery nurse, Jennifer feels privileged to work with patients who feel that their well-being involves the mind, body and spirit and embrace the availability of the program to be able to make informed choices and feel supported as they receive this care. As a certified Korean medical interpreter, Jennifer is also able to help those with language/cultural barriers in understanding their treatment options.
Jennifer was born in South Korea and came to the United States at age 10. She has always been in awe of the workings of the human body and the exciting new findings in the effectiveness of transfusion-free medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys Asian cooking, traveling, hiking, snow shoeing, spending time with nieces and nephews and learning about new languages/cultures.
Myriah Perez, RN
Myriah joined the Transfusion Free Team in 2009 after working as a Cardiology/PCU Staff and Charge Nurse with Providence Health System since 2004. Myriah has always held the belief that patients have the right to self-determination when it comes to making choices regarding their medical care. She believes that Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery is an amazing field where the goal is to help patients to receive the best possible treatment and outcomes, while supporting concerns or objections regarding the use of blood.
Myriah met her husband while volunteering to help rebuild homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina – together they regularly volunteer in community, and enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as traveling and exploring new places. They love the beauty of the PNW and kayaking with their dog Kona.
Meagan Sek, RN
Meagan began her nursing career with Franciscan Health System in 2004. Motivated by a desire to help others in their time of need, she made the decision to enter the nursing field at a young age. As her career progressed, she found that the most rewarding facet of nursing was time spent with the patient—supporting, educating, encouraging, and advocating for the patient. When an opportunity arose for her to join the Transfusion-Free team in 2011, she was excited to be able to combine her knowledge and interest in transfusion alternatives with her favorite aspects of nursing care. She has a deep respect for the individual’s right to choose or refuse any offered treatment; and is committed to ensuring a patient’s strongly held convictions and choices are upheld.
Meagan is happily married and enjoys spending time with family, reading, outdoor activities, and sharing in a variety of volunteer activities.
Valerie Gish, RN, BSN
Valerie joined the Transfusion Free Medicine & Surgery Program in 2015. Valerie graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in nursing. For twenty years she was part of the Emergency Department staff at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital holding various nursing positions. She joined the Trauma Service in 2002 as the trauma case manager assisting patients with catastrophic injuries to integrate back into the community. In 2010 she accepted the Trauma Educator/Outreach Coordinator position providing education and community outreach. Valerie is thrilled to join the Transfusion Free program as an advocate for alternatives to blood transfusions.
Melissa Brannock, RN, CCRN
Melissa has been at St. Joseph Medical Center since 1986, for 25 of those years working as a nurse at the bedside in Critical Care. She has also worked as an educator and mentor in the Critical Care department. She actively promotes and teaches the concepts related to transfusion alternatives. She joined the Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery team in 2013.