Board of Directors

David J. Inwards-Breland, MD, MPH
Board President

David joined the SCS Board of Directors in 2009.  He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Seattle Children’s Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine.  He is a board certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Specialist.  David has a special interest in LGBTQ communities of color and male health issues. He is a transplant from California.  He currently lives in West Seattle and enjoys singing with the Seattle Men's Chorus, enjoying time with friends and family and fine dining.

Susan Hawkins, JD, Psy.D.
Vice President

Susan is a licensed clinical psychologist whose Madison Valley practice emphasizes psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with adults, adolescents and couples. She especially enjoys working with LGBTQ individuals and couples. Prior to starting her own practice, Susan served for 11 years as the counseling center director at Seattle University. Also a lawyer, Susan specialized in mental health law, representing indigent mentally ill people in California. A native of San Francisco, Susan lived in Philadelphia for 12 years before moving to Seattle. She has been a singing member of Seattle Women's Chorus for 15 years and loves hiking, kayaking and biking.

Joanne Tilton, ARNP

Joanne is a native Seattleite who joined the board in the fall of 2010.  She is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner and board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner working at Seattle Children’s in Adolescent Medicine and the Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System at the YMCA. She also works at the Center for Human Services as well as in private practice. Joanne lives in Columbia City with her partner of 30 years, Peggy, and their Valhund, Cleo. She is an active community gardener at the Hillman City P-Patch.

Adam Coady, Esq.

Adam joined the SCS Board of Directors in 2014.  He is an attorney at Foster Pepper PLLC with a practice focused primarily on commercial real estate transactions.  Before receiving a law degree in 2011 from Georgetown Law, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and earned his undergraduate degree from University of Washington.  Adam loves to travel and cook and is excited for this opportunity to serve and support our community.

Jim Dillon, Ph.D.

Jim is very excited to be a member of the SCS Board. He is a psychologist in the Veterans Intensive PTSD (VIP) Program at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. A native of Massachusetts, Jim earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jim lives in West Seattle with his feline son and daughter, and likes movies, books, lectures, wine, and travel.

Ruth Hilsman, Ph.D.

Ruth is a clinical psychologist who has worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital for over 15 years. She specializes in neuropsychological evaluation of pediatric medical patients. Ruth also works in therapy with children, adolescents, and their parents in private practice in Woodinville. She joined the SCS Board of Directors in 2013. Ruth and her partner live in the University District with their three cats.

David Rickabaugh, MScCoachPsych

David joined the SCS Board of Directors in 2017, and he was attracted to SCS because of his longtime passion for mental health in the LGBT community.  David is a professional coach with a focus on executive coaching and leadership development, and he holds a Masters in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney.  A native of California, David has moved many times, living in such cities as Los Angeles, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, Sacramento, and Sydney, Australia before moving to Seattle — where he hopes to stay! — in 2015. David currently lives in Columbia City with his husband Wyatt and Tucker, their Border Terrier. David is a cyclist and is involved with AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day 545 mile bike ride from SF to LA to raise funds to stop HIV and end AIDS, serving as a training ride leader and a rider for 4 years.

Erik Schlocker, MSW

Erik is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Social Work program. He completed his post-graduate fellowship at Yale in the Child Study Outpatient Clinic. Erik has more than 20 years of experience helping children, adolescents and their families cope with mental illness and behavioral health challenges and is currently a Social Worker at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Paul Sherman, MD, MHA

Paul Sherman, MD, leads the care delivery system for Kaiser Permanente of Washington and is responsible for the care of all KP Washington patients. He began clinical practice at Group Health in 1992, and his previous roles include Executive Medical Director of the Group Practice, Executive Medical Director of the Health Plan, Medical Director for Care Systems Development, associate medical director of Strategy Deployment, medical director of Consultative Specialty Services, Seattle district medical director, and chief of Pediatrics. Dr. Sherman is a board-certified pediatrician with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Seattle Children’s, and obtained his Master of Health Administration at the University of Washington. He currently serves on the board of directors for Washington Health Alliance. 

Brett Thomazin

Brett is the Director of Respiratory Care and the UW Medicine Sleep Center at Harborview. He’s been with Harborview since August 2010. Born and raised in Nebraska, Brett moved to Seattle after 13 years in Denver. He’s a Registered Respiratory Therapist and in his free time enjoys cycling, fitness, time with family and friends, and travel. In 2019, Brett will be participating in his 4th AIDS/LifeCycle. He joined the SCS Board in August 2018 and is excited to be able to serve SCS and their clients.

Joe Torres

Joe joined the SCS Board in the fall of 2013. Born in Mexico, he has spent most of his life in Washington. Having lived on his own since the age of 12, Joe has always felt passionate about giving back to his community. Since moving to Seattle, he has devoted time to philanthropic pursuits including an annual fundraiser at Neighbor’s Nightclub, now in its 13th year. Joe has always had a knack for fundraising and is known among friends and coworkers as a friendly prankster. He is excited to have the opportunity to support our community through his work with SCS.

Christopher Welch

Christopher Welch has been a member of the S.C.S. board since 2014. He is a marketing and business development professional who has called Seattle home for over 13 years. Christopher received his Bachelor’s Degree from Seattle University. Christopher has been active in the Emerald City Softball Association and other GLBT city sports leagues for over 10 years. His other interests include cooking, travel, literature and opera music. He currently lives in downtown Seattle with his partner, Daniel.