Premera Community MVP

Premera Blue Cross is partnering with the Seattle Seahawks to establish the Premera Community MVP Award. The award will honor a staff member from a nonprofit organization in the Pacific Northwest who goes above and beyond their daily work. The MVP is invited to attend a Seahawks’ practice for a special experience at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC).

This Week’s MVP: MaryEllen Buchanan, Boyer Children’s Clinic

MaryEllen has been a critical part of the Boyer team for over 35 years, and in that time her role has developed based on her own passions. Not only is she an exemplary teacher, but she has taken the initiative to pursue her interest in supporting children with vision challenges. They are often the most medically-fragile that Boyer cares for, and over the years MaryEllen has gone above and beyond by accompanying countless families to vision appointments, dedicating herself to learning techniques to support children with vision impairments, as well as seeking out mentors in the community. For the past 15 years, she has arranged for a pediatric ophthalmologist to provide free vision screenings to all Boyer families, and has worked to promote the importance of vision checks among our community. Thanks to her dedication – and the compassionate commitment she has for our families – MaryEllen has become a leader within the Boyer community and beyond. She is an advocate, a trusted supporter, a crucial part of our families’ team as they learn how to best care for their child.

2018 Premera Community MVPs

  • Theresa LaRonde, Kent Youth and Family Services
  • Amanda Ford, Community Youth Services
  • Harpreet Gill, Cocoon House
  • Marlene Carter, Childhaven
  • Sara McArdle, United Way of Snohomish County
  • David Downing, Youth Eastside Services