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Karishma Chainani, MS, CHES
School Programs and Evaluation Manager

Karishma Chainani joined the Hope in the fall of 2015. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington, and completed her Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance, specializing in Community Health, from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She also holds a Certificate of Public Health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to working at the Hope, Karishma worked as a Licensed Massage Practitioner for 7 years, working with people of different backgrounds to bring wellness into their lives through the power of touch.

Karishma enjoys working within communities to foster peoples’ sense of empowerment for changing their lifestyles, including encouraging them to make healthy choices. Prevention of disease is something she believes is important, as heart disease has affected her family in a profound way.

Karishma’s hobbies include kickboxing, traveling and spending time with her family, fiancé, and black lab, Buddy.

Jaclyn NgJaclyn Ng
Heart Restart & Volunteer Programs Manager

Jaclyn was born and raised in West Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health. Throughout college, she worked at Virginia Mason Medical Center as a nutrition assistant and enjoyed learning a lot about nutrition and health.

She has a diverse service background serving across the nation as an AmeriCorps member. She served as a FEMA Corps member and assisted individuals and families affected by a disaster; particularly, with Superstorm Sandy relief. Furthermore, she continued her service with United Way of King County with their Million Meals Campaign and the American Red Cross in Seattle as a Volunteer Recruit and Intake Coordinator.

Aside from work, she enjoys the outdoors such as hiking, snowboarding, kayaking, and river rafting. If you don’t see her out and about, you would most likely find her at home cooking or watching movies.

Steven PalazzoSteven J. Palazzo, PhD, MN, RN
Teen Take Heart Program Manager

Steven J. Palazzo is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Seattle University with a part-time assignment with The Hope Heart Institute as Program Manager for Teen Take Heart. Prior to joining The Hope, Steven worked as a medical/cardiac critical care nurse at Harborview Medical Center and taught nursing in the Seattle Community College system.

Steven has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s Degree in Nursing (Nurse Educator Specialist Training), and a PhD in Nursing Science (Diagnostic Utility of sTREM-1 in Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia). He was the recipient of an NIH/NRSA Fellowship in Research and was an ARCS (Achievement Reward for College Scientists) Fellow.

Steven is interested in educational outreach in underserved communities in Washington State. He lives in Renton and enjoys running, tennis, and gardening. He shares his home with his partner of 19 years and their two beagles.


Kerryn RedingKerryn Reding - PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington School of Nursing; and Women Take Heart Fellow

As the Women Take Heart Fellow, Kerryn will implement a community-based, culturally-relevant lifestyle intervention focused on improving diet and exercise habits that will lead to weight loss and sustained healthy weight.

Kerryn’s research Interests have been focuses on reducing cancer incidence and recurrence, with particular interests in lifestyle interventions and biomarkers of risk, as well as reducing racial disparities in breast cancer.

Kerryn has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, a Masters in Public Health (MPH), Epidemiology from University of Michigan, and a BS, Zoology from Arizona State University.


Nakamoto ReniReni Nakamoto - Education and Outreach Intern

Reni Nakamoto is one of the Education and Outreach Interns for the summer of 2017. Reni was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. She is a rising senior getting her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Microbiology.

Reni is interested in public health because she enjoys learning about how different factors such as income, culture, and education influence health and what we can do to resolve those inequalities to promote healthier lives for all. Specifically, she is excited to intern at the Hope Heart Institute because she hopes to gain experience in community outreach. She is looking forward to going out into the community to interact with the people and also learn from the community and the staff.

Her hobbies include traveling, hiking, running and practicing yoga.


Thomas, MichelleMichelle Thomas - Education and Outreach Intern

Michelle Thomas joined The Hope Heart Institute as an Education and Outreach intern in 2017. Michelle was born and raised in Bellevue, and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at the University of Washington. After undergrad, she hopes to work toward building healthier communities and living environments for traditionally under-served populations. She is especially interested in using education as a way to empower people into making healthy lifestyle choices and health decisions.