Meet Our Staff
Jarrell Fox, Regional Manager for Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery with the Franciscan Health System, 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 serving as a liaison, which lead to his work in bloodless medicine. He is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management from it’s inception in 2002, and has over 14 years experience in the hospital setting. He enjoys working with the physicians and the medical staff and most importantly, the patient, as their advocate, assisting them in making an informed choice as related to 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.
Jarrell is married, father of three and grandfather of three. He enjoys camping, backpacking, sailing and playing the guitar in his limited spare time.
Sandy Brown is an experienced Registered Nurse with a lifelong interest in helping people. She continues to develop her sincere interest in promoting emerging medical strategies in the realm of bloodless medicine; passionately advocating for individuals who prefer to avoid or refuse the use of blood products in their medical care.
Sandy is happily married and the proud mother of two happily married daughters. 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; creative endeavors with arts and crafts, photography, reading, volunteer work and generally enjoying the out of doors.
Jennifer Min was born in South Korea and came to the United States at the age of 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. Having worked as an oncology nurse navigator and a general surgery nurse, I feel privileged to work with our patient population 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. Being a certified Korean medical interpreter, I am excited to be able to help those with a language/cultural barrier to the healthcare delivery system and their limitations in understanding the alternative treatment options when they request Transfusion Free Medicine and Surgery.
In my spare time, I enjoy Asian cooking, including making sushi, traveling, hiking, snow shoeing, spending time with my nieces and nephews and learning about new languages/cultures.
Myriah Perez is the newest member of the transfusion free team, joining Franciscan Health Care after working with Providence Health system since 2004. When a close friend's daughter had open heart surgery, Myriah realized she wanted to have a share in caring for those in need. She began her career at St. Vincent medical center in Portland Oregon on a 70 bed Cardiology/Telemetry unit. She filled the role of both floor nurse and charge nurse and obtained her PCCN specialty certification. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Myriah heeded the call for volunteers to help rebuild homes in New Orleans Louisiana. It was the experience of a lifetime, and it was while volunteering there that she met her wonderful husband.
After returning from Louisiana, Myriah moved to Tacoma and accepted a travel RN position at St. Joseph Medical Center, and shortly thereafter took a permanent position at St. Peter Hospital's PCU. Myriah has always had a keen interest in Bloodless medicine, and when the opportunity to work with the fantastic group of people heading up the Transfusion Free Medicine and Surgery program opened up, she jumped at the chance. Myriah has always held the belief that a patient has the right to self determination when it comes to making choices regarding medical care, and couldn't be more thrilled to advocate for those who request non blood medical management.
Meagan Sek 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 deeply held convictions and choices are upheld.
Meagan has devoted much of her time and energy to a variety of volunteer activities, including disaster-relief work. Since 2008, she has been involved in volunteer work with the Cambodian community in the South Sound. She is happily married and shares in this community service with her caring husband.