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About Us

Orca Partners provides for-profit and not-for-profit governance and executive leaders with the guidance, practices, and support needed to make a significant and sustainable impact on organization-wide performance, including economics.


Our first focus is on establishing a highly effective governance and management partnership, to lead your enhancement work.  We share what partnership practices are working for others, for you to consider, and support the implementation practices that work for you.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Establishing governance & management partnership

  • Renewing mission and vision, if/when needed 

  • Developing a positive work culture 

  • Establishing strategies, objectives and milestones

  • Using dashboards to focus and rack progress

  • Implementing effective meeting practices

  • Making commitment to continuous improvement

  • Documenting and making practices easily accessible

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Training support

Tom Van Dawark Govern to Zero Harm Orca Partners LLC Healthcare Governance Quality and Safety Consulting

About Tom Van Dawark

Tom was born and raised in a small community near Eugene Oregon. He worked on the family farm from an early age and attended high school with 14 classmates. Tom received his Business Administration degree at the University of Oregon, served in the Army and returned to Oregon for his MBA.

Tom has been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve as a CEO with high reliability organizations such as Foss Maritime and Todd Shipyard, as well as a governance leader with the Virginia Mason Health System and a member of the Seattle Children's Hospital Board Quality Committee, among others.  He partners with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and has successfully assisted a number of organizations in performance improvement work.

"Orca Partners was established to fulfill a commitment to share with others the lessons I have been fortunate to learn as a CEO, governance leader and consultant".

Tom and his wife Janet live on Whidbey Island north of Seattle with their thirteen-year-old grandson Damien.

Contact Us

Contact Tom Van Dawark, CEO of Orca Partners LLC, to learn how to impact your pace of performance improvement.

Orca Partners LLC Healthcare Governance Quality and Safety Consulting

Orca Partners LLC

6550 Anderson Road

Clinton, WA 98236

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