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5 Questions with Kim Dansie

5 Questions with Kim Dansie

Kim was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Arizona, but after meeting her husband (an Oregon Duck), she uprooted and relocated to the Pacific Northwest. They live in Mill Creek with their son, Colin, who just started kindergarten. Before joining the SCCA Proton Therapy Center, Kim worked just across the parking lot at Northwest Hospital, as their Senior Director of Finance. She will be serving the Center in the Controller role, which means she will ensure the Center's financial position and performance is accurately reported to both internal and external stakeholders.   

How did you get started in your career? 

Throughout college, I worked as a barista at Starbucks. (Sounded like a smart idea at the time…but now I have a $5/day habit I can’t kick). One of my routine customers, an (overachieving) accountant-turned-pharmacist, knew I was pursuing a degree in Accounting and that I was planning to follow a cute boy to Seattle upon graduation, so he put in a good word for me with his old accounting colleagues at KPMG, LLP.   That began my career in public accounting! I served a variety of clients across different industries until I settled into a portfolio of healthcare clients in the Seattle area.  

What’s your take on proton therapy? 

It is a treatment option in a range of cancer treatment options. For certain patients and tumor types, it will be the superior treatment option while others may benefit from a different approach. As a finance professional, I am not naïve to certain cost-benefit debates; however, as a mom, and as friend and family to others impacted by cancer, I am proud to be part of an organization that exists to improve the lives of cancer patients via delivery of treatment that can so precisely target a patient’s tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue and minimizing side effects.    

Tell us about your hobbies. What do you like to do?  

When I have the time, I love to bake and I love a good documentary. I’ve most recently been on a biscotti-making binge... and just finished Season 2 of Netflix’s “Making a Murderer.” Also, while I don’t know that it constitutes a hobby, I love learning about and connecting with others. So, enough about me, I want to get to know you! 

Tell us something surprising about you. 

Hmmm… I can’t think of anything surprising per se, however, a few fun facts or conversation starters might include: I was married on New Year’s Eve. I have an affinity for music from the (largely 80s) “new wave” genre - think Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, The Cure, etc. Oh, and I was in Normandy, France this year for the anniversary of D-Day. (Shout out to our veterans!)

Can you share a favorite recipe or vacation spot? 

A favorite recipe of my son and hubby - Swedish Coconut Cookies. Even if you’re not fond of coconut, I wouldn’t let that steer you away from these. Just some good ol’ chewy, buttery, shortbread-y goodness right here!  

I look forward to crossing paths with all of you!