2022 UTNC Affiliate Officer Candidate Biographies

UTNC Affiliate Officer Candidate Biographies


Jamie Marie Evankovich (Hettiaratchi)
United Therapists of Northern California

Candidate for position of VP PT

I began my career at Kaiser in 2006 as a Fellow in the Northern California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship Program and have been blessed to work at Kaiser Oakland since completing my fellowship. I’ve taught and mentored residents, fellows, and colleagues through the years and continually work to hone my craft as a Physical Therapist. I believe that being present with another on their healing journey is a tremendous gift, both in my clinical practice and in my personal life.

I am a strong advocate for fairness, truth, and inclusivity, and have the capacity to see a situation from multiple angles.

I am a mommy of two incredible kids, have a deep mediation practice, and love living by the beach.

I’ve learned a great deal about Kaiser’s structure and history, unions, and labor law during the unionization process, much of which I have shared with all of you along the way. If I am elected your VP, I plan to use my passion for uniting people to assist in healing the connections within our group and between our collective and Kaiser leadership, while being your strong advocate every step of the way.


Kurt Hankins
United Therapists of Northern California

Candidate for position of VP Speech Lang Path

I am a Speech-Language Pathologist II and have been with Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento for over 11 years. While my background includes pediatrics, I currently specialize in adult neurorehabilitation in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have been an active participant in the SLP Regional Practice Group since 2018 to promote positive change for our discipline. The training, stability and support Kaiser offers has helped shape me into the skilled clinician I am today.

In an ever-evolving health care system, it has become increasingly difficult to manage workload expectations, while providing the care our patients need and deserve. I am committed to offering the type of care that I would want for my parents, my spouse and myself. We must value the perspective of providers on the front lines while maintaining the reality that Kaiser has a business to operate. I believe that a labor and management partnership can thrive with the right leadership. It takes a unique person to hold space for all perspectives, facilitate finding common ground and work toward a shared goal. I am a motivated, passionate and ambitious clinician that is ready to be a part of the change I would like to see.


Ramey Barrios
United Therapists of Northern California

Candidate for position of VP Speech Lang Path

My name is Ramey and I’m a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist. I’ve been with Kaiser for almost 13 years. In 2021, I had the privilege to serve as one of the two SLPs on our Bargaining Team as we negotiated our first contract. It was such an honor to represent the SLPs in Northern California this past year – to make sure our unique profession and specific needs were taken into account throughout the entire process. Some of the good things accomplished in our first contract include maintaining all our benefits, securing equal pay for ST, OT, and PTs, as well as wage increases. It’s exciting to finally have a seat (and a voice) at the table were decisions are being made! However, this new partnership with Kaiser is really just beginning and there is still more work to do (I’m looking at you workload!!) I hope for the opportunity to continue to represent you for the next three years as Speech Therapy Vice President. Thank you so much for your consideration.


Roland N Lucas
United Therapists of Northern California

Candidate for position of VP PT

I am grateful to accept this nomination for Physical Therapy Vice President of UTNC. Over the past few years I have actively worked to better Northern California KP Rehabilitation for us therapists and the patients we treat. First, during the process of forming our union and later as one of those elected to bargain our first contract. Our success in bargaining was a function of your support during negotiations and the strength of our UNAC and alliance partner unions. However, we have more work to do, and if elected I will endeavor to make KP Rehab a great place to work and receive care.

I have had a varied career, from private practice owner and educator to my current position as Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist at Santa Clara. In addition, I am on the finance committee of the California Physical Therapy Association and have held Treasurer and Chair positions in the California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Group.

Education: Degree in Physiotherapy (1992); KP Residency in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (1996), KP Vallejo Six Month PNF course (1999), Master of Physiotherapy in Manipulative and Sports Therapy (2000) and Master of Science in Medicine in Clinical Epidemiology (2022).