Warren Tessler brings 27 years healthcare management experience as well as a lengthy record of volunteer and community service to the post of Commissioner.
Tessler received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and Russian language from Arizona State University, Tempe, and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Portland State University, OR. He additionally earned a diploma in baking and pastry arts from Johnson and Wales University, Providence, RI, and is certified in bicycle repair from the United Bicycle Institute.
After moving to Anacortes in 2000, Tessler became well-known as owner of La Vie en Rose Bakery (where he was also pastry chef and noted for his extraordinary offerings). He then served as director of marketing and operations for Anacortes’ Trust Accounting Center. Yet Tessler had brought with him 27 years documented healthcare management experience as CEO, COO, consultant and director to a number of high-ranking hospitals, regional health networks and healthcare-management institutions.
“Island Hospital is a vital resource to our community and surrounding area,” Tessler said. “Because the responsibilities of the Board lie in an area in which I have an extensive background, I feel I am able to ‘hit the ground running’ from the onset of my term. I strive to team with the other Board members and Hospital leadership to meet the challenges of coming years so that our hospital can continue to succeed at providing the high level of excellence deserved by patients, their families and loved ones.”
Committed to community service and volunteerism, Tessler serves as treasurer for the Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes Family Center, and Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club. He co-chairs the Anacortes Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and chairs the Anacortes Learning and Lunches Committee. He also serves as a trustee of the Anacortes Parks Foundation and is a member of the Guemes Channel Trail Planning Committee.
“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve in such an important role,” said Tessler of his role as Commissioner. “I want to do my part to assure that this community continues to have access to the best healthcare possible here in Anacortes.”