Elise Cutter, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Formerly Island Health’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Elise Cutter has risen through the ranks, recognized throughout her years of service to the organization as a leader and dedicated employee. In 2002, Cutter was named Island Hospital Employee of the Year and in 2007, as Finance Director, she received the coveted Island Hospital Management Leadership Award. Cutter and her family left Anacortes from 2009-2011 for her husband’s Navy career. Upon their return to Anacortes, Cutter rejoined the hospital’s management team. In 2013 Cutter took on the CFO role, and under her leadership significantly increased the hospital’s cash reserves while spearheading initiatives to save hospital and taxpayer dollars. In 2020, as Chief Operating Officer, Cutter readied the organization to address the COVID-19 pandemic, standing up emergency operations, including both testing and vaccination clinics. Under her leadership, Island Health was one of the first healthcare entities in the region to offer vaccinations in December 2020.
Cutter received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Villanova University and obtained a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management from Western Governors University. Prior to joining Island Health in 2001, Cutter was employed at a public accounting firm in Seattle and worked as a controller for a manufacturing firm in Everett, Washington.