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A first generation American, Lelach has spent her career dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of kids and families.

Raised in the midwest, Lelach completed undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, medical school at Washington University in St Louis, and her pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital of St Louis University.

As a Critical Care Transport physician for UCLA Medical Center, Lelach broke gender barriers, becoming the first woman in the history of Los Angeles Emergency Services to require a maternity flight suit. Seventeen years ago she moved to Seattle, settling in the 46th district, and working for Seattle Children’s Hospital as a hospitalist and in the ER and urgent care clinics.

For the past 13 years, Lelach has been practicing primary care pediatrics at The Everett Clinic, as well as working extensively with the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a Board Member and Chair of the Legislative Committee, Lelach has been a tireless voice for policies that improve the lives and health of Washington’s kids.

In Olympia, Lelach has helped to create the Children’s Mental Health Work Group, established Medicaid payment for developmental and autism screens for children, and established a single phone line referral resource for children on Apple Health with behavioral health needs. She has also advocated for Paid Family Leave, to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products to 21, and promote gun safety through safe storage, child access prevention, universal background checks, and extreme risk protection orders.

Lelach has been politically active since her teens when she and a friend hopped a Greyhound bus to travel from Springfield, Missouri to DC to participate in a pro-choice rally, as well as a march on Washington to free Jews from the former Soviet Union. She went on to establish Northwestern University’s first Alternative Spring Break program, working with Habitat for Humanity.

After college, Lelach participated in the inaugural year of the Americorps program, serving in a middle school in south St Louis. As an Americorps member, Lelach was also part of the emergency response team in Oklahoma City after the terrorist bombing in 1995 and did flood damage assessments with the Red Cross when the Mississippi River breached its banks later that year. She also worked as a counselor/facilitator at Anytown Camp helping young people understand prejudice, discrimination, and bias and developing leaders committed to respect, understanding, and inclusivity.

Today, Lelach serves on the UW Camp Kesem Advisory Board, the Downtown School Advisory Board, as a member of Washington State Medical Association, and a 46th LD Democrats member and PCO. Until recently, she also served on the Board of Directors of Within Reach, on the Provider Advisory Committee of Apple Health Foster Care Program, and on the faculty for Great MINDS training of physicians in developmental screenings.

Lelach is married to Rabbi Will Berkovitz, CEO of Jewish Family Service Seattle, which helps seniors, immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, and vulnerable neighbors achieve health and stability. They live in the Ravenna/Bryant neighborhood with their three kids who are 18, 15 and 11 years old.