SEATTLE — The Sisters of Providence, who founded Oregon’s largest health system, have elected a new team of leaders for the Mother Joseph Province, which covers the Pacific Northwest.

Four sisters began five-year terms Jan. 1. Sister Barbara Schamber is provincial leader, and Sisters Jacqueline Fernandes, Karen Hawkins and Margarita Hernandez are provincial councilors. In addition, two laypeople have been appointed to serve on the leadership team: David Neisius, provincial treasurer, and Elinor Alexander, provincial secretary.

Sister Barbara taught and was a school administrator in Seattle; Vancouver, Wash.; Portland and Burbank. She also was a leader in the Providence health system.

Sister Jacqueline’s ministry began at St. Vincent Hospital, Portland, as admitting clerk.

Sister Karen, a former financial analyst, has served as a certified nursing assistant at Providence ElderPlace in Portland. She recently volunteered at the U.S.-Mexico border assisting immigrants and refugees.

Sister Margarita co-chaired V Encuentro for the Diocese of Spokane and co-directed a training program for catechists.