Improvement of himself and others has been a driving force in the life and career of Raymond H. Scudder. Born and raised in a very poor neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles, he went on to enjoy a distinguished forty-five-year career as a human resources and quality improvement professional. A graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS Degree in Public Administration, he is a Six Sigma certified process improvement specialist. Ray served as director of human resources for one of the largest medical centers in the state of Oregon and then as vice president of human resources and quality management for one of the largest medical centers in the state of Washington. Ray says he loved working in the medical field because the people in it are so dedicated to helping others. In 1994 he founded Human Resources Consulting & Training which provided consulting and employee training programs to over 30 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest and served as its president until retiring in 2006. He and his wife, Jan, live in Lake Stevens, Washington.