Board of Directors
Our commitment to pursuing health and equity for all comes with both an external and internal lens
We intentionally seek talented people representing a variety of cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles to join our team. Moving the dial on a broader understanding and acceptance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities is hard work. It only makes sense that our staff and board be a direct reflection of our work.
Board of Directors
Todd Koyama, Chair
Todd is a Certified Financial Planner™ Practitioner and Wealth Advisor for Selkirk Wealth Advisors LLC, a wealth management and financial planning firm located in downtown Spokane. Todd's 20+ years experience in financial services also includes private banking and commercial lending. Todd graduated from Gonzaga University with a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He is a member and former Chair of the Spokane Financial Planning Association and has served on various other boards including Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane. Todd and his family love Spokane and have a heart for improving health for everyone in our great community.
Sharon Fairchild, Vice Chair
Sharon has more than 40 years of experience in the health care field, serving in a variety of leadership roles primarily in the areas of marketing and advertising, business and strategic planning, communication, public relations, government relations and public policy. Most recently, she served as the Chief Marketing & Communication Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health’s Washington & Montana region; retiring in 2019. Prior to joining Providence, Sharon served twenty-three years with Group Health Northwest, the region’s largest Health Maintenance Organization (wholly owned by Group Health Cooperative) in a variety of leadership roles, including serving as president from 1998 – 2000. Sharon has been active in the region serving on numerous local and state boards including Greater Spokane, Inc, Downtown Spokane Partnership, and the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. She currently is the chair of the Better Health Together board of directors, and joined the Empire Health Foundation Board in 2020. Sharon is a Whitworth University alumnus, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental biology/health sciences, and is a graduate of the Leadership Spokane class of 1985.
Jenny Smith, Secretary
Jenny is the Marketing and Foundation Director at Newport Hospital and Health Services in Newport, Wash. She is the public information officer and directs the Pend Oreille Health Coalition, a 70+ member organization dedicated to improving health in Pend Oreille County. In that role, she also serves as Collaborative Lead for Medicaid Transformation efforts with Better Health Together. She serves as Vice Chair for the Pend Oreille County Economic Development Council Board of Directors and Vice Chair for Family Crisis Network Board of Directors. Jenny moved to Newport in 2012 after living in Spokane since 1990. Previously, she taught College Prep courses with Community Colleges of Spokane and Communication courses as an adjunct instructor at Gonzaga University. Jenny’s first experience in healthcare fundraising started at Deaconess and Valley Hospital Foundations in the early 90s. Jenny’s education includes a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations (advertising minor) and a Master's degree in Communication and Leadership Studies, both from Gonzaga University. Jenny is happily married with a beautifully-blended family that includes seven children and six grandchildren.
Monica Simeon, Treasurer
Monica (Spokane Tribe/Paquachin Band) is Vice President and Partner of Sister Sky Inc., an SBA-certified 8(a), Native American, economically disadvantaged, woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally-conscious training, technical assistance, event management and communications. Monica started her company in 1999 with her sister/business partner Marina TurningRobe. In 2012 the sisters launched the professional services division of the company, Sister Sky Inc. and began delivering training, technical assistance, research, evaluation and strategic planning services to federal clients including Indian Health Services, Administration for Native Americans, Department of Labor, USDA, SBA and National Science Foundation. As an entrepreneur with 20+ years-experience, Monica has provided training and technical assistance to numerous tribes and tribal enterprises in the areas of work readiness, small business ownership, healthy lifestyle and effective management skills, and is skilled as a corporate monitor on federal contracts. Monica holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Washington, where she also completed the Minority Business Executive Program.
Oscar Harris was born and raised in the Southeastern U.S. and relocated to Spokane in 1996, in pursuit of educational and employment opportunities. He earned an undergraduate degree in History, a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and his principal certification from Gonzaga University. He earned his Educational Doctorate Degree (Ed.D) in Transformational Leadership in 2019. His research interests include community engagement and advocacy to marginalized families and improving the service delivery efforts of agencies. He currently works for Spokane Public School as a district school administrator, leading the office of family and community Engagement.
Tawhnee is a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and has worked for her Tribe most of her life, most recently with the Tribe's Department of Health and Human Services. During this time she has worked with Child Protection Services, Foster Care, WIC, CASA, Domestic Violence, Food Distribution, Senior Program and Vocational Rehabilitation. She has been the assistant director for Health and Human Services for at least five years. Tawhnee earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Washington University and has served on Columbia-Hunters School Board for six years. Tawhnee has always been an advocate for children and aging and disabled adults. Tawhnee has been married to the love of her life going on 25 years, and together they share three beautiful daughters and one adorable grandson.
Kim is Senior Vice President of Corporate & Community Relations at Numerica Credit Union. With 35 years of senior leadership experience spanning private, public, and non-profit sectors she has expertise in business development, economic development, community relations, project management, marketing, and communications. Past leadership roles include Partner - McKinstry; Executive VP of Marketing - Itron; Sr. Vice President - Avista Development and Economic Development Advisor - City of Spokane. A well-known “connector” and “go-to” collaborator in the Spokane area, she has played a critical leadership role in several major community/economic development efforts: Spokane’s University District & Davenport Arts & Entertainment District; while leading key catalyst projects in each district: the SIERR @ McKinstry Station and Steam Plant Square, respectively.
Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Washington University as a Governor-appointed Trustee. She leads the End the Violence Steering Committee to bring awareness and change to the Domestic Violence epidemic. She has dedicated countless hours serving on many community boards, and has received numerous awards in recognition of her tireless work for the many community and business organizations in which she has been involved over her career.
Margo is a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, for which she previously served as a tribal attorney for 10 years. She is currently an associate professor of urban and regional planning at Eastern Washington University, having earned a law degree from Gonzaga University and previously served as a tribal court judge for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Margo is a recognized source on topics involving disparate impacts on Native American communities and has written multiple academic papers on the intersection of infrastructure, safety, and Native communities. She has presented at regional, national, and international meetings, including on the topic of social determinants and risk factors for Native youth and human trafficking. In 2021 Margo presented at a joint program with the WSU Center for Arts and Humanities and the U.S. Holocaust Museum about erased histories and persecution in Germany and the Pacific Northwest. She has long written about, spoken on, advocated for, and been a nationally media interviewed expert on the topic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, stemming from the legal and jurisdictional patchwork system on and surrounding reservations. Margo is part of the Small Urban Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), a joint project with EWU, Montana State University, North Dakota State University, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Luis Manriquez, M.D.
Dr. Luis Manriquez is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine where he is Director of Community Health Equity in the Office of Land Grant Mission and Leadership. He is also the health equity thread director for the College’s M.D. curriculum. Luis works for Spokane-based CHAS Health on their street medicine program, which provides care to those experiencing homelessness by going out to meet them in encampments, on the street and in shelters. His focus is to develop medicine as a practice of social justice that is equitable, adapted to community need, and integrated with the social determinants of health and equity.
Rueben serves as Chief Development and External Relations Officer for Pullman Regional Hospital. During his career he has helped secure more than $90 million in philanthropy and developed more than 200 events. His leadership style enables him to build trust with staff, superiors, volunteers, and key influencers. In his hospital role, Rueben works closely with department medical directors, physicians, hospital executive staff, foundation boards, and committees to grow philanthropic and external relations. His primary success has been engaging people, organizations, corporations, and foundations, building on his time as a stand-out collegiate and professional football player. He was a two-time All-American, National College Hall of Fame inductee and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year during his time with Washington State University. In his seven-year NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, Rueben was Rookie of the Year and was twice selected to the Pro Bowl. Rueben earned an MBA in 2000 and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credentials in 2011. He and his wife, Marie, have two adult sons.
Donna is an experienced leader and management professional with a background in the public and nonprofit sectors. She is currently executive director of Rural Resources, based in Colville, which provides direct services to residents throughout Eastern Washington. Donna has a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with certifications in public management and as a community action professional.
Rhosetta is Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students for Whitworth University. She also serves as the University’s Title IX Coordinator. Prior to this role, she was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President and served as director of the now Dornsife Center for Community Engagement. Rhosetta is deeply committed to engaged scholarship that connects higher education with solving social issues, and is passionate about collaborating with agencies and organizations to improve the quality of life for Spokane’s citizens. She has received national awards for her work in neighborhood revitalization and community development, and is an Honorary Commander for Fairchild Air Force Base. Rhosetta is a certified mediator with certifications in Facilitative Mediation from The Justice Center of Atlanta, Transformative Mediation from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Equal Opportunity, and Victim Offender Mediation from the Inland Mediation Center. She holds a B.S degree in Organizational Management and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Whitworth University.
Jeff has been CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health, the largest community behavioral healthcare provider organization in the Inland Northwest, since 2012. Prior to that, he served for more than thirteen years as CEO of Family Service Spokane. Jeff earned a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Whitworth University, a Master's in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and his Doctorate in administration from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Jeff is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and served as an adjunct professor at the Eastern Washington University School of Social Work for more than 12 years. He has been very active at both the regional and state level in developments related to the behavioral health field. He is a recent past chair of the Washington Council for Behavioral Health, and serves on the board of Better Health Together.
Cicely White, M.D.
Dr. Cicely White is a pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente in Spokane, with roots in the U.S. Air Force, where she began her medical career. She previously served as a military active duty staff pediatrician at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane. After active duty, she joined Northwest Permanente, P.C., and educated medical students through her role as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Cicely's areas of focus are childhood obesity and its prevention.
Mary Selecky, Board Adviser
Mary is the Washington State Retired Secretary of Health. She previously served on the EHF Board of Directors and currently serves as a non-voting board adviser. She currently serves on the Providence Health Care Community Ministry Board, Public Health Accreditation Committee and United Health Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee. Mary has 38 years of experience working in local and state government in economic development and public health and five years as an Assistant Dean of Students. Mary lives in rural Stevens County and has worked with all the counties in the seven county area primarily served by the Empire Health Foundation. Mary earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alison Boyd-Ball, Board Adviser
Alison previously served on the EHF Board of Directors and currently serves as a non-voting board adviser. She is Director of Strategy for Family Impact Network (FIN), a partner of Washington's Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and its service providers, which serves as the Network Administrator in 13 counties in Eastern and Central Washington. FIN provides resources and services to vulnerable children and families to address safety, prevention, permanency, stability and overall well-being. Previously, Alison served as Health and Human Services Director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, headquartered in Nespelem, Wash. She served as the Project Director/PI for the Professional Development Training Grant for the Office of Indian Education. Alison has served on the Native Research Network Board of Directors and was a member of the Society for Research on Adolescents. Her work has been published in the Prevention Science, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse and the Journal of Traumatic Stress, among others.
Shelly is a descendant of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and has a deep educational and work background in linguistics, language acquisition, and cognitive psychology. Since 2017, she has worked as grants administrator for the Spokane Arts Grant Awards (SAGA), which distributes approximately $150,000 per year directly to the creative sector in the region. Shelly previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Spokane Tribal College, helping to design a pathway toward stand-alone accreditation of the college and significantly growing the annual budget, course offerings, and number of students served. From 2000 to 2002 Shelly served as an associate curator for the New York-based American Museum of the Moving Image. She also worked with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, managing the organization’s first online educational program for clinicians and an international grants program for medical researchers in the suicide field. Her volunteer work has included membership with the Rotary Club, meal delivery for Bite 2 Go, and serving on the Spokane Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs. The Spokesman-Review named Shelly one of its Inland Northwest Women of the Year in 2021.