Board of Directors
Gary is the General Manager of KSPS-TV, the PBS station serving Spokane and the Inland Northwest. He was named General Manager in September 2013, after serving as Executive Director of the Friends of KSPS. Gary moved to Spokane in 2011 from Birmingham, Alabama where he was VP of Development for Alabama Public Television, the statewide PBS network. KSPS is the culmination of a nearly 35-year career in commercial and public television, in roles ranging from on-air reporter, producer and executive producer to news director and General Manager. The Philadelphia native is actively involved in the Spokane community, serving on the Board of Inland Northwest Council of the Boy Scouts, and a Trustee of Humanities Washington. He is also a member of Spokane Rotary 21, and a member of the PBS Development Advisory Committee, helping to oversee fundraising policies for PBS and stations around the country. Stokes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton in Ohio.
Jeffrey Bell is Director of Strategic Engagement for Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. In this role, Jeffrey engages and recruits hospitals and clinics across the state to become teaching sites for WSU medical students. Prior to this, Jeffrey was managing partner at Gallatin Public Affairs for 20 years and managed the Spokane office. In this role, he specialized in crisis communication, strategic communication, media and presentation training for clients. Additionally, Jeffrey currently serves on the Spokane Guilds’ School Foundation Board. He lives with his wife, Kristi, on Diamond Lake.
Nathan is a principal at the law firm of Kutak Rock LLP, primarily practicing in the areas of land use, real estate, environmental, and water law. Locally, he also serves as the Chair of the Spokane Public Library Board. Statewide, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section and the Legal Trust Committee for the Building Industry Association of Washington. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, magna cum laude.
Mary is the Washington State Retired Secretary of Health. 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 5 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 B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bill is the president of Bouten Construction Company (Bouten), a Spokane-based general contractor that was founded in 1944 by his grandfather. A Spokane native, Bill graduated from Mead High School and then earned a construction management degree from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN.
Notable projects that Bill has been involved with in recent years include: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane Convention Center expansion, Whitworth University Robinson Science Hall, WSU Paul Allen Center for Global Animal Health, and Kootenai Health. Currently, Bill’s civic involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), Providence Healthcare Foundation, Spokane University District, while he also serves as Chair of GSI’s Health Industry Development Group and he is a member of GSI’s Vision 2030 committee. Bill recently completed two terms on the Inland Northwest Community Foundation Board of Directors.
Alison is currently the Health and Human Services Director of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem WA and has served as the Project Director/PI, Professional Development Training Grant, Office of Indian Education. She has served on the Native Research Network Board of Directors and was a member of the Society for Research on Adolescents. Alison has been published in the Prevention Science, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse and the Journal of Traumatic Stress to name but a few.
Tawhnee is a member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. She has worked for her Tribe most of her life. Tawhnee has been with Health and Human Services for 12 years. 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 the past 5 years. Tawhnee earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Washington University in Clinical Psychology. Tawhnee also 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.
Dr. Luisita Francis is the assistant dean for community engagement for Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. She works with the vice dean of academic and community partnerships to develop the medical school’s relationships with community partners, especially in the cities where the college is building a clinical presence. She also represents the medical school in the Spokane’s Smart City Accelerator Initiative. Dr. Francis is a pediatrician by training and has been a physician in private practice since 2002, most recently in the Los Angeles area. While in L.A. she also provided medical care for children at a free clinic and developed a successful community-based obesity prevention program. Most recently, Dr. Francis was the executive director of Excelerate Success, a Spokane county-wide, impact-based educational partnership, dedicated to giving all children the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their economic and social situations.
Angela Jones is a committed educator, passionate community leader, fierce mother/grandmother and agent of change. Jones currently serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Eastern Washington University.
Jones has served in higher education for more than 15 years at both Washington State University and Eastern Washington University as EWU Chief of Staff and in various roles in Student Affairs and University Advancement. She also served for seven years in K-12 public education in the classroom and as a director of human resources and equity services for Spokane Public Schools.
Jones holds a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law, a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree with an English/Language Arts teaching emphasis from Washington State University.
Dr. Layton is a psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Clinical Professor in Washington State University's ESFCOM Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences. He earned his MD and PhD in Pharmacology from Kansas University and completed Psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle. He serves as Program Director for the University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Training Program – Spokane Track, as well as Medical Director for the Washington State University Program of Excellence in Addictions. Dr. Layton is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Washington State Psychiatric Association, Washington State Medical Association and Spokane County Medical Society.
Rod is the current Director of Church and Community Engagement for Spokane Youth for Christ, and for the last 12 years has served as Chairman of the Board of Leadership Northwest. He previously served as the Act Six Spokane Director / Spokane Director for Northwest Leadership Foundation, which is responsible for the overall administration and management of the launch of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative in Spokane. Rod serves as Parent Involvement and Advocacy Specialist for the Spokane Public Schools. He has been involved in Mission Spokane, Leadership Northwest, Leadership Spokane, AHANA and the Spokane Task Force on Race Relations. Rod received his Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Washington State University.
Mike has extensive experience as a healthcare executive in Spokane for the past twenty-five years, with national and international experience before coming to Spokane. He most recently served as President and Owner of Family Home Care & Hospice until its sale in 2013. Since receiving his Masters in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, he has been an administrator for several healthcare facilities, including The Heart Institute of Spokane. He currently enjoys serving on several regional boards.
Gloria serves as Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs for the City of Spokane. Prior to commencing her position with the City of Spokane, she held a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and served as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court. Gloria commenced her career serving as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice. Gloria served the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs 2012-2016 and served as Chair. Gloria is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities Class XII, Leadership Spokane 2012 and the 2014 Washington Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy. Gloria serves as Board Director for the Latino Hope Foundation, Numerica Credit Union and the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force and a member of Spokane Rotary Club 21. Gloria serves on the board for the Washington State Bar Association Lawyers Fund for Client Protection Board. Gloria holds a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.
Jessica serves as the Camas Path Executive Director for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Jessica received her Juris Doctor and Indian Law Certificate from Arizona State University College of Law. Jessica is the Vice-Chair of the Colville Tribal Gaming Commission, a Kalispel Tribe Delegate for the Washington State University (WSU) Native American Advisory Board and Kalispel Tribe Delegate for the WSU Native American Health and Science Advisory Board. She is a member of the Kalispel Tribe-American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Jessica previously worked as in-house legal counsel for the Kalispel Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes and is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
Tom is Chairman for Kiemle & Hagood Company, Spokane’s largest property management and commercial real estate company. A licensed realtor and real estate broker in Washington and Idaho, Tom has worked in the real estate profession for 40 years. He joined Kiemele & Hagood Company in 1975, becoming Director of the Brokerage Division in 1980 and full partner in 1987. He also served as President & CEO of the company from 2001 to 2013. Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Business and economics at Washington State University. He is a member of the Washington State University Spokane President’s Advisory Board and has served on various boards and councils in the Spokane region.