Jeffrey Bell has been Interim President of the foundation since September 2019. He previously served as Board Chair. Jeffrey is also 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 Joya Foundation Board.
Dave Luhn, Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Dave is responsible for budgeting for and internal/Board reporting of all aspects of EHF’s financial operations. In addition, Dave monitors and evaluates the myriad trailing legacies that EHF assumed when it was created from the sale of predecessor nonprofit hospitals, including a multi-million-dollar defined benefit pension plan administered for the benefit of the hospital’s employees. Prior to joining EHF, Dave was CFO for a Spokane, WA life insurance company. Having joined that company in 1985, Dave was involved throughout his career in various aspects of its financial operations, including tax, budgeting and financial accounting and reporting. In 2008, Dave was part of the team that successfully constructed the sale of the company to new private interests. Dave earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Accounting from Oregon State University in 1982.
Brian Myers, Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Brian leads the design and implementation of the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolios. He began his work at EHF in 2010 as the Foundation was forming it's initial strategies as well as its culture of accountability and impact while remaining compassionate, collaborative and equitable. In prior roles he directed the Foundation's Healthy Aging Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice as well as the design and implementation of the Foundation's Capacity Building Program, helping bring over $245 million of outside funding to Eastern Washington and catalyzing partnerships to address social determinants of health. He is constantly inspired to work with regional, state, national and tribal partners to address social determinants of health, improve quality and outcomes while keeping a lens on sustainability, reducing disparities, and ensuring that communities are better through long-term relationships with the Foundation.
Brian currently serves as a board member for Spokane Tribal Network, Potlatch Fund, Grantmakers in Aging, and Spokane Teachers Credit Union. Prior to moving to Spokane, he worked in San Francisco with a nonprofit social enterprise. Brian is also an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer.
Mike Yeaton, Chief Innovation and Evaluation Officer
Mike is Chief Innovation and Evaluation Officer for EHF. In the first phase of his career, he led technology teams building and running ecommerce sites, including five years as Vice President of Engineering for Walmart.com. He transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where he led the development of a global technology donation platform for TechSoup.org, launched the program in 30 countries and delivered $300m in products to 45,000 nonprofits in the space of three years. Mike brings strong experience in program design and multi-stakeholder project leadership.
Kiantha Duncan, Program Officer
Kiantha comes to Empire Health Foundation with a 20-year history of non-profit leadership and a standing commitment to supporting historically oppressed and marginalized communities. Before joining Empire Health Foundation, Kiantha successfully built and managed numerous Human Service programs in Wisconsin, Arizona and Western Washington. Kiantha’s strong values, intuitive nature and creativity drives her commitment to mobilizing urban communities.
Kiantha’s reputation as a passionate storyteller & facilitator precedes her as she is known for her work in program development, fundraising and donor/volunteer management.
Kiantha’s commitment to cultivating opportunities for the disenfranchised is evident through her extensive history of community leadership. The only thing she loves more than community work is family, especially her two grandsons.
Alison Poulsen, Vice President of Community Development, Leased Executive Director for Better Health Together
Alison has 20 years of nonprofit and leadership experience. Before Better Health Together, she served as Executive Director for six northwest nonprofit organizations, leading them through significant change processes to better meet community needs. Alison joined Better Health Together in June 2013 after moving her family to Spokane from Seattle.
Alison has a business degree with a human resources concentration from Pacific Lutheran University. When she isn’t working to improve the health of her community she enjoys running, exploring her backyard in Valleyford and taking care of her two sheep, nine chickens, three ducks, two dogs and her family.
Sheila Morley, Director of Vulnerable Children and Families, Leased Executive Director for Family Impact Network
Prior to joining Family Impact Network, Sheila was the Program Manager for the City of Spokane’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department, where she was responsible for community homeless planning and the administration of federal, state and local funding. Throughout her career, Sheila has served in leadership roles in the private, government and non-profit sectors, focusing the last 18 years on serving high-risk households. Sheila has served on a variety of boards and spent three years volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Spokane Juvenile Court. Sheila earned a business degree from Northern Arizona University. As a recent empty nester, Sheila is enjoying spending time with her husband and traveling as much as possible.
Daphne Williams, Director of Human Resources and Operations
Daphne is the Director of Human Resources and Operations for the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations, with over 10 years of HR experience. She has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in addition to being a Society in Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is responsible for attracting, developing, and motivating top talent. Daphne is a former secretary and current board member of Bethel AME Church as well as the former president of ToastMasters. She also currently serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, Daphne volunteers as a bookkeeper with a not-for-profit organization.
Laura Martin is the Communications Director and Senior Program Associate for the Foundation's Obesity Prevention program. Since 2011, Laura has led the transformational change of nine school districts in Eastern Washington in adopting healthier school environments that emphasize scratch-cooked school meals, nutrition education, increased physical activity and other policy changes related to the overall health of students. Laura has over 20 years' experience in the marketing and communications industry, working in the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas, along with 15 years as a private strategic communications consultant. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from Western Washington University. When Laura isn't working to improve the health of kids in our region, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, hiking, exercising and traveling.
Shivon Brite, Program Director/Director of Strategy
Shivon Brite is a Program Director/Director of Strategy. She is also an enrolled member of the Assiniboine people from the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Shivon has a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a master's in Business Administration. She is also a Harvard Summer Venture in Management alumna and PhD Project Fellow. Shivon has over a decade of experience in resource development that has resulted in millions of grant-funded dollars and notable increases in social and economic improvements in Native communities. She specializes in strategic development of grant programs, business models, research approaches, and education methods. In recognition of her success in this area, she has received numerous awards and recognitions.