As President of Empire Health Foundation, Antony has championed health equity and delivered measurable impact results. Key health equity results include: advancing health care access equity by improving the percentage of uninsured from 17% to 4%, increasing the pipeline of primary care physicians by 40%, and improving out of school suspensions by 64% and eliminating a disparity of a 300% higher rate of suspending minority students. EHF has received national and state honors including the Council of Foundations and HUD Secretary's Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership, the Annual Public Health Leader Award, and the first place Best Places to Work award from the Journal of Business. Antony serves on the boards of Grantmakers in Health, Independent Sector, Philanthropy Northwest, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health national advisory board, and the WA State Opportunity Scholarship Board. Antony is a frequent keynote speaker and panelist at philanthropy and health conferences. Prior to working at EHF, Antony was general counsel and an executive at a leading philanthropic service provider, designing and managing innovative models of corporate technology philanthropy and streamlining international grant making. In addition, he has served as the chief executive of several social enterprise technology start-ups and practiced corporate venture capital law. Antony earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from UC Berkeley and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
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.
Mike is Chief Strategy 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.
Sarah is Vice President of Strategy & Operations for the Foundation. Sarah earned her M.B.A. from Eastern Washington University, and a degree in Business Marketing from Western Washington University. Prior to joining Empire Health Foundation's team, Sarah worked as an Account Executive for a local marketing and advertising firm. She has experience with strategic planning and board governance for several nonprofit organizations, and has a strong passion for health and wellness, as well as serving basic human needs. In 2014, Sarah was nominated and selected to participate in the national Terrance Keenan Institute for Emerging Leaders in Health Philanthropy through Grant Makers In Health. Sarah has served on a variety of boards and committees for organizations such as the Washington State Public Health Association, Inland Northwest Community Foundation, and Partnering for Progress, among others.
Prior to joining Family Impact Network, Teri was the Director of Child Welfare at the Stuart Foundation where she oversaw all aspects of child welfare grant making and program development in California and Washington states. Previously, Teri served for 17 years in various frontline, supervisory and management positions in public child welfare in Stanislaus County. Teri holds a B.A. in Sociology from CSU, Stanislaus and received a Masters Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.
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.
As Chief Financial Officer of Back Office Services, Jill is responsible for budgeting for and internal/Board reporting of all aspects of EHF’s subsidiaries' financial operations. Prior to joining Empire Health Foundations team, Jill held several executive level positions within the Spokane medical community over the past 14 years including: medical clinics, hospitals and the residency program. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Accounting from Eastern Washington University. In addition, Jill is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Washington Society ofCertified Public Accountants. In her spare time Jill is a voracious reader, works out at the gym, and travels with her husband.
Daphne is the Director of Human Resources 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.
As Vice President of Rural Health, Capacity Building, and Health Systems Transformation, Brian leads several of the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolios. One of which is the Foundation's Healthy Aging Program, which is aimed at supporting seniors to remain healthy and independent in their homes or communities of choice. He also oversees the design and implementation of the Capacity Building Program, helping bring over $245 million of outside funding to Eastern Washington and catalyzing partnerships to address social determinants of health. In the Foundation’s Health Systems Transformation work, he works with regional, state and national partners to address social determinants of health, improve quality and outcomes of care while reducing cost, and advance the integration of services. Prior to moving to Spokane, he worked in San Francisco with a nonprofit social enterprise. He is an avid ultra-marathon runner, often competing in mountain trail races of 100 miles and longer.
Shivon Brite is a Senior Program Officer for Aging Services. 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 nearly 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 was named Native Business Advocate of the Year by the Northwest Native Development Fund in 2014.
As Executive Assistant to Antony Chiang and the Empire Health Foundation Board of Directors, Colleen is responsible for all daily office operations at EHF calendars/scheduling, event/meeting preparation and logistics. With over 20 years of providing executive administrative support in healthcare and higher education, Colleen brings an extensive range of experience to the position. Please contact Colleen if you have any questions regarding the foundation, upcoming events, or scheduling needs.
Wendy Xue is Accounting Manager for Empire Health Foundation and their family of non-profit organizations. She is responsible for the accurate and timely administration of the day-to-day financial operations for the Foundation, and providing assistance with finance and accounting tasks for up to five additional entities.
Prior to joining Empire Health Foundation, Wendy has worked as the accounting manager or full-charge accountant in an international travel company, a non-profit organization, a manufacturing company, and property management companies in WA and KY. She has more than ten years accounting experience. Born and raised in China, Wendy has a B.A. in marketing, from Beijing Technology and Business University. She worked five years as a retail store chain administrator in Beijing then she and her husband moved to the United States in 2001. While living in Kentucky, she obtained her B.S. in accounting from Eastern Kentucky University.
Dani has over 20 years of experience in Hospice Care and Home Health – Home Care. Previously, Dani had worked for the Family Impact Network and Embassy Management as a Billing Supervisor for Residential Services in the Spokane and Southern Idaho area. Dani was raised in a military household that brought her around the world, including graduating high school in Madrid, Spain.
Lisa is Empire Health Foundation’s Senior Accountant. She holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California as well as a master’s degree in linguistics from Florida International University. Lisa has over 15 years of experience in public and private accounting, and additionally, has been exposed to a wide range of industries as well as all aspects of financial functions including auditing, accounting and taxes. Lisa has Certified Public Accountant licenses in both California and Washington, and is a member of AICIPA.
Richard manages the day-to-day operations of the Philanthropy Center, including office space, conference rooms, and the downstairs event center. He is in charge of coordinating and scheduling events, managing the office space, and making sure the Center runs smoothly in general. He brings over 20 years of experience in facilities and industrial mechanics and maintenance, including over seven years of multi-use facility management. If you are looking to secure convening space on behalf of your nonprofit or government agency, you can contact Richard at (509)309-3436.
Christina is a Program Coordinator for Responsive Grants and Capacity Building Programs. She landed in Spokane July of 2010 from Malawi, in the southeastern part of Africa. Christina has a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication from African Bible College and she also holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Whitworth University. She first started as a fellow in 2013 before she officially joined the EHF team in October of 2014. She was recently being selected to Inland Business Catalyst Magazines "Top 20 Under 40," which recognizes young professionals "to be reckoned with" in Eastern Washington. Additionally she is certified as a Qualified Administrator for Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a tool that assesses intercultural competence. Christina is looking forward to continue partnering with different organizations working to improve the wellbeing of people in our community and region.
Laura Martin is the 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.
Jeri is a Program Coordinator for the Foundation’s Rural Aging Services Program. She earned her Master of Public Health from Eastern Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeri had the opportunity to intern with Excelerate Success, a local non-profit working to increase educational attainment for low income and minority populations in Spokane County. She also worked for support services with Providence Holy Family Hospital while completing her schooling. Raised in Spokane, Jeri looks forward to serving her home community and the Eastern Washington region.
Ingrid is a Program Coordinator for Aging Services at the Foundation. Ingrid is Indigenous Maya Kaqchikel and Q’eqchi’ from Sololá, Guatemala. She moved to the United States at the age of 12, and has since been pursuing her passion for Indigenous rights and public health. Ingrid has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Whitworth University. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Kaqchikel (her native language).
Ingrid has worked as a project coordinator, administrative assistant, interpreter, and writer for various Indigenous rights initiatives in Guatemala. She has participated in and presented at events such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and the ECMIA Conference of Indigenous Women. Ingrid is looking forward to learning more about improving healthcare access for Native American Communities in Eastern Washington.
Peter is the Program Coordinator and Grants Administrator for the Cancer Research Endowment (CARE) Fund. He holds a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and a master’s in public health from the University of Washington. Peter previously gained experience working as a technical advisor for Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program in South Sudan, where he oversaw and managed the eradication program in a geographic area in Tonj East County. Most recently, he worked for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services as an epidemiologist, where he administered the state’s HIV Surveillance Program, analyzed surveillance data and supported case investigations.
Kiana is the communications coordinator for the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations. She is a Spokane native and graduate of Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations as well as minors in both promotional marketing and psychology. Prior to joining the team, she interned with Gallatin Public Affairs and additionally, has a professional background working with local nonprofits including Catholic Charities Spokane Furniture Bank, Leadership Spokane and the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. She is experienced in charitable and customer service, campaign and event planning, speech writing, public affairs, research and both traditional and digital marketing.
Rebecca is the Human Resource Generalist for the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations. Born and raised in Montana, Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Community Health and Psychology at Carroll College in Helena, MT. Prior to joining the team, she began her professional experience in HR at a family medicine clinic in Anchorage, AK, followed by working for a medical laboratory testing company in Spokane. She has experience in hiring, on-boarding, benefits administration, HRIS, and employee wellness.
Stephanie is a Program Coordinator for the Foundation’s Capacity Building and Health Systems Transformation portfolios. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Stephanie is currently a Momentum Fellow with our partner Philanthropy Northwest. Prior to the fellowship, she was a Confluence Environmental Center AmeriCorps member coordinating a grassroots project in Portland. Stephanie has training in volunteer engagement and systematic oppression. She values diversity and collaboration in creating vibrant communities. Stephanie is looking forward to learning about creating systems change solutions.