We are excited to continue our monthly series highlighting our Board of Directors! This month we are delighted to feature Latisha. Take a look at the interview below!
Who are you and what do you do?
I work for Avista Corporation where I manage our Consulting and Analytics team for the Human Resources Department. I have had the pleasure of working for Avista for 11 years in a variety of roles. Much of my experience has been in business, public affairs and economic development.
Tell us about yourself and your background.
I am a Spokane native married to my high school sweetheart. I am the proud parent of one son. I come from a very a diverse family (we have dubbed ourselves the “United Nations” at reunions). We love to travel so we can expose our son to different cultures and we also love to find and refurbish old homes with character.
What is your favorite book?
This is a tough question. I love to read. Depending on the day, or my mood, I may be reading poetry, Franz Kafka, a Harvard Business review recommendation or the Psalms of the Bible. Words are too powerful to be limited.
How long have you been a member of the Empire Health Foundation Board?
I am entering my second year.
What attracted you to the Empire Health Foundation Board of Directors?
Health care is a key component of our regional infrastructure. I was attracted by the caliber of EHF’s work and their demonstrated results. Health-- access, cost, equity, care, touches so many people’s lives. EHF’s track record speaks to the vision of the Board and the quality of staff. I was excited to play a role in an environment that’s committed to making a significant difference.
What most excites you about our work and mission?
Empire Health Foundation has high expectations. They expect that investments and work will lead to measurable results. We expect progress. The fact that we’re willing to dive in and help reach those expectations collectively, is a powerful statement that brings great accountability.
Has anything surprised you about Empire Health Foundation? If so, what?
I have been surprised by the depth and breadth of work (the portfolio is much larger than I thought) as well as the compassion of the staff.
Finally, when you have an out-of-town guest visit, what is your “must do” in your community?
We have an incredible river that runs right through the heart of our city. It cost nothing to stand on the bridge and stand in awe at one of the most unique and spectacular parts of not just Spokane, but the country. It is an asset that I respect and appreciate.