Meet Mike Nowling, May's Featured Board Member

We are excited to continue our monthly series highlighting our Board of Directors!  This month we are delighted to feature Mike Nowling.  Take a look at the interview below!

And in case you missed it, you can check out our Board Member interviews with Sue Lani MadsenMatt LaytonTodd KoyamaMary SeleckyGary StokesJeff Bell, Latisha Hill, and Samuel Selinger on our blog.

Who are you and what do you do?

Since retiring after a career in healthcare leadership, I am continuing to try to be the best husband and father I can be.  My wife Carol and I enjoy traveling to visit our four children spread out all over the country, literally coast to coast.  We also enjoy traveling to new destinations around the world when opportunities present themselves.  One of my most important daily responsibilities at home is to pick up after the dog. (As you can guess, I am still working through the whole retirement thing....)

Tell us about yourself and your background.

After 33 years or so as a healthcare executive, I retired several years ago.  Carol and I have lived in Spokane for 25 years and raised our four children here – we still love it.  I was born and raised in California, attended college in Idaho, and received a graduate degree from Arizona State in Tempe.  Our first home after getting married was in Saudi Arabia, for two years.  One aspect of my career of which I am quite proud is my experience in both the not-for-profit the for-profit world.

What is your favorite book?

It’s a tie between A Wrinkle In Time and To Kill A Mockingbird.  Both of these merit reading every year.  I am also currently reading The Great Upheaval by Jaw Wink – and find it fascinating.

How long have you been a member of the Empire Health Foundation Board?

I have no idea...three years?  It's gone so fast!

What attracted you to the Empire Health Foundation Board of Directors?

I was actually very interested in serving with the EHF board at its outset. The idea of working with a new foundation to seek new ways to influence the health of our region was very compelling.  At the time, I was envious of those founding board members, but in the end, I think it worked out very well for me.  The founding board had to work so hard just establishing EHF as an entity and dealing with the very difficult issues that existed at its creation.  They did all the heavy lifting! Now we are having fun leveraging all their hard work, and we are now able to be innovative and seek ways to really make a difference.  So much of what we are doing today has its roots in the values and decisions of those original board members….we owe them a great debt of gratitude.

What most excites you about our work and mission?

The whole concept of philanthropy 3.0 and how it is being realized through our work – very exciting!

Has anything surprised you about Empire Health Foundation?  If so, what?

I can’t say anything has really surprised me about EHF.  I continue to be impressed by the sophistication and organizational effectiveness of EHF given its relative youth as an entity.  It is amazing to see how EHF has grown from its creation — it is mature beyond its years.

Finally, when you have an out-of-town guest visit, what is your “must do” in your community?

In the summer, a day on our boat on the lake.  In the winter, a drive through the Palouse. Come to think of it, a drive through the Palouse is a “must-do” any time of year…every season is spectacular!  Aren’t we all so blessed to live in such a magnificent region?