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.
Jessica Armentrout, Senior Accountant
Jessica brings approximately 10 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Her previous work experience includes working for a non-profit residency program and working at two public accounting firms in Spokane. Jessica graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and she continues to remain current in her accounting knowledge by completing continuing education requirements.
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.
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.
Jeri is the Program Associate 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.
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.
Peter Choi, CARE Program Coordinator/Grants Administrator
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.
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. Rebecca is a member of the Inland Northwest Society for Human Resource Management as well as Spokane Young Professionals.
Kiana is the communications coordinator for the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations. She is a 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. Kiana also currently serves as a board member for the YWCA of Spokane.
Tristen has been greeting people with a smile for twelve years in customer service, hospitality and administrative positions. As the Philanthropy Center receptionist, she takes on a wide array of daily tasks, facilitating cohesive operations, ensuring effective communication, scheduling, and, importantly, guaranteeing that the center is never lacking for fresh coffee.