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.
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 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.
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 Johnston, Human Resource Generalist
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.