Board of Directors

The HSSA Board of Directors meets quarterly from 3-5 pm at the McKinstry SIERR Building, 850 E. Spokane Falls Boulevard, in the Roundhouse 1 and 2 conference rooms. The public is welcome to attend.

How to Apply

HSSA Board members are appointed, three each by the Governor, the Spokane County Commissioners and the Mayor of Spokane. Each entity has its own process for appointments when one becomes available. Please inquire at susan@hssaspokane.org or call 509.483.5985 to discuss Board vacancies and other contact information.



Nancy L. Isserlis, J.D.

Nancy L. Isserlis, J.D.

HSSA Board Chair

Nancy L. Isserlis is City Attorney for the City of Spokane, and is Chair of the HSSA Board of directors. She was most recently a principal with Winston & Cashatt Lawyers where her practice focused on insolvency, restructuring, and commercial law issues. She also has operated her own law firm, and managed for five years the Eastern Regional Office for... Read More
Olúgbémiga Ekúndayò, MD, MPHJ, DrPH

Olúgbémiga Ekúndayò, MD, MPHJ, DrPH

Olúgbémiga T. Ekúndayò MD, MPH, DrPH, is Associate Professor and Research Director for Eastern Washington University (EWU) in the College of Health Sciences and Public Health located on the Riverpoint Campus, in downtown Spokane. A social and behavioral epidemiologist, Dr.Ekúndayò's background is in medicine and public health. His interest is in empowerment science, with a focus on resource development, enhancement... Read More
Dr. Dean Martz

Dr. Dean Martz

Dr. Dean Martz is Chief Medical Officer for Providence Urban Hospitals, Spokane. He also is a surgeon with Inland Neurosurgery and Spine specializing in neurosurgical disorders of the spine, pituitary tumors and acoustic neuroma. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Martz is also a... Read More
Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D.

Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D.

Kevin Oldenburg is a serial entrepreneur. His latest venture is the start-up 2nd Sight Bioscience where is serves as CEO and is co-founder of this AgTech company that develops and engineers innovative devices to further automate the agricultural industry. Oldenburg was the co-founder of MatricCal Bioscience, a company he grew in Spokane that focused on designing and building scientific equipment... Read More
Gary Pollack, Ph.D.

Gary Pollack, Ph.D.

Gary Pollack joined Washington State University (WSU) in 2010 as the Dean of the College of Pharmacy. He led the successful move of WSU’s College of Pharmacy from its Pullman, WA campus to the WSU Spokane campus and recruiting major researchers to the department. Prior to joining WSU, he spent several years in ascending positions at the University of North... Read More
​Jason Thackston

​Jason Thackston

Jason Thackston is the Senior Vice President of Energy Resources for Avista Corporation. As Avista’s senior vice president, Thackston is responsible for overseeing the utility's gas and electric transmission and distribution operations. He previously served as Avista's vice president of finance, overseeing financing and capital activities and being involved in corporate development, investor relations, risk management, and planning and analysis... Read More
David J. Vachon, Ph.D.

David J. Vachon, Ph.D.

Dave Vachon is the CEO and Founder of Iasis Molecular Sciences LLC, Spokane, in 2008 and Novion Technologies in 2011. Novion has pioneered a family of technologies aimed at minimizing health care-acquired implantable medical device-related infection; wound infections associated with surgeries, and for the treatment of infections and tissue loss associated with chronic wounds and burn trauma. Areas of focus... Read More
Francisco Velazquez, MD

Francisco Velazquez, MD

Frank Velàzquez is President and CEO of Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML), LLC and PAML Ventures. PAML is a medical diagnostic company serving physicians, hospitals members of the community, employers, and other allied health care professionals. PAML’s world headquarters is in Spokane and it is currently ranked among the top clinical reference laboratories in the nation. It is an industry... Read More
Michael D. Wilson

Michael D. Wilson

Mike Wilson is a health care consultant from Spokane. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer at Providence Health Care, and after he retired he was called back to Providence to serve an additional two years. His career spans 35 years in healthcare management including his most recent position. Wilson retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sacred Heart... Read More
Susan Ashe

Susan Ashe

Executive Director

Susan Ashe is Executive Director of the Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA), and primary contact for all HSSA business. She brings over 30 years of experience to the HSSA after serving as Legislative Director in the Mayor’s office at the City of Spokane, and as Northwest Public Affairs Manager at Kaiser Aluminum. Read More