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 Isserlis is Of Counsel at Winston and Cashatt Lawyers, P.S., and is Chair of the HSSA Board of Directors. She also has operated her own law firm, and Regional Directing Attorney of Columbia Legal Services of the Eastern Region, a statewide legal services organization fort low-income people. Ms. Isserlis received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College, magna... Read More
​Jason Thackston

​Jason Thackston

Executive Committee

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
Michael D. Wilson

Michael D. Wilson

Executive Committee

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
Daryll DeWald, Ph.D.

Daryll DeWald, Ph.D.

Board Member

Daryll DeWald, Ph.D. was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve a four-year term. Dr. DeWald is the Vice President of Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences Chancellor WSU Health Sciences Spokane. He leads development of WSU’s rapidly growing, world-class center for health sciences education and research. DeWald joined WSU Health Sciences Spokane in September 2017 as its fourth chancellor... Read More
Allison Glasunow, Ph.D., J.D.

Allison Glasunow, Ph.D., J.D.

Board Member

Allison Glasunow, Ph,D., J.D. and Attorney with Perkins Coie, was appointed by the Spokane Board of County Commissioners to also serve a four-year term. She focuses on life sciences and biotechnology patent counsel for large, mid and small-cap companies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, universities, research institutes, and financiers (venture, angel, etc.); and provides strategic counseling and advising, due-diligence, invalidity, competitor analytics... Read More
Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D.

Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D.

Board Member

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
Daryl Potyk, MD

Daryl Potyk, MD

Board Member

Dr. Daryl Potyk is a medical doctor who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California (UCLA) at Los Angeles and his medical degree from the University of California (USC) medical school. He is a practicing physician with nearly 25 years of experience in graduate medical education (residencies) as well as other medical student education. He currently serves as... Read More
David J. Vachon, Ph.D.

David J. Vachon, Ph.D.

Board Member

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

Board Member

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
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. Download Susan's Bio Read More