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.


​Jason Thackston

​Jason Thackston

HSSA Board Chair

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
Carla Cicero

Carla Cicero

Board Member

Carla Cicero is president and CEO of Numerica Credit Union in Spokane Valley, Wash. Numerica is a $3.2 billion credit union serving more than 160,000 members in Eastern Washington, Central Washington and North Idaho. In addition to her role at Numerica, Cicero serves on the Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) executive committee and Rosauers Supermarkets board of directors. Before coming to... 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.

Executive Committee

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
Alex Jackson

Alex Jackson

Board Member

Alex Jackson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Executive, Inland Northwest Region for MultiCare. He joined MultiCare Rockwood Clinic in 2018 as its Chief Operating officer until transitioning to the President and COO role in 2020. Jackson brings more than 30 years of progressive health care leadership experience in a variety of roles and settings including COO and CEO... 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