Former HSSA Executive Director Susan Ashe Wins Buster T and Nancy D Alvord Award from the Northwest Association of Biomedical Research

#thanksresearchgalaSusan Ashe

Retired Executive Director at Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County, Susan Ashe, will be honored with the Buster and Nancy D Alvord Award from the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research at the 2023 #ThanksResearch Gala on September 21st at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, Washington.

Alvord Awardees are chosen for their general philanthropic impact on communities in the Northwest. They are strong advocates, educators, philanthropists or donors for the local biomedical community.

The Award is being given to Ms. Ashe in recognition of her singular contribution which has enabled Spokane to become a core research hub in the Pacific Northwest.

“There is no doubt that Ms. Ashe’s distinguished career with a particular focus on her most recent role with the HSSA is deserving of recognition with this Award.” said Ken Gordon, Executive Director a the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR).

Ms. Ashe was the founding Executive Director at HSSA and has worked with great success to build a thriving life science ecosystem in the Spokane area. HSSA has awarded over fifty-nine million dollars in grants focused on job creation through biomedical research and access to health care. “Susan had the vision to take HSSA from its humble beginnings to a vital funding partner in our community. Susan is full of grace and grit. She gets things done!” shared founding HSSA Board Chair Nancy Isserlis.

“We invite the community will join us in celebrating Susan’s impressive legacy and tireless work to promote and support bioscience research for a healthier Spokane.” says current HSSA Board Chair Dr. Francisco Velázquez.



The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research #ThanksResearh Gala is a celebration of people, organizations, initiatives, and communities who have worked to improve trust in biomedical research. Trust is fundamental to everything that we do in biomedical research and at this year's Lunchtime Gala we will be celebrating a unique group of awardees who have built trust in their fields.