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Nancy Vorhees
Interim STHC Director

STHC Board of Directors

Antony Chiang – Chair

Antony is the founding president of Empire Health Foundation, where he has championed health equity. Prior to working at EHF, Antony was an executive at a leading philanthropic service provider, designing and managing innovative models of corporate technology philanthropy and streamlining international grant making. Antony is a member of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize national Advisory Group, and serves on the board of Grantmakers in Health as well as Independent Sector. Regionally, he also serves on the board of Philanthropy Northwest, as well as several statewide leadership boards such as the Governor’s Opportunity Scholarship Board.

RICHARD (Rich) G. HADLEY – Vice Chair

Rich is president emeritus of Greater Spokane Incorporated™ (GSI), the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development council, where he served as President and CEO for 21 years. Rich previously served 18 years as the chief executive officer of Chambers in Minnesota, Montana and Colorado. Rich’s voluntary involvement includes professional and community roles such as serving as a board member for Providence Health Care Ministry Board, WSU President’s Advisory Council, and Leaders for a WSU Medical School. Rich is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Public Administration and International Affairs. He completed Naval Flight School and served as a Naval Air Intelligence Officer during the Vietnam War, culminating in debriefing Navy pilots who had been imprisoned for over seven years in the “Hanoi Hilton”.  

Jeffrey J. Bell

Jeffery is the director of strategic engagement, Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. There he works to establish and expand business, political, media and healthcare relationships in Washington State. His first career began in Los Angeles, where he worked in the film and theater industry. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1989 and served as North Idaho staff director for Congressman Larry LaRocco. In that capacity, he served as liaison for the congressman with federal agencies and constituents on a variety of issues. After leaving the congressional position in 1994, he became executive vice president of Benscheidt Communications, providing crisis communication, media relations and media training counsel to a variety of clients. He currently also serves as vice chair for Empire Health Foundation and secretary for Spokane Guild’s School Foundation.

Frederick Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Chen is the chief of family medicine at Harborview Medical Center, director of the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network and professor in the Department of Family Medicine, where he teaches health policy, conducts research, and sees patients. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and received his Masters of Public Health in epidemiology from UC Berkeley. After completing his residency in family medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Chen was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he developed his research interest in health policy and medical education. He then moved to Washington, DC, as the Kerr White Scholar at the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. At UW, he has been the lead faculty for the WWAMI Underserved Pathway, medical director for the WA state Patient-Centered Medical Home Collaborative, and a researcher in the Rural Health Research Center. He recently served as senior advisor to HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions for the Teaching Health Center program.

Jeff Collins, M.D.

Dr. Collins is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed residency in Internal Medicine and was chief resident in Spokane, Washington.  Dr. Collins was in private practice in Spokane for many years, and was the president of the Spokane County Medical Society, the Washington State Medical Association and was a delegate to the AMA. Dr. Collins is currently the chief medical executive at Providence Health Care in Eastern Washington. His responsibilities include oversight for medical affairs, quality, safety, risk management and professional education at PHC, which includes four acute care hospitals and a physician group numbering about 700 practitioners.

Daryll B. DeWald

Dr. DeWald became the fourth chancellor of WSU Spokane in 2017. He earned a postdoctoral appointment with the University of California San Diego School of Medicine before moving to Utah State University where he was department head for several years. He served in a number of interdisciplinary administrative roles while also managing an active research lab with more than $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other agencies. In 2011, DeWald was hired to be the dean of WSU’s former College of Sciences, and was soon tapped to lead a merger of the college with the former College of Liberal Arts, creating the university’s largest academic known now as the College of Arts and Sciences. He facilitated disciplinary excellence across 20 academic programs and served as a leading member of the WSU team responsible for implementing University-wide student retention initiatives.


Dr. Harper is one of only a small group of physicians who specialist in Pediatrics. She is located in Spokane, Washington and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Providence Holy Family Hospital and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She has been a member of numerous community organizations helping to promote child health and welfare. Along with serving on the STHC board she is also the board president  of Northwest Mediation Center and the vice speaker of the Washington State Medical Association.

Michael Nowling

Michael has extensive experience as a healthcare executive in Spokane for the past twenty-five years, with national and international experience before coming to Spokane. He most recently served as president and owner of Family Home Care & Hospice until its sale in 2013. Since receiving his Masters in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University, he has been an administrator for several healthcare facilities, including The Heart Institute of Spokane. He currently enjoys serving on several regional boards as well as spending time with his family and traveling.

Ken Roberts, Ph.D.

Dr. Roberts is the vice dean for academic and community partnerships for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine (ESFCOM) where he also teaches anatomy and histology to medical students. Dr. Roberts oversees the administration of the ESFCOM clinical campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett, and he is involved in promoting graduate medical education in Spokane and across the state. In addition, his office supports the effort to reach students in rural and underserved communities to promote careers in medicine. He was one of the WSU leaders who worked with the late President Elson S. Floyd to convince the Washington legislature to authorize the creation of a medical school at WSU.