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Chancellor’s Advisory Council

The Washington State University Spokane Advisory Council consists of members appointed by the chancellor of WSU Spokane and the president of the university. The council’s primary mission is to foster closer ties between WSU Spokane, its alumni, the community, the region, and the state. Council members participate in an advisory role and are not part of the formal governance of WSU. The Council meets quarterly.

Council members

Marty Dickinson, Chair

Executive Vice President Cultural Enhancement Executive Umpqua Bank

picture of Marty DickinsonMarty Dickinson is the executive vice president cultural enhancement executive for Umpqua Bank, previously Sterling Bank, where she held the position of marketing and communication executive vice president.

Prior to joining Sterling, she served as the president of the Downtown Spokane Partnership for six years and was the vice president of both the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce and Spokane Area Economic Development Council, which have since been combined as Greater Spokane Incorporated. Dickinson also worked in management and marketing in the telecommunications industry, including at NEXTLINK, XO Communications, Cellular One, and AT&T Wireless.

She currently serves on the State of Washington Regence/Blue Shield Foundation Board, Mobius Spokane Board of Directors, and Whitworth University School of Global Commerce & Management Board.

Dickinson graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and communications.

Dr. Greg Carter
Medical Director at St. Lukes’s Rehabilitation Institute

picture of doctor greg carterDr. Greg Carter’s interest in medicine came from his father, a general surgeon.  After losing a close friend to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), he began researching better ways to ease symptoms of neuromuscular disease. Dr. Carter co-founded the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) / ALS Center at the University of Washington and the MDA Regional Neuromuscular Disease Center at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA.  He later received the Excellence in Clinical Care award from the MDA.

In 2012 Dr. Carter received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  He is also the past recipient of the Best Research Paper Published by a Physiatrist Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as the Excellence in Research Writing Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

Dr. Carter graduated from Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with a subspecialty in neuromuscular medicine.  He completed a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency and neuromuscular disease research fellowship at the University of California, Davis, where he also earned a Master’s degree in physiology. Following that he completed a MayDay Pain Fellowship at the University of Washington.

Dr. Carter is editor of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America publication and senior associate editor for the medical journal Muscle and Nerve.

Betsy Cowles

Chairman, Cowles Company

picture of Betsy CowlesBetsy Cowles is the chairman of Cowles Company, a fourth generation family-owned media, forest products, real estate, and insurance company headquartered in Spokane. She directly oversees the broadcasting, insurance, and real estate divisions of the company, which includes television stations in Washington and California; insurance clients in the Pacific Northwest and several mid-west states; and downtown Spokane’s River Park Square retail development and office buildings and other developments in Spokane Valley.

Cowles has served on a number of boards, including those of Greater Spokane Incorporated (past chair) and the Fox Theater (founding board member). She is a past chair of the Washington State University Board of Regents; serves on the William D. Ruckelshaus Center Advisory Board; and is a past trustee of George Washington University.

Other boards she has served on include those of the WSU Research Foundation, Spokane Legal Services, the Spokane Symphony (past chair), and Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest, as well as Mt. Spokane 2000.

Cowles currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Laird Norton Company, Spokane Symphony Orchestra Endowment, and the Independent Colleges of Washington.

She received a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a juris doctor degree from George Washington University.

Rich Hadley
Retired President/CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Rich Hadley

Rich Hadley 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. Awards for his work include: National Chamber Executive of the Year, USAF Distinguished Public Service Award, AWB Bruce A. Briggs Award for Outstanding Commitment to Community Service, Whitworth University Distinguished Community Service Award, and Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame.

His background in the chamber field has led to several part-time projects related to military affairs, public policy and education/workforce development. Clients include the Association of Washington Business, ACCE Education Attainment Division and GSI.

Latisha Hill
Manager of HR Consulting & Analytics, Avista Corp.

Latisha HillOver the past decade, Latisha Hill has served in various roles as a liaison for Avista, managing corporate and community issues, participating in civic affairs and fostering economic development.

Hill has been an engaged leader serving on a diverse collection of community boards and committees such as the Washington State Transportation Commission, the Inland Empire American Planning Association, Spokane Regional Transportation Council, the Northeast Public Development Authority, Greater Spokane Incorporated, City of Spokane Community Development, the Spokane Club, League of Women Voters, the West Plains Chamber, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and others.

Hill currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Empire Health Foundation and Excelerate Success.

Hill received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Washington State University and her Master’s degree in Urban and & Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.


Manuel Hochheimer
Assistant Vice President Corporate and External Relations, Numerica Credit Union

Manny has 15 years of financial Industry experience that includes roles in Branch Administration and Regional Management, Financial Advising, Legislative Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Business and Community Development. He has a diverse background in operations, development, and management. Manny has been with Numerica since 2012.He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a Specialization in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing his M.B.A. at Whitworth University.

Manny currently serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Multicultural Affairs and the Rotary 21 Board of Directors, as well as on the Washington State University – Spokane Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, and the Boards of United Way Emerging Leaders Society, West Central Community Center, Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) – Governmental Affairs Committee, Priority Spokane, Big Table, Epicurean Delight Steering Committee, North Wall Children’s Association, North Wall Schools Parent Advisory Board, and the Whitworth University Athletics Fund Board. Manny is married to Whitworth University Economics Professor, Dr. Vange Ocasio, and is a father of two young boys, Noah and Luca, ages 5 and 3.

Jim Kolva
Owner at Jim Kolva Associates

picture of Jim KolvaJim Kolva is the owner of Jim Kolva Associates, a management consulting firm in Spokane. He has been involved with downtown Spokane planning, historic preservation, and the arts for 35 years.

Kolva and his wife Pat Sullivan renovated an historic downtown Spokane warehouse, creating six residential lofts and two gallery spaces. They now live there and operate the Kolva Sullivan Gallery. Kolva and Sullivan are avid collectors and supporters of contemporary art.

Kolva has served on several local boards, including the Spokane Plan Commission, for which he served as president for four years. He is now chairman of the city Landmarks Commission. Besides serving on the WSU Spokane Advisory Committee, he is also a member of a committee for a new art museum on the Pullman campus. Kolva has also served on the boards of the Archie Bray Foundation, Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, and Fox Theater. He is a past board member of the Downtown Spokane Partnership.

Kolva earned his bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University before serving in the Air Force as a navigator. He served a combat tour in Southeast Asia and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

Gary Livingston
Retired Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane

picture of gary livingstonGary A. Livingston, PhD, recently retired as chancellor of Community Colleges of Spokane.

Prior to that, he served as superintendent for Olympia-based Educational Service District 113 for one year and as superintendent for Spokane Public Schools from 1993 to 2001. Livingston moved to Spokane from Kansas, where he began his career in education in 1970 as a special education teacher in the Topeka, Kansas, public school district. He served as superintendent there from 1988 to 1993.

Livingston is an active community volunteer wherever he lives and works. In Washington, he was appointed by Governor Locke to two statewide committees—the Professional Educators’ Standards Board (2000-2002) and the State Accountability Task Force (1997-99).

In Spokane, he has served on the boards of United Way, Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, Spokane Regional Economic Development Council (chair 2005-06), Providence Health Care, Educational Service District 101, Spokane Mental Health, and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Livingston holds an associate of arts degree from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas; a bachelor’s degree in psychology/special education from Emporia State University; and a PhD in administration from Kansas State University.

Todd Mielke
President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated

Todd MielkeTodd Mielke is currently the President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization.

Mielke served for the past 11 years as a Spokane County Commissioner. He has an extensive background in public policy and advocacy, working four years as a staff member in the Washington State Senate and then serving as a legislator where he was the Majority Caucus Chair and named a national Legislator of the Year. While in the House, Todd took the lead on welfare reform, placing limits on the growth of government, sponsoring health care reform, and negotiating the largest tax reduction in Washington’s history.

He is also a former small business owner. Mielke had an excavation business for a number of years in the Spokane area, and more recently has had a government affairs consulting business. In that role, he assisted businesses, trade associations and individuals with state legislative and regulatory issues. He has also been responsible for securing hundreds of millions in state funding for a number of the projects you see in the Spokane area. Prior to opening his government’s affairs business, Todd was the Director of State Government Affairs in the Northwest for Johnson & Johnson.

Tom Quigley
Chairman & Previous Corporate President/CEO and Director of the Brokerage Division, Kiemle & Hagood Company

picture of Tom QuigleyTom Quigley is chairman and previous corporate president/CEO and director of the Brokerage Division for Kiemle & Hagood Company, Spokane’s largest property management and commercial real estate company.

Quigley is a licensed REALTOR® and has worked in the real estate profession for 36 years. He joined Kiemle & Hagood Company’s Brokerage Division in 1975. He became manager of the Brokerage Division in 1980 and a full partner in January 1987. From January 2001 to February 2013, Tom served as president and CEO of Kiemle & Hagood Company.

Quigley is a licensed broker in Washington and Idaho and is the Kiemle & Hagood Company designated broker in both states.

Tom Reese
Spokane Branch Manager, URS Corporation

picture of Tom ReeseTom Reese is the Spokane branch manager for URS Corporation , which provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector companies around the world.

Previously, he was director of business development for Lydig Construction, a large general contractor based in Spokane; principal and founder of The Reese Group, LLC, a land development and planning consultancy; associate principal at AHBL, a multi-disciplinary design, planning and engineering firm in Spokane, Seattle, and Tacoma; and project director for Black Rock Development, where he oversaw the 80-acre, $150M Kendall Yards mixed-use development project. He also served as economic development advisor in the Office of the Mayor and as urban designer for the City of Spokane Planning Department.

Reese currently serves on the Greater Spokane Incorporated Public Policy Council, Northeast Area Economic Development Council, Friends of the Falls Board, Downtown Rotary 21, Active4Youth Board, and the EWU Foundation Board Real Estate Committee. He previously served as president of Friends of the Falls and was on the March of Dimes Board, Downtown Business Improvement District Board, and Eastern Washington State Historical Society Board. He was also a member of the executive committee that led various city planning initiatives.

Reese has a bachelor of science in landscape architecture from Cal Poly and a master of arts in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Susan Stacey
Chief Nursing Officer, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

susan-stacey-for-webSusan Stacey is the Chief Nursing Officer at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s hospital.  In this role she oversees patient care in all areas of the hospital including the emergency and trauma services, adult critical care, adult acute care, women’s services, psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital.

Susan has worked for Providence for more than 30 years as a clinical bedside nurse, nurse manager, and most recently prior to her current job as CNO, was the Executive Director of the Children’s Hospital.  She currently sits on the board of directors for the March of Dimes, Partners with Families and Children, and the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives.

Susan is a 1985 graduate of WSU with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and has an MBA with a healthcare administration certification from the University of Phoenix.

Kelly Stanford
Vice President of Market Development
East and Central Markets

picture of Kelly SanfordKelly Stanford is vice president of market development in the East and Central Markets for Group Health Cooperative, one of the nation’s largest consumer-governed health care systems. She is responsible for facilitating regional strategic decision making, articulating the organizational strategies, identifying shared goals of the delivery system and Health Plan Division, and aligning resources to hit those marks. She is also the president of Columbia Medical Associates (CMA), a group of Spokane physicians that Group Health acquired in 2011.

Prior to serving as president of CMA, Stanford held positions as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and quality assurance director of the organization. In her early career, she worked in several quality improvement leadership positions within the field of health care.

Stanford graduated from Washington State University (WSU) Pullman with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned her master’s degree in health policy and administration from WSU Spokane in 1996.

Amber Waldref
Spokane City Council

Amber WaldrefAmber Waldref represents District 1 for the Spokane City Council. In that role, she has been a member of the Spokane Transit Authority Board, the chairs of the Board of Health, Public Works Committee and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council.

In 2003, Waldref began working for The Lands Council, a local nonprofit striving to protect forests, water, wildlife and people’s health in the Inland Northwest. She specifically focused her efforts on protecting the Spokane River and working to keep Spokane’s children safe from toxics in our environment.

Waldref is a graduate of Gonzaga Prep High School and Georgetown University. She is supported in everything she does by her chemistry teacher husband, Tom Flanagan, and their two daughters, Karolina and Nora.