Meet Our New Board Members!

We are so excited to be welcoming 4 new Board Members to the Better Health Together Board of Directors team. Each of them brings unique expertise and insight to the table, and we look forward to seeing how their experiences inform the work we have ahead of us. Take a minute to get to know them by reading their bios below:

Alison Boyd-Ball

Alison is currently the Health and Human Services Director of the Colville Confederated Tribes, Nespelem WA and has served as the Project Director/PI, Professional Development Training Grant, Office of Indian Education.  She has served on the Native Research Network Board of Directors and was a member of the Society for Research on Adolescents. Alison has been published in the Prevention Science, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse and the Journal of Traumatic Stress to name but a few. 

D. Jay Fathi, M.D.

 Dr. Jay Fathi serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Coordinated Care. Dr. Fathi is a Board-certified physician by the American Board of Family Medicine and a demonstrated leader in providing innovative care for the underserved and uninsured in Washington. After earning a medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Dr. Fathi spent more than 20 years as a practicing physician serving the needs of patients in Washington. His career and professional engagements have focused on primary care, the importance of a medical home and access to quality care for all. Dr. Fathi is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Jessica Pakootas

Jessica serves as the Camas Path Executive Director for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. Jessica received her Juris Doctor and Indian Law Certificate from Arizona State University College of Law. Jessica is the Vice-Chair of the Colville Tribal Gaming Commission, a Kalispel Tribe Delegate for the Washington State University (WSU) Native American Advisory Board and Kalispel Tribe Delegate for the WSU Native American Health and Science Advisory Board. She is a member of the Kalispel Tribe-American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. Jessica previously worked as in-house legal counsel for the Kalispel Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes and is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.  

Phillip Tyler

Philip Tyler has lived in Spokane since 1992. A United States Air Force veteran, he served as a Law Enforcement Specialist and won the Provost Marshal Award, the highest award for Law Enforcement in South Korea among the 4 major branches. He spent 16 years with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office – Jail Division where he was the first African American promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He achieved the status of Certified Public Official in 2014 and was the Recipient of FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award. Currently, he serves as the President of the Spokane NAACP and works as Campus Security Officer at Gonzaga University. Additionally, he is a member of the Mayor’s Multi-cultural Advisory Committee, Member of Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Member of Spokane Public Schools Diversity Advisory Council, Member of Every Student Counts Alliance, Member of the Planning Committee for the Police & Community Forum, past Chair of Ombudsman Interview Committee and a previous youth mentor with Communities in Schools Spokane. Philip also owns his own communication/leadership consulting business, Wisdom In Words, and has worked with companies such as etailz and Better Business Bureau.