Our team brings together a unique range of talents and perspectives. Whether it's leadership, policy, funding or community advocacy, we do this work because we are passionate about our communities and helping people achieve better health. We act as a convener and a driver of the community agenda.
Alison PoulsenExecutive Director
Alison has 20 years of nonprofit and leadership experience. Before Better Health Together, she served as Executive Director for six northwest nonprofit organizations, leading them through significant change processes to better meet community needs. Alison joined Better Health Together in June 2013 after moving her family to Spokane from Seattle.
Alison has a business degree with a human resources concentration from Pacific Lutheran University. When she isn’t working to improve the health of her community she enjoys running, exploring her backyard in Valleyford and taking care of her two sheep, nine chickens, three ducks, two dogs and her family. back to top ^
Charisse PopeDirector of Clinical Integration
Charisse grew up in Eastern Washington and has 20 years of non-profit and social service experience. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and started out in social services as a therapist working with adolescent girls. She then went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration to support the work of others as an administrator. Charisse continued in administration, working for the Spokane County Regional Support Network overseeing a provider network, contracting, fiscal allocations, utilization, and working with other counties and regions as chair of County Human Services for several years. She then returned to her roots at Excelsior and served as Chief Business Officer. In her free time, she loves being at home with family, weekend outings, and playing with her sidekick dog.back to top ^
Daphne WilliamsDirector of Human Resources
Daphne is the Director of Human Resources for the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations, with over 10 years of HR experience. She has a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in addition to being a Society in Human Resource Management-Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is responsible for attracting, developing, and motivating top talent. Daphne is a former secretary and current board member of Bethel AME Church as well as the former president of ToastMasters. She also currently serves as a board member for Habitat for Humanity. In her spare time, Daphne volunteers as a bookkeeper with a not-for-profit organization.
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Hadley MorrowDirector of Engagement
Born and raised in Spokane, Hadley has had over 10 years of involvement with local community services and organizing. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in International Studies with a focus on conflict resolution and a minor in religious studies. In 2011 she embarked on a study abroad semester in Rwanda to research genocide reconciliation and peace-building. After graduating, she moved to Seattle and gained early non-profit experience in primarily outreach and communications roles, before returning home and joining the BHT team in 2016.
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Jenny SlagleDirector of Community Service
Jenny has 16 years of tribal government experience, working for both the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Yakama Nation in their Indian Gaming regulatory agencies. Most recently she served as the Communications Manager for The NATIVE Project. Jenny’s education is Business Administration, with a degree in IT Management. Jenny is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and descendent of the Northern Arapaho tribe.back to top ^
Kim BrinkmannDirector of Communication
Kim has been an unofficial member of the BHT team since 2014 when she consulted on the application for ACH designation. Since then, she has provided graphic design and communication services on countless projects and initiatives. She officially joined the team in June of 2018.
Kim has worked in the Marketing and Communication field since 2004, after graduating from Portland State University with a degree in graphic design. Aside from running her own consulting business, she has also worked for several local organizations in the non-profit and public services sectors. When not working, Kim enjoys gardening, hiking, and anything else that involves being outdoors.
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Alicyn ElderNavigator Manager
Since joining Better Health Together in July 2013, Alicyn has helped build the lead organization for the IPAN program in our region. She continues to work closely with Washington Health Benefit Exchange and Health Care Authority to ensure that clients have access to affordable health insurance.
She graduated from Eastern Washington University's Health Service Administration program in 2013, ready to dive into implementation of the Accountable Care Act. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading and watching soccer. back to top ^
Hailey MutoOperations Manager
Hailey has lived in Spokane her entire life and thoroughly enjoys all that the city has to offer. Graduating from Whitworth with a degree in organizational management, Hailey fell in love with process improvements/lean management. She has worked as an executive assistant both in and out of the non-profit sector and finds a great deal of personal fulfillment working for non-profits.
Prior to her experience as an executive assistant, Hailey worked in the restaurant service industry, as well as property management. Her hope is to, someday, obtain a law degree. In the meantime, she enjoys dining out, spending time with her son and two dogs, running, and road trips.
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Israel VidalesLead Navigator
Israel discovered his passion of assisting low-income families with their financial medical needs through his involvement at Unify Community Health. During his journey of self-discovery, Israel received his Master’s in Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University. In addition, he has a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification in process improvement. Israel’s fiery passion led him to Better Health Together in October of 2017.back to top ^
Jessica Nowling HasslerProgram Manager
Jessie started with Better Health Together in September of 2017 as a Fellow and was officially hired onto the team as the Engagement Assistant in January of 2018. She is Spokane-grown and holds her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Brigham Young University. Jessie has worked for various nonprofits in Washington D.C., northern Virginia, and Spokane. She is experienced in youth development and civic engagement, event planning, community outreach, and communications.back to top ^
Sarah Bollig DornSenior Program Manager
Sarah wore professional hats in a variety of industries, including finance, performing arts, and childhood education, before finding her niche in health policy. After completing a Masters in Public Administration at The Ohio State University, Sarah joined a research non-profit in Ohio advocating for evidence-based policies to improve population health. In 2016, she moved to Spokane and worked for a Medicaid managed care company doing organizational and ACH engagement in Eastern Washington. Sarah joined the BHT team as a Senior Program Manager in July 2018.
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