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 ^
Director 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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Jill AngeloChief Financial Officer of Back Office Services
As Chief Financial Officer of Back Office Services, Jill is responsible for budgeting and internal/Board reporting of all aspects of BHT’s financial operations. Prior to joining the team, Jill held several executive level positions within the Spokane medical community over the past 14 years including: medical clinics, hospitals and the residency program. Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management and Accounting from Eastern Washington University. In addition, Jill is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. In her spare time Jill is a voracious reader, works out at the gym, and travels with her husband.
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 ^
Curtis FacklerDirector of Navigator Program
Curtis joined Better Health Together in July 2013. With a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Golden Gate University, he has over 25 years working with individuals and small business in the insurance and employee benefit arena.
In 2007, he was named National Federation of Independent Business Washington State Small Business Champion for his work on health care issues for small business. He enjoys the great outdoors. back to top ^
Hadley MorrowAssociate Director of Community 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 expirience in primarily outreach and communications roles, before returning home and joining the BHT team in 2016.
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Jenny SlagleAssociate Director of Health System Transformation
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 ^
Senior ACH Program Manager
Justin started at Better Health Together in August of 2016. He graduated from Whitworth University with a degree in Political Science with a public policy emphasis and minors in Theology and Philosophy – while at Whitworth, Justin served as student body president. Prior to joining BHT, Justin interned at the Spokane Office of the Washington State Attorney General and the Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. Justin has completed 15 hours with the Spokane Police Department’s Citizens Academy, undergone several community health trainings under the WA Department of Health, and completed the Data Management and Visualization course sequence through Wesleyan University.
Justin serves in a variety of local and national bodies including service to the Executive Council for the Spokane India Community, elder on the Session of First Presbyterian Church of Spokane, and a member of the 2020 PC(USA) Vision Team.
Devon WilsonACH Program Manager
Devon started at Better Health Together as Project Manager in May 2017. With a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and political science from the University of Kentucky, he started his career working in constituent relations as an intern with the United States Senate and the House of Representatives then as a session aide in the Washington State Legislature. He also has experience in corporate and foundation relations development, market research, and community organizing.
Devon currently sits on the Spokane Regional Health District’s Healthcare Task Force and is an active member of the Spokane NAACP. Additionally, he is trained in QPR Suicide Prevention and Green Dot Violence Intervention.back to top ^
Alicyn ElderNavigator Program Lead
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 ^
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 ^
Kiana McKennaCommunications Coordinator
Kiana started with the Empire Health Foundation family of organizations in July 2017. She is a graduate of Gonzaga University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations as well as minors in both promotional marketing and psychology. Prior to joining the team, she interned with Gallatin Public Affairs and additionally, has a professional background working with local nonprofits including Catholic Charities Spokane Furniture Bank, Leadership Spokane and the YMCA of the Inland Northwest. She is experienced in charitable and customer service, campaign and event planning, speech writing, public affairs, research and both traditional and digital marketing. Kiana also currently serves as a board member for the YWCA of Spokane.back to top ^
Chelsea AnnisExecutive Assistant
Chelsea was born and raised in Spokane, and attended Seattle Pacific University in addition to the University of Washington where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Studies. In her last year of school, she also studied abroad in Spain at the University of Cadiz and received her Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults in Ecuador on the Galapagos Islands. Chelsea is a certified diversity training facilitator and has worked in various ELS Centers as a teacher and an administrator. She also has a strong professional background in education and customer service.back to top ^
Jessica NowlingCommunity Engagement Assistant
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 ^