The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is governed by volunteers, committed to continuing the hospital's excellence in care and service.
Foundation Board of Directors
A Pullman City Council member, Pat Wright has lived in Pullman since 1975. Wright came to the city when husband Ray accepted a faculty position in the Washington State University Department of Animal Sciences, from which he retired in November 2013.
Wright graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in French in 1969 and a secondary education credential in 1970. She worked for GTE from 1975 to 1995 as a call center manager and later moved on to the Bookie, first as division manager of human resources, then as assistant general manager before finally becoming general manager. She retired in 2007, but spends a couple of days each week at Neill’s Flowers and Gifts.
Wright and Ray have two children: Caroline, a WSU graduate and finance manager for GAP Corp. living in San Francisco; and Joe, a University of Washington and Santa Clara University graduate, working as an attorney with Amazon in Seattle.
A longtime community volunteer, Wright also contributes service and leadership in the Pullman Education Foundation, Pullman Chamber of Commerce and Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary, as well as previous involvement with Pullman High School Boosters, United Way and Kiwanis.
Wright said she was first exposed to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation as an ex-officio board member when she served as auxiliary president. She also believed the foundation was making a difference to the Pullman healthcare community—especially during the time her mother was hospitalized before passing away in 2012.
“I was so overwhelmed with the level of care she received, I felt this would be a way in which I could give back,” Wright said. “When I was approached to serve as a director, I was honored to be asked and accepted without hesitation.”
As a board member, Wright said she hopes to help Pullman Regional Hospital become a self-sustaining organization, especially as healthcare delivery in the United States reaches a crossroads with the onset of the Affordable Care Act and diminished federal support for programs and facilities. The hospital’s future fundraising efforts will also enhance its standing as a high-quality, critical-access hospital for the region.
“Pullman Regional Hospital has become one of the reasons people not only choose to move here, but also to stay and retire here,” she said. “We are identifying and addressing community and regional needs, promoting and providing preventive healthcare initiatives, building a community healthcare system that is focused on developing essential partnerships locally and regionally, and streamlining duplication of services.
“A critical-access hospital by its very nature is tied to and has tremendous impact on the community it serves, and Pullman Regional Hospital satisfies that definition in every aspect of its operation,” Wright added.
Josh Smart has worked at HUB International Northwest (formally AIA Insurance) since 2005. His focuses are agribusiness, commercial business and healthcare.
Smart has served on the city of Pullman Board of Adjustment; the Pullman Education Foundation; and various Pullman Chamber of Commerce committees, including the Artesian and Business Development committees.
He and his wife, Jamie, have two sons. The birth of their first son, Brendan, in 2010 ultimately led to his service on the Foundation board.
“His arrival was anything but smooth. The intuition and well-trained expertise of the nursing staff and physicians certainly saved his life,” Smart says. “The quality and breadth of services offered at our hospital is impressive, and the quality of care my family has received is both comforting and encouraging. We can walk in the door in the midst of a trauma and chaos and be at peace knowing that we’re going to be treated like that physician or nurse’s immediate family member.”
PJ Sanchez is a Washington State University graduate and the Branch Manager at Washington Trust Bank in Pullman. He has worked at Washington Trust Bank since it opened its doors in Pullman and has been the Branch Manager since May of 2014.
Since moving to the Palouse in the fall of 2009, PJ has enjoyed volunteering and being involved in the Pullman Community. PJ is involved in several civic groups including the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament committee, Kiwanis, Lions Club and the Pullman Chamber of Commerce Artesian’s Committee.
PJ joins the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation with the desire to continue building ties in the community and to help raise funds for such a great cause.
PJ lives in Pullman with his fiancé Kelli Kamimura, who is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at WSU, and their dog, Gus. In his spare time, PJ enjoys golfing, traveling and attending all Cougar sporting events.
Tim Gehring grew up in the small logging town of Kettle Falls, WA. In 1999, he moved to Pullman and attended Washington State University to compete on the Cougar Track and Field team. Five years later, Tim was declared an Athletic and Academic All-American shot-putter, 2-time Pac-10 Cougar Pride Salute Award winner, and 2003-2004 Pac-10 Medal winner. Following his track career, Tim wrangled some heavy weights as a power lifter and experienced a different type of success in the form of personal growth.
Tim believes his successes and failures as a student-athlete and powerlifter supplied him with the fortitude and character traits to be a good community member and productive businessman. Following the mantra, “with enough passion, anything is possible,” he pursued becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Tim was fortunate to work with wonderful mentors during his first years as a tax accountant before beginning his own firm here in Pullman. He can be found working tirelessly (especially during tax season), helping build relationships as well as completing tax returns.
When not tackling the tax code, Tim stays active in the community, volunteering as a track and field official at WSU track meets and collecting donations for the Humane Society at the Lentil Festival.
Goals, commitment, dedication, ambition, hard work…these are words Tim uses on a daily basis, but they aren’t the only ones that fuel this small town CPA. In 2013, Tim and his wife, Kirstin began their family with the birth of baby girl, Daphne Laine. Says Tim, “Pullman Regional Hospital is the place my family started. We welcomed our daughter into the world there, thanks in no small part to the wonderful staff and available facilities. It was a great experience; one I’ll never forget.” With Daphne’s birth, Tim’s life and dedication to community grew even stronger. Now wife, daughter, family, and love explain him on another level.
With a young family and a growing business, Tim is excited and ready to take on the next challenge.
“It would be a privilege to be a board member for the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation, and I appreciate the opportunity to be considered. I would love to contribute my financial skills, enthusiastic attitude, and ability to translate how all the positive events presented by the Foundation are a positive for our community.”
Born and raised on the Palouse, Ashley currently resides outside of Pullman, WA. A graduate of Colton High, Ashley briefly left the Palouse to attend the University of Portland where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance. Ashley formerly worked with HUB International Insurance, where she worked as Regional Operations Leader until deciding to pursue a career in real estate, her true passion. She joined the RE/MAX Home and Land team in 2013 and is currently a licensed Real Estate Agent in both WA & ID.
Ashley and husband Darren own a Pullman based business, Omega Electric, and when they aren't busy with their jobs they enjoy boating, camping, taking trips to the lake, raising a variety of animals, and sitting on their patio enjoying the view of the rolling hills. They feel fortunate to be raising their two young children in a small town atmosphere.
As a lifelong resident, she's familiar with the numerous small towns of the Palouse which relay on the services of Pullman Regional Hospital. She is also actively involved in the community, serving on committees for Stuff the Bus, Distinguished Young Women, and Pullman Kiwanis.
Ashley is honored to be part of the of the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation team and help advance the mission and strategic objectives of Pullman Regional Hospital through the development of resources and community awareness. Ashley is also the chair of the Women's Leadership Guild.
Sam Dial, owner of Sam Dial Jewelers, previously served on the Foundation board from 2008 to 2014 and chaired the 2013 highest needs fund drive. Sam is a former board member for the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. He has been a city council member for the city of Potlatch, wrote a successful grant for a new playground in Potlatch’s Scenic Six park, is past board member of the Scenic Six Economic Development Council, and is past board member for the Latah Community Foundation.
Stacey M. Doty is the Vice President of Human Resources at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories where she oversees the company’s global recruiting efforts, employee development, benefits and health center initiatives, and environmental health and safety.
Stacey began her career at SEL in 2002 as a human resources intern. She was named Director of Human Resources in 2012 and was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 2017. During her 15 years at SEL, Stacey has helped the company grow from 721 to 5,000 employees worldwide.
She earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Human Resources Management from the University of Idaho. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
Stacey has made her home on the Palouse for over 20 years and raised her two daughters here. She is committed to the community and happy to call Pullman home.
Sarah Druffel has served as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Carson College of Business at Washington State University since 2010, when she and her husband Kurt and two sons moved back to Pullman. A proud Cougar Alumni, she holds a BA in Marketing and MBA from WSU.
Sarah has worked in the non-profit sector most of her career and has actively volunteered to help improve the lives of adults and children with disabilities in her communities since high school. She has a drive and compassion for serving her community so that all can benefit. While an undergraduate at WSU, Sarah had the opportunity to intern with the Pullman Chamber of Commerce, assisting multiple years with the National Lentil Festival and Cabaret. Today, Sarah currently serves as Vice President and fundraising chair for the Franklin Elementary PTA.
As a mom with active nine-year-old twin boys, Sarah has had the opportunity to engage with the wonderful staff of Pullman Regional Hospital. “A trip to the hospital with your children is never something to look forward to, but the compassion of the staff at PRH makes the experience so much easier to handle. Having a solid care system in Pullman is one of the biggest reasons that we chose to raise our children here.” She has experienced the compassion the doctors, nurses, and staff have for their patients through her own family, and with the passing of Norm and Jessie Druffel. Being part of establishing an endowment for PRH to honor Norm and Jessie strengthened her excitement about serving on the Pullman Regional Hospital Board.
As a third-generation farmer, Jack Fulfs knows the value of caring for resources. Born and raised on the Palouse, Jack attended Colfax High School and is a 1971 graduate of Washington State University.
For the past 44 years, Jack and his wife Linda have lived on the land his grandfather purchased in the early 1930’s. The family farm is tended by Jack and his family under Fulfs Foundation Farms and Fulfs Brothers Farms, who also own and lease ground. In addition to barley, peas, lentils, wheat, and garbanzo beans, Jack and Linda’s three daughters have been raised on the family farm.
Jack joined the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board in June 2015 as a Director after serving one year on the Endowment for Quality and Access steering committee for the Hospital’s Foundation—a first step in a long-term goal to create a self-determining, self-sustaining, inclusive model of healthcare.
“I want to contribute to ensuring we are good stewards of our funds and our people—we want to keep that ability to make decisions on a local basis,” said Jack. “We have to have a strong hospital.”
This couldn’t have proved more vital after a Sunday trip to the hospital’s Emergency Department after a grandchild took a bad fall. “I support the Endowment because we need to have specialists on call and available, and the hospital has to pay extra for that access.”
Jack says he’s lucky to have lived a healthy life, and has mostly managed to visit the hospital as a guest rather than a patient. Every time he is at Pullman Regional Hospital, Jack appreciates how genuinely friendly the people are and the homey atmosphere.
Jack values working for the good of the community, which is apparent in his role as a farmer, a member of the Lion’s Club, an Endowment steering committee member, and now a Foundation Board member.
Jack is also known for his skill and patience in restoring old tractors and a love of the outdoors.
Dr. Karen Geheb
Dr. Karen Geheb’s life story starts with a humble beginning anywhere but close to Pullman, WA. The oldest of six children, Karen was born in England and grew up on a rice farm. She often shares, “I had no idea I was poor until I attended college and learned my family was far below the poverty line.” An undergraduate degree in education from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX was followed by a Master in Biology and an emphasis in genetics. She forged ahead in her studies pausing only to consider a path to earn a PhD or to pursue Medical School. Upon graduating medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, Karen and her husband Michael trekked to Spokane, WA in 1996 for her residency training in Internal medicine. Palouse Medical welcomed Dr. Geheb in 1999, where she practiced internal medicine and cared for patients at the then Pullman Memorial Hospital located on the WSU campus. She laughs about the irony of access to physicians then and today in that access was troubled by literal access—traffic and parking at the old hospital. With the new hospital constructed on Bishop Boulevard, Dr. Geheb found a more accessible home at Pullman Regional Hospital. After 8 years of private practice at Palouse Medical, she assumed the role of Director of Hospitalist Services as a hospital employee. Dr. Geheb also serves as Medical Director for Avalon Health Care, is chair of the Medicine and Critical Care committee, and is a member of AMA, America Association of Physician Leaders, Society for Post-Acute/Long Term Care, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the Women’s Leadership Guild.
Sharon D. Hall
Although she’s been a resident of Pullman since 1997, Sharon actually grew up an Idaho girl. She spent her childhood in southeastern Idaho and teenage years in Coeur d’Alene, graduating from Coeur d’Alene Sr. High in 1980.
In the 17 years between graduation and moving to Pullman, she spent a lot of time traveling. First stop was Ricks College in Rexburg Idaho, now Brigham Young University – Idaho, where she met her husband of 33 years, Steve. From there it was Washington, D.C., California, Crete Greece, Northern Italy, and finally Pullman. “Pullman has been a wonderful place to raise our family. Our four children have all graduated from Pullman High School, and three of them are still in town,” Sharon said.
A member the Pullman Regional Hospital Auxiliary since 2000, Sharon has served as Secretary, Vice President, and now Past President. “Being an Auxiliary member and volunteer was something I felt I should do to support the hospital,” she said. “With Steve being a physician in the community, I felt it was important to be involved.” When Auxiliary President, Sharon was an ex-officio member of the Foundation Board; she saw first-hand how the organization worked to provide support to the hospital.
Serving is an important part of Sharon’s life. Not only is she involved with the Auxiliary, but for over a year she has been the Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator for the Palouse Free Clinic, a no barriers healthcare clinic for the uninsured and underinsured, which is open once a week on Tuesday evenings. She also became involved with Circles of Caring Adult Day Services as a member of their Executive Board and is the Secretary for the Washington State Association of Hospital Auxiliaries, an organization that encourages and supports hospital auxiliaries and guilds throughout the state of Washington. Sharon also plays an active role in her church congregation, helping wherever asked, including involvement with Family Promise. She continues to support her husband Steve with his various Pullman Regional Hospital activities, his work with the University of Idaho WWAMI medical students, and his bike riding obsession. “I still find time to raise a garden, help Steve with his bees and best of all, I am able to spent time with our children and two grandchildren who live in Pullman.”
John Hart and his wife Lisa moved to Pullman in 2003 after completing his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 2000 and practicing for a short while in Blacksburg, VA. Hart is licensed to practice in Washington since 2004 and has owned and operated a solo practice, focusing on criminal defense. In 2012, he was appointed to sit as the Colfax Municipal Court Judge.
“Pullman Regional Hospital has welcomed our family for the birth of both of our children, a surgery for my wife and a small number of hockey related Emergency Room visits,” Hart said. Pullman Regional Hospital is a valuable resource that deserves all of our support to continue to grow and prosper.
Hart is an avid cyclist and life-long hockey player. His wife, Lisa, is the head Women’s Tennis Coach for Washington State University. They have a seven year old daughter, Mary Beth, and a four year old son, Paul.
I moved to Pullman in 2015 and am the co-owner of Dissmore's IGA along with my husband, Archie. I have worked with youth as a 4-H leader leading livestock projects for several hundred youth over a period of 20 years. I was voted for and named the Benewah County Club of the century in 2012 for the states celebration of 100 years of 4-H. I am a founding member of the Jr Show and Sale where we worked with a group of business leaders and other individuals to offer an inclusive fair experience for the youth of Benewah County. I have also served on the Distinguished Young Women program at both the State and local level. I served as St Maries Judges Chairman for 20 years. I am the mother of 3 amazing children Chelsea, who works for Alaska/Horizon Airlines, Archie IV a recent graduate of LCSC and currently employed by Vista Outdoors, and Hunter, a junior, at the University of Idaho studying Ag Business.
James Onstad has been an attorney with the Pullman law firm, Irwin, Myklebust, Savage & Brown, P.S., since 2012. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Masters in Tax Law from Georgetown Law Center. James has significant professional experience in the taxation and governance of nonprofits, trusts, estates, gifts, and business entities. He has also assisted both the Pullman Regional Hospital and the Foundation in several legal matters as an attorney with IMSB.
As a fourth generation Pullman resident, James has a strong appreciation for the region’s rich values, and he understands the importance of community involvement. James is an active member and past president of the Pullman Lions Club, as well as a Director of the Pullman Education Foundation. He also is a member of the Ray McNichols American Inn of Court, an organization dedicated to promoting professionalism in the practice of law.
James enjoys volunteering, visiting with family, and traveling. He has a passion for golf and, during the last two years, has enjoyed his time as a member of the Foundation’s Golf Committee.
Prior to coming to WSU in 2017 to serve as Vice President for Finance and Administration, Stacy served as Boise State University’s vice president for finance and administration.
During her tenure at BSU, Stacy supervised campus planning and facilities operations, the development of the campus master plan and the successful completion of the most aggressive building campaign in the University’s history that included the addition of over 1.5 million square feet of University space. Prior to her 2004 appointment to vice president for finance and administration, Stacy served for 8 years as the University’s associate vice president for finance and administration.
Stacy played a key role in the State of Idaho’s higher education financial and administrative initiatives. She is an active participant and presenter for regional and national higher education professional organizations including NACUBO, the Education Advisory Board and the Association of Public and LandGrant Universities.
Stacy received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Idaho and master of Public Administration degree from Boise State University. She is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Idaho. Stacy was named the 2013 Idaho Woman of the Year by the Idaho Business Review.
Since the moment he graduated from Washington State University in 2007, Tony Poston has had the entrepreneurial bug, and bad! First managing bands throughout the west coast and producing their merchandise, Tony found he had a knack for helping people put on stellar events with custom apparel and products.
He soon started a custom apparel company that would be his precursor to College Hill Custom Threads: the company that now provides apparel to thousands of collegiate groups at over 300 universities in all 50 states. Not stopping there, Tony created an offshoot of the College Hill brand, Genius Ghost, to give the same great service to businesses and philanthropic organizations alike. Most recently, The College Hill Group added another brand to its portfolio, Beach Bum Eyewear. Beach Bum Eyewear is eco-friendly, floating bamboo sunglasses created with the purpose of philanthropy. In fact, all of the businesses under the College Hill Group umbrella are built with philanthropy in mind.
To date, College Hill has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations, including an endowed scholarship with the WSU Foundation, a major gift to Cougar Athletics and annual support to The National Lentil Festival.
Tony currently serves as Vice President of The Pullman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Palouse Cougar Club Board and the Pullman Community Relations committee. With all of these endeavors, one might think he has no down time, but Tony always finds opportunities to travel to Cougar Football away games, enjoy the great outdoors of North Idaho where he was raised, and of course time to spend with his new wife Emily.
Amy Rogers and her husband Justin have lived in Pullman since 2002 and own a small business, Highland Property Management. She graduated from Washington State University in 1999 with a degree in Business Administration and Real Estate. After working in the real estate industry in Spokane for a few years, they moved back to Pullman to start their business and raise their family. Amy has three children ages 13, 10, and 7; all born in Pullman.
Amy is involved in many activities and organizations including the Sunnyside PTO, LMS Booster Club, and the WSU Mentoring Program. She also volunteers at her church, school, and coaches her daughter’s basketball team. As a family, they love attending WSU sporting events, boating on the river, and spending time with friends and family. They absolutely love living and raising their family here in Pullman and feel so blessed so be a part of such a wonderful community.
Rene currently serves as the Vice President of Financial Services for Dave Christy State Farm.
Cotton Sears has worked in the investment services field for 21 years and is an investment advisor with HRC Wealth Management. He has lived in Pullman since 1966 and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in business administration. Cotton and his wife of 21 years, AnaMaria, have two daughters and two sons: AnnaLee, Carolena, Cotton, and Sam. He enjoys reading, sports and training horses.
Amy Tull, a Walla Walla native, became a fourth generation Washington State University Cougar upon acceptance to the school in 1986. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Amy worked in the Hi Tech sector as an Administrative Assistant, Purchasing Agent, Facilities Manager, and Systems Analyst in Portland, OR for 15 years.
A remodel of the WSU CUB building brought her family back to Pullman in 2006, and her husband, Chip, managed the construction project.
Volunteering for the school has been Amy’s way of staying actively engaged and supporting the community. Amy is one of the founders of the Franklin Elementary “Angel Program,” which connects anonymous donors with needy families to help with clothing and school supplies. Currently, she chairs the Lincoln Middle School Booster Club’s concession program, serves as Co-President for the Pullman High School Booster Club, and is the Secretary of the Pullman Education Foundation Board.
Outside of the school district, Amy has been a member of the Pullman Pumas Soccer Board for the last three years as the Director of Scheduling. She is also an advisor to WSU Kappa Alpha Theta and is a proud contributor to the annual Dessert Auction, “Bids for Kids,” which benefits Pullman Child Welfare and Family Promise of the Palouse.
Owner of Wysup Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Michael Wysup and his wife, Shelley, moved to Pullman in 2004. The day they arrived, their youngest son, Hayden, had a fever of 103.
“My wife was frantic because we didn’t know anyone, and we obviously didn’t have a doctor,” Wysup recalls. “We opened up the phonebook, and Dr. (Michael) Frostad actually answered his phone on a Sunday. We were amazed. That simply wouldn’t happen in any other community."
The Wysups now have four children. “Lily was born at Pullman Regional Hospital, and Shelley didn’t want to come home because she was treated so well,” Wysup says.
Wysup joined the foundation board to ensure that everyone in the community receives the same caring service he and his family were given on their first day in Pullman. “Pullman Regional Hospital is such a special place and represents such a range of emotions for me personally,” he says.