Brian Smith, President
Brian was born and raised in Grays Harbor. He has worked in the financial industry for over 20 years, spending time with two local community banks. For the last 12 years he’s been employed with Timberland Bank serving as a Senior Vice President for Commercial Lending. Brian enjoys volunteering in the community through the Aberdeen Girls Softball Association, Greater Grays Harbor as an Ambassador, Aberdeen High School and Summit Pacific Medical Foundation. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, you’ll usually find them together enjoying boating; fastpitch or just hanging out at the lake house.
Ron Hulscher, Vice President
Through the sacrifices of my parents, I received a solid education. They instilled values of integrity, respect and a strong work ethic. I am committed to give back to the communities that support my paycheck. I have worked eight years in wood products and raw materials and 45 years in healthcare finance and administration. I received the first Chief Financial Officer Lifetime Leadership Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. I helped the financial turnaround of Mark Reed Hospital to build a new hospital in Elma. I have broad involvement and leadership roles with the Grays Harbor Clothing Bank, St. Mary School Funding Committee and Columbus Park. I am competitive in golf, fantasy football, NASCAR and Duplicate Bridge. I have also acted on stage and in Civil War Reenacting. I enjoy my family and grandchildren.
Patti Ambrose, Secretary
My Family has used Summit Pacific, formerly Mark Reed Hospital, for many years. I am proud and excited to be a part of the Foundation Team. I am a Leadership Grays Harbor graduate, a Rotary board member and a member of the Elma Chamber of Commerce. I love spending time with my family. Some of my hobbies include hiking, camping, hunting and boating.
Brent Meldrum, Director
Brent’s years of career experience includes duties as a senior engineer, senior technology consultant and chief technology officer for a startup development company implementing new technologies. His experience for the last sixteen years as an owner and CEO of Coastal Transport LLC includes a successful operation of a non-emergent medical transport company that serves the special needs population providing wheelchair transport and transportation services to and from clinic visits.
Three years ago, he started a private ambulance company, Ride to Wellness, providing ambulance service to hospitals, skilled nursing centers and mental health transportation in five counties of Western Washington.
Brent served as a commissioner for Summit Pacific Medical Center for ten years and as board chair for five years. His tenure saw the completion of a new hospital and the recently completed Wellness Center. He was instrumental in procuring financing for both buildings. He currently serves on the Summit Pacific Medical Foundation board. He has served for over five years and is involved with fundraising and ongoing financial support of the hospital district’s mission and goals.
He is an active member of Washington Ambulance Association and sits on the governing board. His involvement in industry organizations leads to the enhancement of transportation alternatives for those who are in need. He is committed to advancing special needs transportation and ambulance services to be part of the solution to the under served people.
His experience and working knowledge gained throughout his years of service qualify him to apply that experience in assessing business needs, formulating business solutions and implementing operational initiatives.
Nate Root, Director
Nate has worked in the timber industry for over 20 years spending time in California, Oregon and Washington. His forestry career brought he and his wife to Grays Harbor County in 2005. He currently works as the Log Procurement Manager at Murphy Company in Elma. Nate has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington Tacoma, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. Nate is also a Registered Professional Forester in the State of California, RPF #2758.
While working for Murphy Company, Nate has enjoyed getting involved with the community through support to the local 4H, FFA and now Summit Pacific Medical Foundation. In his free time, Nate enjoys all activities with his family including mountain biking, golf and any sport his two kids are playing.
Kristi Templeton, Director
Kristi was born and raised in East Grays Harbor. After graduating from Montesano High School she attended Grays Harbor College. Kristi moved back to Elma where she has been employed with Our Community Credit Union for over 17 years and is currently the Regional Branch Manager, overseeing the operations for the Montesano, Elma and McCleary branches.
Kristi is an avid member of East Grays Harbor Rotary Club, and is also active in the Elma Chamber.
In her spare time Kristi enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and her two dogs Hops and Bolt.
Amy Thomason, Director
Amy was born and raised in the East Grays Harbor area and is a 1983 graduate of Elma High School. She went on to earn an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Grays Harbor College in 1985. After graduating from International Air Academy she worked for Alaska Airlines in Seattle until moving home to Elma in 1990. Amy has owned and operated Foothill Massage Therapy since 1994. Amy believes that Grays Harbor County Public Hospital District #1 is a very valuable part of our small community and that it’s new Wellness Center is a vital part in building a healthier community for the future.
Stacie Tobey, Director
Stacie was born and raised in Elma. She is a 2001 Graduate of Elma High School and a 2005 Graduate of St. Martin’s University with a BA in Business Administration. Currently Stacie is Finance & Accounting Manager at Vaughan Co., Inc. as well as Assistant Executive Director for the ELMA Flight Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors for Vaughan Company Inc.
As a lifelong resident of East Grays Harbor County, she is committed to ensuring our community has access to the very best healthcare. She fully believes that SPMC’s vision of creating the healthiest community in the Nation is an attainable goal. Providing our residents with excellent care options within our own community will guarantee that our vision is achieved. As the mother of three young boys, affordable, accessible healthcare is one of her highest priorities.
Dave Sisk, Director
Dave grew up in Oakville and currently lives in McCleary. He attended South Puget Sound Community College before attending Central Washington University where he studied paramedicine. He spent time as the ambulance director for the City of McCleary, and has also served as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and paramedic.
He spent 20 years working at the Simpson Door Plant in positions ranging from janitor to supervisor before transitioning to a role at the Thurston Country Chamber where he spent seven years in member services and as vice president of member services. He currently works at Keller Williams Realty in residential and commercial real estate with his wife. He and his wife have also been managing DSS Management LLC, an investment property preservation company for the past 20 years.
Dave and his wife of 40 years have four children and ten grandchildren. Dave credits EMS with starting his passion for healthcare and says that his growing family keeps it going. His hobbies include traveling with family, investing in real estate, flipping and rentals. He has remodeled homes all his life.
James Hansen, CFO, Treasurer, Ex Officio Member
James has more than 20 years of healthcare-specific financial experience. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Washington State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Management and Strategy, from Western Governors University.
He has a passion for utilizing financial skills to help ensure resources are available to provide healthcare to communities. He is looking forward to helping Summit Pacific Medical Center build the healthiest community in the Nation.
James and his wife Joni have two sons. The Hansen family has a special affinity for two sports, hockey, as his sons played youth ice hockey for many years, and golf, as both boys competed in junior and collegiate golf. James and his wife spent the last four years in California and are excited to return to Washington, where they look forward to being closer to family and friends. Elma holds a special place for James, as he lived in Elma as he spent his college summers working as a laborer at the Satsop Nuclear Power Plant.
Josh Martin, CEO, Ex Officio Member
Josh joined Summit Pacific Medical Center in 2016 with more than 18 years of healthcare experience in both large health systems and rural community hospitals. Josh has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, both from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
He has a certification in Lean Process Improvement from the University of Washington and a Social Marketing certification from Boise State University. Josh currently serves on the Washington State Hospital Association Public Policy Committee as well as the Rural Health Committee. He is an active board member on the Washington Rural Health Collaborative, Greater Grays Harbor Regional Chamber of Commerce, and acts as Vice Chair for CHOICE Regional Health Network.
Josh understands the healthcare delivery system and enjoys the challenge of rural hospitals. He strives to create an organizational culture that embodies excellence, compassion and quality while advocating at a state and national level to transform our healthcare delivery system. In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain biking, playing soccer, volunteering in the community and spending time with his wife and 3 young children.
Emily Dillingham, Foundation Director
Emily Dillingham joins us having previously led the Go Red For Women campaign for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in Tacoma, and served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Puget Sound. She comes with experience in community development, corporate and individual fundraising, event planning, and executive leadership.
Emily lives in Montesano with her husband, son, and their dog, and they enjoy weekend trips to Roosevelt Beach and exploring Grays Harbor.