Numerica CEO Carla Cicero Appointed to HSSA Board by Washington Governor Jay Inslee

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

SPOKANE, WA – The Health Sciences and Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County has announced that Carla Cicero, Numerica Credit Union Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed to the HSSA Board of Directors by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

“We are very pleased to have a board member of Carla’s executive leadership experience and integrity join our board,” said Jason Thackston, HSSA Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Avista Energy Resources.

Cicero will serve the remaining term of former Board Chair Nancy Isserlis, effective June 15, 2021, through Oct. 14, 2022 after which she may be appointed for a full four-year term..

“I am honored to be appointed by Gov. Inslee to join the HSSA board,” Cicero said. “Working in partnership with local research, medical, and community leaders, we will further groundbreaking life and health sciences research in Spokane.”

Cicero is president and CEO of Numerica Credit Union, a financial institution with $3.2 billion in assets serving over 160,000 members. In addition to her role at Numerica, Cicero serves on the Greater Spokane Incorporated executive committee and Rosauers Supermarkets board of directors. She also is a board member for the World Council of Credit Unions.




About HSSA:

The Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA) of Spokane County was established in 2007 for 15 years by the Washington legislature, authorized county-wide by Spokane County in 2008 and reauthorized by the Washington State Legislature in 2019 for another 15 years beginning in 2021. Its mission is to invest in health sciences research to promote economic development, advance new therapies and procedures to combat disease, and to promote public health. HSSA invests funds to create and support a nationally competitive health sciences research cluster in Spokane County, and works to catalyze higher education research and the health sciences industry that will lead to higher wage jobs, long-term sustainability and economic diversification.

HSSA has granted about $8 million in both research and Access to Care grants, and estimates that it has created over 500 jobs and over $100 million in total economic activity. This includes well over $35 million in extramural federal grant funding to Spokane due to HSSA investments. For more information, visit our website at (  or call 509.474.0798.


About Our Board:

Jason Thackston, Senior Vice President of Avista Energy Resoures and HSSA Board Chair; Michael Wilson, Consultant and HSSA Grants Committee Chair; Allison Glasunow, Ph.D and Attorney, Sana Biotechnology and HSSA Finance Committee Chair; Carla Cicero, CEO, Numerica Credit Union; Daryll DeWald, Ph.D, Vice President, Health Sciences and Chancellor, WSU Spokane; Kevin Oldenburg, Ph.D., President, 2nd Sight Bioscience; Darryl Potyk, M.D., UW/GU Regional Director of Medical Education; David J. Vachon, Ph.D., CEO/Founder, Iasis Molecular Sciences, and Francisco Velàzquez, MD, Interim Director, Spokane Regional Health District.




Carla Cicero, Numerica Credit Union Chief Executive Officer

Susan Ashe, HSSA Executive Director ( 509.995.8356 (cell)

Chelsea Maguire, Numerica Credit Union Marketing & Communications Manager ( 509.289.0655