Member Bios
Julie Banks
Julie Banks
Working for the YMCA of the Inland Northwest for the past 10 years, Community Development Director Julie Banks understands that Health and Wellness opportunities enhance quality of life. As a health seeker herself, Julie recognizes that both actual and perceived barriers prevent many of us from achieving healthier lifestyles. Struggling to overcome these barriers takes encouragement and commitment, but small behavior changes practiced consistently yield big results. Representing the Y's Healthier Spokane Initiative led to her involvement with Step UP and Go. Creating free tools and simple strategies to help community members make healthier choices is an extension of this effort.
Emily  Fleury
Emily Fleury, BS
As the Director of Health Training and Community Wellness at INHS (Inland Northwest Health Services), Emily Fleury helps the community become and stay healthy every day. Emily has worked at INHS for the past 13 years developing and implementing hundreds of education programs for the community, worksites, and healthcare professionals. "One of the things I enjoy most about the Step UP and Go coalition, is that it is a collaboration of members with different backgrounds and expertise coming together to help the community. I enjoy being on a team that helps our community members succeed at taking steps to a healthier future"
Hal Goldberg
Hal Goldberg, MD, Co-Chair of Advisory Board
Dr. Hal Goldberg is the founder of Step UP and Go and the Co-Chairman of the Advisory Board. As a Cardiologist with Spokane Cardiology he sees firsthand the effects of lack of exercise and poor diet on the heart. It is his passion to get people moving before they end up in his office. Dr. Goldberg realizes each person must make the decision to be healthy themselves but also knows it takes a community of support for individuals to succeed. There are many diet and exercise plans out there, but Step UP, according to Dr. Goldberg is not a quick fix, it's a lifestyle change we must do together!
Cindy  Green
Cindy Green , Co-Chair of Advisory Board
Cindy Green is the Healthy Communities Program Manager, Health Promotion Division for Spokane Regional Health District. For the past 8 years she and her staff have worked to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Spokane County. She has worked in public health for more than 20 years. She believes being healthy includes not only personally choosing to walk or ride her bike to work, the store, or for pleasure, but having a community where all people can walk and bike safely because there are sidewalks, bike lanes, paths, and parks throughout the community. Cindy truly loves her work. She and her husband did a 3600 mile tandem bicycle trip in 1992 in the west looking for a new place to live. They chose Spokane for the four seasons, great road biking, and livability!
Heidi Hershly
Heidi Hershly
Heidi Hershly is the Executive Director for the Spokane chapter of the American Heart Association. She is a cancer survivor who also lives with heart disease. Heidi is a longtime advocate of exercising and living a healthy lifestyle. She attributes her passion and determination to the community of volunteers who selflessly give so much. Step UP and Go was a natural fit for Heidi giving her an even stronger voice when it comes to empowering the public about living healthier lifestyle and being heart healthy. The American Heart Association mission is help build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Our 2020 goal: to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20%.
Tricia Hughes
Tricia Hughes
Tricia Hughes is the Director of Health, Wellness and Prevention Services at Eastern Washington University. In this capacity, she supports students in developing a balanced and healthy lifestyle. This is done through wellness and prevention programs, collaboration, peer education and policy changes around common health concerns facing college students. Tricia is married and has two children, who enjoy playing team sports and skiing. She is passionate about assuring that her children grow up in a healthy and active community, where healthy choices are the norm.
Julie Humphreys
Julie Humphreys
Julie Humphreys is a longtime television news reporter who now writes health and other stories for magazines and web, and does independent video production and voice work. She enjoys telling health stories as people share their struggles and challenges with health and weight issues and inspire others. Julie served as Step UP’s Director for two years and continues to serve on the board. “I have watched Step UP grow into a true community health initiative and am excited about how our FREE tools can help people make healthy lifestyle changes!”
Ponrat Pakpreo
Ponrat Pakpreo, MD, MPH
Ponrat Pakpreo, MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital. She works with adolescents in a broad range of health needs, but has a particular interest in eating disorders and childhood obesity. She works with adolescents (and younger children) and their families to adopt healthy lifestyle changes and manage medical complications related to obesity. Ponrat has been in Spokane since 2006 and enjoys the friendly community and the access to outdoor activities in all 4 beautiful seasons. She has collaborated with the YMCA to create a fitness program, Fun and Fit, that is accessible to any overweight and obese youth in our community. Ponrat has also worked with other community members on childhood obesity grant proposals, has been featured in health and fitness public service announcements, and has presented to professional groups on the topics of eating disorders and obesity. She is an active member of the Inland Northwest Coalition on Eating Disorders and has joined Spokane Public Schools Nutrition and Fitness Health Advisory Committee.
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