The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is pleased to introduce three new administrators to the WSU Spokane campus.

Two of the new hires followed Founding Dean John Tomkowiak from their previous employer, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Tomkowiak came to WSU in October. The third administrator came from Washington, D.C.

Yvette Roubideaux

Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, is the new associate dean for diversity, inclusion and leadership. Dr. Roubideaux comes from Washington, D.C., where she recently served in the Obama Administration as the director of the Indian Health Service and as senior advisor to the secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She will lead the college’s efforts regarding diversity and inclusion, including its role as an asset in achieving the college’s mission through education, research, community outreach, and recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.  She will also collaborate on the development of leadership education to ensure the college’s graduates have the skills they need to successfully assume leadership roles in their future work in improving the health of Washington’s communities.



James Zimmerman is the vice dean of administration, accreditation and finance. He comes to WSU from the Chicago Medical School, where he served as senior associate dean for administration, accreditation and finance and vice president of the Rosalind Franklin University Health System. He has also worked in the not-for-profit sector as executive director of HealthReach Incorporated, a not-for-profit free clinic and pharmacy serving the medically disadvantaged populations of Lake County, Illinois and as founding chair of the Illinois Association for Free and Charitable Clinics. In his earlier career he held executive and management positions in specialty consulting companies providing engineering and software technology solutions to industry and government.



Mary Ann Clemens, EdD, FACHE, will serve as special advisor to the dean for curriculum development. Dr. Clemens was part of Dean Tomkowiak’s team at Chicago Medical School, where she led the design and development of a new curriculum. She was also a clinical associate professor with teaching and advising duties. With WSU, she will work directly with the college’s curriculum dean. Clemens will be based in Chicago, though she will work on the Spokane campus one week a month.

The new hires join the rest of the College of Medicine administrative team:

  • Ken Roberts, vice dean for academic and community partnerships
  • George Novan, associate dean for student affairs and clinical education
  • Chris Coppin, associate dean for curriculum and faculty development
  • Gail Chermak, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Science