Phylicia Hancock Lewis of Omak has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to a five-year term with the Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) board of trustees.
Lewis was a nurse practitioner in family practice with Confluence Health in Omak for 25 years, retiring last December.
She was raised in Omak and has worked as a ranch hand on her family’s purebred red angus bull ranch for many years while working at the clinic, and remains a faculty clinical instructor and preceptor for the University of Washington School of Nursing.
In other WVC news, the board of trustees extended President Jim Richardson’s contract through the end of the year as search continues for his replacement. If a new president begins prior to the end of the year, the contract will end earlier. The consulting firm Academic Search Inc. will be used for the presidential search.
Richardson initially announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2022, at the January board meeting. He is WVC’s longest-serving president with 17 years in the role.