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Gov. Jay Inslee recently reappointed WSDA member Dr. James Sledge and two others to the Washington State Board of Health. The three will begin their first full terms representing matters of health and sanitation since filling several vacancies. “I am pleased to reappoint these three board members to full terms,” Inslee said. “They capably represent a wide cross-section of experience from throughout the state.”
Sledge, a member of the Spokane District Dental Society, has been a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Dentistry since 2007. He retired from his practice last year to join the University of Washington School of Dentistry's new RIDE program, teaching dental students at the River Pointe campus. Prior to that, he was a Spokane-area dentist for more than 30 years. 

His many civic and community activities include serving two terms on the Spokane County United Way board, the ARC of Spokane board, SPAN board, and the Medical clinics board. He currently serves on the Sacred Heart Medical Center Foundation board, the Northwest Genetics Clinic board and the Unity Church Foundation board. He also served on the board of the Washington Dental Service Foundation, chairing the board from 2002-2004. Dr. Sledge was the recipient of the WSDA Citizen of the Year Award in 1990, and the Sister Peter Claver Award by Sacred Heart Medical Center in 2001. He has provided dental skills to people in Bangladesh, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. He is a fellow in the American College of Dentists, The International College of Dentists, and the Piere Fauchard Academy.

He and his wife Salli have four adult children and five grand children and enjoy many hours with them at the family lake place on Coeur d'Alene Lake. His other interest includes skiing, traveling and music.

The other two appointees are:

Keith Grellner was appointed director of environmental health for the Kitsap Public Health District in January 2009. He has worked at the district since 1989. He brings a wealth of environmental health experience to the board with expertise in onsite septic, water quality and solid waste programs.

Stephen Kutz is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and chairs its Tribal Council. He manages the tribe’s medical and mental health clinics in Seattle, Vancouver and Longview. Kutz received his master’s degree in public health from Tulane University. He also served in the Army for 20 years.
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