WSU College of Medicine Founding Dean John Tomkowiak Headlines the Third Annual SPSF STEAM-Powered Fundraiser

Oct 10, 2019

The founding dean of Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine John Tomkowiak, MD, MOL, will speak at the Spokane Public Schools Foundation’s (SPSF’) annual STEAM-Powered (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Fundraiser on October 24, 2019 at the downtown historic Steam Plant.

The Spokane Public Schools Foundation (SPSF) is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) organization. Its Board funds grants to K-12 students in the second largest school district in the state, Spokane Public Schools. The Foundation funds innovative, creative and problem-solving projects and programs presented to SPSF by teachers in classrooms. The competitive grants process is an annual effort offered in the spring of each year for the following school year. SPSF has funded oved $330,000 in relatively small to medium sized grants.

“We understand the importance of every student having the opportunity to excel and sometimes these classroom projects -- from ozbots and robotics to biomedicine and music to sensor pathways to help those among our students who have trouble focusing -- are just the learning experience students need,” said K.C Constable SPSF Board Chair.

“Attending and participating in our fundraiser is significant and one of the few ways we are able to raise funds for top-notch projects in our schools that may not otherwise be funded,” Constable said. “We are very excited that Dr. Tomkowiak will be speaking at our event, and we also know everyone will enjoy our student music performances.”

About a dozen student exhibits will be available for the public to view and engage with the students – who are always excited to share – and will be held in the main area of the Steam Plant restaurant beginning at 4:30 PM. Citizens who purchase tickets at will join the fundraising event in the remodeled Event Center where food and beverages are provided, along with a first-ever fun auction with professional auctioneer Jeff Owens.

Dr. John Tomkowiak joined Washington State University (WSU) in 2015 as the Founding Dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, following ever-increasing career growth at a variety of public and private medical schools. He was tapped by WSU from the Chicago Medical School where he served as Dean and President of the Rosalind Franklin Health System and the Executive Vice President for Clinical Affairs for Rosalind Franklin University. Tomkowiak is a professor of psychiatry and board-certified in General Psychiatry. He also holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. He has expertise in the areas of medical education, accreditation and transformational leadership. Tomkowiak received his B.S. from the University of Illinois, and completed his M.D. and residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.