Meet our Leadership Spokane Alumni and Lifetime Members of the Leadership Legacy Society!
Adriane Borgias (1999)Fusion Environment & Energy, LLC
As Founder of Fusion2e, Adriane has provided consultation services to international institutions, regional organizations, small to mid-sized businesses, Tribal communities and neighborhood councils since 1998. Her recommendations are informed by 19 years of experience in the utility and natural gas industry, seven years of tribal environmental management, and more than 10 years as an independent advisor.
Gordon Budke (1983)Budke Consulting
Gordon is a retired partner from Coopers & Lybrand where he worked for 34 years and served as a managing partner for 17. Following retirement, Gordon formed Budke Consulting and provides assistance to small and growing companies. He serves as a member of the board of directors for Yokes Foods, on the Audit Committee and as Chair of the Compensation Committee. He also works with Banner Bank, where he is on the executive committee, risk committee and chair of the audit committee. He is a member of the Washington Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He continues his 30 years of service with Junior Achievement, serving on its Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho board. His extensive service at Eastern Washington University is now service on the EWU Foundation Board and as Chair of its Audit Committee. He and spouse Rhoda travel extensively seeking warmer climates in the winter.
Chrissy Davis Jones (2015)Community Colleges of Spokane
Chrissy oversees programs/projects with students’ development while in college including peer services, placement and proctor testing services, academic early alert, new student orientation and counseling/advising. She also is involved with local, state and national professional organizations such as the State of Washington’s Advising and Counseling Council, NASPA and NACADA. She is a board member for the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition, Leadership Development for Children of the Dream, as well as the African American Graduation Committee for the Spokane Area. She also is an active and passionate member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and served over 12 years as a Big Sister in Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado and Texas.
Patrick DeVries (1987)DeVries Business Services
Since the 1980s, Patrick has nurtured his business and developed a great line of services that are growing by the day. With 40 employees and counting, DeVries Business Services is creating some good jobs and offers compensation and benefits that enable its employees to support their families. DeVries is prepared and certified to help with qualified staff and an array of tools to do the job.
Erick Fahsholtz (2015)Provisional Recruiting and Staffing
Erick has lived in Spokane for over 20 years and is a proud to call himself a “Spokanite”!Erick brings more than 25 years of financial recruiting to Provisional’s Accounting recruiting division. His recruiting expertise includes both public and private accounting industry searches. In addition to his recruiting role, Erick assists in client development and retention in the Eastern Washington and North Idaho areas. Previously, Erick had a colorful and exciting career in public accounting in Seattle and Boston. Erick holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. in Accounting from Seattle University. Erick is also an inactive Certified Public Accountant and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Family and international travel are his two most cherished activities
John Finnegan (2012)Budinger & Associates, Inc.
John is CEO of Spokane-based geotechnical and environmental engineering company Budinger and Associates, Inc., with 30 employees, which is now in its 40th year. He married up and is the father of three wonderful children. John is licensed in four states and holds specialty registrations in geotech and hydrogeology. He has served on the Leadership Spokane Board. He was named Engineer of Merit in 2011 out of 600 members of the Inland Empire section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a private pilot and soccer referee.
Linda FinneyLeadership Spokane (Executive Director Emeritus)
Linda was Executive Director of Leadership Spokane from 1999 to 2014. She has been a contributing writer to Spokane Coeur d’Alene Magazine and Inland Business Catalyst Magazine for the past several years. Prior to moving to Spokane, Linda worked in Seattle for two nonprofits as Community Relations Director and Development Director and served on the staff of two business journals, The Journal of Contemporary Business and The Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. Her volunteer work in Spokane has included the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Spokane Arts Commission, St. John’s Cathedral Chapter, Cathedral and the Arts, Washington Nonprofits, Executive Alliance, Women Helping Women Board, judge for Chase Youth Commission, Executive Women International Scholarship, Washington Business Week, Invent Washington, Distinguished Young Women of Post Falls, and presenter/trainer for a variety of organizations.
Colleen Fox (Class of 2016)
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest
Colleen is the Director of Development and Communications for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest. Prior to working for RMHC she worked for Gonzaga University in Marketing and Recruiting. Colleen is a graduate of Gonzaga University and has earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Indiana. She is currently working on her Masters in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga. Colleen is happily married and the mother of twins, Jack and Hannah. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chase Youth Foundation.
Brian Gregory (2016)Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for the Air National Guard
Brian is a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer for the Washington Air National Guard. During his 20 year military career he has worked as a cruise missile maintainer, electronics instructor, avionics technician, and nondestructive inspection technician. His current role involves inspecting critical aircraft structures for cracks and metal fatigue on the KC135 Stratotanker. Brian is a member of the “Top 3” board of directors, Vice President of Education for a local Toastmasters club, and President of his home owners association. Brian graduated with an MBA from the University of La Verne in California before moving to Spokane in 2005. He is also a green belt certified Lean facilitator, private pilot, and all around great guy!
Mimi Gustafson (2011)Sage Hospitality
Mimi has extensive experience in the hospitality industry, a career which has taken her from the Northeast to the Northwest. Most recently the Director of Resort Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Northern Quest Resort & Casino, she now works as the Director of Sales and Marketing at Sage Hospitality.
Drew Hodgson (2014) Allstate Insurance / The Hodgson Agency
Drew has lived in the greater Spokane area for the past 10 years and is a 2006 graduate of Whitworth University majoring in Business Management with a minor in Leadership. He is involved in many local organizations including Spokane Society of Young Professionals, Leadership Coeur d’Alene, Leadership Spokane, El Katif Shriners, Waverly Masonic Lodge, and serves on the Chase Youth Commission Board and Washington Epsilon Housing Board. He is also a member of Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys the relationships he shares with his clients and helping them find the perfect level of coverage for their families.
Matt Hollon (2015) Associate Program Director – Providence IM Residency Spokane Clinical Professor and Head, Selkirk College – UWSOM-Spokane
MD MPH FACP
Matt currently splits his work time between Providence Health Care and the University of Washington School Of Medicine (UWSOM) in Spokane. At Providence, he works for Providence Internal Medicine Residency Clinic, based at the Spokane Teaching Health Center, where he is Associate Program Director. At UWSOM in Spokane, he directs the faculty group responsible for teaching clinical skills to medical students. A graduate of Lewis and Clark High School, he left Spokane to attend the University of Washington. Subsequently, he received his medical degree from UWSOM then completed residency in internal medicine in UWSOMʼs Boise Primary Care track. Remaining at UW, he completed his Masters in Public Health then joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 1999 where he remained until June 2008. In 2008, he returned to Spokane with his wife Cindy and two boys. He is a Past-President of The Spokane Society of Internal Medicine and the Spokane County Medical Society. He has previously served on the City of Spokaneʼs Bicycle Advisory Board. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Washington State Chapter of the American College of Physicians as well as the Board of Trustees for the Washington State Medical Association.
Dalene Kersey Patterson (2009)
Phenix Salon Suites, Owner/ Managing Partner
Legacy Group Keller Williams Realty, Realtor
Breakthrough Inc. Vice President.
Dalene Kersey-Patterson has lived in Spokane for over 26 years. She is a Managing Partner/Franchisee with Phenix Salon Suites. She is also a Realtor with The Legacy Group, at Keller Williams Realty. Prior to these careers, Dalene worked for the Spokane County Sheriff Department for 10 years. While with the Sheriffs Dept. Dalene served with the Honor Guard, and taught classes in the in-house academy. Dalene graduated from Leadership Spokane in 2009. She went on to serve on the Board of Directors, and served as the Board Chair in 2013-14. She continues to serve on the Board today. Dalene is also Vice President of Breakthrough Inc.
She is the proud mother of four children and had her first child at the age of 16. Dalene holds a very special and real understanding for what young girls go through when faced with a similar situation. She considers this one of her biggest successes and has raised her children to work hard, be good citizens, and always help others. Dalene knows, by experience, that balancing careers, family, and serving the community can be challenging, but she holds them with high importance, and knows the balancing act is always rewarding.
Lance Kissler (2014)STCU (Spokane Teachers Credit Union)
Lance has been at STCU for the past five years and is currently their marketing manager. Prior to that, he worked at Pacific University as Director of Marketing, and at Eastern Washington University as a New Media and Online Communications Specialist. He also teaches digital marketing and social media courses as an adjunct instructor at Whitworth University and EWU. Lance earned his bachelor’s degree in graphic communications from EWU in 2004 and his master’s degree in communications from EWU in 2010. Currently, Lance serves as the president of the board of directors for INBA, as an executive committee member on the board of directors for Leadership Spokane, and on the Leadership Spokane alumni board.
Nancy Ledeboer (2013)Spokane County Library District
Nancy became the Executive Director of the Spokane County Library District in 2012. Under her leadership the Library District is transforming the services offered and helping to connect people to resources that will transform lives and build stronger communities. Today’s library is more than a place to borrow books, it is the hub in every community where people gather to learn and create knowledge. That can happen through books and digital resources or by connecting with community experts who are willing to share their knowledge. Nancy serves on the boards of KSPS Public Television, Spokane Valley Partners, Executive Women International – Spokane Chapter and the Spokane STEM Network.
Jon Merck (2011)Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Jon is a financial professional who is currently employed by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC, in Spokane and has over six years of experience. Jon serves as a Financial Advisor and gives investment advice to clientele. As a Certified Financial Planner professional, Jon completes continuing education programs every year to maintain his certification status. He is also an active member of the Spokane Chapter of the Notre Dame Alumni Club, Rotary 21 and serves on the board for the Boys Scouts Inland Northwest Council.
Cheryl-Anne Millsap (2008)Freelance writer and personal writing coach
Cheryl-Anne has an established career as a writer, photographer, newspaper editor, magazine editor, radio commentator and professional blogger. Her work has been quoted in the New York Times and featured on Away.com, TravelMamas.com, Forbes Luxury Travel and the Public Radio Exchange. Her Home Planet travel column runs weekly in a special publication of The Spokesman-Review. Her weekly public radio essays are aired across the Northwest and can be heard across the country. Travel features written by Cheryl-Anne have appeared in Alaska Airlines Magazine and she writes an international travel feature for Spokane Cd’A Woman magazine and the Travel Like a Pro business travel tips feature for Inland Northwest Business Catalyst magazine. She also writes the Treasure Hunting blog about antiques and collectibles for The Spokesman-Review, and a column by the same name for Spokane Cd’A Woman and Nostalgia magazines.
Pam Nichols (2010)Premera Blue Cross
Pam has lived in the Spokane area for 24 years. She was born and raised in Odessa, Washington. Spokane has always been the big city to her Eastern Washington small town roots. She is a mother of two beautiful girls and is proud to be a ‘Nana’ to one granddaughter. The 24 years’ service at Premera Blue Cross, has given her a unique perspective on the medical insurance industry and the health care challenges our communities face. As an Operations Claims Manager she gets the opportunity to develop and coach team leads that serve and equip Premera employees each day. As a graduate of Leadership Spokane (Class of 2010), she says, “The experience expanded my horizon beyond the doors of my own work environment. It also taught me how important access to education, employment, transportation, housing, food and heaLth care is to our community.” Today, the Servant Leadership characteristics are still important to her as they go hand in hand with Premera’s purpose and values. Pam also serves as President of the Board of Directors of Leadership Spokane.
Chris Patterson (2008)BreakThrough, Inc.
Chris was born and raised in and around Spokane. He owns a BreakThrough Inc. (Staffed Residential Program) that specializes in working with clients that are Developmentally Delayed, Sexually Aggressive Youth, Sexually Reactive Youth, Dual Diagnosed, Bi-Polar, Autism Spectrum and Behaviorally Challenging Youth and a broader range of specific needs for each client. Chris currently employs 90 fulltime staff throughout the state of Washington. He and his wife also own a franchise called Phenix Salon Suites that will be located in Lynwood, Washington. Chris serves on the Eastern Washington Policy Center Advisory Board, is an appointee to the Children’s Justice Task Force, was a board member of the Partners Advancing Character Education program, and is a Jennifer Dunn Leadership Graduate as well as a Rotary 21 Member.
Brady Peterson (2009)Lukins & Annis, P.S.
Brady practices commercial and real estate law. He is a part of the International Law Society and a member of the American, Washington State and Spokane County bar associations. He also serves on the Marketing Committee for Lukins & Annis. Brady is a published author in the Montana Legal Review and is fluent in Spanish.
Tonya Sherman (2007)
Tonya is an experienced HR professional, energetic educator, and lifelong learner. As a strategic leader and business partner, she develops and implements creative solutions to deliver exceptional/sustainable results. Tonya continually seeks new opportunities to enrich her personal and professional growth and she is an active community member.
Kim Taylor (2012)Community Colleges of Spokane
Kim Taylor has lived in Spokane since 1982 and has taught psychology since 1999. She is a psychology professor at Community Colleges of Spokane. Her goal is to design and teach psychology, as well as teaching community courses to students via on-campus and online courses. Taylor also participates in several campus committees, initiatives and projects. She also is directly affiliated with American Psychological Association and is the Board Vice President at the Inland Northwest LGBT Center where she serves as managing editor for Ins & Outs, a collaborative alternative publication. She also serves as Vice Chair to the Spokane Human Services Advisory Board and is on the Spokane County Substance Abuse Advisory Board.
Dirk Vastrick (2016)WorkSource Spokane
Dirk has lived in Spokane for over 30 years. He spent 40 years in the private sector in sales, sales management, and business training before joining the State of Washington and WorkSource Spokane late in 2010. His primary responsibility is teaching basic life success principles workshops for those currently unemployed. He is also a part-time caregiver for his son and his wife Anne is a full-time caregiver. They have been married since 1986. Dirk is also involved in the community as an elder at his church, second vice-president of the Spokane Branch #1137 of the NAACP, committee person of Leadership Spokane Alumni, and Treasurer/board member of the local non-profit Childhood Saved helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to the comedy podcast “The Mike O’Meara Show” and is a bourbon aficionado.
The Leadership Spokane Legacy Society builds and fosters a legacy of leadership in the Spokane area and the Inland Northwest to effectively strengthen our communities. The Society will support the Leadership Programs and provide a forum for continuing alumni advocacy.
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YLS is a 10-month civic leadership training program, based on the principle of servant leadership. YLS and the YMCA have partnered to focus on developing the next generation of servant leaders and empowering youth for service to each other and their community.
Leadership Spokane is the region's premiere Leadership, Education and Networking program. You will learn key leadership skills and understand how the region works and how your industry fits in. We seek servant leaders whether you are just getting established in your career or are nearing retirement.
Applications for Class of 2019 will be available January 1, 2018.