Meet our Leadership Spokane Alumni and Lifetime Members of the Leadership Legacy Society!
Kent Wales (2009)Happy Laundry & Dry Cleaning
Kent is the owner of Happy Laundry & Dry Cleaning; a company that specializes in commercial and personal laundry and dry cleaning services. Through Kent’s experience in Leadership Spokane (Class of 2009), he was introduced to the Northeast Youth Center. He was offered an opportunity to serve the community on the NEYC Board of Directors. He’s been a member of this Board and a member of the Finance Committee for nearly three years. In September of 2013, Kent married the love of his life, Monica Wales (Class of 2012). Kent and Monica met through a mutual friend. This friend was in the Leadership Spokane class of 2009 with Kent and served on the EWU Alumni Board of Directors with Monica. The gift of friendship and lifelong relationships that Leadership Spokane bestowed upon Kent is worth far more than any monetary donation, and Kent continues to support Leadership Spokane through his time and talents.
Chud Wendle (1994)District Director for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Since 2014 Chud has served as District Director for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. In July 2016 he will become the executive director of Hutton Settlement. He previously worked for Coldwell Banker Tomlinson as a residential and commercial broker and was President of Wendle Motors for 16 years. Chud received his MBA from Gonzaga University and his BA in Business Administration at the University of Washington. Chud has been a Rotarian for more than 15 years, and is current Vice-President of Rotary Club #21. Currently he serves on the Goodwill Board of Directors. Chud and his wife Cindy have been married for nineteen years! Together they have three boys, Ben (17), Nick (15) and Jack (11).
Cindy Wendle (2016)
Cindy is currently enjoying being a stay-at-home mom after managing branches for Washington Trust Bank in Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston and Spokane. She and her husband, Chud, have 3 boys that have given them boundless opportunities to learn and meet new people. She is a Trustee for the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and Treasurer for Washington East Soccer Club. Cindy was raised in Pullman, WA and is a graduate of the University of Washington Foster School of Business.
Christopher Zilar (2006)Inland Northwest Business Alliance
Chris has managed two cancer prevention programs: Breast and Cervical Health Program and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. He was also formerly an HIV prevention specialist. Currently, he is the new Membership Representative for the Inland Northwest Business Alliance.
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.