Board & Staff

Board Members 2017-2018


  • Jennifer Lehn, Chair
  • Todd Woodard, Vice Chair
    Spokane International Airport
  • Jack Fallis, Past Chair
    Global Credit Union
  • Kim Koch, Treasurer
    Moss Adams
  • Monica Wales, Alumni Association Chair
    Rockwood Retirement Community
  • Melissa Boland,  Northern Quest Resort & Casino
  • Stacie Davis, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and North Idaho
  • Corey Digiacinto, US Bank
  • John Finnegan, Budinger & Associates
  • Penny Hencz, Washington Trust Bank
  • Dan Johnson, Avista
  • Jessica Kirk, Greater Spokane, Inc.
  • Chuck Lund, TATE, Inc.
  • Connie Stark, Stark Tours
  • Elizabeth Tellessen, Winston & Cashatt Lawyers
  • Dirk Vastrick, WorkSource
  • Sophie Allard, Maggie Bailey, Brooke DeRuwe, Emma Wiechert, YLS Liaisons


Executive Director

Brian Newberry
Phone: 509-321-3627

Education: B.S. Political Science, Distinguished Graduate, USAF Academy; Master of Arts, Public Management, University of Maryland; Master of Arts, Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College; Master of Arts, Military Art and Science, US Army School of Military Studies; National Defense Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, Washington D.C.

Leadership and Community Involvement: 92d Air Refueling Wing Command, Fairchild AFB, WA; 376th Expeditionary Operations Group Command, Manas, Kyrgyzstan; 7th Airlift Squadron Command, McChord AFB, WA; Boy Scouts of America; Lilac Festival; Greater Spokane, Incorporated; Order of Daedalians

Hobbies & Special Interests: Motivating young Americans toward public service, American history, travel, aviation and family.

Jaxon Riley

Training Director

Jaxon Riley
Phone: 509-321-3609

Education & Professional Development:  Bachelor of Arts English, University of Washington; Post-graduate study in Secondary Education, Gonzaga University and Master’s Degree Communications and Leadership, Gonzaga University

Volunteer: Currently on the Board of the Spokane Humane Society.

SCRAPS, Meals on Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House in recent years

Hobbies & Special Interests: Pursuit of various fitness interests, spending time with family, my canine companions and a plethora of creative activities to keep my brain flexible.

Office Manager

Ruth Reynolds
Phone: 509-321-3639

Education & Professional Development: Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies, Eastern Washington University; undergraduate studies at Western Washington University and Spokane Falls Community College

Volunteer: Ronald McDonald House; food drives and blood drives

Hobbies & Special Interests:  Bicycling and walking, finding new favorite restaurants, baking anything and experiencing life with a tiny dog.