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Board & Staff

Board Members 2021-2022

  • Bart Logue - Chair, City of Spokane
  • Nathaniel Prior - Vice Chair, Gesa Credit Union
  • Adam Sweet - Treasurer,  Eide Bailly
  • Tami Dillon - Alumni Chair, Skils'kin
  • Katie Burton, Lydig Construction
  • Randy Bustamante, Itron
  • Candy Casteal, Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Britt DeTienne, Spokane International Airport
  • April Eberhardt, Spokane Public Schools
  • Joey Gunning, Greater Spokane Incorporated
  • Pia Hallenberg, Content by Pia (owner)
  • Doyle Kahabka
  • Kimberly Kamel, Witherspoon Kelley
  • Angela Koker, Avista
  • Julie Orchard, Providence
  • Arwen Tomsha, Northern Quest Resort & Casino 
  • Brandon Rapez-Betty, Spokane Transit Authority
  • Becky Sechler Patnoi, Washington Trust Bank 
  • Chris Wheatley, Numerica

Staff

Jaxon Riley

Executive Director

Jaxon Riley
Email: jriley@leadershipspokane.org
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

Community Involvement & Volunteering: Honorary Commander at Fairchild Air Force Base, Junior Achievement, Perry Street Market, 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.

Photo Credit: Ari Nordhagen https://www.amenphotography.com

Office Manager

Charma Belle
Email: leadership@leadershipspokane.org
Phone: 509-321-3639

Education & Professional Development:  Over 25 years experience in customer service, accounting, and office management in retail, construction, and medical industries.  Educational studies in Business Accounting and Human Services.

Community Involvement & Volunteering: Lutheran Community Services Gala, Washington Bassett Rescue, & Girl Scouts in recent years.

Hobbies & Special Interests: Spending time with my children, family road trips, general arts & crafts, scrapbooking, and genealogy.

Development & Events Officer

Elizabeth Mills 
Email: emills@leadershipspokane.org
Phone: 509-816-6026

Education & Professional Development: Marketing Certification from International Council of Shopping Centers. Over 40 years’ experience in marketing, events, customer service, campaign development, public relations, and connecting people.

Community Involvement & Volunteering: Project Beauty Share, Spokane Humane Society, Friends of the Centennial Trail, and Friends of Manito.

Hobbies & Special Interests: Sewing, needlepoint, crafting, gardening, bonding with my two grandsons and splitting my vacation time between the Oregon Coast and Maui.

Communications & Marketing Manager

Hannah Pomante
Email: hpomante@leadershipspokane.org

Education & Professional Development: Bachelor of the Two-Dimensional Arts and minors in Art History and Environmental Studies, Whitworth University

Community Involvement & Volunteering: Spokane Arts, Terrain, and 2020 Artist-In-Residence at Spokane Art School

Hobbies & Special Interests: Working on art projects, printmaking, fiber arts, spending time with family and exploring the outdoors.

Administrative Intern

Tiffany Abrams
Email: lsintern@leadershipspokane.org

Education & Professional Development: Current Gonzaga student studying Business Administration with a double concentration in Law & Public Policy and Marketing, with a minor in Leadership Studies.

Community Involvement & Volunteering: Comprehensive Leadership Program, Inland Northwest Ronald McDonald House, and various events across the Spokane community.

Hobbies & Special Interests: Singing, film, wakeboarding, traveling, and dirt biking.