Our Team

YWCA Spokane is a dynamic and collaborative organization whose success derives from our vital relationships with staff, volunteers, and community supporters.


2020 Board of Directors

The board of directors is committed to YWCA Spokane’s vital work as a provider of critical social services in the Spokane region. Community leaders volunteer substantial time, skills, funds and other resources to help the organization carry out its mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen the Spokane community.

2020 YWCA Spokane Board of Directors:

  • Laura McAloon, McAloon Law, PLLC  CHAIR
  • Mireya Fitzloff, McKinstry  VICE CHAIR
  • Ashley Cameron, Sysco  SECRETARY
  • Laura Vickers, Avista Corporation TREASURER
  • Catherine Kashork, Paw Print Genetics  PAST CHAIR
  • Mary Alberts, Community Volunteer
  • Christina Balkenbush, Community Volunteer
  • Camille Christiansen, Moss Adams
  • Shari Clarke, EWU Office for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Marlene Feist, City of Spokane
  • Anna Franklin, Providence Health Care
  • Linda Hendricksen, Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Jennifer Lehn, Numerica Credit Union
  • Kelsey Martin, Community Volunteer
  • Kiana McKenna, Community Volunteer
  • Tracie Meidl, Spokane Police Department
  • Emily Morgan, WA St Dept of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, Whitworth University
  • Julie Schmidt, Itron
  • Debra Schultz, Community Volunteer
  • Yvonne Smith, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Leadership Team


Staff Partners

Community Outreach & Education

  • Erica Schreiber – Director of Communications, 789-9305 | ericas@ywcaspokane.org
  • Nicole Nimens – Community Education & Outreach, 789-9290 | nicolen@ywcaspokane.org
  • Kate Sowers – Development Coordinator, 789-9312 | kates@ywcaspokane.org
  • Melanie Wilson – Shelter Resource Development, 863-2882 | melaniew@ywcaspokane.org
  • Kyla Petcoff – Data Management Coordinator, kylapetcoff@ywcaspokane.org
  • Liz Backstrom – Director of Grants and Contracts

Domestic Violence Safe Housing & Shelter >> Learn more

  • Jen Haynes-Harter – Director of Housing, 789-9293 | jenniferh@ywcaspokane.org
  • Sarah – Housing Manager
  • Melanie- Senior Shelter Advocate
  • Emily –  Shelter Coordinator
  • Ashley – Shelter Advocate
  • Ellen – Housing Advocate
  • Wanene – Shelter Advocate
  • Chandler – Housing Advocate
  • Hailey – Housing Advocate
  • Lance – Shelter Maintenance
  • Jasmine – Shelter Advocate
  • Courtney – Shelter Advocate

Domestic Violence Support Services >> Learn more

  • Morgan Colburn – Director of Counseling, Advocacy, & Outreach, 789-9297 | morganc@ywcaspokane.org
  • Terran – Counseling Center Manager
  • Britta – Counseling Center Advocate
  • Mia – Counseling Center Advocate
  • Jaime – Administrative Assistant
  • Jessi – Youth Advocate

DSHS Community Services Office Domestic Violence Support

  • Kimberly – Lead TANF Support & Resource Counselor
  • Emily – TANF Support & Resource Counselor
  • Dawn – TANF Support & Resource Counselor
  • Kaylee – TANF Support & Resource Counselor

Clinical Therapy Program For Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Children

  • Melva – Licensed Mental Health Therapist
  • Brit – Associate Therapist
  • Stephanie – Associate Therapist and Insurance Navigator

Domestic Violence Legal Services >> Learn more

  • Kelsey Kittleson – Lead Attorney
  • Priscilla – Civil Legal Attorney
  • Rachel – Paralegal
  • Amy – Legal Advocate Manager
  • Julia – Legal Advocate
  • Taylor – Legal Advocate
  • Tiffany – Legal Advocate
  • Anna – Legal Advocate

Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) >> Learn more

  • Kim Choat – WOC Director, 509-789-9287 | kimc@ywcaspokane.org
  • Teresa Dixon – WOC Services Manager, 509-789-9280 | oursisterscloset@ywcaspokane.org
  • Chris Cross – Women To Work & BFET Program Manager, 509-789-9299 | chrisc@ywcaspokane.org
  • Kate Johnston – Women’s Opportunity Mentor, 509-789-9281| katej@ywcaspokane.org

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) >> Learn more

  • Shannon Griffiths – Director of ECEAP, 789-9294 | shannong@ywcaspokane.org
  • BriAnne Coleman – Lead Teacher
  • Jessica Carter – Lead Teacher
  • Karen Guzman – Lead Teacher
  • Ryan Simmons – Lead Teacher
  • Leaira Gardner – Lead Teacher
  • Rami Messier – Family Service Coordinator
  • Maira Rodriguez – Family Service Coordinator
  • Emily Schneider – Family Service Coordinator
  • Natasha Schulz – Family Service Coordinator
  • D’Lynn Fair – Assistant Teacher
  • Brittna Lee – Assistant Teacher
  • Madison Tolliver – Assistant Teacher
  • Holly Dixon – Assistant Teacher
  • Candra Siekerman – Teacher Aid
  • Uneek Mcclarron – Teacher Aid
  • McKyndree Rogers – Teacher Aid
  • Madeline Tuflija –Teacher Aid
  • Rachel Fall – Assistant Teacher
  • Sherra Bayman – Nutrition Specialist
  • Lindsay Williams – Nutritional Support

Drop-In Childcare >> Learn more

  • Trishell Walker – Lead Teacher
  • Kristy Rautiola – Teacher Support

Administration

  • Christie Grassmyer – Director of Human Resources
  • Larry Kalles – Senior Accountant-A/R
  • Judi Anderson – Accountant-A/P