Our Team

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


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.

2022 YWCA Spokane Board of Directors:
  • Mireya Fitzloff, Foust Fab CHAIR
  • Ashley Cameron, Spokane County VICE CHAIR
  • Becky Sechler Patnoi, Washington Trust Bank SECRETARY
  • Jeri Self-Merritt, Eide Bailly LLP TREASURER
  • Laura McAloon, McAloon Law PLLC PAST CHAIR
  • Mary Alberts, Community Volunteer
  • Anna Franklin, Providence Inland Northwest Washington
  • Cari Grandstaff, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino
  • Linda Hendricksen, Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz, Spokane Public Schools
  • Kiana McKenna, Pacific Islander Community Association of WA
  • Tracie Meidl, Spokane Police Department
  • Emily Morgan, Community Volunteer
  • Jessica Pakootas, Camas Path
  • Robin Pickering, Whitworth University
  • Rowena Pineda, Washington State Department of Health
  • Heather Rosentrater, Avista
  • Julie Schmidt, Itron
  • Nicole Sherman, Numerica Credit Union
  • Lisa Simpson, Visit Spokane
  • Yvonne Smith, Community Volunteer

Leadership Team

  • Jeanette Hauck – Chief Executive Officer
  • Christie Grassmyer – Director of Human Resources
  • Dana Morris Lee – Chief Philanthropy Officer

Staff Partners

Community Engagement & Philanthropy >> Learn more here
  • Erica Schreiber – Director of Community Engagement, 509-378-5804 | ericas@ywcaspokane.org
  • Liz Backstrom – Director of Grants and Contracts
  • Bridget Smith – Donor Relations & Communications Coordinator, 509-953-5669 | bridgets@ywcaspokane.org
  • Claire Schueman – Office and Data Administrator, 509-789-9305 | claires@ywcaspokane.org
  • Jemma Riedel-Johnson – Community Engagement Coordinator, 509-385-6623 | jemmar@ywcaspokane.org
  • Lara Estaris – Equity Coordinator, 509-378-5804 | larae@ywcaspokane.org
  • Melanie Wilson – Shelter Resource Coordinator, 509-863-2882 | melaniew@ywcaspokane.org

Prevention and Youth Education >> Learn more here
  • Lizbeth Reyes Soto – Prevention Coordinator, 509-789-9321 | lizbethr@ywcaspokane.org
  • Caroline Mark – Prevention Specialist

Domestic Violence Safe Housing & Shelter >> Learn more here
  • Jen Haynes-Harter – Director of Housing, 509-789-9293 | jenniferh@ywcaspokane.org
  • Chandler – Housing Outreach Manager
  • Ellie – Mobile Housing Advocate
  • Kassie – Mobile Housing Advocate
  • Leah – Mobile Housing Advocate
  • Danitra – Shelter Manager
  • Emily – Shelter Coordinator
  • Melanie – Shelter Resource Coordinator
  • Olivia – Shelter Housing Advocate
  • Bre – Shelter Advocate
  • Caya – Shelter Advocate
  • Crystal – Shelter Advocate
  • Roupé – Shelter Advocate
  • Lee – Night Shelter Advocate
  • Maria – Night Shelter Advocate
  • Alyse – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Cierra – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Hailey – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Isabelle – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Jose – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Julie – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Karina – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Kimberly – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Lia – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Natasha – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Sarah – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Shannon – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Tia – Relief Shelter Advocate
  • Brooke – Shelter Housekeeper and Childcare Assistant
  • John – Facilities Maintenance

Domestic Violence Support Services >> Learn more here
  • Morgan Colburn – Director of Advocacy Support, 509-789-9297 | morganc@ywcaspokane.org
  • Jessie – Advocacy Support Manager
  • Alondra – Domestic Violence Support Advocate
  • Dawn – Domestic Violence Support Advocate
  • Mia – Domestic Violence Support Advocate and Digital Content Specialist
  • Susanna – Youth Advocate
  • Makenzie – Administrative Assistant

DSHS Community Services Office Domestic Violence Support >> Learn more here
  • Dawn – Lead CSO Advocate (TANF Support)
  • Caroline – CSO Advocate (TANF Support)
  • Lizbeth – CSO Advocate (TANF Support)

Clinical Therapy Program For Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Children >> Learn more here
  • Melva Moore– Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Director of Mental Health Services, 509-789-9273 | melvam@ywcaspokane.org
  • Morgan – Licensed Mental Health Therapist
  • Stephanie – Licensed Mental Health Therapist
  • Brit – Associate Therapist
  • Jessie – Associate Therapist

Domestic Violence Civil Legal Services >> Learn more here
  • Kelsey Kittleson – Lead Attorney
  • Melanie – Staff Attorney
  • Rachel Cooper – Limited License Legal Technician

Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Services >> Learn more here
  • Tiffany – Legal Advocate Manager, 509-477-3788 | tiffanyy@ywcaspokane.org
  • Tanya – Legal Advocate
  • Yesenia – Legal Advocate
  • Amie – DV Firearms Investigative Analyst and Family Justice Center Coordinator

Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) >> Learn more here
  • Kim Choat – WOC Director, 509-789-9287 | kimc@ywcaspokane.org
  • Teresa Dixon – WOC Services Coordinator, 509-789-9280 | teresad@ywcaspokane.org
  • Cassia Brennan – WOC Mobility Mentor, 509-789-9281 | cassiab@ywcaspokane.org

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) >> Learn more here
  • Shannon Griffiths – Director of ECEAP and Safe Haven, 509-789-9294 | shannong@ywcaspokane.org
  • Emily Schneider – Family and Health Components Manager
  • Jessica Carter – ECEAP Educational Manager and Coach
  • Kassa Brock – Family Support Specialist
  • Ryan Simmons – Family Support Specialist
  • McKyndree Rogers – Family Support Specialist
  • Trishell Larson – Family Support Specialist
  • Laura Williams – Lead Teacher
  • Lauren Lepinski – Lead Teacher
  • Lisa McGoldrick – Lead Teacher
  • Leaira Gardner – Lead Teacher
  • Taylor Elder – Lead Teacher
  • D’Lynn Fair – Assistant Teacher
  • Emmalynn Kruse – Assistant Teacher
  • Holly Dougherty – Assistant Teacher
  • Mia Lujan – Assistant Teacher
  • Rachel Fall – Assistant Teacher
  • Denise Redditt – Teacher’s Aide
  • Emmy Titus- Teacher’s Aide
  • Lesley Rivera – Teacher’s Aide
  • Liza Mattana – Teacher’s Aide
  • Sherra Bayman – Nutrition Specialist
  • Karee Kampmann – ECEAP Substitute
  • Penny Farm – ECEAP Substitute
  • Veronica Roth – ECEAP Substitute

Safe Haven Drop-In Childcare >> Learn more here
  • Shannon Griffiths – Director of ECEAP and Safe Haven, 509-789-9294 | shannong@ywcaspokane.org
  • Veronica Roth – Safe Haven Lead Teacher
  • Karee Kampmann – Safe Haven Substitute
  • Penny Farm – Safe Haven Substitute

Administration
  • Christie Grassmyer – Director of Human Resources
  • Karla Trejo-Bernal – HR Generalist
  • Naomi Mosier – Senior Accountant
  • Brian Fraasch – Accounting Clerk
  • Becky – Front Desk Receptionist