Our Team

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

Mission Partners

Our Mission Partners work hand in hand with YWCA Spokane to create real change every day. Together we work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

Mission Partners invest a significant 3-year contribution that provides a lifeline for women and children in Spokane through our work at YWCA Spokane. This critical financial support bridges the gap between the expenses we incur while serving clients, and the grants we receive from state, local, and private parties.

If your agency or business is interested in investing in the health and well-being of women, children, and families in our community through a Mission Partnership with YWCA Spokane, please contact Dana Morris at danam@ywcaspokane.org or call her at 509.789.9304.

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.

2019 YWCA Spokane Board of Directors:
Catherine Kashork, Paw Print Genetics – Chair
Laura McAloon, McAloon Law, PLLC  – Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, Avista Corporation – Treasurer
Mireya Fitzloff, McKinstry – Secretary
Nancy Norbury-Harter, Numerica Credit Union – Past Chair

Mary Alberts, Community Volunteer
April Anderson, Randall | Danskin
Christina Balkenbush, Community Volunteer
Kate Burke, City Council
Ashley Cameron, Sysco
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
Kelsey Martin, Community Volunteer
Kiana McKenna, Empire Health Foundation
Tracie Meidl, Spokane Police Department
Shantel Nydegger, Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Vange Ocasio Hochheimer, Whitworth University
Julie Schmidt, Itron
Debra Schultz, Community Volunteer
Leanne Scott, RiskLens
Paula Tarbert-Gumm, Nuvodia

Leadership Team

Regina Malveaux, J.D. – Chief Executive Officer
Christie Grassmyer – Director of Human Resources
Jeanette Hauck, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Lance Laurier, MBA, MA – Chief Grants, Contracts, and Compliance Officer
Dana Morris Lee – Chief Philanthropy Officer

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 & Events Coordinator, 789-9283 | kates@ywcaspokane.org
Melanie Wilson – Shelter Resource Development, 863-2882 | melaniew@ywcaspokane.org
Kyla Petcoff – Event Registation and Database Coordinator, 789-9304 | kylapetcoff@ywcaspokane.org
Drew Swanson – Communications Assistant | drews@ywcaspokane.org

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 – 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
Britta – Counseling Center Advocate
Brit – Counseling Center Advocate
Jaime – Administrative Assistant
Jessi – Youth Advocate
Terran – Counseling Center Manager

DSHS Community Services Office Domestic Violence Support
Kimberly – Lead TANF Support & Resource Counselor
Rachel – TANF Support & Resource Counselor
Dawn – TANF Support & Resource Counselor
Kaylee – TANF Support & Resource Counselor

Clinical Therapy Program For Domestic Violence Survivors and Their Children
Meg – Clinical Director & Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Melva – Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Stephanie- Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Domestic Violence Legal Services >> Learn more
Kelsey Kittleson – Supervising Attorney
Rachel – Paralegal
Courtney- Senior Legal Advocate
Amy – Legal Advocate Manager
Jamie – Legal Advocate
Julia – Legal Advocate
Kami – Legal Advocate
Priscilla – Civil Legal Attorney

Women’s Opportunity Center >> Learn more
Kim Choat – Director of the Women’s Opportunity Center, 509-789-9287 | kimc@ywcaspokane.org
Teresa Dixon – Our Sister’s Closet Manager, 509-789-9280 | oursisterscloset@ywcaspokane.org
Chris Cross- BFET Program Coordinator, Women To Work Manager, 509-789-9299 | chrisc@ywcaspokane.org

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program >> 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
Chloe Forsberg – Childcare Teacher
Kristy Rautiola – Teacher Support

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