Board of Directors
The Northeast Youth Center is very fortunate to have an outstanding board governing this organization. Board members come from different businesses and sectors across the community and share their expertise in a variety of areas. All board members play a critical role in developing strategic plans to continue moving this organization forward
2020 Board Officers
School Administrator for Spokane Public Schools, member since 2007. Serves on the Development, Finance Committee & Personnel Committee.
Executive Vice President Futurepast: Inc., & International Management Consultant Firm, member since 2005. Serves on the Development & Finance Committees.
“I am committed to this outstanding service program for youth in Northeast Spokane, having been served as a youth by similar programs in Walla Walla and later in Portland, Oregon. For me it is thankful "payback!"
Senior Communications Manager at Avista, member since 2019. Serves on the Personnel & Fundraising Committee.
VP for Commercial Banking at First Interstate Bank, member since 2017. Serves on the Development & Finance Committee.
“I am honored to be on the board of the NEYC who truly makes a positive impact daily on our youth with the services and support provided. Being part of making a difference in children’s lives and preparing them for a happy and healthy future is a privilege.”
2020 Board Members
CEO of Career Path Services, member since 2012, Personnel Committee.
“For my entire work-life, I have tried to drive positive change in the world. Through workforce development I discovered how I wanted to make a difference: connecting people to economic opportunity. As a senior leader, I empower those around me to use their strengths, share their opinions and ideas to promote engagement and achievement. I serve on the NEYC Board to support development of children and youth. The work the center does to strengthen families, aligns with my personal and professional values and goals to eradicate poverty.”
PreSchool Special Ed. Para Educator for Spokane Public Schools., member since 2005, Development & Finance Committees.
“I became part of the NEYC board for three major reasons. One As a community leader working on the economic development of Hillyard; NEYC fulfilled the safe place for children while their parents worked. It also gave our children role models to look beyond the circle of poverty. As a mother and now grandmother my children had and have a safe caring place to be and a safe way to get there by providing transportation. Lastly, as an educator, individuals help with school work and positive social environments that give self esteem and motivation, with adults who care as much as their parents.”
CEO of Happy Laundry and Dry Cleaning, member since 2011, Development & Finance Committees.
“I love Spokane! I love the Northeast Youth Center! Serving our community is one of the things that brings me joy and fulfillment. Providing care, love, guidance, food and recreational opportunities to these kids we can help the next generation flourish and prosper. This will help Spokane for years to come. I am honored to serve the Northeast Youth Center.”
Community Member, Joined the board in 2017, Fundraising Committee.
Educator for Central Valley School District, Joined the board in 2017, Fundraising Committee.
“I joined the Northeast Youth Center Board of Directors a couple of years ago. My husband began our journey on the board. After serving a couple of years on the board his career path took him to Yakima, so I asked to take his place on the board. I‘m a teacher and my passion is teaching and supporting the kids in my community. This organization is so valuable to it’s community that we wanted to continue to support it!”
Retired Spokane Parks & Recreation Dept. Division Manager (Secured funding grant & City sponsorship of center), member since 2004. Also services on the Development & Finance Committee.
“In 1971 as the Recreation Division Mgr. I wrote a grant to have SPRD assume the sponsorship of three youth centers, including NEYC. NEYC has since been one of my favorite programs, and when I retired in 2004 after 34 years with SPRD, I requested to serve on the NEYC’s Board, and in 2021 I will have been connected to NEYC for 50 years!”
Kate came to the Northeast Youth Center in 2001 working as a recreation leader. In 2006 she joined the Core team as the bookkeeper and in 2012 became the Executive Director. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern Washington University and brings 19 years’ experience working with the Northeast Youth Center in a variety of areas including, marketing, finance, fundraising, grant writing and administration. Her passion is to bring opportunity to the children and families she serves so they can continue to grow and follow their dreams.
Lora joined the team in February 2020. She has her Bachelor‘s degree in Social Welfare from CSU-Fresno, her teaching credential for grades K-8 (taught in California and Washington) and her Master’s Degree in Education (Curriculum Development) from City University. She has worked in the office setting as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager, taught grades Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade, worked as the Life Enrichment Director at a retirement community before coming to NEYC. She is excited to be a part of the team and bring her experience to benefit the families that we serve.
Martha joined the NEYC team late 2019. She fell in love with working interactively with the children. Her passion has transformed her course in life to actively pursue her career in child development. She is currently enrolled in Spokane Falls Community College and plans on transferring to Eastern Washington University to obtain her Bachelor‘s Degree in children’s studies. Her ambition and bright personality helps create a safe and loving environment for the children.
Ray joined the youth center in 2000 as a recreation leader. In 2010 he became the maintenance manager. Ray loves the children and families we serve. He strives to provide a positive role model for the children and support them in all of their dreams!