Prior to joining Family Impact Network, Sheila was the Program Manager for the City of Spokane’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department, where she was responsible for community homeless planning and the administration of federal, state and local funding. Throughout her career, Sheila has served in leadership roles in the private, government and non-profit sectors, focusing the last 18 years on serving high-risk households. Sheila has served on a variety of boards and spent three years volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Spokane Juvenile Court. Sheila earned a business degree from Northern Arizona University. As a recent empty nester, Sheila is enjoying spending time with her husband and traveling as much as possible.
Mike held various positions in Goodwill’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant program, providing assistance and outreach to homeless veteran families. Prior to that, Mike taught in Spokane Public Schools after earning a Masters in Education at Whitworth University. Mike has also operated a successful business in downtown Spokane and served in the military.
Shannon worked as a social worker with Adult Protective Services prior to joining Family Impact Network, which allowed her to engage with providers and resources in the community. She has spent most of her career with Children’s Administration as a social worker in Child Protective Services, Child Welfare Services and CPS Intake. She has a Sociology Degree from Whitworth University and has completed numerous trainings on forensic interviewing, investigation procedure, child development and cognitive behavioral training.
Jamie came to Family Impact Network from Adult Protective Services where she worked as an Investigator. Prior to that, she worked as a Psychiatric Triage Counselor in the Emergency Room at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Jamie’s experience has allowed her to work with diverse populations and clients of all ages. Jamie holds a B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Washington University.
Leona comes to Family Impact Network from Volunteers of America where she was the Housing Specialist/Case Manager for the Housing, Homelessness and Healthcare (H3) collaborative. Leona has worked in the social service field for the past 28 years, including 17 years in both state and tribal child welfare systems. She has been involved from the initial CPS call to the finalization of an adoption or returning a child home. Leona is a certified Community Health Worker and has extensive training and experience working with tribes and assisting vulnerable children and families through crisis situations.
Sam has over 20 years experiences in both public and private sectors. He worked at Spokane Riverfront Park, overseeing the operations before he joined FIN. He was the chair person for the 2015 inaugural Washington State Chinese Lantern Festival, which drew over 80,000 visitors. Born in China and educated in both China and the States, Sam is familiar with cross cultural communication and excels in relationship building. Sam served as a board member for Spokane Sister Cities, Spokane Chinese Association, Spokane International Academy and Downtown Spokane Business Improvement Board. Sam enjoys traveling, good food, tennis and photography.
Jenna comes to Family Impact Network from YFA Connections where she provided Administrative Support for their Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Outpatient facility. Born in Spokane, WA, Jenna is passionate about the community that raised her and believes that a community must work together and build lasting relationships in order to be successful. She is currently attending Whitworth University for Social Services and holds an Associate’s degree from Spokane Community College in Legal Administration. In her free time, Jenna loves to paint and go hiking with her daughter Aubree and dog Toby.
Mariah comes to Family Impact Network from the Chemical Dependency and Mental Health field where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. Mariah has a background in HIPPA compliance, data entry, and coordinating patient services. After taking a break from school, Mariah recently graduated from Spokane Falls Community College and plans to attend Whitworth University for a BA in Social work. Mariah recently rescued a puppy named Luna and purchased her first home.
Prior to joining Family Impact Network, Jessica spent six years working for a Chemical Dependency and Co-Occurring Outpatient Facility where she provided various administrative support. Jessica’s experience has allowed her to work with a diverse population within the Spokane Community, and she has a passion for giving back to the community she calls home. Jessica has completed numerous trainings in mental health, chemical dependency and child development. She plans to go back to school to continue her education. In her free time, Jessica enjoys doing DIY projects and spending time with her son, Christian.
Prior to joining Family Impact Network, Jaime worked at Ecova for almost five years where he led Site Performance Management engagements for several hospitality clients. During his tenure at Ecova, he worked to improve delivery processes while adding additional consultative insight for clients. He constantly looks for ways to increase client satisfaction and internal efficiency. In addition, Jaime recently obtained Master of Business Administration at Whitworth University. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing soccer and spending time with his family.
Alma joined the FIN team with a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitworth University and previously, worked as a nanny and a middle school teacher at PRIDE Prep Charter School. Her passion for learning and being involved in her community has led her to develop skills in many areas including public speaking and cultural humility, political and educational advocacy, community engagement and childcare. Alma was born in Mexico, but is a Washingtonian at heart, having lived in many cities across the state. Alma doesn’t have any dogs or cats at home, but she used to have pet frogs.
Gabi is a senior at Eastern Washington University where she is majoring in Finance. Prior to joining Family Impact Network, she worked with the Boy Scouts of America providing support to the program development as well as the finance operations.