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Patricia Kienholz, President

Patricia Kienholz is a nonprofit professional and community volunteer working in public policy related to children and vulnerable adults. She serves on the City of Spokane Plan Commission and as member of Spokane Public Schools Diversity Advisory Council. Patricia is a two-time graduate of the University of Southern California and has a post-secondary education in advanced chemistry. Prior to returning to Spokane in ‘99, Patricia worked in Los Angeles for a decade in professional sports and entertainment.

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The public sculpture titled "Bearing" will be cast life-size in bronze.

The Board of Directors

Kathy Thamm, Placement Committee

Kathleen Thamm is the Executive Director of Community-Minded Enterprises, a 16 year old alliance of citizens and organizations dedicated to facilitating and enhancing community well being. In this capacity, she leads numerous collaborative initiatives designed to strengthen community-wide capacity improving the quality of child care for Eastern Washington, access to healthcare through affordable health insurance, Recovery-Oriented System of Care programs, Senior hotline, Plan to Work, and digital media with CMTV14 Cable Access.

Kathleen is a photographer and her husband is an artist. They have owned several galleries in the region including the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They presently have a Gallery-Studio in Bisbee, Arizona.

 


Karen Boone, Vice President

Founder of “I am Spokane” - A Civic Ambassador Initiative
Regarded as a civic & social organization professional, Karen Boone has more than twenty-five years of experience in the nonprofit sector and specializes in the areas of social change, community development, cultural and civic leadership. A motivational speaker, business consultant, empowerment specialist, minister, and life coach, she is the mother of five children and the grandmother of eleven. Recognized on a national scale as an advocate who boldly speaks out on behalf of others on social issues ranging from poverty to racism, Karen is well known by the locals, respected as a trusted community leader, and deemed as friend to individuals in crisis. A Washington State certified crisis & crime victim advocate she has provided more than 20 years of advocacy, information, and referral services to scores of individuals experiencing problems, a crisis, or a life altering situation. As the Spokane Sexual Assault Center's prevention coordinator, she provided community development expertise to groups and organizations interested in establishing communities free of sexual & intimate partner violence. She developed "Breaking the Silence on Violence in Marginalized and Underserved Communities" to increase culturally appropriate victim services. This program resulted to the creation of seven mental health projects inside community based organizations, hiring of racially diverse staff at the Sexual Assault Center, and changes in Washington state policies & laws. Two of the projects were awarded state funding. One became a core program and is in its 9th year of operation. In 2015, Karen authored "The Turning Point Spokane County, Crisis Referral Resource Guide,” “Transitioning into Your Future “a self-help manual and “An Authentic Encounter In Pursuit of His Presence” a visual devotional journal. She is currently working on the "I AM Spokane-A Civic Ambassador" leadership development program that will launch in 2017. 


Stephanie Neumann

Stephanie Neumann, has served as a Development Director for numerous non-profits in Spokane, Washington since 2006. She is passionate about caring for all people who feel lost and abandoned. She attributes much of her philanthropic mission to her time spent at Gonzaga University where she grew captivated by religious studies and human rights. She is a full-time mortgage loan officer for Willamette Valley Bank. She enjoys being able to provide first time home buyers with grant funded down payments to assist in owning their own home. She’s a Certified Life Coach, specializing in navigating families out of the devastation drug and alcohol addiction causes both circumstantially and spiritually. The Bearing Public Sculpture Project 501(c)(3), stole her heart. “To me, the sculpture is symbolic of compassion, justice, and perseverance, which is what I stand up for personally, locally, and if my influence ripples from our coast to another, globally. I believe this piece will evoke hope, healing and begins to weave together unraveled threads of our social blanket.” She is a mother to two boys. “I will stand up for what’s right, so my children learn to do the same.”


Mary Ann Brown

Mary Anne Brown is retired from self-employed capital campaign data management who contracted with not-for-profit organizations. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Bethesda, Maryland prior to moving to Spokane in 1983. She likes to cook, bake, knit, read, paint (watercolor), and garden.


Ann Kienholz Jurcevich, secretary