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Friends of Manito 2018-2019 Board of Directors Nominees – Elections Saturday, October 20, 1pm, manito meeting room

Dorene Wade — President

My husband and I  moved to Spokane eight years ago after retiring. I worked in management for a major retailer for most of my career. Once landing in Spokane, I immediately fell in love with Manito Park, which I believe is a jewel of this city. I quickly got involved in the community and became a Master Garden in 2015 and joined TFM as a volunteer and member shortly thereafter. I was first elected to The Friends of Manito Board of Directors in 2016, serving my first three-year term beginning 2017-2020. As a member of the BOD, I serve on the Education Committee which provides education to the adults and youth of the community. Additionally, I am currently serving on the Nominating Committee for the 2018 election of new board members. 

Isaac Curtis — Vice President

I was elected to the TFM board in 2017, serve on various committees within the organization, and manage the website. I have a background in operational excellence training, and currently provide consulting for small businesses, developing and implementing “lean” operating systems. With experience gained as an entrepreneur, lobbyist, operations coordinator, and teacher, I am hoping to continue the development of robust processes and procedures within The Friends of Manito, raise the visibility of the organization in the Greater Spokane community, and to encourage an environment that recognizes, values, and utilizes the many amazing qualities all the volunteers bring to the organization. I enjoy researching, marketing, networking, and using strategic thinking to build strong and sustainable organizations. I look forward to continuing service to the membership of The Friends of Manito. It is so exciting to support such a beautiful park!

Steve Nokes — Treasurer, Board Member

I grew up on a dairy farm where I learned to love the land and was always given a space for “my” garden.  After finishing college and buying an acre on the same prairie I grew up on, I joined the Men’s Garden Club now Gardeners of Spokane; then took some horticulture classes and became a serious gardener. I have been a TFM charter board member since the organization’s inception. I have served as the Treasurer for the past 10 years and am chairman of the Finance committee. A Master Gardener for 31 years and a well-known speaker in the Spokane area on horticulture topics.

Judy Palrud — Board Member

My name is Judy Palrud and I have served on the TFM board for 4 years. I have also been very active in planting sessions and other TFM activities such as setting up the new Elementary Science Series which has been so successful. I retired after teaching school for 35 years in Ohio and Wyoming. I moved to Spokane to be closer to my son who bought a house in northern ID and is now living in Seattle. When I retired, I decided that I wanted to give back to my community so I have a busy volunteer schedule including time with my church, KSPS, the Spokane Symphony Associates, the German American Society, and the Inland NW Blood Center as well as my time with The Friends of Manito. I live near the park and spend hours enjoying the beauty and peacefulness found there.

Eberhard Schmidt — Board Member

I have been a member of the Friends of Manito since 2000.  I served as President for TFM three times during this time period.  I am part of the Education Committee providing speakers for our ongoing monthly lecture series.  I enjoy being a volunteer for the weekly planting and grooming sessions in preparation for our annual plant sales, and I am looking forward to continue serving on the Board of the Friends of Manito if elected.

Kelly Brown — Board Member

I am a wife and mother of two young boys who keep me on my toes most days. I enjoy flowers and nature and being outdoors. I love to exercise and have found a new passion for obstacle races. I am active in my church and serve there as President over our children’s program. I especially love spending time with my family and friends at Manito Park which we do each Sunday, watching our kids run and play. It is my love for Manito Park that led me to become a TFM volunteer and member.  I have been maintaining the Facebook page for TFM for the past year.  I also organized this year’s successful pollinator event and has managed the children’s booth at our plant sales.  I plan to continue to support the Park as a board member if elected.  

Nancy Biggerstaff — Board Member

I grew up between Princeton and Harvard in Idaho on a small farm. I’ve been gardening from the time I was old enough to pull a weed or plant a seed. I loved spending summers in Spokane with my grandparents helping with vegetable gardening. I have lived in Spokane since 1984 and recently retired after working as a nurse for 35 years. In 2004, I became a Master Gardener. In 2007, I joined TFM as a member and a volunteer.  I believe Manito Park is a gem for this city and I want to participate in maintaining its beauty. Best part of my life is my children, step-children and grandchildren.

Leyna Bernstein — Board Member

I moved to Spokane with my husband Brian Parker in the fall of 2017 after living our entire lives in California. I graduated from the University of California at BerkeIey.  I am the founder of Leadership Search Partners, a national executive search firm serving the nonprofit sector. I was the Managing Director until 2017, and now serve as a Senior Advisor.  I authored, “Creating Your Employee Handbook: A Do-It-Yourself Kit for Nonprofits”, published by Jossey Bass. I believe Manito Park is a world class public park and a huge contributor to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy in Spokane.  I would be proud and honored to serve as a board member for TFM.

Jason Hayes — Board Member

I was born and raised in Spokane. I graduated from Ferris High School in 1982 and EWU in 1986 with a Bachelor Degree in Technical Communications. During high school and college I worked for The Crescent department store in downtown Spokane. Upon graduation I joined a major insurance carrier where I worked in various management roles for 30 years. During that time I lived and worked in Spokane, Seattle, Chicago and Las Vegas. I returned to Spokane last fall after a 26 year absence. Some things have changed while some, like Manito Park, are as great as ever. Five months ago, after 34 years, I was widowed. I have been encouraged by family and friends to seek to get back out and try new find new activities. I joined the Friends of Manito at the Spring sale, volunteered at the Fall sale, and was encouraged to join the Board. I live here on the South Hill with my two dogs, Abby (12) and Sam (pictured in the photo) who’s not yet two. I’ve been actively working on my gardens and am glad to be back in Spokane.

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