board of directors
Kendra Dean, President
Kendra currently works as a Project Manager with the Catholic Charities Food for All program. She relocated to the Spokane area from Cleveland, Ohio where she received her dual Master’s Degree in Social Work and Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University. Kendra is passionate about food access and the local food environment and she fell in love with the SETP mission while serving as the first year AmeriCorps VISTA. Kendra spends much of her free time exploring the mountains and lakes of Washington with her fur babies....
Julia Furlong, Vice President
Julia Furlong works as an Archaeologist at Eastern Washington University in Cheney specializing in GIS and Graphics. She joined the board in July 2015 and serves on the Events and Volunteer committees. Julia grew up in southern Iowa and has lived in various other states as well as England. She received her MS in Archaeological Science from Durham University, England in 2014 and her BS dual major in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology from Kent State University in 2012. Not originally local to the Northwest, Julia is proud to now call Spokane home. She enjoys photography, hiking, volunteering, and traveling - both internationally and locally.
Jim Burke, Treasurer
Jim Burke, a life-long member of the Spokane community, grew up in the Logan district and currently resides in the Cliff/Cannon district. He spent 4 years in the Navy during the Viet Nam era, serving as a medic for the Marines and as an independent-duty Corpsman on the USS Decatur (DDG-31), a destroyer based out of the Philippines. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1982. He worked for Avista Corporation for 20 years, starting their successful fiber optic business. After his tenure at Avista, he ran his own business, engineering and designing systems throughout the Pacific Northwest for 15 years. He is now using his business accounting expertise as the Treasurer of SETP in support of the endeavors started by his daughter, Kate, hoping to see it expand and flourish in the coming years to provide nutritious food for the hungry in our area.
Camlynne Scott, Secretary
Cami works in marketing at Etailz, Inc., a Spokane tech startup and leader in the e-commerce industry. Originally from Pennsylvania, Cami came to Washington for college and has called the Pacific Northwest home ever since. Her first foray into the non-profit sector was working at the YWCA while studying at Walla Walla University. Passionate about social justice issues, she is committed to public service and community engagement. She loves reading books, listening to podcasts, exploring Spokane, and rooting for the Seahawks.
Jeff Johnson is a born and raised Spokanite with a passion for community engagement and ecology. He joined the board in January 2016 and serves as the Chair of the Volunteer committee. He received his degree in Anthropology from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Anthropology & Geography. Jeff has helped coordinate national and regional research conferences for EWU. He has been involved with multiple non-profits throughout the Spokane region and is excited to work for SETP success.
Seth Young is a native of Spokane, born and raised. A Central Valley HS ('08) graduate, Seth pursued higher education locally, attaining a BBA in finance and economics from Gonzaga University ('12). Seth has ventured the world but his roots have always called him home. Currently employed at Umpqua Bank, Seth began partnering with SETP in the summer of 2016, making full use of the bank's Connect Volunteer Program which allows employees 40-hours of paid volunteerism annually. Seth joined the SETP board at the beginning of 2017 with the aspiration to help see the organization's vision become reality.
Susan O'Connor is a retired nurse, having spent more than 30 years in the profession. She owns a small farm and fruit orchard north of Spokane and became familiar with the Spokane Edible Tree Project approximately four years ago when looking for a way to give her excess fruit to the needy. Susan serves on the Development Committee, focusing on grant writing and fundraising to ensure the longevity of the organization.
Jazmin Ely a Spokane native, growing up in the South Hill district. This is her first year serving on the board. She has actively participated with 2nd Harvest's Bites 2 Go program and Junior Achievement. Working various roles at local companies, she has become a leader, marketer, and innovator. Jazmin is passionate about brand building, creating a connection within the community, and fighting against food insecurity.
Nicki, Harvest Against Hunger AmeriCorps VISTA
Nicki is returning to her hometown of Spokane to work with the Spokane Edible Tree Project as an Americorps VISTA. She’s arriving by way of Olympia, where she became a graduate of the Evergreen State College, a music and media nerd at KAOS Community Radio, and a co-organizer of the Olympia Zine Fest. She’ll be helping SETP with community outreach, volunteer coordination, and a variety of projects in collaboration with WSU Extension, including a series of classes about caring for fruit trees. Nicki cares immensely about food justice and hunger relief, and looks forward to harvesting loads of fruit with SETP volunteers!