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....
Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President
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, Treaserer
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.
Jazmin Ely, Secretary
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.
Cami has called Spokane home since 2014. 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. As the project coordinator for Treatment, a creative agency, Cami gets to work on projects that span many industries and disciplines. She loves reading the news, listening to podcasts, and exploring Spokane with her husband Alex and two dogs.
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.
Dawn joined the SETP Board in 2018. By day, she is a business professor at Whitworth University and brings 30 years of experience in management consulting to her "final" career in academia. Dawn and her husband Steve moved to Spokane from Georgia in 2014. They share a fruit tree-filled acreage in the foothills above Peone Prairie with an assortment of dogs and cats, several dozen chickens, and two very spoiled miniature donkeys. Steve and Dawn also have two Southern-raised children: Montana, a clinical counselor living in Atlanta, and Colton, a deputy sheriff in Nashville. Dawn is excited about helping contribute to the realization of the SETP long-term vision as a member of the Development Committee.
Andrea is an Eastern Washington native, and has lived in Spokane for the past year where she works at Spokane Eye Surgery Center. Prior to moving to Spokane, Andrea attended Washington State University for both an Undergraduate and Master's Degree where she studied Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Female Reproductive Physiology, and also ran the 100m High Hurdles on the Track and Field team. Andrea volunteered at an apple gleaning in the Fall with SETP, and enjoyed both the people contributing to and the purpose of the organization, prompting her to join the board. She is currently applying to medical schools in Spokane with her husband, Matthew, and two dogs, Reece and Chewbacca, by her side.
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!