Annie Eberhardt, AmeriCorps VISTA
Annie has lived in Washington all her life. Spokane has been her home since 2011, and she has since grown to love the people, the rich landscape, and the beautiful community that exists here. An avid outdoor adventurer, writer, and gardener, she is very excited to embark on the journey of being the third AmeriCorps Vista for SETP. Annie is passionate about community building, sustainable living, and local agriculture. Currently, she is studying Agriculture and Horticulture at Spokane Community College. More often than not, she can be found engrossed in projects, outside, or seeking truth in the simplicity of things.
Ariel Aaronson-Eves, AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate
Ariel is very excited to be returning to food systems work after leaving a career in sustainable and educational farming to start graduate school in California. While finishing her degree remotely, she is relocating to Spokane with her partner and dog and can’t wait to connect with farmers and to help share the bountiful produce of the land. Her long-term plans involve developing ways for people to become more grounded in their locations and their bodies through food and agriculture and in the process increasing support for hard-working farmers. A newcomer to Washington, Ariel is looking forward to exploring all the region has to offer.
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 currently serves as development committee chair. Jeff received his master's of public anthropology and critical geographic information systems at Eastern Washington University. Over the last five years 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.
Alvaro Figueroa is an MBA graduate from Eastern Washington University. He works at Avista as a Spanish Translator and Credit & Collections Business Analyst. Alvaro was a founding member of the Latino Hope Foundation in 2015, and currently serves on numerous professional boards in Spokane. He is an avid runner, having completed over 30 full and half marathons, as well as over 10 Spartan races.
Alex Knox is a PNW native, who was born and raised in Coeur d’ Alene, ID and moved out to Spokane a couple of years ago. He currently attends Spokane Community College where he is working towards his Associates Degree in Nursing, and eventually a degree in Public Health. He currently works at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital as a Nursing Assistant, specializing in the Orthopedic Medical/Surgical Unit. Alex is very active in his community, serving on multiple local boards such as the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, the Shiloh Hills Neighborhood Council, and OutSpokane. He enjoys spending time with his puppy and hanging outdoors by the water.