Our Vision

Our vision is to help every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed.

Our Mission

With your generosity, we fund children’s charities that provide marginalized kids with a safe place to call home, a family that loves them, a feeling of community, and opportunities to learn, build self-esteem, and have fun.

Our Views on Diversity & Inclusion

At Believe in Me (the Foundation), we are committed to building a more just and equitable organization and community where all individuals can achieve their potential. It is the policy of the Foundation to provide and promote equal opportunity for all people without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, familial status, veteran’s status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. The Foundation is fully committed to building an inclusive culture and community that uplifts and celebrates diverse and unique individuals while enabling them to not just survive but to thrive as they achieve their full potential.

The Surprising History of Believe in Me

Believe in Me was born out of the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch, which was founded in 1956 by the Catholic diocese. Their mission was to help neglected, pre-delinquent boys, become healthy, happy, and successful citizens. Over the years, many generous donors gave to this worthy cause and in 2006, a separate nonprofit foundation was formed to prudently manage the large donation base that had accumulated. 


As the Ranch and the needs of the community changed over time, the Foundation board unanimously made the decision to expand the scope of our mission to include girls as well as other non-profit programs aligning with our mission. We are proud to say that although many years have passed, the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch continues to be one of our beneficiaries. We hope to proudly continue to support them alongside our other grantees for years to come.

Read this important message from our Chief Executive Officer. You can even schedule to meet with our CEO in-person.

An Important Message from Our Dedicated CEO

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Get to Know Our Board of Directors

Community Activist. I get involved by diving in headfirst to tackle the problems facing our community. In everything I do, I fight to ensure social justice, empowerment, equality, and enrichment for all.

Chairman of the Board

Aaron Riley


  • Long-term Care Ombudsman, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners

  • Consultant, New Leaf America

  • Commissioner, City of Spokane Human Rights Commission

  • Former Planning and Evaluation Specialist, Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board of Franklin County

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since May 2020

  • Member, Grants Administration Committee


  • B.A. Business Administration, Ohio Dominican University

  • Member, Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society

People Person. One of my greatest passions in human resources is helping others develop, both personally and professionally. My superpower is the ability to think strategically and build strong relationships with people at all levels.

Vice President

Stacey Davis


  • VP Human Resources Partner, Banner Bank

  • Former Employee Relations Officer, American West Bank

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since May 2020

  • Member, Executive Governance Committee


  • B.A. Psychology with emphasis in Human Resources, Eastern Washington University

Rule Follower. I use my experience in healthcare management, patient privacy, HIPAA, compliance, and auditing to dig into the heart of it all; building and strengthening relationships based on trust and transparency.


Lori Brennan, MBA, RHIA, CHC


  • Corporate Compliance & Privacy Manager: Inland Northwest Region, Multicare Health System

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since April 2019

  • Chair, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee

  • Member, Grants Administration Committee


  • MBA, Western Governors University

  • B.S. Health Administration, University of Phoenix

Creative Genius. I help make community connections through integrated digital storytelling. Over the past thirty years I've used my diverse talents to creatively connect people with the solutions they are seeking.

Board Member

Shawn Davis


  • Principal and Creative Director, Zipline Interactive

  • Former Creative Director, ROBiDEAX Marketing and Design

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since July 2020

  • Chair, Marketing and Fundraising Committee

  • Member, Video Production Team

Education / Awards:

  • B.S. Communications & Advertising, Washington State University

  • 2013 AAF Spokane Ad Fed Ad Pro of the Year

Diplomatic Liaison

Board Member

Dan Menser


  • Chairman, Alliance of Angels

  • Lawyer, Menser Law LCC

  • Member of the Board of Advisor, Pollen System Corporation

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee

Education / Awards:

  • J.D. Program - Cum Laude, Seattle University School of Law

  • B.A. Finance - Cum Laude, Washington State University

Our Values

We are Caring

Our compassionate programs positively impact struggling kids in the community with the hope and inspiration they need for a lifetime.

We are Trustworthy

Our team of reliable professionals transparently manage your donations to ensure the sustainability and success of our programs.

We are Innovative

Our grants empower progressive and energetic programs that help troubled kids heal and develop self-confidence in new and different ways.

Meet Our Administrative Team

Change Maker. The only constant in life is change and I choose to embrace it to make a positive impact. Caring individuals, transparent processes, and innovative technology; I leverage everything I’ve got to make a difference in kids' lives every day.

Chief Executive Officer

Julie Wukelic, MBA


  • Former Director of Account Based Marketing, Ignitium - Spokane, WA

  • Former Director of Clinical Research, Rockwood Clinic - Spokane, WA

Committee Positions:

  • Active member on all Believe in Me committees


  • MBA, Washington State University

  • B.A. Finance, Washington State University

Relationship Builder. As a WSU Hall of Fame and local radio sports broadcaster, I do what I can to make sure it's a win/win situation for everyone! I bring my experiences in building community to help with event management, sales, marketing and more.

Development Director

Paul Sorensen


  • Senior VP, Vision Marketing LLC

  • 2017 Washington State University Hall of Fame, Football

  • Former VP and Director of Sales, Palouse Ridge Golf Course

  • Board Member, CougsFirst!

  • Board Member, Cougar Collective

  • Board Member, Inland Empire Baseball Association

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since July 2020

  • Member, Marketing and Fundraising Committee


  • B.A. Economics, Washington State University

Trend-settler. Living and studying abroad, embracing new cultures, and learning new languages have helped me recognize a world that needs our help, awareness, and passion to become change settlers. 

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Alexandra Martinez


  • Founder, Spanish and The World.



  • Specialization. Business For a Better World, The Wharton School

  • Certificate. Digital Marketing, University of Washington

  • B.A.  Finance and International Trade, La Salle University. Bogota, Colombia

Morning Star Foundation Announces a Name Change to "Believe in Me" on Nov. 4, 2021 - Read More