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.

What Are Marginalized Kids?

Marginalization, also referred to as social exclusion, occurs when certain groups of kids do not have equal access to various resources within our society. It can occur due to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, background, socio-economic level, migrant status, and age. Marginalization causes the lack or denial of resources, rights, goods, and services and the inability to participate in relationships and activities available to most people in our community. Children are especially susceptible to these forms of marginalization as their childhood experiences pave the way for their adult lives. It is our goal to bridge the gap for these marginalized kids.

At Believe in Me, your donations go directly to support programs that are helping these marginalized groups of kids:  American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders, Multi-race, Immigrant Families, Experiencing Food Insecurity, Adopted, Aged Out of the Foster Care System, Living in Foster Care or Wards of the State, Households Below Poverty Line, Living with a Disability, Living With a Mental Health Issue, Living With a Substance Abuse Disorder, Without Housing, Incarcerated Parents, Parents Are Unemployed, Parents Did Not Graduate from High School or Did Not Attend College, Differing Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity, Pregnant Teens, Single Parent Households, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Abuse, or Trauma, Survivors of Human Trafficking, Women or Girls.

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

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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

Affliations:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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

Affliations:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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.

Treasurer

Lori Brennan, MBA, RHIA, CHC

Affiliations:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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

Affiliations:

  • 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. I like to bring people together and help find common benefits to maximize value for the participants. And in so doing over the span of time and deals, add just a bit to the global good.

Board Member

Dan Menser

Affiliations:

  • Chairman, Alliance of Angels

  • General Counsel, Teal Communications, Inc.

  • Member of the Board of Advisors, Pollen System Corporation & Everyvine 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

Traveling Geek. I’ve found a mission for myself in finding ways to help children of all ages learn how to use technology to improve their lives and careers. Starting as early as possible letting them understand how they have the power to control some things in their lives; no matter how hard the world around them may be.

Board Member

Paul Hutton

Affiliations:

  • Member, WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

  • Member, WA Technology Center Board

  • Member, NSF’s National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies Board

  • President, Blue Earth Cruises LLC

  • Past President, Thought Engineering LLC

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since August 2022

Education / Awards:

  • BA Mathematics & Computer Science, Eastern Washington University

  • Executive Certificate, Technology Leadership, Sloan School of Management, MIT

  • US Air Force Commendation Medal

Solutions Architect. I have been active in economic development matters across Washington State. I'm passionate about serving youth and contributing to community development.

Board Member

John Powers

Affiliations:

  • Founder and CEO, Powers Economics

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since August 2022

Education / Awards:

  • BBA Business Administration - Finance, University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business

  • Juris Doctorate - Law, Gonzaga University School of Law

Legal Eagle. I serve as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Washington University and the Alumni Advisory Board for the Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Washington State University.

Board Member

Keith Trefry

Affiliations:

  • Partner, Paine Hamblen LLP

  • Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Eastern Washington University

  • Alumni Advisory Board for the Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Washington State University.

Committee Positions:

  • Member, Board of Directors since August 2022

Education:

  • B.A. Pre-Law, Cum Laude, Washington State University

  • JD Law, Cum Laude, Gonzaga University School of Law

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

Affiliations:

  • 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

Education:

  • 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

Affiliations:

  • 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

Education:

  • B.A. Economics, Washington State University

Activist Storyteller . Living and studying abroad, embracing new cultures, and learning new languages have helped me recognize a world full of wonders but also a society that needs our help, understanding, and compassion to become change settlers. 

Marketing Coordinator

Alexandra Martinez

Affiliations:

  • Founder, Spanish and The World.

Education:

  • 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

Calculation Interpreter. Change is made of responsibility and priorities. When we face both and tailor our goals, we accomplish great things. I bring my love for the underserved, for calculations, for financial analysis, and for problem solving to the organizations and communities I call home.

Assistant Financial Manager

Alexis Jonhson

Education:

  • Data Analytics, Springboard

Narrator/Scribe. Through the use of words, I have become a narrator to inform and ignite Funders/Donors and the communities we serve all while empowering the progressive and energetic programs that are helping children and youth to heal and develop self-confidence.

Grants Administrator

Cameryn Flynn, M.A.

Affiliations:

  • Former Grant Writer & Program Manager for Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP)

  • Former Associate Director of Catholic Charities

  • Former Vendor Liaison Manager for Premera/Blue Cross

  • Former Owner and Principal of The Turning Point - Training & Consulting

  • Former Board Member, Partnering for Program/Kopanga, Kenya - Spokane, WA

  • Former Board Member, United Way Southeast Alaska

Committee Positions:

  • Former Member of Believe in Me Grants Administration Committee

Education:

  • B.A.Management, Gonzaga University

  •  M.A.Psychology, Antioch University

  • ESL Teaching Certification, TESL Institute

  • Life Coach Certification, Seattle Life Coach Training