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 disadvantaged 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

The Believe in Me Board Members come from a broad range of backgrounds and expertise including business, human resources, marketing, finance, administration, and health. Everyone at the Foundation is dedicated to helping every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed.

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

Meet 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

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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

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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

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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

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Diplomatic Liaison

Board Member

Dan Menser

Affiliations:

  • 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

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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, 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

Problem Solver.

Executive Assistant

Patti Marland-Stevens

Affiliations:

  • Former President, International Association of Administrative Professionals, CdA Chapter

  • Former President, Soroptimists International, CdA Chapter

  • Former CASA

Education:

  • Business Management Certificate, Shasta College

  • A.A. English/ Communications, College of the Siskiyous

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