Friends of KSPS Board of Directors
As a non-profit organization, Friends of KSPS is governed by a Board of Directors made up of these community volunteers:
|Jeffrey Adams - Chair|
Craig Gracyalny - Vice Chair
Adam Munson, CPA - Treasurer
Linda Finney - Secretary
Klay Dyer - Edmonton Rep.
Monica Sampler - Calgary Rep.
Vincent Alfonso, PhD
Gary Stokes - President and KSPS General Manager
Friends of KSPS Board Meeting Schedule
- All meetings are at KSPS, 3911 S Regal St, Spokane WA 99223
- All meetings are open to the public unless otherwise posted
- All meeting dates and times are subject to change
- Full Board Meetings are every 2 months, generally on the last Thursday of the odd-numbered months
- Executive Committee meetings are every month, generally on the last Thursday
Executive Committee (officers)
4pm PT in the Upstairs Conference Room or via Zoom
4:30pm PT in the Main Conference Room or via Zoom
|January 28, 2021||January 28, 2021|
|February 25, 2021|
|March 25, 2021||March 25, 2021|
|April 29, 2021|
|May 27, 2021||May 27, 2021|
|June 24, 2021|
|July 29, 2021||July 29, 2021|
|August 26, 2021|
KSPS Board of Director Profiles
Adam Munson is the Director of Accounting at Avista Corp. Adam joined Avista Corp in 1999 and has held numerous roles in the Controller’s group. Prior to Avista, he was an Audit Senior at Moss Adams LLP in Spokane.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from Gonzaga University and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to serving on the KSPS Board, he is a 2004 Leadership Spokane Graduate and currently serves of the Board for Skils’kin where he is a past President and Treasurer.
Addy Hatch is a longtime communications professional in Spokane, Washington. After a fulfilling, 28-year career in print journalism, Addy joined the WSU College of Nursing in 2017 as the Director of Outreach and Communications. She is also an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington University and is on the board of directors of STCU. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of Washington, and her Master of Science in Journalism at Northwestern University.
Addy has lived in Spokane for many years; she and her husband Tim Hanley raised two children in Spokane Valley. She’s impressed by the positive trajectory of the community since she returned to the area in 1995, especially the development of the fast-growing WSU Health Sciences campus.
Ann Hurst is currently Chief Mission Officer for Providence Health care, a post she’s held since 2008. Areas of responsibility include Ethics, Spiritual Care, Clinical Pastoral Education, Community Benefit, Community Partnerships, and Mission and Values integration for Providence ministries in Spokane and Stevens Counties.
She holds a Juris Doctor from McGeorge Law School in Sacramento, CA , a Masters in Spirituality from Gonzaga and is a Board Certified Chaplain.
In addition to serving on the KSPS Board she has also served on the Board of Directors of Transitions Women’s Programs and in a number of environmental organizations including the Spokane Growth Management task force in the early 1990s, the Mt Spokane Advisory Council and the Spokane Audubon Society.
Gary Stokes was named General Manager of KSPS in September 2013 after two years as Executive Director of the Friends of KSPS.
He came to KSPS from Birmingham, Alabama where he served as the Vice President of Development at Alabama Public Television (APT). He was hired as Manager of Corporate Support in 2006 and was promoted to VP in 2009. He led a team that raised funds to support the nationally recognized education mission of APT and has personally raised nearly a million dollars for that mission.
KSPS is the culmination of a 27 year broadcast career that has included stops in cities from Norfolk, Virginia to Houston, Texas. He was President and General Manager of NBC-affiliate WVTM-TV in Birmingham from 1996 to 2001 and during that time co-chaired a successful multi-million dollar campaign to raise funds to repair Birmingham’s iconic statue of Vulcan.
He was born in Philadelphia, PA and is was awarded a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton (OH.)
He has been an active community supporter over the years and continues that work here in Spokane. He currently serves on the Boards of the Empire Health Foundation, Priority Spokane and Humanities Washington. He is also a member of Spokane Rotary 21.
Jeffrey Adams is a Spokane, Washington attorney and adjunct professor. Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University and his Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. He currently works as an Associate Attorney at Smith, Hemingway, and Anderson Law Offices as well as an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Washington University.
Public service is something that Jeffrey is very passionate about. In addition to serving on the Friends of KSPS board, Jeff is on the board of SpokeFest, a non-profit organization which promotes bicycling for health and transportation. Jeffrey is a member of the Spokane Historical Society and regularly volunteers for Spokane Fantasy Flight each Christmas. In addition to spending time with his wife, Jeffrey enjoys fly-fishing and golfing.
Since 1994, Jodi has been responsible for providing strategic leadership and establishing long range goals, plans and policies for her local, small business, Aspen Personnel Service, Inc. Aspen is a full-service employment agency that has partnered with hundreds of businesses located within the Inland Northwest in obtaining top talent individuals for their organization.
In addition to running her small business, Jodi has been actively involved in our community. She has been a member of Rotary International since 2001 and served on the board from 2008-2015, was club President 2013/14 and has been the fund raising chair since 2014. She has also been an active member of Spokane Executives Association and served on the board from 2012-2014 and is a graduate of Leadership Spokane.
Jon is a client service advisor and certified public accountant who brings 12 years of financial experience to TEN Capital. He has experience serving individuals as well as public and private entities from both a financial and tax perspective. Jon has a robust understanding of capital markets, the importance of budgeting, and projecting future cash flows. His experience includes serving employee benefit plans and understanding the fiduciary responsibilities as a plan advisor. Since joining TEN Capital in 2021, he has helped enhanced the client experience, including tax planning strategies.
Jon has a B.S. in business administration with a minor in economics from Washington State University and is a licensed CPA. Jon has a passion for financial planning and reducing debt. He believes cash is your best wealth-building tool to achieve financial freedom.
Jon is an active member of the community and serving on the finance committee of KSPS, a member of the NBOA at WSU, and Board Vice-President of Southside Christian School. Also, he is a Spokane North Rotary member, which helps the West Central Community of Spokane.
A long time university professor who has transitioned to providing training and consulting services to not-for-profit and for-profit clients throughout northern Alberta, Dr. Klay Dyer specializes in helping community groups diversify funding, develop healthy board governance, and communicate their message with impact. He is currently the Executive Director of the Information & Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County, and sits on numerous local boards and committees, including the Community Adult Learning and Literacy Society (Fort Saskatchewan and Strathcona County) and the Family and Community Services Advisory Committee.
Linda retired as Executive Director of Leadership Spokane in July 2014, having served in that capacity since October 1999. Other career experience includes development director of Seattle Lutheran High School, community relations director of Columbia Lutheran Home, and staff positions at the Journal of Financial & Qualitative Analysis and the Journal of Contemporary Business.
Linda is a judge for Washington Business Week, Invent Washington and Future Business Leaders of America. She is a greeter for the Moore Turner Heritage Gardens and is a member of the Cathedral of St. John Landscape Association and Altar Guild.
Special interests include sustainable building, lean office practices, hiking and backpacking, wine making, cross country skiing, gardening, bird watching, piano, reading and needlepoint.
After graduating from the University of Idaho, Linda moved to Seattle where she lived and worked until 1999. She is married to W. Thomas Soeldner, who is a retired Lutheran pastor and consultant for organizations in transition. They live in Valleyford, in a solar-powered, straw bale house on 40 acres.
Linda has two children. Son Marshall lives in Yuma, AZ (with wife Sarah and daughters Charlotte and Shannon and son Connor) and is a US Border Patrol Officer. Daughter Erika lives in South Egremont, MA (with husband Rich and son Wayland) and is the Technical Writing Director for Bard College.
Monica, a native of Colombia, has over twenty-five years experience in public affairs, community engagement, and contributions, mostly through her work in the oil and energy sector. A Canadian citizen, she has lived and worked in Colombia, the US, Mexico, and Canada. She has always been involved in, and advocated for, the arts. She is very keen and interested in Public Broadcasting and the role it plays in building and defining a society. She greatly enjoys all of KSPS Programs but closest to her heart are Masterpiece, Mystery, and the children’s programming (“but then there is Call The Midwife, Frontline, Great Performances, Nova, American Experience, and so many more!”).
Monica lives in Calgary and is currently involved in various volunteering activities. She is also a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Choir. She would like to engage with viewers to learn about their interests and to receive feedback.
Shannon is the Vice President of Marketing, for Ecova Inc, a Spokane headquartered company who makes businesses and utilities more successful through global energy and sustainability management. Ecova is a subsidiary of ENGIE, a leader in the world's energy transition. Shannon has been part of Ecova since 2011, and has led the organization's innovative adoption of digital marketing engagement strategies, and its transformational marketplace branding and positioning. Prior to Ecova, Shannon held leadership roles across sales, marketing and operations; developing successful marketing strategies and leading complex operating initiatives for Fortune 100 corporations to small venture capital driven start ups, including Procter & Gamble, Kampgrounds of America and Winder Farms.
Shannon is a native to Washington, and after 15 years of corporate assignments across the United States, in 2008 she was fortunate to relocate to Spokane, Washington. She's since become a committed KSPS fan, enjoying top-notch broadcasting with her entire family - her favorite programs include Nova, The NewsHour, The Antique Roadshow and Downton Abbey. Shannon was a board member for Spokane World Affairs Council (2011) and is currently Ecova's Spokane site leader for the office's 800 employees (2014 - Current), helping support the team's volunteer and community impact efforts.