Board Members

Steve Carlson
Owner, Carlson Machine Works

Since 1980, Steve has owned and operated his own local business, Carlson Machine Works. Steve has also been a managing member of Exactrix Global Systems since 1997 and treasurer of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for more than 20 years.


  • BA Business Administration – Central Washington State University

Shanna Cejka
Owner,Domaci Property Management


  • Integrated Business and Entrepreneurial Program – Community Colleges of Spokane
  • WEBnet Real Estate School
  • Managing Broker’s License

Gary Clark

Gary is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and B52 Instructor Radar Navigator. He also served as a Strategic Air Command Inspector General Team Member and has a consulting background. After retiring from military service, he became a funeral director and embalmer.

Dennis Feiss

Before becoming a consultant for farmers and fishermen on business planning, Dennis worked as a Deputy Director for Washington State University’s Center for Risk Management Education. He also served as the Vice President for Spokane Regional Chapter of Commerce, as the Manager for Spokane Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Bureau, and has worked to diversify crop and livestock in Lincoln County.


  • BS – Washington State University
  • BMasters of Organizational Leadership – Gonzaga University

Donn Gehret

Accountant and IT Manager for John Deere Construction Equipment Dealership


  • U.S. Navy Data Processor, Computer Systems Analyst, College Account and Program Analysis
  • Certificate of Lay Ministry – Whitworth College

Sylvia Hedrick
Executive Support Specialist, STCU

Before joining STCU, Sylvia worked as an executive assistant to the presidents at both Washington Trust Bank and Whitworth University.


  • Kinman Business University, Spokane, Washington

Don Kennedy
Present Managing Partner, Kennedy-Jones LLC (Semi-Retired)

Though semi-retired since 2015, Don still serves as the Present Managing Partner for Kennedy-Jones LLC. His career has included roles like working at advertising agency, Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) America and Northwest Farm Credit Services, and has a history in Mineral Operations and Consulting Services


  • JD Law – Gonzaga University
  • MS Geology – Eastern Washington University
  • BS Geology – Eastern Washington University

Bill Lenz

Bill is a practicing attorney with Witherspoon Kelley, his primary focus is real estate, corporate governance, banking and employee benefits. Bill also has a passion for math and was once a math teacher.


  • Juris Doctor, with distinction – The University of Iowa Collage of Law
  • B.A. in Mathematics – Walla Walla University

Betsy Newman

Betsy has an array of administrative, marketing and communications experience, having worked for an international accounting firm, a national restaurant chain, a bank, and a law firm. Her community and volunteer work includes her church, Meals on Wheels, and the Junior League.


  • B.A. in Office Administration – Washington State University

Linda Roedl

Linda is a caregiver at heart. She is a licensed Registered Nurse with many years of experience and currently working on her Masters in Healthcare Administration.


  • B.A. in Nursing – Washington State University
  • B.A. in Professional Accounting – Eastern Washington University
  • Licensed Practical Nurse – Spokane Community College

John Whitcomb

John has an extensive background in the banking industry. He also owned and operated a yacht repair business. John is now retired and is actively involved in the Antique & Classis Boat Society.


  • B.A. in Business and Economics – Eastern Washington University

Kristine Walker

Kristine’s career included working in Nordstrom Customer Service and as a First Presbyterian Preschool Teacher. Most recently, she worked as the Project Manager for Construction Management of Kroc Center, Coeur d’Alene. She is an active community volunteer having supported Camp Spalding, First Presbyterian Church and Hospice of Spokane among other deserving organizations in Spokane.


  • BA in Art History – University of Washington