Board of Directors

Tom Bartridge

Tom Bartridge, Chair

Tom Bartridge has over 40 years of experience helping companies achieve business objectives through re-organization, implementing change and nationalization efforts with 25 years in the Middle East focusing was on the Oil & Gas Industries, Renewable Energy Sector, Manufacturing and Real Estate Development. Tom experiences include the following:

ADNOC, HR Advisor, https://www.adnoc.ae

Eagle Hills, Executive Director HR, https://www.eaglehills.com/

Future Pipe Industries, Director HR, http://www.futurepipe.com/

MASDAR, Executive Director HR, http://masdar.ae/

EMAAR, Executive Director HR, https://www.emaar.com/en/

Saudi Aramco, Organizational Change Consultant, http://www.saudiaramco.com/en/home.html

Abu Dhabi Gas Industries, GASCO 21 Team Leader, http://www.gasco.ae/en/Pages/Index.aspx

SABIC - Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, HR Consultant, https://www.sabic.com/en

His experiences include developing organizational change strategies, evaluating corporate performance, implementing and leading restructuring programs, leadership development, team building, mentoring & coaching, designing executive level succession plans, creating & conducting survey programs and establishing integrated competency-based training programs that support Nationalization initiatives across the GCC region.

Tom has led numerous workshops and has published articles in the Strategic HR Review, ISO Magazine, Human Assets Magazine and produced articles for AME Info (www.ameinfo.com). And while in the Middle East region, Tom was awarded the HR Professional of the Year at the Human Resource Summit held in September 2005 in Dubai.

His education includes a BSc in Education & Training where he graduated “Magna cum Laude” from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in HR Management & Development from Chapman.

Laura Lindsay

Laura Lindsay, Vice Chair

Laura Lindsay is the owner of “Laura Lindsay Insurance Agency/American Family Insurance” located in Airway Heights, Washington. Prior to her arrival in the Spokane region Laura served as a Legal Assistant with the Carmen Law Office in Walla Walla, Washington. She has always been a strong advocate for serving the community and while working as a Counselor at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla from 2002 through 2012 she was part of a team that researched and developed the Earned Incentives Program (a behavior modification program) which resulted in reducing violence by 30%. This achievement, along with her stellar performance resulted in being recognized by the Governor as “Prison Counselor of the Year”. Laura graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors of Finance and is the founder and President of the Airway Referral Network, a member of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Medical Lake Business Development Committee. Prior to joining the WHEN Board she was a volunteer at Cleone’s Closet and supported other WHEN activities including major fundraising activities for the network.

Shannen Kuest, Secretary 

Shannen is an award-winning reporter with The Cheney Free Press, covering a variety of issues affecting the West Plains. Prior to her work in Spokane County, Shannen wrote for multiple publications in Western Washington and her work has been featured in The Seattle Times, The Washington Times, TulalipNews, The Spokesman-Review and the Inlander. In the past she has specialized in issues relating to government, tribal matters, homelessness and the environment. Shannen is also the owner of specialty wedding and event business Mountain Violets Floral Design. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her three dogs, crafting and volunteering with SpokAnimal in Spokane.

Seth Everts, Treasurer

Seth is a Financial Service Representative III and Assistand Branch Manager at the Airway Heights Branch of First Interstate Bank.

Dennis Mitchell

Dennis Mitchell, Member

Dennis is a highly sought after, dynamic, sensational, celebrity speaker and emcee! He delivers keynote presentations, student activity lecture programs, and talks to thousands of students each year on self-empowerment and success.

In 1982, 12 days after his 5th birthday, little Dennis (Mitchell) was killed by an impaired driver. This tragic event was the catalyst for Dennis to present to assemblies at high schools on teen driver safety. His topics include teen driver safety, substance abuse prevention, leadership, and motivation. He shines with enthusiasm and delivers fresh, stimulating ideas. These hands-on interactive programs insure that the teens not only understand, but can immediately put to use the practical knowledge and skills presented. He shines with enthusiasm and delivers fresh, stimulating ideas. Dennis doesn't simply tell students "you can do it!" He takes them through the learning experience of "how to do it!" His zest for life and commitment to empower others to be their best is well received wherever he speaks and when it comes to getting results; it's easy to see why... "Dennis speaks from experience!" Dennis is the former Host/Executive Producer for "Choices TV Talk Show" in Spokane Washington, where he interviewed celebrities like L.L. Cool J, Yolanda King, Edward James Olmos, Ellen Travolta, Sir Mix-A-Lot and others. Dennis appears in movies like “Home of the Brave” with Samuel L. Jackson, “Alicia’s Book” with Christian Slater, and “The Golden Door” with Snoop Dog, and commercials. ESD101’s documentary “Choosing Success” is based on Dennis’s life. He is quoted in newspapers, appears in the news, and is an international expert presenter. Dennis is also a contributing author for “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul”, and one of the most entertaining speakers on the lecture circuit! He is married with 6 children and lives in Spokane, WA. Dennis is Vice-Chair for Women’s Healing and Empowerment Board of Directors.

Lorenda Rae Edwards

Lorenda hosts the midday show on Shine 104.9FM in Spokane and Coeur D'Alene as well as hosting a Christian morning show in California for The Promise FM.  Lorenda has been in the broadcasting business for over 30 years.  She started out with a love for music and has played piano since she was 8 years old.  Later she fell in love with acting which led her into the radio business where she landed opportunities in Dallas, San Antonio, San Jose, Fresno and Spokane.

Lorenda says she loves God, her kids and family, radio, and she always always always wanted to be on a TV Comedy Sitcom!!

 

Nina Fleur Needham

Nina is a passionate HR Professional with extensive experience in all aspects of recruitment, identification of needs assessment, creation of personalized training material, training & development, employee engagement, and customer service operations. Her portfolio includes managing large-scale training projects, providing support for specialized training teams, implementing strategic talent acquisition plans, developing retention tools and supporting organizational succession planning.

Nina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Strategic Management from Bellevue University. She is an active member of many prominent HR organizations that include the Society for Human Resource Management, at both the national and local level, and the Inland Society of Human Resource Management. Nina is also an active member of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Association at Fairchild, AFB WA where she also served as team lead for six years.

Nina enjoys spending time with her family, reading and listening to music. She also enjoys mentoring up-and-coming HR professionals where she shares her knowledge and passion for HR.

Advisory Board Members

Laura Bracken

Laura Bracken

Laura Bracken owned Design Spike, Inc., a Spokane, Washington, web design and development company, for almost 16 years.  Prior to owning a business, Laura was  an English professor who taught English, American and World literature; composition; argumentation; and communications courses. She was the managing editor of Today’s Dallas Woman in Dallas, Texas as well as wrote for local publications including the Journal of Business, Spokane Woman, and The Spokesman Review. Laura sits on the board of Northwest Mediation Center, is a member of Inland Northwest Business Association, and of Public Relations Society of American Spokane Chapter, and was a 12 year member of Rotary Club 21. Laura is the past board chair for WHEN. 

Cheryl Wallace

Cheryl Wallace

Cheryl works in the Family Life Department at Upper Columbia Conference in Spokane, Wash. She is married to David and is mother to Joshua, Steven and Noah. While her work experience includes assisting women in crisis, she thrives on being a helper to all of God’s children. 

Jon R. Mundall, M.D.

Jon R. Mundall, M.D.

Jon is a practicing physician in the field of nutritional or functional medicine with offices in Cornell, Wash. and Spokane, Wash. He has been practicing medicine since he graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School in 1973. He is a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and the International College of Integrative Medicine. In addition to his focus on nutritional therapies, he specializes in immune system disorders and clinical toxicology. He enjoys the challenge of treating chronic health problems that are unresponsive to conventional therapies. He and his wife, Eloyce, have been married for over 40 years and have 7 children and 12 grand children. He is the Medical Consultant for WHEN.

John Solomon

John Solomon

John has served as a Pastor, Teacher and community leader for 20 years, helping those with difficulties to lead a more abundant life. He has helped local churches serve seniors at assisted living facilities, challenged children, families of divorce, widows, and those with alcohol/drug problems. While a teacher, he was a school counselor, encouraging high school and junior high students to make better choices and helping them through challenges. He is currently a police chaplain in the city of Spokane and helps families and those in uniform through difficult circumstances. He is dedicated to fostering healthy people and families through stronger community support. He is honored to support WHEN.

Jon T. Fine

Following a long career as a sales & marketing professional and brand-builder in the commercial real estate and private club industries.  In 2016, Jon shifted gears to realize his life-long entrepreneurial dream to own and operate his own business.  Jon conceived and opened Retro Donuts in north Spokane and in two-and-a-half years has built a following of loyal "fanatics' and a burgeoning brand that is fast setting a "Classically New" standard for what a donut experience should be, and that he remembers as a child growing up in San Jose, CA.  Jon, and his "best-half" Renee will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary next month and are the proud parents of two sons, Harrison (23) and Tucker (19).