Laura is the founder and principal of Design Spike®, Inc., a 14+ year old advertising and marketing firm located in Spokane, Wash. In 1991, she received a MA in English from the University of Texas in Arlington, having previous graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA degree in English there. After graduation, Laura became an educator who taught English, American and World literature; composition; argumentation; and communications courses at various colleges in Texas as well as developed new curricula for vocational/technical written and oral communications courses using portfolio and collaborative team methodologies; integrated communication coursework with other disciplines to demonstrate relevancy; worked on developing critical thinking skills; and created a writer’s workshop. She also served as the Managing Editor of Today’s Dallas Woman, a woman’s magazine in Dallas, Texas.
Laura moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1995, when she became heavily involved in web design and HTML programming, but continued to teach and write for local publications including the Journal of Business, Spokane Woman, and The Spokesman Review. By 2003, Laura opened Design Spike, which initially began as a web site design and development company.
Laura is the Chairperson for Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network’s Board of Directors, sits on the board of Northwest Mediation Center, is a member of Inland Northwest Business Association and of PRSA Spokane, and was a 12 year member of Rotary Club 21.
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.
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. Cheryl is currently the Secretary for WHEN.
Mable is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Certified Domestic Violence Counselor and Family Mediator. She is an author and has written numerous articles on the issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She travels internationally to conduct workshops, healing conferences, and educate communities, church leaders and members on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She is an outspoken advocate for individuals who desire healing and empowerment through Christ. Mable is President/CEO and Founder of WHEN.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Verner, J.D.
Mary is originally from Fitzgerald, Georgia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Davidson College, earned her Master of Arts degree in environmental management from Yale University, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. She was the third woman to become mayor of Spokane and the first woman since a Mayor-Council program was instituted in the place of a previous Council-Manager system. Mary served on the City Council for four years before becoming mayor. Originally appointed to the council, Verner was subsequently elected to the position from which she ran for Mayor against an incumbent. She won with 53% of the vote, becoming Spokane’s 43rd mayor on November 27, 2007. She served in this position until November, 2011. She is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of WHEN.
Laura grew up in San Gabriel, Calif., in a wonderful family. She was educated at Pasadena Pacific College and College Southern Idaho. She owns her own accounting business, Hall of Books, that started in 1997 by the request of the CPA she was working with so that she could service his clients. Her first job in bookkeeping was at age 15 when she worked for her father. Laura has one son and a brother. She is the former Treasurer for WHEN.