I am privileged to serve Spokane County United Way as 2015-2016 Chair of the Board of Directors.

United Way agencies feed the hungry, provide shelter for the homeless, empower victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, help children stay in school and allow them to enjoy some of the traditions of childhood - scouting, camp and after-school club activities.

The work done by United Way and the agencies it supports in our community has a lifetime impact on children and families who need it most - and that is what drives my passion to serve.

As a former nurse and as I serve in my current role as regional chief executive for Providence Health Care, I have gained first-hand knowledge and experience in providing care to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

United Way is not only working to meet immediate needs in our community, but Spokane County United Way is also helping people move up and out of poverty to strengthen our community's future.

I have lived in Spokane for 13 years. My family and I are rooted in this community, and I want Spokane to continue to thrive.

I invite you to join me and be a part of the change we all want to see by volunteering, supporting and partnering with Spokane County United Way.

Together, we can make a real difference to those most in need.

Elaine Couture
Regional Chief Executive
Providence Health Care

Spokane County United Way is governed by a group of community volunteers who make up our Board of Directors. These volunteers live and work in Spokane County, and serve together as United Way’s primary decision makers. Activities such as fundraising, planning and fund distribution are conducted by these committed individuals who donate their time and effort to improving our community.

Board of Directors:

Jeff Bryant
Inland Northwest Blood Center

Ryan Carstens
Spokane Community College

Shelly Colomb
Umpqua Bank

Elaine Couture
Board Chair
Providence Health Care

Gina Drummond

Kim Ferraro
West Central Community Center

Kristin Goff
Wendle Motors

Michelle Grabicki
Numerica Credit Union

Ronda Kenney
Eastern State Hospital

Ozzie Knezovich
Spokane County Sheriff's Office

Dean Larsen
Spokane County Medical Society

Jonathan Mallahan
City of Spokane

Brenda Stevenson-Marshall
Gonzaga University

Rob McCann
Catholic Charities

Reverend Lonnie Mitchell
Bethel AME / Emmanuel Life Center

Sharelynn Moore

Marcelo Morales
A4 Ventures, LLC

Tina Morrison
Professional Musician's Union Inland NW, Local #105

Susan Nelson
Black & Dunn

Wendy Newman
Northwest Farm Credit Services

Timm Ormsby
State Legislature / Spokane Regional Labor Council

Nick Pierre
Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Paul Read
Journal of Business

Shelley Redinger, PhD
Spokane Public Schools

Jan Schmidlkofer
K & N

Brenda Stevenson-Marshall
Gonzaga University

Christine Varela
Desautel Hege

Frank Velazquez

Dennis Vermillion
Avista Corporation

Dorothy Webster
Community Volunteer