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on the cover Women in Business Leadership Award Winners Photos by: Ari Nordhagen Clockwise from Top Center Cover A: Jaxon Riley, Celeste Shaw-Coulston, Jacqueline Barnard, Stephanie Curran, Sinead Voorhees, Alissa Roloff, Lisa Fortier, Cyndi Donahue Cover B: Kammi Smith, Carolyn Kadyk, Kitara Johnson, Jen Mitchell, Brooke Cloninger, Evgeniya Brownlee, Sara Berry

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women in business leadership awards Much like women around the globe, women in our region are creating—and leading— companies and organizations that are helping build a community we can all be proud to raise families, build businesses and live out our lives any way we wish.

what I know In honor of Women’s History Month as well as the International Day of Women on March 8, Celeste Shaw-Coulston shares what she has come to know about women and womanhood.

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Editor Letter Stephanie’s Thoughts


First Look and Buzz The Social Hour After Dark Lilacs & Lemons Artist Eye Spokane Rising #SpokanePulse


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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Bugs, Birds and Life Lessons


uring a Thursday evening following my birthday day in early February, I was hit by a fast and furious stomach bug that leveled me out for a few days. Through the fog, as I occasionally lifted my head from my pillow, I squinted out into my existence, sensing I was losing days within hours. While it felt a bit of a blur as it unfolded, I can see that time more clearly now. As I look back over my journey with “the bug,” I gained a few insights. Being sick is incredibly inconvenient, for you and for everyone else in your life. Going from having everything to offer the world on a daily basis, to becoming a ward of humanity exposes the expectations we have of ourselves as well as those placed on us by others. Being mindful of how we offer ourselves to others—and the healthy boundaries we set around those offerings—is as important, if not more, than what we have to offer in the first place. We aren’t consumable objects ready and waiting for someone else to have a need of us. Saying “no” at times and not jumping at other people’s dime drop helps to remind others our existence goes far beyond appeasing their desires, requests, wants and needs—this is true in both personal and professional relationships. The Crash If you are looking for the fast track back to your own room upon arrival at the ER— versus feeling like death in the shoulder-toshoulder waiting game with 50 of your now closest physically downtrodden strangers— have abdominal pain, a temperature, crazy high blood pressure and a racing resting heart rate, cry when the doctor comes over to asses you and sprinkle, like fairy dust,

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talk of a family history of appendicitis … for good measure (joking aside, this was my presentation and in no way a haox). They will ask you a lot of questions in the ER because they must assess your health life story in a split second of time. Questions such as “how often do you drink alcohol?” and you’ll have to get real about it being your birthday week and all of your recent champagne toasts and bubbly consumption—way back a couple of days ago when life was perfect. Pushing the “staff assist” button instead of the nurses button presents a different outcome than you may expect and raises major alarms. But, still, nothing quite like the alarms set-off when the “code blue” button is inadvertently pressed. That is how I was introduced to what felt like the entire ER, and how I became an instant phenomenon when all I needed to do was use the restroom. Code blue, apparently, also causes one of your nurse assistants to “finish pooping” faster than he’s ever done in his life. The Rise After several days down, and back at home, you may feel inspired to begin your rise in the kitchen, becoming a homemaker like that one season of life when the kids were super young—about 15 years ago—and you baked a lot of banana, cranberry and zucchini bread that Fall. Maybe you’ll want to make soup, or, perhaps, chili. You still have four bags of dried beans in the pantry you’ve had forever, and you want to go back to the old fashioned day roots you never had by starting something from scratch and soaking the beans. By the time the beans are soft and have expanded 100 times their size, you’re no longer in the mood for chili or cooking or thinking. And since you wouldn’t take up anyone’s offer to drop off things you might need, you’ll dial up a delivery service to bring you a single. cup. of. soup. Which brings me to a bit of advice for the family and friends of the sick human. Don’t wait to hear from the ill person—this goes

for those who experience loss, too—about what they may need, desire or want in order to step up to be a hero for them. Be a bold giver: grab some comforts—soup, crackers, broth, cozy socks, a microwave bean bag, something warm to sip, a book or magazine, a card or flowers—to drop off on their doorstep. Send a text as you drive away to let them know your heart is with them and even though illness can feel lonely— whether or not we desire to be alone when we are hurting—they are cared for, and they are not alone. And then there will be birds. Or other aspects of life you will notice in the quiet space inherent when an illness stops your world for a spell. The stillness of that stopping lends a precious and rare opportunity to take notice of your surroundings again. Not the mounting heap of laundry or dumped out bin of toys—are those never not in our field of understanding?—but things like the birds eating bright red berries off of a snow-covered tree to the left of your front window. And, upon further investigation, the mayhem and music dozens of them seem to be creating in the giant evergreen tree off the deck. Always listen for the birds. It pulls you into the moment, allows you to pause over the magnificence of life around you while reminding you to be oh so grateful for another day of your own existence. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and we are Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook or Twitter—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine page—to stay connected between press dates, and to share your thoughts, stories and life in real time. To the bugs—their lessons—and to the birds,

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ait, who? If you’re having trouble placing the name and face, you’re not alone. In a sketch from “The Social Hour After Dark,” Spokane’s new late night variety show, host Deece Casillas is showing his photo to people around town, asking if they recognize the familiar-looking guy in the picture—most are perplexed. “He looks like a mafia hitman,” says one person. “I think it’s Mayor Condon,” guesses another. Actually, Deece is a comedian, writer and podcaster. He’s been on the comedy stage for a decade, performing regularly around the Northwest, and producing shows as one of the heads of SpoKomedy, co-host of the Drink N’ Debate comedy competition at the Spokane Comedy Club, and star of his own podcast, The Social Hour, where he discusses local and worldwide events from his comedic perspective. The Social Hour After Dark takes off from there as a live-andin-person variety show featuring stand-up and sketch comedy, improv and interviews at the Spokane Comedy Club. Think the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show rolled into one. “I love talking to people and I love


Spokane,” Deece says. “I think we’re on an interesting vanguard of the arts, and I want to help promote that in a funny way and entertain people at the same time.” The Social Hour After Dark is one weekend evening a month. Each 90-minute performance starts with a monologue of jokes on topics ranging from national politics and current news to the latest happenings from around the Inland Northwest. Being a late night, 21-and over show, you can expect some mature humor. “It’s not a hard ‘R’ but it’s definitely not PG-13,” Deece says. “No governing bodies have given the show an official rating as of yet. “It’s all written and produced by me,” Deece says. Taped sketches and man-on the street bits also feature the talents of local funny people Folger Emerson, Lucas Prahm, Tony Russell, Will Gilman and Ronnie Taylor. When Deece sits down at the interview desk, he’ll be chatting it up with a variety of guests, including nationally touring comedians, area musicians and local newsmakers. Recently in the hot seat were Jeff Dye, of the NBC show, “Better Late Than Never,” and Corey Michaelis, a Seattle standup who recently released a comedy album that debuted at number two on the Billboard charts. Community figures have included former Gonzaga basketball star Matt Santangelo, city council president and mayoral candidate Ben Stuckart and “Selfie Dad” Chris Burr, who gained internet fame for mocking the provocative pictures of his 19 year old daughter. “There’s something for everyone,” Deece says. And by everyone, he means anyone in Spokane who’s up for a good laugh.











FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


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by Vincent Bozzi

LILACS to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for refusing to join with other sheriffs who are denouncing and refusing to enforce Initiative 1639, which requires that guns be safely stored. He’s correct that it may be very difficult to enforce, but his job is to enforce the law, not to pick and choose which laws he doesn’t like. Ozzie is a straight shooter and we admire him for that. LILACS to Nathan Peabody for reopening

LEMONS to those who won’t vaccinate their children, thus bringing us back into the stone age on diseases that were all but eradicated in our state. Children are getting measles again, and other dreaded diseases are ebbing back. Our continued disregard for science and knowledge is our folly. LILACS to the city of Spokane for likely bringing back Lime scooters and bicycles this spring. The cheerful green transports have been missed downtown, at least by me. The company will encourage helmet use and forbid sidewalk use, both of which will be ignored and forgotten about on the first day. We think alternative transportation is the future of cars, and it’s opened our eyes to new ways of getting around. They might invite another company in as well, so we might also be seeing a cadre of red or blue people movers. Our request: just one more company to avoid saturating the market. LILACS to Spokane Valley for passing a nuisance ordinance on problem houses. We’ve all seen that one house in an otherwise pristine neighborhood, the one with weeds instead of grass, chipping paint, garbage strewn in the yard, cars stopping at all hours, with frequent loud fights and gunshots. The Valley now says five strikes and you’re out. Homeowners are now able to protect their neighborhood and property values. We think they should reduce it to three strikes since the slate is wiped clean with each new year, but this is a great start. ORANGES to the Spokane Club for discontinuing their iconic orange rolls, those

tasty pastries which have practically defined the club for the past million years or so. As a member, this is just a gentle nudge to please reconsider the delicacies that helped make the club famous. What’s next, no Whammys at Dicks? No tartar sauce at Zip’s? C’mon guys!

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Spokane’s iconic Donut Parade on Hamilton Street. Note to Peabody: See item above and don’t dare reopening without offering the EXACT same maple bars; they are simply the best. The youth group leader of Christian Grace Fellowship, Nathan, and his wife, Christa, hope to help provide job training to youth. We pray that both the doughnuts and the youth will be wonderfully raised.

LEMONS to the owners of the first four floors of the Flour Mill building for not giving Bozzi Media the opportunity to meet or beat any offers for Chateau Rive, our event center there. After taking a risk on the space and building it up through advertising and events for the past five years, we feel we should have been given the courtesy. We almost certainly would have paid more. Wishing the best, though, to new owners and leaseholders Red Rock Catering. LILACS to Washington State car and truck owners, who have gradually upgraded their vehicles to the point where there are fewer smoking choking emissions now than ever before—so much so that the state is closing down the Washington emission check program. We feel so free! After 2020, no more going through the nerve wracking and slightly expensive emission check. The best news is that air pollution has now met all federal air quality standards, which is an even better win than losing the checkpoints.

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JACK AND DAN’S A favorite watering hole in the Logan neighborhood and a tradition among Gonzaga students, Jack and Dan’s is a historic building, and according to a Spokesman Review article by Stefanie Pettit, one of few places in town that has been serving beer continuously since the end of Prohibition. Its green canopies catch the eyes of people driving up and down Nevada, inviting new visitors to an excellent neighborhood bar and piece of Spokane history.

Megan Perkins began her project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane, in May and plans to continue sketching and painting at cool places and events in Spokane for the next year. Follow her adventures on Instagram @artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and

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FIRST LOOK/spokane rising


by Anthony Gill

Finding Our Culinary Niche

While in college, I attended a conference in western New York.

I didn’t expect Buffalo to be particularly interesting (given its postindustrial decline and a decades-long flight to the suburbs), but I was surprised to find a slowly-revitalizing, unique city with an unapologetic sense of pride. I think I was most surprised by the food. Either I had exceptionally capable storytellers as tour guides, or the region truly had its own unique cuisine, often brought by European immigrants to their new homes. Beef on weck (a type of roast beef sandwich), Loganberry (a berry flavored beverage), kielbasa (a Polish sausage), and of course, Buffalo wings. Regional cuisine had given birth to regional events. On Thursdays, thousands of Buffalo residents descend on a local public square to patronize a pod of twenty-plus food trucks and listen to live music with their neighbors. The level of regional identity, regional pride, caught me off-guard. In Spokane, short of huckleberries, craft IPAs, and perhaps fresh salmon, we have few universally-accepted “iconic” regional dishes or ingredients. Our food truck and pop-up scene, while fantastic, doesn’t yet have the critical mass necessary to support weekly largescale events. And even well-loved and established local restaurants, like The Blackbird or Santé, don’t always last. Fortunately, these conditions enable our local food scene to experiment and create, and patrons are often willing to go along for the ride. Without rigid constraints on what qualifies as a pizza (I see you, Chicago and New York), in Spokane you can order a Thai pizza— or one with blackberries, orange zest, and brie (seriously). Craving a happy hour snack? Indulge on some bacon fat popcorn. Want an

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interesting, globally-inspired new menu every month? We’ve got a restaurant for you. Likewise, Inlander Restaurant Week and Pig Out in the Park offer “traditional” food-centric events, but the Kendall Yards Night Market—which does not focus on prepared food—attracts hordes of local residents with fresh produce and artisanal goods, live music, and spectacular people-watching.

In other words, because our local food scene operates free of the constraints of areas with more established cuisines, events, or environments, it can innovate with relative abandon. Our culinary identity can be one of diversity, creativity, and risk-taking. To be clear, our local restaurateurs certainly need more support and resources. We need to streamline the permitting and licensing processes for new restaurants. We should support new patio dining and other opportunities to grow incremental revenue. We should work to ensure existing and future buildings are affordable to independent and chef-owned restaurants. And the scene as a whole needs significantly more marketing support, to share what our chefs have created here in a mid-sized, second-tier city between Seattle and Minneapolis. But I would take unexpected gems, culinary diversity, and creative entrepreneurship over Buffalo wings any day or the week. Anthony Gill is an economic development professional and the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live. 506 N. Sullivan Rd, Suite D | Spokane Valley, WA 99037 627 N. Baugh Way | Post Falls, ID 83854

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A MILD WINTER AT BREEDAN FALLS Breedan Falls at the Channeled Badlands by Doug Sanford Instagram @ dgsanfordphotography I am a Spokane Valley resident whose landscape photography hobby is turning into an obsession. I had shot Breedan Fallls once before, but had been wanting to reshoot it. I was out looking for scenes to shoot in the frost and ended up in the area again. The road down to the falls is usually pretty muddy except in the summer. Fortunately, the road was frozen, so access was relatively easy. I thought about incorporating the bridge just below the falls in the shot, but I decided it would distract the viewer’s attention away from the main subject: the falls.

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RENAISSANCE POET grown up in the northwest, I was not prepared for the landscape or climate of the Dakota plains, and living there was a shock to my imagination, which had always included mountains and fast rivers. Over the years of living there, I came to understand it as profoundly beautiful landscape, but a much more austere one than here. The poems move back to the northwest and into Spokane’s West Central neighborhood, which is also a beautiful and fascinating place. So the book explores two cycles of leaving, arriving, and inhabiting, and is, in the end, about learning to be present where you are. You are a beloved professor at Whitworth. How does your poetry inform your teaching and vice versa? Maybe an element common to both my writing and my teaching is an openness to possibility. I’m a notoriously late syllabuswriter, meaning I don’t always have 15 weeks of material planned out on the first day of class, because I want to see where the class wants or needs to go, based on the students’ interests and passions. I feel like my poems also tend to wander a bit, exploring different images and subjects before finally focusing. I often don’t know what a poem is really about until I’ve gotten it all out and can look back and see what has happened. My students might say my lectures work on the same principle.



Poet, professor, editor,

publisher, and Millwood Print Works cofounder Thom Caraway launches his new poetry collection this month, What the Sky Lacks (Korrektiv Press). I caught up with Thom— who was also our first-ever Spokane Poet Laureate—over email to ask about his many community-oriented projects. Can you tell us a little bit about your new poetry collection What the Sky Lacks and what inspired it? The book takes its title and inspiration from having lived in North Dakota for several years. Having

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You run one of the Northwest’s loveliest independent presses, Sage Hill, and you impressively handle all aspects of it, including the design. Have you always been interested in the visual arts, and how best do you describe your design process? I’ve been fascinated by the visual arts for as long as I can remember, but despite my efforts, really never developed any skill in it. In graduate school, I took a course in editing and publishing, and got really interested in typography, which led, eventually, to book design. I’m still not much of a visual artist but I can find and use interesting work by good artists and arrange it with type on a book cover. A lot of design is cultivating a sense of taste, of what looks good, and understanding the elements of effective composition. When I’m designing a book, I want to get a sense of what it is up to, what the mood and textures are, and work from there, so that the cover gives the potential reader a reason to pick it up, and a sense of what they’ll find in the text.

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when the time feels right. “I’ve always tried to keep myself open to new challenges, and taking whatever message the Universe sends my way.” The Universe must be very chatty. White, 31, lived in rural Maine until she was ten, then headed to South Dakota. Now she lives in Spokane with her nine-yearold daughter, and every week drives from there to her letterpress print shop in Post Falls, and to Cheney, where she teaches one class a quarter for EWU. Sound like a lot of moving parts? “Someone said, I can’t believe you do all that commuting. But I love it. It’s the one time in my day when I’m alone, and it’s quiet, and I can let my mind drift and sort things out.” There’s a lot to sort out. At Typebee print shop, she’s responsible for taking orders, keeping the books—and running and maintaining a one-ton printing press that’s almost 100 years old, a press she rebuilt from the ground up. She also collaborates with other artists and prints their designs. And she does all of the “make-ready”: getting the press set up, the ink mixed, all the handwork that goes into letterpress printing. What drives White? Some of it might be genetic. Her father immigrated from Germany when he was 17, and went on to become an aerospace engineer.

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“My parents divorced when I was young, so whenever there was anything around the house that needed to be put together, I’d read the instructions and figure it out. I loved instruction manuals when I was a kid.” After high school, White hit the road again, bound for the country’s third largest city. “I’ve always had a strange affinity for Chicago. Even as a little kid, I wanted to live there. The first time I walked along Wacker Drive, I thought, this is my town, these are my people.” White graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art, and apprenticed at a letterpress shop in Chicago. “I was doing intern work—folding boxes, running to the post office. But one day the owner got so far behind she asked me to do some actual printing, and I didn’t want to stop.” White likes to combine her hands-on, physical abilities with the more cerebral work required to solve problems and make calculations down to thousandths of an inch. “There’s a lot to this process, and the process is important. You can’t take shortcuts, and you can’t just quit when it gets hard. Sometimes you have to power through it. “This is ancient technology,” she says, “and that’s where my love of letterpress comes from. It keeps me human, keeps me connected to that history. I’m here on this earth to remember.”

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I’m worried that we’re losing that tactile connection in our lives, especially in our work, that human connection. That perseverance—call it stubbornness, call it grit—led White to DOMA’s coffee roasting plant in Post Falls, Idaho. She’d heard DOMA’s owners, Rebecca Hurlen-Patano and Terry Patano, had a beat-up 1924 Chandler and Price press sitting unused in their warehouse. It wasn’t exactly love at first sight. “It had this aura of neglect and doom. We didn’t know if it would print, even if we could get it running.” Rebecca was working in the office three days later when White came back. “She dropped by unannounced and said, ‘You know what, I can fix that press.’ She was very persistent, and persuasive, and I finally said, ‘Okay, let’s talk.’” White spent about 80 hours over ten days, with Rebecca pitching in after hours, taking the press apart, cleaning it, replacing broken parts, and putting it all back together. But would it run? “I had taken a press apart in Chicago, but not a C and P, and every press is different. But we fired it up, and it printed. Everybody was super excited.” But White still lived in Chicago, so DOMA “offered to buy me six airline tickets, a month apart,” to fly into Spokane to print their coffee bags. That worked for a few months, but it was hard on everyone, Rebecca said. The time came for the big move, and on Dec. 8, 2014, White and her daughter landed in Spokane. She had previously arranged part-time work with Michael Lynch of Coeur d’Alene’s Letterpress USA. “He really helped improve my skill level. He’s my number-one mentor—even now.” For the first year and a half, White only printed bags for DOMA, but by then, the company had outgrown that use of the press. Today, Rebecca says, the press prints can labels and “most

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of the rest of what Breanna prints for us are things that people keep. It’s fine artwork.” Those qualities of dedication and drive are what Rebecca saw in White the first time she showed up at DOMA’s door. “Breanna’s followed an incredibly difficult path to success,” Rebecca says. “She’s a skilled designer, she’s thoroughly honest, and I think she’s a complete gift to the Northwest.” It may be convenient to rely on the latest technology to solve our problems, White says, but it comes at a cost. “I’m worried that we’re losing that tactile connection in our lives, especially in our work, that human connection,” she says. But as she keeps one eye on the past, she keeps another trained on the future. “A lot of this information is kept by an older generation, and they are passing away,” she says. In Spokane, mechanic Ed Haight has been especially helpful. White also found a Heidelberg Windmill press that needed work. She put an ad in the newspaper in a last-ditch effort to find someone to help her with the repairs, and that’s how she met Paul F. Barkley Sr., who now works part-time for Typebee. White’s other employee is Emma Sheldon Stokoe, who might represent the face of letterpress printing’s next generation. She’s young and smart, works well with her hands and is dedicated and persistent. “I’m probably not the easiest person to work for,” White says. “I have a thousand thoughts, and sometimes they all come out at once.” But the two work well together, and Emma’s “become the business-card queen,” White says. And in another sign of hope, White says there’s an up-swell of interest in people searching for a creative outlet in their lives. “There’s a strong internal impulse to express themselves in ways that society doesn’t encourage, or even allow.” As long as there’s ink and paper, Breanna White will continue to make a lasting impression, far into the future.

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by Darin Burt

ootball is about more than the game. It’s friends tailgating, cheerleaders and marching bands, crazy mascots and fans decked out in home colors showing their team spirit. For Demetrius Palmer and Dennis Turner, co-owners of the Spokane Wolfpack semipro football team, it’s also about pride and community—it’s about the drive to the goal, both on and off the field. “The game of football is about steps and leverage, and acting collectively as team,” says Palmer as players practice for the upcoming season. “We want to instill in these guys the core values of accountability, dedication, integrity, respect and teamwork. That’s what’s required to function in life, build relationships and come together as a community. “We have 50-plus guys on our team and if we can get them to buy into the culture and have big responsibility outside of football, then it’s that many guys who can go out into

the community and give back to the youth and light their fire.” If you’ve never heard of the Wolfpack, it’s likely because the team has been overshadowed in recent years by Spokane’s arena team. With the Shock and the Empire now gone, the Wolfpack is the only football game in town. But this is no weekend scrimmage between friends—this is real, competitive football with real, honest to goodness players, from former high school standouts to college athletes and even some ex-semi pro players. Scott Word, 52, may be the oldest player on the roster, but he’s been playing since he was a teenager, was a strong safety for Montgomery (Maryland) Community College and is currently an assistant coach at Rogers High School—don’t expect him to be warming the bench. “These guys keep me young. It’s a blast,” says Word, who like most of his teammates, has a day job and other responsibilities off the field. “I compete at the same level as all these guys, and because of my experience, I can mentor some of these younger players

and kind of be like a coach on the field.” Eighteen year old Christopher Regalado is the youngest player on the roster. At 6’8” and 309 pounds he attracts attention wherever he goes. After “How tall are you?” the next most popular question he receives is “Which sports do you play?” When he graduated last June—after three years as a three-sport athlete for North Central High School—Regalado felt a “lack of motivation and belief ” that he could play beyond high school. “Wolpack seemed like a really big MARCH 2019 /



Co-Owners Demetrius Palmer and Dennis Turner

We want to instill in these guys the core values of accountability, dedication, integrity, respect and teamwork. That’s what’s required to function in life, build relationships and come together as a community. deal,” Regalado says. “Too big a deal for me to be part of. I couldn’t see my potential until I agreed to meet with Demetrius. To feel wanted and believed in—and to know the program was about so much more than the sport—was exciting to consider being a part of.” After the encouragement from Palmer, and an evening of tryouts with an energy Regalado says he had never experienced before, he has a whole new outlook on his future. “It’s going to be a lot of hard work, and I look forward to finding out what my true potential is because I know these guys are going to push me to find it, and this program will only help me become a better player and a person.” “These guys love the game, and to show that to the community is going to be huge,” stated Head Coach Aaron Woods. “But aside from actually playing football, it will do a lot more for these guys from the mental aspect—athletics is a great opportunity for people to learn the skills they need to be successful in life.” The Wolfpack competes in the Northern Cascade Football League along with the Tri-City Rage, Arlington Grizzlies, Portland Raiders, Kitsap Storm and Southsound Nighthawks. It’s a 10-game season kicking off April 20, with Spokane’s home field at either Whitworth’s Pine Bowl or Eastern Washington’s Roos Field. This may be the minor leagues, but the goals are big time. As part of their contracts, each of the players is required to perform community service throughout the season. As a nonprofit organization, the Wolfpack has the opportunity to offer sponsorships to give back to the community at large and do some really cool programs, like sending kids 42 / MARCH 2019

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to football, basketball and cheerleading camps. They’re also planning a development program where they will recruit from local high schools—football players who may not be considering furthering their education— and help them build their skills and selfconfidence, so they can successfully attend junior college and hopefully become active members of the team. “It’s a win, win,” Palmer says. “It’s not too late,” is a common theme for many of the players—and even the management. Turner, for example, has been an avid sports fan all his life, but never suited up. Instead, he was the drum major for the marching band. This is his chance to make a memorable play. “A lot of these guys are using this as a platform to keep their dreams alive and maybe even take it to the next level,” Turner says. “We’re getting ready to showcase a lot of Spokane’s hidden talent. It’s not a ‘game.’ We take it very seriously with the goal to bring a championship home to Spokane.”

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Korngold’s captivating Violin Concerto is an intoxicating combination of Hollywood accessibility, rigorous virtuosity and unabashed romanticism. Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony, considered one of the composer’s finest, is a requiem for the millions who suffered and died during WWII and under the Stalinist regime. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

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March 14: Postmodern Jukebox: Welcome to the Twenties 2.0

Fox Presents the return of internet sensation, Postmodern Jukebox, in their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 show. To usher in the upcoming Twenty-Twenties, famed time-twisting musical collective Postmodern Jukebox will circumnavigate the globe in 2019 on their Welcome to the Twenties 2.0 Tour. The tour is meant to prepare the world for a new decade—one that Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee hopes will see a return to the style and craftsmanship that typified the music of past generations. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or 44 / MARCH 2019

The Hafso Sisters return to Spokane for a second time in a cabaret featuring their favorite music, this time at the beautiful Bing Crosby Theater. They perform professionally at various theaters and performance venues, primarily in Southern California. Kyrsten and Siri currently reside in San Diego, California while Lise has recently moved back to the Northwest. The cabaret will feature musical theatre (classic and contemporary), folk, jazz, and some original music. They will be joined by local musicians and members of the Spokane Area Youth Choirs. Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or

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March 21: Legally Blonde: The Musical

Our star, Elle Woods may be legally blonde, but she also proves to be the smartest person in the room. Woman power is on full display in this this fabulously fun awardwinning musical, Legally Blonde - The Musical. The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This contemporary, sassy, musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde - The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot. First Interstate Center (previously INB Performing Arts Center). 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or

March 22-April 14: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

15-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earthshattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507.(800) 325-SEAT or

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April 6: Fox Family Series: That Physics Show

What damage can a ping pong ball do as it hurtles at 700 miles an hour through a vacuum tube? Can you see the shape of sound in a dancing flame? That bowling ball is going to smash him in the face… but it didn’t. Lifetime professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific “magic” from the world of physics to the stage. No need for glitz or glamour, this eye-popping performance lets the laws of motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves/vibrations, light waves, and temperature do all the tricks; it’s all controlled by the world of physics. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or

April 7: The Illusionists

This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists -- Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. First Interstate Center (previously INB Performing Arts Center). 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or

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Women and Media Who reports the news … and why it matters

W by Judith Spitzer

hile reading bylines is commonplace for those who work in media, if you ask a typical newspaper reader whether the writer is male or female—the answer is probably “I don’t know.” In the United States, women represent a little over half the population. Yet according to a recent study by the Women’s Media Center, a national nonprofit that works to raise the visibility and viability of women in media, “male journalists continue to report most news, especially for wires and TV prime-time evening broadcasts.” “Inequality defines our media,” says Julie Burton, president of the WMC, in a statement. “Media tells us our roles in society—it tells who we are and what we can be.” Barton says in 40 years of studying gender issues in journalism, researchers have consistently found the same result: overall, male journalists report and produce the majority of U.S. news. Burton says the study clearly shows the media is in a state of great disruption. Still despite all the change, one thing remains the same: fewer women report the news than men. “Of particular concern is the gender gap at the wires, whose stories are picked up by news outlets across the country. Media tells us what is important and who matters, and when the wires assign 69 percent of the stories to men, the message is clear where women stand.”

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A 9-month survey (March 2018 – Nov. 2018) of Spokesman Review writer’s bylines on A1, by gender, revealed that in March 2018 bylines by female writers were 28 percent, April – 30 percent, May – 27 percent, June – 24 percent, July – 35 percent, Aug. – 16 percent, Sept. – 32 percent, Oct. – 29 percent, and Nov. 2018 – 30 percent. Addy Hatch-Hanley, outreach and communications director for Washington State University’s College of nursing, spent nearly 30 years in journalism in Spokane after moving here in 1995. Hatch-Hanley worked for both the Spokane Journal of Business, as well as the Spokesman Review, where she was managing editor until she left in 2017. Although not surprised by the statistics in the WMC study, Hatch-Hanley says having different perspectives (via both sexes) in the newsroom is a good thing. “Having many perspectives creates the strongest news. Diversity of all kinds is going to reflect what a news organization is supposed to do—reflect the lives and realities of its readers or viewers. We can’t do that unless people reporting the news are reflecting the community at large,” she says. Hatch-Hanley says journalism particularly hasn’t been good for women with families— “It’s a job that in the old traditional newspaper or TV grind you couldn’t depend on a schedule. You wouldn’t know if your plans were safe from breaking news. It hasn’t been conducive to people who are trying to take care of a family outside of work, which seems to fall disproportionally to women to do,” she says. Feminist news researchers have long argued that in the culture of most newsrooms, journalists’ daily decisions about what is newsworthy remain firmly based on masculine news values according to a study by Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. “As such, issues and topics traditionally seen to be particularly relevant to women tend to be pushed to the margins of the news where the implicit assumption is that they are less important than those which inter-

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est men. In so doing, men’s views and voices are privileged over women’s, thereby contributing to the ongoing secondary status of women’s participation as citizens,” the study states. Elizabeth Kissling, professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Eastern Washington University, says an old adage is still germane—“Media doesn’t tell us what to think; media tells us what to think about,” she says, adding that sexism today is much subtler than it has been in the past. “In a post-feminism sensibility, where women are more visible in so many places, we see women in local news broadcasts as anchors, we see women in all the positions … writing headlines, doing sports and weather … we even see two women together as anchors. So it’s very easy to think that sexism is over because there are all these women doing all these jobs,” she says. “There is a perspective now that things have already changed, even though there really are unspeakable inequalities,” she adds.

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When Pia Hallenberg, a longtime Spokane journalist who has worked for the Pacific NW Inlander and the Spokesman Review over 19 years, began her career in media, it was much more male dominated, she says. That changed over the course of her career as she saw several transitions that brought more women into the newsroom. “Suddenly there was an influx of women managers, reporters and editors, and everyone said it was good to see all these women,” Hallenberg says. “I did not see this as a good sign. Ideally it should be 50/50. It’s not a popular thing to say.” Hallenberg says she’s had both male and female editors who were exceptional. “There are many more women editors today than there was and there is also a much smaller newsroom staff,” she says. “If you work in a daily newsroom there may be a tendency to steer women to softer experiences but some of the most kick-ass reporters are women. It is really competitive and if you don’t have the drive—it doesn’t matter whether you’re a man or a woman, you don’t have a chance.”

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Journalists are used to having to defend their work in the traditional sense, but the online harassment and trolling of reporters is now a professional hazard that has become something of a norm. The advent of social media has meant that the dissemination of hate has become as easy as a simple click, and the language is getting increasingly ugly and violent. Many journalists, both men and women, face online harassment and trolling. Experts say women are three times more likely to receive online harassment than their male colleagues—something Hallenberg says she endured during the last few years of her job at the Spokesman. “Towards the end of my career, I took my measure of name calling and bullying posted on social media. I think there was perhaps an upswing in that kind of thing after the last election. It was absolutely horrific,” she says. “And there wasn’t much I could do except keep track of what people were posting and document it. I had to be so careful and so neutral. But what I experienced was nothing compared to what women who work in television have to put up with.”

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... None of us make any money. I know how to negotiate, but women are still paid less than men. I don’t know why. It sucks that we experience that. It’s embarrassing... Today, after leaving the Spokesman in 2017, Hallenberg is development director at the Spokane Humane Society where salaries are higher, and she doesn’t worry about trolls following her on her Facebook page.

Yakima reporter weighs in

Ellen Gordon, a broadcast major at Washington State University, worked at a Yakima television station after graduation where she says of five reporters she worked with, only one was male. “I like working in that type of environment with lots of other women,” Gordon says. “But the further up you went on the career ladder, there were all men. There was a male news director, male weather guy, the general manger … but that’s typical of most workplaces where the boss is a man.” Gordon recently took a position with KATU in Portland as a news writer and fill-in producer. “People may not realize on television the news comes from a woman writer but broadcast, people are less likely to digest the news if it’s from a woman,” she adds. “Whether it’s implicit I think people may be skeptical if it’s coming from a woman rather than a man.” She says she sometimes wonders whether people are really listening to the words they’re hearing. “We get lots of comments about people on air, and most comments are about people’s hair, their dress … telling some woman to comb their hair on television.” Stephanie Vigil, a veteran television news anchor for KHQ in Spokane, experienced some social media harassment when she started her career over her dress, hair, weight … “maybe when I was a little bit newer to the market. Someone wouldn’t say that to a man when they would say it to a woman—it’s based on appearance. We all have experiences when we’re a little more vulnerable and they come in full force. While the words might sting, they don’t have value over who you believe you are,” she says. Vigil believes the culture is shifting and one of the things she appreciates is connecting with other women on a deeper level. “Seeing how far we’ve come, we’ve changed as a society so it’s harder to hide behind something. It’s not so easy now if you’re racist or sexist. Women support each other now as allies; before, they were competing against each other for the same thing. I think the numbers are going to shift,” she says.

Perceptions of women shaped by media

Stereotypes are prevalent in today’s media, and women are often portrayed solely as homemakers and family caregivers, dependent on men, or as objects of male attention. Stories by female reporters are more likely to challenge stereotypes than those filed by male reporters according to industry experts in study after study. Which points to a link between the participation of women in the media and improvements in the representation of women. The Global Media Monitoring Project states that women are more likely than men to be featured as victims in news stories and to be identified according to family status. Women are also far less likely than men to be featured in the world’s news headlines, and to be relied upon as “spokespeople” or as “experts.” Certain categories of women, such as the poor, older women, or those belonging to ethnic minorities, are even less visible. Lucinda Kay, former KXLY news anchor, has worked in both television and radio in Spokane. A year ago, she joined the news staff of KXL in Portland’s radio world. “I got into the news business to tell stories, and provide a voice for others in this bright, beautiful, diverse world. I started shadowing in a news room when I was just 15, and I knew then, journalism would be my path. I’m a storyteller.” Still, she says, in her early years, she didn’t use her voice so wisely, and it was a challenge

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working in a male-dominated career. “I would bring it home with me. And there are still times when, in certain situations, when I realize … I work with a team of men now,” she says with a laugh. As part of a two-person team that anchors afternoon news-talk radio, Kay works with Cooper Banks, a male reporter/anchor/producer. She says her work with Banks is, above all, very intentional. Although she said she’s had her share of challenges in journalism, what’s different today is that she treats her team like an “intentional relationship” she says. “All the lessons I’ve learned in life I’m applying right now. I’ve never had the skills I have now. I had lots of bullies for partners, so I had to learn … that’s where I honed my skills and it takes a lot of work,” says Kay. “I’m really digging it here. We have more men than women, but we have some very assertive women with very big voices,” she says. “That’s the problem in our industry. The challenge in journalism is that people hustle their way in and as people move on they are appointed into positions instead of nurtured into the role. Such fear-based management makes people afraid they’re going to be fired. We can’t operate from fear. We’re good at what we do.” Kay says journalists are voices for the masses but it’s like working the graveyard shift. “It’s all deadline driven; nobody sleeps, eats, sees family … and you’re called to do these jobs. None of us make any money. I know how to negotiate, but women are still paid less than men. I don’t know why. It sucks that we experience that. It’s embarrassing,” she says. Kay says in her current position both she and her work partner take responsibility for being intentional in the relationship—which she says takes work, time and commitment to the value of equality. Julie Burton, WMC’s president, contends that “a cultural, systemic shift is necessary if U.S media is to achieve gender parity—and move toward a world where stories fully represent the voices and perspectives of women.” Judith Spitzer is an independent journalist working in the Pacific Northwest.

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Cardiovascular Disease Andrew J. Boulet Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 Janice D. Christensen Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 Bryan E. Fuhs Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 Harold Robert Goldberg Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

Dieter Frantz Lubbe Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

Tammy R. Ellingsen Kaiser Permanente Kendall Yards Medical Office 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700

Gerhard H. Muelheims Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

Debra Gore Kaiser Permanente Riverfront Medical Center 322 W. North River Dr., 2nd Fl. (509) 324-6464

John G. Peterson Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

John F. McCarthy The Native Project 1803 W. Maxwell Ave. (509) 483-7535

Michael E. Ring Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

Colon and Rectal Surgery

R. Dean Hill Kootenai Heart Clinics Northwest Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 310 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 847-2500

M. Shane McNevin Columbia Surgical Specialists Surgical Specialists of Spokane 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 747-6194

Darren Charles Hollenbaugh Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820


Philip R. Huber Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 Michael A. Kwasman Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820 Pierre P. Leimgruber Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center 507 S. Washington St., Ste. 170 (509) 747-8000

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Richard Herdener Dermatology Specialists of Spokane 510 S. Cowley St. (509) 456-8444

Family Medicine Ronda M. Beckner Kaiser Permanente Kendall Yards Medical Office 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700 Erin A. Church MultiCare Rockwood Quail Run Clinic 2214 E 29th Ave. (509) 755-5250

Jeffrey O’Connor 309 E. Farwell Rd., Ste. 204 (509) 385-0600 P. Z. Pearce Champions Sports Medicine 730 N. Hamilton St. (509) 487-4467 William Sayres Kaiser Permanente South Hill Medical Center 4102 S. Regal St., Ste. 101 (509) 535-2277 Michael Stephens Kaiser Permanente Kendall Yards Medical Office 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 200 (509) 688-6700

Family Medicine/Hospital Medicine Billy P. Huang Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Kaiser Permanente Hospitalist Service 101 W 8th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204 (509) 459-9010 Camtu M. Thai Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Kaiser Permanente Hospitalist Service 101 W. 8th Ave. (509) 459-9010

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Geriatric Medicine Darryl K. Potyk Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Internal Medicine Residency Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900 Brian J. Seppi Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111

Infectious Disease Henry L. Arguinchona Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9904 Michael D. Gillum Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Infectious Disease Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9904

Internal Medicine Mary S. Badger Kaiser Permanente Northpointe Medical Office 9631 N. Nevada St., Ste. 100 (509) 688-6700 Dan J. Dionne Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144 John F. Floyd Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111 Elizabeth C. Ho Providence Internal Medicine 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 200 (509) 747-1144

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Michael C. Kerkering Providence Primary Care - Providence Medical Park 16528 E. Desmet Ct., Ste. B2100 and B3100 (509) 944-8840 Brian J. Seppi Providence Internal Medicine 546 N. Jefferson Ln., Ste. 100 (509) 624-0111

Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine Judy A. Benson Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Internal Medicine Residency Clinic 634 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900 Peter Weitzman Providence Holy Family Hospital Division of Hospital Medicine 5633 N. Lidgerwood St. (509) 868-0876

Medical Oncology and Hematology Bruce A. Cutter Summit Cancer Centers 13424 E. Mission Ave. (509) 462-2273 Robert H. Gersh CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 Srivalli Gopaluni CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1518 Hakan Kaya CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 Peter J. Schlegel CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1518

Mark E. Sienko CancerCare Northwest 605 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 100 (509) 228-1000 Saritha C. Thumma CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1518

Nephrology Nelson Chow Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 7010 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 474-6560 Henry Mroch Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 7010 105 W 8th Ave (509) 474-6560 John Louis Musa MultiCare Rockwood Clinic Kidney and Hypertension Center 400 E 5th Ave. (509) 342-3915 Katherine Tuttle Providence Kidney Care Spokane Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 7010 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 340-0930

Neurological Surgery Jonathan D. Carlson Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112 Benjamin C. Ling Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112

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Orthopaedic Surgery

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Madeleine C. Geraghty MultiCare Deaconess Hospital Department of Neurology 800 W. 5th Ave. (509) 473-5800

Mike H. Kody Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 601 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 400 (509) 344-2663

Benjamin C. Ling Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 200 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 624-9112

Salil Manek MultiCare Neuroscience Institute 910 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 1000 (509) 342-3200 Timothy Powell Providence Epilepsy Center Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 318C 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 474-6650

Nuclear Medicine Bryan E. Fuhs Providence Spokane Cardiology Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 450 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 455-8820

Obstetrics and Gynecology Peter Fern Northwest Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 6020 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 455-5050 Elizabeth A. Grosen Providence Gynecologic Oncology Clinic 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 1400 (509) 474-2200 Susannah M. Mourton Providence Gynecologic Oncology Clinic 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 1400 (509) 474-2200 Mark Schemmel Spokane Obstetrics and Gynecology Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 6060 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 838-4211

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Timothy Patrick Lovell Providence Orthopaedics 820 S. McClellan St., Ste. 300 (509) 838-7100 Antoine Tohmeh Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists 212 E. Central Ave., Ste. 140 (509) 465-1300

Otolaryngology Neil A. Giddings Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 624-2326

Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Neil K. Worrall Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

Pediatric Cardiology C. Chris Anderson Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Center for Congenital Heart Disease 101 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 4300E (509) 747-6707

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Judy L. Felgenhauer Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic 101 W 8th Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 474-2777

Pediatric Specialist/ Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Diane D. Warner Kootenai Health Division of Neonatology 2003 Kootenai Health Way, CDA (208) 625-5088

Pediatrics/General Jon Lee The Kids Clinic Spokane 319 W. 8th Ave. (509) 448-7337 Robert Maixner Providence Pediatric Associates - South 1919 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-3081 Kristi Rice Providence Pediatric Associates Northpointe 9911 N. Nevada St., Ste. 200 (509) 626-9430

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Gregory T. Carter St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute 711 S. Cowley St. (509) 473-6910 Vivian M. Moise St. Luke’s Physiatry Practice 715 S. Cowley St., Ste. 210 (509) 473-6706

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Thoracic Surgery

Tad Patterson Spokane Teaching Health Center Providence Psychiatry Residency Clinic 624 E. Front Ave. (509) 626-9900

Gary L. Craig Arthritis Northwest Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 6080 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 838-6500

Radiation Oncology

Howard M. Kenney Arthritis Northwest Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 6080 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 838-6500

Steven J. Nisco Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

Robert Fairbanks CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 J. Lance Griffith CancerCare Northwest 700 W. Ironwood Dr., Ste. 130, CDA (509) 228-1503 Aaron E. Wagner CancerCare Northwest 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (208) 754-3100

Radiology Jayson S. Brower Inland Imaging Sacred Heart Doctors Bldg, Ste. 100C 105 W. 8th Ave. (509) 455-4455 William David Keyes Inland Imaging 525 S. Cowley St. (509) 455-4455


Branden R. Reynolds Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

Carol Guthrie Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 455-9550

Leland G. Siwek Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

Surgical Oncology Carol Guthrie Columbia Surgical Specialists Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave., 3rd Fl. (509) 455-9550 Ryan Holbrook CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1518 Maryam Parviz CancerCare Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1518

Neil K. Worrall Northwest Heart & Lung Surgical Associates Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 110 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 456-0262

Vascular Surgery Stephen P. Murray Providence Vascular Institute Providence Spokane Heart Institute, Ste. 420 122 W. 7th Ave. (509) 626-9440

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WSU College of Medicine report shows Eastern Washington death rates exceed Western Washington by Christina VerHeul

When the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd

College of Medicine was created, it was touted as a vital step toward filling gaps in health care, expanding medical education, and increasing health care access in communities across the state. Now, nearly four years since the college was founded, its researchers are taking a closer look at where the greatest health care gaps in the state exist and, more specifically, where residents of the state may be dying earlier or more frequently than their neighbors. In a report released in January 2019, College of Medicine researchers showed that Eastern Washington counties suffer from higher mortality rates in nine out of 10 of the state’s leading causes of death than Western Washington counties. The report, which uses interactive data visualization to map disparities, compares health outcomes in Eastern and Western Washington. Researchers plan to use the data to understand the

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unique health and social issues of Eastern Washington versus those in Western Washington, and as a baseline to track and monitor the impact of the College of Medicine on community health. “The aim of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is to solve problems in challenging health care environments, particularly rural and urban underserved communities,” said Ofer Amram, assistant professor in the department of nutrition and exercise physiology and coauthor of the report. “With so much of Eastern Washington consisting of small and isolated communities, which face a distinctly different set of health issues compared to communities

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on the west side of the state, this report enables us to better understand what and where the issues are.” Using age-adjusted mortality rates calculated with registered deaths from the Washington State Department of Health, the report found that the 20 counties comprising Eastern and Central Washington suffer from higher rates of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respirator diseases, stroke, diabetes, suicide, chronic liver disease and flu. Overdose was the only cause of death that was higher in Western Washington. Now that researchers know where death rates are higher in the state, the next step is to explore the causes behind the disparities. “The logical question to ask after reading the report is ‘why is this happening?’” said Jonathan Espenschied, associate dean of graduate medical education and continuing medical education and co-author of the report. “We believe the causes are likely multifactorial, but it’s too early in the research to speculate about which factors are the causes. Now that we know there’s a disparity between the two sides of the state, our next step is to identify exactly which factors are contributing to the disparities.” Amram and Espenschied, along with a team of research colleagues, have already begun to dig deeper into the data to explore causes of health disparities between the two sides of the state. They will look at a wide range of factors including poverty, rurality and access to care, and publish their findings over the next couple years. “The information contained in this report and subsequent reports is critical to improving health in our communities,” said Espenschied. “This will allow decision makers to pinpoint areas with poor health outcomes, develop research questions to better understand the causes of health disparities in our communities, and ultimately prioritize resources to areas inneed in a more efficient way.” To view the complete interactive report, visit To learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visit

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Alpine Orthopedic & Spine At Alpine Orthopaedic & Spine’s mission is to provide their patients with the latest proven orthopedic and spine care, with an emphasis on the management of the adult spine, sports medicine, arthroscopy, fracture management and joint surgery. Although they offer surgical options for the care of the spine and the extremities, they engage the well-qualified local resources that are available for the nonoperative management of the neuro-musculoskeletal system as a first line of treatment when appropriate. Alpine Orthopaedic and Spine boasts one of Spokane’s top orthopedic and spine surgeons, Dr. Miguel Schmitz, MD, who is board certified with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is fellowship trained in both Spine Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. (509) 435-0973 78 / MARCH 2019

Cancer Care Northwest

Cancer Care Northwest is the Inland Northwest’s premier cancer center, providing an integrated approach to the diagnosis, treatment and healing of cancer and blood-related diseases. Cancer Care Northwest is made up of 22 physicians, seven nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and more than 250 support staff prepared to help give you the best treatment for your cancer. They serve patients at seven locations in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene metropolitan area, along with four outreach clinics throughout Washington state. (509) 228-1000 WA (208) 754-3100 ID

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Columbia Surgical Specialists Columbia Surgery Center opened in March 2000. While they began with the single specialty of ENT, in 2014 they grew into a robust multispecialty surgery center. They offer a variety of outpatient surgical procedures in ENT, general surgery and colon-rectal surgery. Their facility is CMS certified and state licensed and easily accessible on the outskirts of downtown Spokane.  Columbia Surgery Center performs more than 5,000 cases a year with patient satisfaction rate that consistently ranks around 98 percent, nationally scoring in the 99th percentile in patient safety and infection rates of less than 0.01 percent annually. Their commitment at Columbia Surgery Center is to provide patients with the region’s premier health care experience. They are grateful for their patients for allowing them to participate in their care. (509) 624-2326 M.D.

Dr. Kai Morimoto

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Imaging uses the most groundbreaking technology and reviews the standards of each piece of equipment on a regular basis. Upgrades and remodels are in constant cycle in order to keep pace with the ever-changing needs and improvements within the medical community. (509) 455-4455

Inland Wellness & Vitality Inland Wellness and Vitality seeks to reclaim healthcare and provide a proactive approach to medicine. They focus on the the areas of Sexual Health, Age Management and Direct Primary Care and aim to provide cutting edge technologies and therapies to aid in the treatment of conditions such as: erectile dysfunction, hormone imbalance, sexual dysfunction, as well as musculoskeletal problems and injuries. They recognize that sexual health and wellness is integral to the overall picture of health, happiness and wellbeing. Their Direct Patient Primary Care model treats the whole person; their physician partners with you in a proactive, and not reactive, approach to medicine. (509) 474-0145

The NATIVE Project The NATIVE Project provides medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, patient care coordination, wellness, and prevention services for both Natives and NonNatives in the Spokane community. They are a Title V, Indian Health Services Contract Clinic. Their area of expertise is Indian health, although they serve people of all ethnicities. They are part of the “U” (Urban) in the IHS I/T/U health care delivery system under the Affordable Care Act. They are a patient-centered medical home clinic and received National Committee of Quality Assurance recognition in October 2017. The NATIVE Project operates one health facility located in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. Fifty-eight percent of

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their patients are American Indian or Alaska Native, and they serve Natives from more than 300 tribes. (509) 483-7535

Northwest Spine & Pain

For patients suffering from severe pain who cannot tolerate rehabilitation—or when rehabilitative efforts do not adequately resolve symptoms—interventional pain management offers another avenue for relief. Northwest Spine & Pain (NWSPM) provides a variety of minimally invasive procedures that can significantly improve pain and increase activity tolerance. A variety of medication options are also available for the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions. Their fellowshiptrained physicians who subspecialize in Pain Medicine can assist patients in finding the appropriate medication regimen to provide pain relief and improve function. As chronic pain has deleterious effects on the body, NWSPM embraces a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide care for the whole patient—the body, mind, and soul. Their well-rounded team of providers collaborates within a holistic program that emphasizes treating both the mind and body in order to maximize outcomes. (509) 464-6208

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Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Jordan P. Sand, M.D. is both fellowshiptrained in facial plastic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is the recipient of the Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This prize is awarded annually to the U.S. or Canadian surgeon who achieves the highest combined score on the written and oral portions of the ABFPRS examination administered in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Dr. Sand is faculty in both the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. He is also board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons. Dr. Sand specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the scalp, nose, face and neck. Dr. Sand’s primary philosophy is to help patients meet their aesthetic goals so they can look and feel their best. (509) 324-2980

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N E X T G E N E R AT I O N P H Y S I C I A N S :

What does their future hold? by Darryl K. Potyk, M.D., FACP

Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said that he was successful because he skated to where the puck was going to be. His innate ability to anticipate, while at the same time, tapping into the finely honed skills, strength and experiences of his career, made him one of the best players of all time. Teaching our next generation of physicians to learn the basics of medicine, hone their clinical and interpersonal skills, and learn to anticipate the needs of their patients are necessary steps to educating exceptional medical providers and it is both a challenging and exciting mission. To this end, the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) has partnered with Gonzaga University to help our students achieve these goals through educational excellence and innovation. Together we leverage our strengths to prepare students with a solid foundation of knowledge and clinical experiences. As science and medical research are rapidly expanding we also stay abreast of how to appropriately integrate new advances and leverage them for the best possible patient outcomes. At the same time, consumers of healthcare are becoming better informed of their choices and more focused on personal wellness, disease management and healthcare costs. The next generation of doctors will need to be more accommodating and proficient in “minimally invasive medicine.” For physicians this means moving toward more convenience and efficiency such as hassle-free online appointment scheduling, virtual visits via telemedicine to avoid missing work or needing to arrange childcare, ready access to information, and transparency with respect to cost and outcomes. These driving forces are creating a shift in the way medicine is practiced and will continue to transform healthcare delivery. And as patients become more educated, they have new expectations. To address this, physicians will need to become educators instead of directors, partnering with their patients for better outcomes. The best scenario is for the healthcare industry to facilitate these changes; yet, there is also something special about medicine that should prevent it from becoming entirely transactional. Doctors are expected to have deep understanding of disease and the latest technologies for 84 / MARCH 2019

diagnosis and treatment, such as genetic testing and new medications and therapeutic interventions involving exciting new devices, such as lasers, that will continue to revolutionize healthcare. These advances will be more helpful predictors of outcomes and also serve to specify targets for therapies, so it’s critical that physicians of tomorrow know about these advanced diagnostics and therapeutics. But this alone does not a good physician make. Every patient needs a doctor who can sit with them and truly listen, put these advanced tests into context and translate them into plain language. It’s about being present with the patient and addressing spoken concerns and anticipating unspoken concerns and fears when someone is facing a life-changing event. Our collective societal expectations for the next generation of physicians are very high. We are not just treating illness or disease; we are helping our friends, neighbors and fellow human beings during very trying times. Future physicians should have ample clinical experience, learning from and with the best physicians possible. But as we go forward in time, increasingly there will be algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) to inform decisions based upon the best available evidence. Tomorrow’s doctors will need to know this new science to help patients make the best decisions and to that end, physicians of the future will require the following characteristics in order to succeed: Critical thinking and relevancy. With the explosion of information the physicians of tomorrow will need to have the skills to evaluate and distinguish true innovation from fads and ineffective quick fixes. Physicians will evaluate whether new information and technology adds to what we already know and what its true impact is on the patient’s condition. This will be especially important as new technologies can be very expensive and contribute to rising healthcare costs. Tomorrow’s doctors will need to analytically evaluate new technology in terms of value and demonstrated benefits. Critical appraisal of new technologies and developments, both in terms of outcomes and cost effectiveness, are essential characteristics of tomorrow’s doctors.


Leadership and patient advocacy. As patients and their families are better informed about health and disease, tomorrow’s doctors will need to be willing and able to practice in a new environment. No longer will doctors be the authority. Doctors will work with fully integrated teams consisting of a variety of caregivers. Their job will be to partner with patients, find out what is important to them and find ways to work together. These interprofessional teams will embrace technologies such as telemedicine and virtual visits to better meet the patient where they are. Doctors will be using new tools such as hand-held ultrasound machines in addition to the traditional stethoscopes to perform more precise physical examinations that will save costs without compromising quality. And the role of the doctor will be to serve as innovative patient advocates and integrated team leaders. Empathy and humility. The next generation of physicians will be humble and recognize they have awesome responsibilities to spend patients’ money wisely, and they will work to help address the crisis of exploding healthcare costs while maintaining excellence. That level of responsibility to society is indeed humbling, but no more so than the responsibility the doctor has to every individual patient to bring humility, inquisitiveness and an appreciation for the human condition to each encounter. Tomorrow’s doctors are being educated in Spokane through an innovative curriculum that combines clinical experience early in their training, critical thinking, leadership, humanities and emerging technology with learning real world medicine from leading physicians in our community. We are proud to thank our forwardlooking physician partners for their skill, excellence and strength of experience who are listed among Spokane’s “Best Doctors.” Congratulations! Darryl K. Potyk, M.D., FACP is Chief of Medical Education, University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership and Associate Dean for Eastern Washington, University of Washington School of Medicine.


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"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise." —W.E.B. Dubois


ow fitting to be celebrating the Women in Business Leadership Awards during Women’s History month and during Women’s International Day on March 8. Much like women around the globe, women in our region are creating—and leading—companies and organizations that are helping build a community we can all be proud to raise families, build businesses and live out our lives any way we wish. There were more than 150 emails resulting in 90 qualifying nominations this year—with more than 50 completed forms returned—each representing the créme de la créme and worthy of recognition. Our team is honored to be celebrating this year’s Top 20 with our readers and with community. Let’s hear it for the massive power of women in our region … and please join us for the awards breakfast at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill on Thursday, March 21 (doors open at 7 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at











Spokane Club, Director of Membership

Spokane Club is a historic location with modern programs that gives members the highest quality of life through athletics and sports, business connections, social events with friends, and family celebrations.

more than 10 years.

Your Role: My role is to create and implement strategies for membership development. I initiate projects and collaborate on programs to foster the growth of our member community. The best aspect of my position is representing the Club in Spokane so we form and maintain strong partnerships with other organizations.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? The

strong women in leadership roles across industries in Spokane is inspiring. And the opportunities for personal growth and education in our town is expansive, including Whitworth University’s Leadership 360 program, Leadership Spokane and Gonzaga University’s Women in Leadership certificate.

Proudest Moment: Being in the cast of

Listen to Your Mother. Until that moment, I did not believe I had the courage to stand on a stage and share something very personal I had created. That experience continues to give me strength every time I speak in public. My biggest success is the recent growth of Spokane Club membership. In the past six months, we’ve experienced continuous net positive new member growth for first time in


Your Advice: Be confident in your unique

abilities and work hard to achieve your goals. Be kind to other women—we are better when we support one another.

Your Word: Energetic


Roloff Digital Forensics, Chief Operating Officer

When digital evidence intersects with the legal arena, Roloff Digital Forensics assists legal specialists in understanding what relevant technologies exist, their location, and how to obtain, analyze and present these complex matters. Proudest Moment: We took a leap of

faith and put all of our eggs in one basket by purchasing this company and leaving the stability of a corporate position, but in a year’s time, I’ve worked tirelessly to turn RDF in to a financially-sound, vision, culture and mission-focused company with extreme growth potential both financially and geographically. I’ve laid a foundation that has great potential for smart growth and economic opportunity in an emerging field with headquarters right here in Spokane.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? With three young

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daughters, this is something I regularly consider and try to instill in my girls from a young age. Always believe in your worth, don’t make sacrifices when it comes to family and morals because you perceive another individual did and it assisted in advancing their career or goals—things are not always as they seem on the surface. There is a work-life balance and that is always important to keep in mind, but if you’re focused, driven, persistent and forward-thinking you can embody both. Never forget that you can have it all and help others work toward theirs, as well. Your Word: Persistent



Whitworth University, MBA Director

Whitworth University is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 3000 students.

20 years, has three small children and doesn’t hold a business degree. I am very proud of that.

Your Role: I manage all of the School of

Business graduate programs and oversee the student recruitment, faculty, curriculum and community relationships. The Whitworth MBA has doubled in size over the last two years and we have added significant cocurricular activities, which include destination classrooms, executive coaching, leadership trainings and outdoor excursions.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

Women are powerful creatures. I see it every day in women who decide to pursue their MBA because they have more to offer, greater mountains to climb and new lands to explore. My role in this growing and contagious environment of female leaders is to equip as many as I can with the confidence, education and training they need to take on any adventure. We cannot, should not and will not be left behind.

Proudest Moment: We are bucking national

trends of declining graduate enrollment. We are the fastest growing program in the area and we did all this through investing in people. We believe in their potential, their dreams and their work ethic. This has been accomplished by a woman who is the youngest director by

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River City Pizza, Owner

I manage all the high level day to day activity at River City Pizza. I do all the hiring and business management including bookkeeping, taxes, and payroll.

Spokane is a special place with a lot of women leading small businesses. These women help grow and support other small local businesses. It’s really important to build up other women and I truly feel that women in Spokane understand that concept. Your Advice: 1. Find your tribe of women who will build you up and also be honest with you and tell you the truth even when its hard to hear. 2. Decide what you want to do, surround yourself with people who will help you get there, and work as hard as you can to squash all your goals.   Your Word: Loyal

Proudest Moment: My husband and I

bought River City Pizza in September 2016. I knew nothing about running a restaurant, making pizza or leasing commercial space. We grew the pizza place more than 10 percent from 2017 to 2018. We were able to open a second, seasonal location at Newman Lake during the summer of 2018 and are currently in search of a second full time location to be opened by the end of 2019. It’s been amazing and a ton of fun to take a business that was closing its doors and turn it around into a profitable business.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

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Davenport Hotels and The Centennial Hotel Spokane, Revenue Manager

Davenport Hotels provide world-class service, sublime surroundings and luxury.

in Spokane, then I feel the environment in our city has mentors who care and are invested, and that the strength and value we bring as women is being realized. I can only hope to be as inspirational and supportive to others as Lynnelle and Marie have been for me.

Your Role: I’m responsible for maximizing hotel rooms' profitability through the proper allocation and pricing of daily rooms inventory, and implementing sell strategies and evaluating their effectiveness. Proudest Moment: Year over year, I have

Your Advice: Don’t hesitate to voice your

been exceeding my financial goals by more than $1,000,000.

opinion, and don’t doubt yourself. Believe you are just as strong—if not stronger—than any male, and the only thing that separates you from someone “successful” is taking the first step toward your goal. I have met so many smart women who had aspirations and goals, but because they lacked self-confidence, they stopped themselves from achieving them. Go get it, girl!

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? I

have the incredible fortune of working under unbelievably talented and strong females: managing director, Lynnelle, and director of revenue management, Marie. These two women inspire me, support me and continue to show me what being a woman in business is all about. If there are more women like them


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Your Word: Honest

Spokane Public Facilities District, Chief Executive Officer

The Spokane Public Facilities District owns and operates the Spokane Arena, Spokane Convention Center, First Interstate Center for the Arts and the soon to be Spokane Sportsplex, the only venue of its type west of the Mississippi. They exist to generate economic impact through tourism for the Spokane Region. Proudest Moment: Being named CEO

of the PFD. When the previous CEO announced his retirement, I was told the board wanted to look outside Spokane. While I understood how they might not have seen me in the role—I had only been general manager for two years—I did not believe it made sense to bring someone in from the outside when I had dedicated my career to the PFD. No one else would possibly care as much as I did, about the PFD, the venues, the clients, the guests and the employees. My parents immigrated to the U.S. so their children would have

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opportunities they did not. I knew this was the moment where I showed my parents their sacrifice was worth it. Out of 100 applicants from across the country, I made it to the head hunter’s top 8, then top 5, then 3, then 2 then 1. I prepared as if my life depended on it because my life as I knew it did. Your Advice: Don’t take no as the final answer. If I had accepted that, I never would have applied for this position. Your Word: Resourceful

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Gonzaga Women’s Basketball, Head Women’s Basketball Coach

The Gonzaga women's basketball team continues to set new records as they reach new heights in polls such as USA Today and the WBCA Coaches Poll as they continue earning respect and making a statement as one of the top teams in the nation. Your Role: I supervise my coaching staff and managers, identify and recruit the student athletes and help them develop into leaders during their time at Gonzaga. Proudest Moments: My proudest moments at GU are knowing we have graduated 100 percent of our student athletes who have stayed with us for four years, and winning our first conference championship when I was the head coach. Having success in the NCAA Tournament is a huge goal of ours every year, and the accomplishment never gets old for a coach. I am proud that I overcame the lack of confidence I had in myself from the time I was cut from my high school basketball team my junior year to where I am today.  


What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

There are many successful women CEOs and leaders in a variety of industries. I have reached out to ask for advice and have organized opportunities to get some of the women together to network, share, and collaborate on current topics/issues that we have in common. My job and the work of our team provides a unique opportunity to provide entertainment, and inspiration, while also bringing the community together. Your Advice: You can be a great wife, mom, daughter, sister, and also be kicking butt at your job. Don’t try to make your life look the way someone else’s does. You have to find a way to make it work your way.   Your Word: Driven


Leadership Spokane, Executive Director

The Leadership Spokane program is an intensive 10-month commitment to personal growth, professional development and community service. Participants gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a citizen-leader and explore the tenets of servant leadership. At the same time, they develop a broad knowledge of the Spokane community and key issues facing the region. This knowledge is put into practice throughout the program through site visits and community service activities. Finally, participants build a strong local network while also learning to create a personal leadership vision and a plan to achieve it. Proudest Moment: My greatest

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

accomplishment in this life has been realizing at a young age that true friendships require energy, focus and generosity of spirit. The friendships I have with many brilliant, accomplished women are truly the most glorious gift I can imagine. In Five Years: I’ll hopefully still be at Leadership Spokane participating in maintaining, adapting and developing the premier leadership program in our region. Your Word: Grateful

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Opportunity. Spokane has become a very dynamic, creative and diverse business culture. Women with time, talent, treasure and enthusiasm can discover a place to grow and achieve in the current culture. Your Advice: Network, and be brave. You never know when an opportunity will come knocking, so be ready. A favorite quote from Roman philosopher Seneca comes to mind: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

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Excelsior Wellness Center, Chief Development Officer

Excelsior Wellness Center is a nonprofit education and healthcare organization dedicated to helping youth and their families to achieve wellness by living healthier lives. Your Role: I support the mission of Excelsior through strategic partnerships, fundraising, marketing and public relations. I also empower youth at our onsite high school and middle school by sharing my personal story of overcoming obstacles and providing an example of what is possible.

In Five Years: Continue working alongside

Proudest Moment: Building the Private

Your Advice: Finding your place in the

Vocational School at Excelsior and partnering with business leaders within the trades industry to develop workforce education and development programs to create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the industry needs. The first skills center dedicated for youth with a 504 plan, Individualized Education Programming, or in need of specialized education.


the CEO of Excelsior, Andrew Hill, to build a best practice model of holistic services for youth with complex behavioral health needs and travel the country teaching other nonprofits, state and national organizations our model.

workplace is not always easy and sometimes it can be hard to imagine yourself in a position you’ve never seen or heard of a woman doing, but if you build your skills, be the best you, then you can succeed and become a model for those who will come after you. What you do today will determine where you will be in the future so make good decisions everyday.

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Your Word: Leader

MultiCare, Executive Director, MultiCare INW Foundation

MultiCare’s mission is partnering for healing and a healthy future. The largest community-based, locally governed health system in Washington, our INW region includes Deaconess and Valley Hospitals and Rockwood Clinics.

partnerships created across business, nonprofit and government sectors will be key in improving health and healing.

Proudest Moment: When my son turned 7,

he asked his friends to donate to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) instead of birthday gifts. As a NICU baby himself, he understood how important the NICU is to families. He said, “I want to help save a baby’s life because the NICU nurses saved my life.” He raised more than $800. The pride I felt wasn’t about the money, it was seeing my son embrace our philosophy of caring for others who are vulnerable. In five years: I want to be known as a woman of high integrity, who cares deeply, gives generously and knows how to get things done. I want to build a thriving foundation that makes significant impact on moving the needle on some of our most serious community issues. The strategic 96 / MARCH 2019

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? We

have intelligent, fierce women business leaders who accomplish incredible things together. Amazing opportunities such as Whitworth’s Women’s Leadership Network and many other formal and informal gatherings provide women with a positive environment to learn together, ask tough questions and lean into each other for encouragement and support. Your word: Intentional photo by Ari Nordhagen



Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority, Chief Marketing Officer

The Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority manages all economic development for the Kalispel Tribe of Indians. KTEA oversees the Tribe’s largest enterprise, Northern Quest Resort & Casino, as well as all other Kalispel Enterprises, including the Kalispel Golf and Country Club.

all marketing and communications at Next IT, we were able to launch “Jenn” and secure national media placement valued at $1.2 million, including coverage in USA Today and the New York Times.

Proudest Moments: Some of my proudest moments have come in the form of building marketing teams that are talented, collaborative and innovative. One my brightest moments was having the largest positive swing in team member satisfaction in the company, after one year of dedicated commitment to aligning the core values of the organization with the day-to-day business of the team. Another of my greatest successes was being a part of the team at Next IT that launched the first-ever online virtual assistant for Alaska Airlines. Back in 2008, we were on the cutting edge of online courtesy chatting with our avatar named “Jenn.” While I was responsible for


Your Advice: You need to work harder,

smarter and faster. And you also need to support each other. You should identify the women you meet in your career who have a phenomenal management approach, learn from them and pass it on to the next generation of young people. Your Word: Survivor


Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers, Principal Attorney and Board Chairperson

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is a full service litigation law firm that has been active in the Spokane community for more than 40 years. They demand excellence in every facet of representing their clients who include large and small businesses, and individuals. They have been located on the top floor of the Bank of America building since it was constructed in 1983.

mining and farming, and those connections can be perceived as difficult to break into for women or people from diverse backgrounds. The evolution of Spokane business from those industries into an urban center for the Pacific Northwest, with a broad profession and technological base, has created a renaissance for women in business. I think Spokane is a frontrunner in providing opportunities and accepting women in leadership positions based upon individual skill and not hindered by gender.    Your Word: Gracious

Proudest Moment: I always feel honored to

be selected as the chairperson of a board or a committee and am proud of our firm’s female presence in the business community, but my proudest moments and my biggest successes come every time I provide exceptional legal services to my clients in a manner that limits the disruption to their business or their daily lives, and results in a positive outcome.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer? The Spokane

business scene has traditionally been conservative, primarily because it was built on historically “male” industries of timber,

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Numerica Credit Union, Chief Operations Officer

Numerica Credit Union serves 135,000 members in Spokane, Northern Idaho, the Tri Cities, and Wenatchee Valley. They offer competitively priced financial products, excellent member service, and they support their communities.

young people, and I always stress a couple of things: know what you want, and don’t be afraid to pursue it, even if barriers present themselves. Develop a work/life balance that is appropriate for you.

Proudest Moment: I joined Numerica

Credit Union in 1989 when it had $60 million dollars in assets and 30 employees. Today, Numerica has more than $2 billion dollars in assets and 575 employees. I believe that my teams have helped transform members’ lives through caring for their financial well-being. I have been married for 35 years, raised two wonderful sons, and have been thrilled to give back to my community.

Your Advice: I believe that everyone

should discover their true passions, and should seek professions that reflect those. It takes some varied experiences to determine that. Expect challenges … they represent the best learning opportunities possible. How one responds to challenges can determine long-term success. And always take care of yourself … if that doesn’t happen, life usually does not turn out well.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

I have always believed I had excellent opportunities in Spokane, and communicate that at every chance. I do a fair amount of speaking to groups of people, particularly


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Your Word: Brave

Moss Adams LLP, Partner

Moss Adams is fully integrated professional services firm dedicated to assisting clients with growing, managing and protecting prosperity. Your Role: I serve as a business advisor to

telecom companies to help achieve financial goals while complying with regulations and develop a team to provide similar services. I lead our firm’s initiative to develop, retain and advance talented women. I present regularly at national conferences and oversee our firm’s telecommunications seminars.

Proudest Moment: Being admitted to the

Moss Adams partnership in 2018. When I started my career in public accounting, the industry average of partners in CPA firms was only 19 percent women. I spent 17 years developing technical skills, building a strong team, forging strong relationships with clients and prospects, and helping build a stronger national reputation for myself and Moss Adams.

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In Five Years: I envision developing a stronger

team to manage more of the daily needs of clients to allow me to focus more on growing our business and providing the team with new leadership opportunities. I want to continue to be a key player in strengthening Moss Adams’ national reputation.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokane’s

business environment continues to be more supportive of advancing women as evidenced by the increase in the number of companies with women in key leadership positions. With this growth, women have been able to build strong networks with other women which is helping the momentum continue to build.

Your Word: Dynamic



Wheatland Bank, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Wheatland Bank is a locally owned community bank headquartered in Spokane with 14 branches throughout eastern Washington. Wheatland is a 5-Star Superior rated full service bank dedicated to providing exceptional personalized relationship banking.

of my academic strengths and interests in math and business, and one that would be lucrative enough over time to support the lifestyle and horse hobbies I wanted in my life. It’s important to research what the careers of tomorrow will be and to choose a career that will be flexible and allow you to change and advance with the times, as well as to possibly take time off for child raising without making it too difficult to catch back up and step back into a full time career once the kids are more independent. Your Word: Driven

Proudest Moments: The long awaited joy

of becoming a mother to my only child at the age of 40. My biggest career success was taking over the helm of Wheatland Bank at only 37 years old, as one of the youngest Bank CEOs in the country and one of only a small population of women bank CEOs. Your Advice: Choose a career path that you are passionate about that will make the most of your strengths, but don’t romanticize certain career paths or get them confused with your hobbies. I love riding horses and grew up barrel racing, but chose a career path that made the most photo by James & Kathy Mangis



Brooke M. Cloninger, D.D.S., Dentist/Owner

Brooke M. Cloninger, D.D.S. is a privately owned dental practice committed to providing quality healthcare to people in our community of all ages with a focus on comprehensive solutions for oral health needs. They believe in the importance of listening to their patients, and taking the time to understand each patient individually.

is growing rapidly and offers many opportunities for women. What a great time to be a woman in business as an owner, leader or role model. People are encouraged by and open to women leading in our communities.  

Community Role: I’ve served as a founding board member of the Spokane IDEA clinic, a nonprofit dental clinic with the goal of providing quality dental care to members of our community who would otherwise be unable to afford dental services. I take on pro bono cases several times a year for deserving individuals and am proudly involved in many charity functions and fundraising events that benefit our community.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Confidence is key;

I see too often woman selling themselves short or having low self esteem. Set lofty goals, ask for help, learn from peers and those before you.

Proudest Moment: Hands down, becoming

a mom to my daughter, Ava Glen.

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Berry Built, Owner/Interior Designer

Berry Built is an interior design-build firm that specializes in kitchens and baths. They are comprised of in-house, talented designers and craftsmen who provide their clients with top notch service and quality. Your Role: In 2007, my husband and I

In Five Years: I hope to continue giving back

created Berry Built in order streamline and improve an industry that we felt had many shortcomings. I oversee all of the designs and daily client interactions. I am constantly looking ahead so as a whole Berry Built can continue to grow stronger with our employees, clients and community.  

in ways that inspire others to think outside of themselves.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? The

business environment for women in a growing city like Spokane is full of opportunities. I hope that I have—and continue to—inspire women to chase their dreams and turn them into reality.

Proudest Moment: My biggest success

would not come from accomplishments within our office, but rather the fine line of balancing the hours in between. Knowing when to shut off the working mom and devote my attention to our two daughters in order to inspire and nurture the next generation of confident, kind and intelligent women.


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awareness, empathy, conflict management, adaptability and teamwork are all essential skills for effective women in business. These are a few of the same skills used by mothers around the globe. I was a single mother. For a short time I lived in my car to support myself through nursing school with a baby. I was committed and determined. I graduated with honors as the president of my class and worked in the Intensive Care Unit at Deaconess Hospital. In 1997, I went on to enroll in the masters program at Gonzaga. Motherhood was my first real experience as an entrepreneur. The ability to balance work and family as well as, more importantly, to instill the foundation of courage, conviction and hope in my children will always be what

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pierces my soul and fills me with pride. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? I

would first ask, “What do we as women have to offer Spokane?” Part of leadership and self-actualization is not in feeling entitled, but taking initiative to achieve a purpose. We create the platform for our business environment and maintain it. Initially with a dream, then credible mentorship, vision, strategy and the desire and ability to meet, and to exceed and succeed. Spokane is a community of relationships; we comprehend value in each other.

Your Word: Committed

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in the boardroom, in management roles and as employees. I have been lucky enough to be among the first women to get a seat at the table and contribute by tapping my experience and expertise. My role has been to advocate for female executives and also mentor young female professionals.

Proudest Moment: I am most proud

and thankful to have worked on economic development initiatives that support Spokane’s growth and make a positive impact on our region. Highlights have included the redevelopment of River Park Square and revitalization of downtown, the Fox Theatre restoration, and significant expansion of Mt. Spokane and UW School of Medicine’s medical school in partnership with Gonzaga University.

Your Advice: Go above and beyond what’s

expected of you; take initiative. Be flexible. Doors may open when you least expect it; be open to new experiences and opportunities. Join a service club or volunteer for a nonprofit. Most nonprofits welcome young talent and fresh thinking, and the experience will introduce you to new people and new facets of the community.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?

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daughter read a book to my two-year-old son. As she left the room, she said to me “Our house is like a seed and our family is the flower. Each of the five of us is a petal and love is what holds us all together.” Missing bedtime is one of the hard things about being a working mom. Sometimes, I’m filled with doubt about making the right choice. Moments like these confirm that my children are doing just fine. Having a mom who works a lot, loves her career and mothers well can, in fact, be a reality.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? I

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family friendly environment. My experience has been that women are proud of their balance of mothering and being successful in business and industry. As a woman in an exceptionally male dominated industry, I have a unique perspective into this reality. My dream is to create a more open dialogue about the honest struggle, realistic options and balance. I am a firm believer in the idea that “empowered women, empower women” and it is our responsibility to continually provide platforms of growth and encouragement for women who would otherwise not have it.  Your Word: Compassionate

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Now more than ever before, “big data” is a term that is widely used by businesses and consumers alike. Consumers have begun to better understand how their data is being used, but many fail to realize the hidden dangers in every day technology. From smart phones, to smart TVs, location services, and speech capabilities, user data is often stored without your knowledge. Here are some of the most common yet hidden privacy dangers facing consumers today.

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GEO-LOCATION. Geo-Location can be convenient, especially when you’re lost or need GPS services. However, many fail to realize that any information surrounding your location is stored and archived, and then often sold to a third party who wants to use that information for a wide variety of reasons. Are you aware that data is often collected during your shopping experiences? A variety of stores will purchase location information to determine how long a customer browsed in a particular aisle, so that they can further market to those customers in the future—promoting similar products. The information may seem harmless, but would you feel that same way if you saw a physical person following you around collecting the same information?

SOCIAL MEDIA. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Instagram are all social media services that are provided to individuals for “free,” but have you wondered what the 106 / MARCH 2019

real cost might be? It is often said that if you don’t have to pay for the service, then you probably are the service. The hidden cost for using these social media sites is the forfeit of personal information for the social media sites to sell and thus profit from. Google and Yahoo can read their customers' personal email. Isn’t your personal email just that—personal? Another unknown fact about Facebook is that they can create “ghost profiles” using facial recognition for people who do not have an account, but appear in someone else’s photos. During the Dakota Pipeline Protests, Facebook sold the private chat messages of its users who were discussing the matter to the FBI and local police, as well as private security companies who further reported inside information directly to the pipeline company. Because the information was “for sale,” the police didn’t need a warrant to obtain confidential information—they simply needed to buy it.

WEB BROWSERS AND APPS. Before smart phones existed, “apps” were nonexistent. Anything accessed now through an app, was before accessed through an internet browser. The web browser on a smart phone is what is referred to in the cyber security industry as “sandboxed,” meaning it cannot access general data on the system or control hardware. An installed app, however, can be coded to do anything it wants to gain access to any hardware the user has control of. Take the History Channel, for example; if a user accesses the site from a laptop, they can access the entire website without a problem. However, if accessed through a web browser on a smart phone, the user is promoted to “download the app.” Many times, if you do not download the app, the website will disable you from viewing or using it, forcing you to download the app and giving up your personal information in the process. After downloading the app, it asks for permission to access the camera and the microphone on your device. This is because the app is storing personal information of its users outside of what happens within the History Channel app you just downloaded. SPEECH SOFTWARE & SMART TVS. Speech software such as Cortana, Alexa, and Siri have become increasingly popu-


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says Ryan Miller, who with wife Heidi, are founders of 08 Left, specializing in contemporary aviation and airport-themed artwork. “There are so many valuable lessons to learn out there in the world and then bring back home.” 08 Left (airport-speak for runway designation) allows travelers to remember the places they’ve been and others to dream of the places they’d love to go. With the click of a mouse button, explorers can shop hundreds of modern designs featuring airport maps, airport codes, and outlined silhouettes of air traffic control towers. The artwork is showcased on posters, throw pillows, T-shirts, coasters and printed onto sheets of metal as industrial-inspired wall art. There’s even the option to create personalized artwork to commemorate a vacation, honeymoon or family trip. Ryan and Heidi have called GEG (airport code for Spokane) their home since high school. 08 Left has taken wing and been featured in several design-centric blogs and websites, including Houzz, Mashable and Gizmodo, and was a finalist in a home accessories competition called Martha Stewart American Made. You might think aviation-inspired art would only appeal to pilots, airplane mechanics and flight attendants. Ryan says anyone who has ever caught the red-eye to an exotic destination or taken a puddle jumper to the other side of the state can appreciate the marvel of air travel. “Flying is part of our daily lives, but there’s still a magic to it,” Ryan says. “Air travel allows us to broaden our world view and perspective at a level that’s unprecedented in human history.”

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Craft Studio: It’s no coincidence that Danielle Nishiyama chose the

historic Riverwalk Building, alongside Dry Fly Distillery and No-Li Brewhouse, as the home for her salon. Like her neighbors, known for craft brewing and distilling, the aptly named Craft Studio breaks from tradition, offering a wide range of specialized hair care services for both men and women. Craft is more than a hair studio, dry bar and barbery—the eclectic space feels like a community spot with dedicated regulars and a definitive neighborhood feel. Nishiyama and her staff put the focus on the client, making sure they have a uniquely satisfying experience. Thinking about a new style or color? Need to trim that beard and sharpen your look with a precision haircut? Craft Studio welcomes clients with a complimentary consultation

Taking the craft of hair care to the next evolution to find the right style for their hair texture, face shape and lifestyle. They also offer a 20 percent discount on first-time services! If you’re just needing a touch up for a night on the town or a special event, the Dry Bar provides exclusively blowouts, which include a wash, blow dry and hair styling—no cut, no color! “What we do is a craft, and we’re very passionate about it,” Nishiyama says. “We have a very unique blend of people at Craft who specialize in different styles and techniques. We have amazing stylists and barbers who believe that every client, like every head of hair, is unique and deserves special attention to detail.” Craft Hair Studio | Dry Bar | Barbery 1003 E Trent Ave. | (509) 703-7686 |

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lar in the past few years. If you are running these services in your home or office, you have an active listening device running at all times. Essentially, you are “bugged.” These services are running, tapping and sending your audio streams to remote servers daily. Many fail to realize that the cameras on these devices can be turned on without the light being activated. Meaning, your smart TV can be watching you even when you aren’t watching it. All of this can be done without downloading any related software because the software is already built-in. Some smart TVs will not turn on if the camera is covered with tape, or if the microphone has been disabled. If you’re living using a smart TV, it’s likely monitoring and watching you. SHOPPING & SAVINGS CARDS. Are these just great programs to help you save a little money at various stores? What is in it for the business offering these “savings”? There are some littleknown privacy dangers inherent in the “frequent shopper” or savings cards offered by many grocery stores and retailers. These organizations are saving, analyzing, and sharing information on what you buy, when you buy it, and predicting future sales. The savings passed on to the consumer are far less than the amount of money these companies are making by selling the information to outside resources regarding your purchasing history and habits. Specifically, Kroger and Ingles make more than 200 percent more profit from the data they sell than the savings the consumer experiences. The best way to protect yourself from the sharing of personal information is to limit the number of programs you participate in. Greg Sparrow is the vice president and general manager of CompliancePoint’s Information Security Practice. Greg has more than 15 years of experience with Information Security, Cyber Security and Risk Management. 108 / MARCH 2019


Animal Wellness Clinic: Lorna Boydston has always had a deep love and understanding of animals. Growing up her family owned a dog kennel and raised and trained German Sheperds, she worked with dogs in 4-H and later on went to school to become a veterinary technician. Out of curiosity, she began exploring holistic therapies that promised to improve the lives of pets and completed training in animal massage.   Knowing that each animal is unique, and that mindful and compassionate care is important to the health and happiness of pets (as well as their owners), Lorna founded the Animal Wellness Connection. Located in North Spokane, Animal Wellness Connection offers therapeutic animal massage as well as other modalities for sports performance enhancement and conditioning, rehab, and geriatric therapy for dogs and cats. Boydston is not a veterinarian—her goal is to be the connection between the animal clinic and the pet owner to help keep their four-legged friends stay healthy. To do so, Lorna and her staff utilize many time-honored healing practices as well as state of the art therapies including Spokane’s only warm water hydrotherapy

Helping Your Pets Live Life to the Fullest pool designed exclusively for dogs to aide in recovery if they have undergone surgery or have mobility problems. Animal Wellness clinic offers pet grooming including a specialized CO2 bathing system that has the ability to remove mineral waste in clogged pores, helping to eliminate odor, while still protecting the natural moisture in your pet’s skin. There’s also a dog fitness membership club that includes the use of dog treadmills, therapy balls, cavaletti, stretching and strengthening exercises and personal training. Even the daycare service is designed with structured programs to ensure your dog gets just the right balance of attention and activity to keep them healthy, both emotionally and physically. “Everything we do at Animal Wellness Connection is for the benefit of pets and their owners,” Boydston says. “There’s a real connection between a pet being healthy and happy and living life to their fullest potential.” Animal Wellness Connection 1620 E. Houston Ave., Ste. 100 | (509) 703-7781

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Distinctive Furnishing to Transform Your House Into Your Home Husband and wife team Casey and Sheree Bryntesen have lived, worked and played in the hamlet of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and its surrounding lakes and mountains all their lives. In 2002, they opened Ironstone/ Mountain Comfort, using their extensive past experience in the custom home industry, to offer first-class custom fireplace design and installation. In 2012, they added furniture and interior design capabilities to the fold. In 2014, they opened their current 12,000-square foot showroom, which is unlike any other in the area. Whether it’s the time-tested quality of a well known national manufacturer or the handcrafted creations of a specialty manufacturer, only the most distinctive designs are worthy of being featured in Ironstone/Mountain Comfort’s extensive and unique collections. Their showroom holds the distinction of being HGTV sponsored, so you know everything is of the highest standards and most distinctive design aesthetic. Every aspect of your Ironstone Mountain/Comfort

experience is custom-tailored to ensure your complete satisfaction. From inside your home to out, their dedicated staff offers unparalleled services and selection to correspond with your personal style. Enjoy the benefits of a complimentary design consultation, awe-inspiring in-stock selections and as professional delivery and installation services. Ironstone Mountain/Comfort’s Coeur d’Alene showroom gives you limitless options. If you don’t see exactly what you have in mind, a professional team of designers is at your service. They can customize any element of a piece of furniture, from the fabric to the woodwork, to suite your unique taste and style. “We’re have everything that you could ever need to make a house feel like a home,” Sheree says proudly. “You want to be comfortable in your space and we create that—specifically to match your personality and the way you actually live.” Ironstone Mountain/Comfort 262 W. Hanley Ave., CDA | (208) 772-7553  | MARCH 2019 /


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THE HANGAR EVENT CENTER is located in Felts Field and is ideal for large weddings and events. The glamour of the planes adds a level of excitement and distinction to your event, but can also be taken out. When the hangar door is fully open in the summer, it unveils a beautiful view of the runway and nearby mountains. Plenty of free parking and room for up to 400+!

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Spokane’s freshest event space is located where the city meets the valley in historic Felts Field. The Hangar Event Center is a beautiful open space that’s perfect in all seasons. Heated in the winter and fully open to the runway and Mica Peak in warmer weather where beautiful sunsets beckon, it offers an exhilarating alternative to stuffy and cookie cutter event spaces. Wander halfway into the pre-runway amid cocktail tables and historic planes and enjoy the glamour of an aviationthemed wedding, party or occasion of any kind. Imagine your soiree in a well- appointed room bedecked with a great number of colorful linen-covered tables and matching chairs, lights, streamers, cocktail tables, beautiful centerpieces, a magnificent spread of gourmet food offerings…..and a huge airplane or two to ensure that no guest ever forgets the unique experience. The Sky is the Limit at the Hangar Event Center! We’ll let your vision take flight, and parachute you gently through every step of the way.

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he considered purchasing other properties and even toyed with the idea of a new build, he’s thankful he held out for something that felt just right. “I found this and I made an offer the first day,” he says. “As I said to Stephanie, I’m so glad I waited.”

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Though it was in rough shape at the time of purchase—think dated carpeting everywhere and heavily pigmented square marble tile covering the kitchen floors and counter tops—the potential was obvious. The bones were good, with ideally placed windows

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showcasing stellar views, and original mid-century details like the built-in shelving near the entry (“I call it the I Dream of Jeannie shelving,” he jokes). Having grown up nearby in another mid-century modern home, “I’ve kind of come full circle,” he says. Stephanie and the homeowner 118 / MARCH 2019

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saying. It was an ideal match, with Stephanie not only designing the interior but painting custom artwork for the space and calling on her architecture background to work on the floor plans, as well as acting, essentially, as the project manager. “My nickname is the Energizer Bunny,” she says with a laugh. The resulting home (which was finished right on schedule) is a multi-toned jewel box, with every wall offering something unique.

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They credit a fantastic team for a job well done, noting a long list of valuable contributors including Band Construction and Tom Ourada of Ourada Design. Very early in the process Stephanie, realized, based on the materials he was drawn to, that the homeowner “really likes color.” Luckily, color works well with mid-century modern. “He didn’t want anything to do with purple or pink,” Stephanie says. Salmon

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was also off the table. But that meant almost the full spectrum was still left to play with, and this home does just that—play—with its plethora of vibrant hues: red lights hanging above the kitchen island, a blue bathroom, a grass green wall in the entry way, a cheerful yellow hallway, multitoned area rugs, a green upholstered sectional, and the list goes on. The painters told Stephanie it was the most different colors they’d ever used in one house. It all works together, with the neutrals—like warm woods and white walls and black window trim— working to temper the vibrancy. Wood floors cover much of the main floor, while marmoleum flooring (an all-natural product that doesn’t release any fumes) punches up the

color scheme, with tones like red (in the powder room) and yellow (in the laundry room). Textiles—many of which were selected from Jacobs Upholstery— further enliven the space, like the geometric-print shade in the laundry room, the Asian-inspired duvet in the master bedroom, and the red seat cushions in the kitchen’s eat-in nook. Displayed on the walls is a combination of the homeowner’s previously collected artwork (including ceiling carvings from Indonesia, a Haile Selassie sword, and a gallery of well-loved hats in the guest room), new acrylic pieces Stephanie painted for the space, and local work like hanging glass orbs by Dog and Pup Glass and a piece by Northwest MARCH 2019 /


landscape artist Kim Wheaton. In the open concept kitchen, the light wood cabinetry and textural white tile serves as a backdrop for pops of color in the appliances and lighting. The grand piano is the centerpiece of the


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as does the shower tile, which was laid vertically, bringing to mind a colorful rain shower. Stephanie and team were careful to reuse or retain what they could from the home in its original state, from the light fixtures in the master bathroom to the blue tile in the guest bathroom to the floor-to-ceiling drawers and cabinetry in the home’s hallway, which were cleaned up and modernized with new hardware. They also made forward-thinking choices, widening doorways (and installing new doors) to make the home ADA compliant, creating

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cabinetry and shelving to house electronics, installing a new HVAC system, and installing shades that can be raised or lowered with the push of a remote (or controlled by phone). Outside, updates combined the practical with the aesthetic, with the garage doors painted friendly yellow, the front door painted bright blue, and a ramp and attractive railing added leading up to the entry. Near the end of the project, while the home was still an undecorated construction zone,

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Stephanie took advantage of the homeowner’s 10-day trip out of town to transform the house from mid-renovation to fully liveable. She brought up the furniture that was being stored in the basement, hung all of the artwork, and fully styled the space with textiles, rugs, and accessories. He was thrilled with the results. “I came home and was so surprised,” he remembers. He and Stephanie have similar taste, and he was especially taken with the original artwork she produced for the home in a short time, which now

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potential. But, with his preferences as a guide, the team took risks, breaking out of the beige/gray/ white palette that’s so prevalent in the current interior design moment to create something inspiring while honoring the designs of the past. “I think what surprised me most was how well everything worked together,” says the homeowner. Friends, he says, now call it his “happy house.”

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omfort, performance and style in Volvo’s first compact crossover SUV The best evidence one needs that Volvo has moved beyond just safety as its main calling card is to look at its SUV lineup. The XC90 and XC60 demonstrate that the Swedish brand has built on its safety heritage with a series of stylish, technology advanced and comfortable vehicles. Now comes the 2019 Volvo XC40 as an entry-level model that shares many of its larger siblings’ good points and breaks ground with some nifty features of its own. As far as compact crossover SUVs go, the Volvo XC40’s design is crisp and clean. The chiseled good looks with unmistakable Volvo cues is unique to this model. Rather than give us another proverbial cut of the sausage in a smaller package, the XC40 was designed to look more like a cousin than a direct descendant of the larger XC60 and XC90. This process starts at the nose, where the horizontal grille with the Volvo logo is concave rather than the convex look used on the bigger SUVs. The lighting elements are swept back into the fenders with a modified version of the Thor’s hammer LED running lights. In profile, the XC40 uses a minimalist approach to cut and character lines, relying on simple sculpted forms including a clamshell-style hood, a lower scallop in the side of the vehicle, and a pinched quarter window in the rear door to give the vehicle a sporty flair.

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The front and rear fascias feature skid plate-like elements along with the strong side rocker panel treatment and integrated roof rails. This gives the XC40 the muscular attitude of an off-road vehicle. The Volvo XC40 is further distinguished by an optional white roof on Momentum models which can be paired with white wheels, while all R-Design versions come with a black roof.

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To become a Table Hostess, gather seven friends to fill a table of eight. Table hostesses are encouraged to decorate their tables using all or some of your own items. Have a traditional tea party or create a fun theme. Be as creative as you like—this is what makes this event so special. You’ll have access to the loading dock for unloading your items, assistance transporting your items to your table and a place to store your bins and boxes during the event. Saturday, April 20 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Davenport Grand, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. | Tickets:

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WOMAN/listen to your mother


by Elise Raimi

The Wonder of my

r e h t o M One summer, toward the end of August,

on a sweltering North Carolina night that felt so much less bearable to me after living in the West for 10 years, Mom and I were in the kitchen. Her six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy had just come to an end and she was struggling to make a cup of tea. Finding the bags was proving challenging.  She had found them at first and put them on the kitchen island but had since forgotten that they were there and she was now rummaging around in the pantry. “Mom, are you looking for the tea bags? They’re here.” I probably sounded exasperated. I was exasperated. It was exhausting, having the same conversations again and again. Exhausting to me, at least. I never once saw dad lose his patience with mom while she was sick. Mom looked in my direction, confused— I was pointing to the tea bags on the counter but she couldn’t see them.  Or if she could see them she couldn’t understand what they were. Brain cancer is brutal, and six weeks of zapping one’s cranium with radiation leaves

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the recipient a shell of themselves. Although she had really good bits of the day, mom often seemed unmoored from any sense of herself and had lost most of her peripheral vision on one side as well as her ability to figure out the space around her.  “You shouldn’t drink this right now though—it’s caffeinated,” I chastised. What was I thinking? I should have let her have all the tea and cigarettes she wanted and never said a word. I didn’t realize how little time she had left.  Mom looked confused and mad—she always hated being told what to do. She walked up to me, took the tea bags and said: “I wish you would go home.” Her words struck a place in the bottom of my stomach and I felt my throat clench up as I tried not to cry. It was hard to tell sometimes what she was trying to say but I am pretty sure that she could see how much stress I was under trying to take care of her and the kids in a space that wasn’t mine and that she knew I was ready for a break and I shouldn’t feel bad about going home and leaving her and dad alone. I’m pretty sure that is what she was saying and I should have taken a deep breath and said nothing, but the daughter in me overpowered the adult and I burst into tears. “I love you mom. I want to be here. I would do anything for you. I would do anything to make this easier—less hard—less horrible. I’m sorry if you don’t want me here.” She looked at me. She focused on my face and saw the tears. She saw me. All day, things had been blurry—she had bumped into the car door, into the dining room table, into the couch. She couldn’t see the tea or find her shoes, but she saw me. She took my hands in hers and was my mom. “Darling. I am so sorry. That isn’t what I was trying to say. Words are so hard right now.” And she hugged me. She was herself and all was right with the world. She was the mom and I was the child. She hugged me. I cried and told her how much I loved her. She saw the tea on the island and made us both a cup, carrying it to me with hands somehow stilled from their usual shakiness. 

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Later that evening, the kids sleeping and the humidity of the North Carolina summer refusing to budge, I went in to check on her as I did every night. I would turn off her iPad, take out her earbuds and wipe the stray hairs away from her mouth and eyes—she was losing so much hair that it would rub off on the pillow and make its way all over her face. As I leaned over to click the light off, her eyes opened. “I love you,” she said.  Clearly, focused on my face. “Thank you.” Three months later she was gone. It was six months from diagnosis to death. I ache—I feel a physical pain from her absence—every second of every day. That she was able to see through her own pain and confusion to love and mother me in the middle of her death is one of the things that keeps me getting out of bed on my worst mornings. I want my kids to have what she gave me, and what she gave to them, if only for a short time: unconditional love, knowing that someone sees you entirely for who you are and loves every part of you. My mom was a wonder at a lot of things— making music, making friends, giving people the courage and space to be who they truly are—but most important to me, she was my mom. She was damn good at it, and she left me quite a legacy to live up to.

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D I G I T A L D I L LY D A L LY A N D L E G A C Y In an effort to avoid my adult responsibilities of laundry and dishes and all the life things, I scrolled. Tossing my life into the vortex time suck that is oh so normal. I sat on my bathroom floor, admiring my clean toilet and scrolled through my social media feed mindlessly. Then I stopped mid upward swipe. A dear friend had posted a “prayers to the X heart is broken” post. I’m not generally super nosy but I was avoiding writing and justifying it by telling myself I wasn’t yet inspired. The name of the family wasn’t familiar to me so I did a quick search for it. When I clicked on the man’s profile, I wasn’t prepared to feel. I mean, I really wasn’t prepared to be slammed in the chest with the massive weight of his last social media post. I’ve never met this man. I don’t know him and his life doesn’t outwardly entwine with mine. As I stared at his last post, a photo of him and a toddler, beaming huge lit up smiles, I got a throat lump. The little boy was his son. The post was his last. The last piece of him alive in the digital world. It was four hours old. The comments were alive with people posting farewells to him. Rather than watch the live heartbreak I decided to scroll a bit. His previous post a day before was a quote about letting go, change and moving on. I’ve thought about this subject more than I can relay. I even dedicated a chapter to it in my book. It taps at the back of my mind in a muffled but constant reminder. We love fragile lives without really acknowledging the preciousness much. We are so plugged in these days that we don’t think of the impact of what we post or share or do online. We scroll and type and comment with no thought to the impression all of that activity leaves in our absence. We’re plastering our thoughts and food and photos about life as if no

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one will ever scroll through our wall or page or blog when we’re gone. If what you last posted to social media were to be your last mark on the world, would you still post it? Would you write that opinion or share that meme? Not to pull this to the land of heavy and dark, but would you lash out in a comments section or troll a stranger? If all that was ever left of you was your digital footprint, would you still take the steps you take daily? I share a lot on social media. I have a daily digital dilly dally of sorts. It’s not always purposeful or meaningful, and it’s not always something I’d like to be known for all time. I like to share. I like to write. It’s like an open journal for me. A way to store bits of myself in some everlasting cloud. A form of immortality. Maybe, just maybe, my children will be able to scroll through my thoughts someday. Maybe, even I will, to remember all the things I felt were important enough to put on blast. The young man who passed away will forever have his last words be that he loved his son. I’m not so obsessed with death as to consider everything I write or share may be my last interaction with the world. But, I do think about it before I take a quiz to see what kind of potato I am. I think about it before I write a rant about an unpleasant interaction. I think about it when I have had my phone to my face for way longer than I would allow my kids to have screen time. It’s not grandiose to offer that we are building a legacy with each digital interaction. Each word, share and post is a tiny piece of a social self we save for the long haul. Our social mask becomes an indelible identity when we’re no longer around to tend and cultivate it. Are we curating the selves we really want to be remembered as?




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ifthey onlyknew PA I N T I N G A PRETTY PICTURE OF MARRIAGE Because of complications after an abortion (legal and in a hospital), I had to undergo a total hysterectomy at a young age. This left me with the inability to have children, of course. So, I married a man with children … darling little ones. Their mother was not interested in parenting. And neither was he, really. But me? I wanted to be a Kool-Aid mom! So, I gave it all I had. I became Bluebird Leader, Vacation Bible School teacher and PTA President. I took the children to dance lessons, gymnastics lessons and swimming lessons. I threw lavish birthday parties. They were my world. As a visible member of the church, I wanted everyone to believe that I lived the perfect life. I had the perfect kids and the perfect marriage—as far as everyone knew. I never spoke of the physical, verbal and mental abuse by my husband. No one would have guessed I wasn’t allowed to have money, drive a car or go anywhere other than to church by myself. No one saw the black eyes or knew he nearly choked me to death during a fit of rage. They only heard about the lovely “apology” gifts he gave me. Had I left him, I would have lost my children and my financial security. He knew this. He used it to control the situation and to continue having things his way. He could spend the money and his time however he wanted. I was in a kind of prison with no way out, and no one even knew about it. In fact, I hailed him as the perfect husband and father. So that’s what everyone believed. But, things began to fall apart. The kids became teenagers and acted out. My husband’s cruelty became unbearable. I felt isolated and alone. When I told him I was done with his abuse, he quickly packed his things and moved out of town. “No skin off my nose” is what he said as he walked out the door. Because I had painted such a pretty picture of my marriage, everyone thought I had done something to break up the family. No one would believe that such a wonderful man—who “obviously” adored me—could be the cause of this mess. So I was judged, criticized and ousted by the church, by our friends and by his family. He later came to his senses and sought out professional help. He changed his life in a big way. He wanted reconciliation, but I just couldn’t consider going back after being free. Over time, we did become friends, however. He has since passed on and I still grieve. I doubt I will ever stop grieving his loss. I have a new life now, a wonderful new love and fabulous new friends. I am doing well. But I sometimes look back and wonder how life would have looked without so many untold secrets, many secrets that I still keep hidden away today. Those secrets seemed like a good idea—the right idea— to keep at the time, but I often wonder how things may have been different … If They Only Knew.

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When I sit down at a restaurant and order nachos, what I’m really telling my server is: stop … I really just want a pile of cheese. There’s no need to rattle off the soup of the day or hand me a fresh sheet. My jowls have a deep-seeded craving for melty, crunchy, fresh from the oven nachos. From their humble beginnings—created for 1940s soldier wives across the border to the surge of gastropubs and dive bars in small-town USA—nachos have become the quintessential snack food for groups of friends and families celebrating with an appetite that a french fry just can’t satisfy. So, grab a chip and start digging for toppings while we tour through the best nachos in the Inland Northwest. Don’t worry; I know the guacamole is extra.

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1003 E. Trent Ave., Ste. 170 Spokane’s long-standing icon and 2015 national brewery of the year has made leaps and bounds in their connected gastropub. With nachos whose pork is braised in their popular Born & Raised IPA and covered in Boar’s Head Vermont cheddar, black beans and chipotle sour cream, there aren’t many places around town to pick up an insurmountable pile of melty love paired with local beer.

Outlaw BBQ 4427 W. Wellesley Ave. You don’t have to gamble when you order the nachos covered in house-smoked pulled pork, pickled red onion and jalapeño. The only downfall to these Northside nachos is if your plan is to eat them alone. Plenty of BBQ houses leave little to the imagination, serving brisket, ribs and whole chickens, but Outlaw stretches the niche with giant stuffed baked potatoes, gringo tacos and Texas style frito pie. Plan to make a few trips and munch your way though their marvelous menu.

Waddell’s Brew Pub 6501 N. Cedar Rd. Waddell’s might be known for beer and burgers, but this Northside brewpub knows how to affix chips with more toppings than your fragile little mouth can handle. A perfect blend of spicy jalapeños and herbal cilantro make for a special treat. Guy Fieri has featured them twice on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives—that alone should make it be a priority for your next date night. Order them up with barbecued brisket to take this bestial concoction to the next level.

The Ref Sportsbar 14208 E. Sprague Ave. With new management and chef in tow, the Spokane Valley sports bar popular for watching the Zags or Seahwaks is in a full menu rebuild. Between the vast choices of wings and burgers sits a behemoth pile of chips covered house-made queso, your choice of chicken or beef and piled on tomato and olive. Perfect for a table of four and a pitcher of local beer while you support your favorite sports team.

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Local Eats that Warm the HEART 150 / MARCH 2019

by Erin Peterson

We have so many wonderful, cozy places to dine in this chilly weather, and I often sit at

work dreaming about where we can go as a family to enjoy a great meal. The bonus of not having to do the dishes really helps. If you want the experts to take the lead and give you a dinner worth braving the cold, look no further. Here are a few of our family favorites that are sure to make you realize just how good it can be to eat out in our city.

Burger Royal There are dozens of classic Spokane favorites that we drive past every day, but you should make it a priority to stop by this one. It’s shabby on the outside, but full of character and some really, really great food. This long-standing business has withstood recessions, wars and social upheaval—feeding Spokanites and leaving its mark on their lives. As one of the last remaining drivein burger joints in the area, Burger Royal is still standing tall on Trent Avenue, and has an especially tasty sandwich: the Mike’s Original Stromboli. It features a toasted Italian sandwich roll, a spicy tomato sauce laden with sausage, melty mozzarella cheese, and capicola ham. Their burgers are equally delicious, as are their sinfully crunchy and stretchy mozzarella sticks with house-made sauce. Created by Mike Aquino in 1954, it is still just as delicious today. It is nothing short of legendary. Once you stop in, you won’t be able to go to a chain restaurant for a burger again. Best Fine Dining


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Wandering Table One of the seven jewels in the Eat Good Group crown, Wandering Table is a favorite of locals and, according to frequent diners, if the items on the menu change, there would be a small riot. One of those familiar classics is the spaghetti stuffed meatball, which features the pasta inside instead of surrounding them. Other favorites at this Kendall Yards hotspot are the buffalo cauliflower, crispy duck wings, the decadent deviled eggs, and for dessert—the olive oil ice cream with candied orange. I’m also partial to the harissa spiced carrots. Executive Chef Adam Hegsted has Chef Ian Wingate at the helm of this dynamic dining space, and the creativity that comes out of this kitchen is sure to give your tastebuds the warmth you crave in this chilly weather.

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Casper Fry The Perry District has become a center of funky dining options that have a neighborhood appeal and a unique personality. The history in this part of town intertwines seamlessly with the new. My husband’s grandfather, Laverne Peterson, built and owned the auto shop next door (now aptly named “The Shop” featuring coffee, wine and quick bites). Next door, Casper Fry is named after the Great-Great Grandfather of the current proprietors, who was a Southern-born minister. He preached in the church across the street, and now this space reflects the food he would have known and loved at home. The hush puppies, fried chicken, chicken and waffles and other Southern-inspired favorites are nothing short of decadent, and their specials rotate with what is in season and inspires the chef. You’ll be sure to have a mouth-watering meal in this quaint part of our city. BEST SUSHI 7 years in a row!

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Opened in 1932, The Park Inn might own the title of oldest restaurant and bar in Spokane (and all of Eastern Washington, for that matter) but you wouldn’t know it popping in on a random Tuesday night after work for a cold beer. Traditionally, matured bars that have become beacons for retired regulars aren’t subject to surges of the young working class meeting up with friends or colleagues for a quick post-work cocktail. That’s half the fun of the Park Inn. The Bar: On the lower South Hill, tucked snug behind a block of medical buildings and hospitals, an outdated sign topped with a 7-UP advertisement peeks around the cream colored building. Both the bar and restaurant are surrounded by what I can only imagine has been the decor since the seventies. Wooden walls lined with 40year old beer signs that would send any antique market squeeing in joy. Black leather bar stools and half-backed chairs circle the glorious mirrored bar. The restaurant is designed to serve groups big and small with large open space accommodating for tables to be moved around. Next time you are needing a semi-private room for a group, the space is reserved away from the often more noisy bar. The People: They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but since purchasing the bar in late 2015, owner Marcus Schmick has breathed new life into iconic South Hill drinkery. There’s not a chance you won’t see one of the many regulars catching up with Schmick or an employee. Many call the PI their second living room. A familiar place to pull up a chair and order a drink.

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The Drinks: If you’re looking for an elaborate craft cocktail mixed with dry Champagne and in-house grapefruit bitters, you’re in the wrong space. My favorite element of the Park Inn is they know who they are. They embrace the dive bar mentality without the uncleanliness. You will never find yourself thirsty from the 16 rotating draft beers or whiskey cokes that often taste like a double. You’ll find a perfect bloody Mary on the weekend and a tart margarita on a sweltering summer day. The Food: The PI is primarily known for their pizza; with a stove and sauce recipe that hasn’t changed since the 50s, hungry Spokanites line up to a late-night sampling of their iconic square cut pies. If pizza doesn’t hit the spot, there are leagues of popular pub food done to perfection. Nachos, burgers, deli sandwiches and some of the best broasted chicken you’ll even put in your mouth. Make sure to ask about their daily specials; they are consistently drumming up new lunch items to attract the nearby medical staff who are sick of cafeteria food. The Extras: The beauty of the PI is its simplicity. With each year, it gains a little more personality. A few pinball machines, arcades and enough relics hanging from the wooden interior to keep any Curious George busy. The real entertainment is in its customers. You never know if you’ll be sitting next to a war vet or a fresh-out-of-college emergency room nurse. Either way, they both more than likely will have a smile (or cheese) on their face with a pile of warm popcorn close at hand.

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The Dining Guide includes summaries of local restaurants that are featured on a rotating basis each issue. Suggestions for additions or corrections can be sent to

ASIAN, INDIAN, HAWAIIAN Thai Bamboo. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo continues to be No. 1 Best Thai in readers’ polls, and both the North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki Beach-styled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad Thai. Delivery available.

Masselow's Steakhouse. Named after a strong chief who was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in Northern Quest Resort and Casino and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000.

BARBECUE Red Lion BBQ & Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shells-on-thefloor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine-broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-the-bones moist and tender. Together with the signature fried bread and honey, you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N. Division St. (509) 835-LION (5466).

1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year the golf club was originally established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. Led by Executive chef Tyler Schwenk, their culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to house-made rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 is an exciting culinary tour for your palate. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. (509) 466-2121.

FINE DINING Park Lodge. Located in Kendall Yards overlooking the Spokane River, Park Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty. The views offer inspiration for creating a unique dining experience of locally inspired comfort food in a fine dining setting. Chef Philip has been cooking for more than 15 years in fine dining establishments in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Paris and Spokane. His philosophy toward food is one of careful consideration—recipes should highlight the ingredients. 411 N. Nettleton St. (509) 3409347.

BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark throughout the past decade. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and converted to diners. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and the don’t-miss hash browns and silver dollar pancakes. 1516 W. Second Ave. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, (509) 465-2464.

Wild Sage Bistro. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on Second Ave. and Lincoln St., Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon and Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the Coconut Cream Layer Cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for its in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten-free options. 916 W. Second Ave. (509) 456-7575. The Wandering Table. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative salad take, the Deviled Eggs, or the Popcorn), craft cocktails, a whiskey bar, and other substantial dishes, such as the Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Sliders or the Braised Shortribs. The chef is known for his previous culinary venture of the same name consisting of a twelve-course dinner party. Take his advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for a surprising culinary journey. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. (509) 443-4410.

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Yards Bruncheon. The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday, and—oh!—how that pleases us. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complimented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. They make most of their menu items in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Prky., (509) 290-5952. CASUAL DINING Gilded Unicorn. The Gilded Unicorn  is a modern American, classic restaurant featuring handcrafted foods and drinks, located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The restaurant's name reflects its blend of classic and modern without taking itself too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases  local, seasonal  food  and drinks from the  Northwest and beyond coerced into new-fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. 110 S. Monroe St., (509) 309-3698.

315 Martinis and Tapas. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 p.m. and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. PUB AND LOUNGE FARE The Onion Taphouse & Grill. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you’ll never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside. 7522 N. Division. (509) 747-3852. The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern-turned-restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up on your birthday for a free steak dinner. 1018 W. Francis Ave. (509) 326-6794. OTHER Rancho Viejo. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E. Sprague, (509) 927-8428, We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious .com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 30 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0630. 3Ninjas Curbside. After five years and many glorious victories over the legions of the unflavored, the ninjas at 3 Ninjas Food Truck realized their customers wanted them to have their own lair. The lords of the land of Kendall Yards asked if they would bring their skill and fortitude to bear and bring peace to the realm. So it was to be known that 3Ninjas Curbside would be born as the place where a road weary traveler could find new flavors and exciting combinations for which to please their palate. You must stop by their new home for their flavor potions, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, salads and more. 1198 W. Summit Parkway, (509) 783-3613.

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Burrito Loco

3115 E. Mission Ave. Directly across from Spokane Community College is a new, crazy concept Mexican restaurant. Offering steak, pork, fish, chicken and veggie tacos and burritos. Dinein or drive-thru and get your hands on their giant tortillas or $1 tacos if you happen across them on a Tuesday.

M.R. Piggy’s BBQ Cafe

809 1st St. It’s time to pig out in Cheney. The new bbq cafe is smoking up assorted sandwiches, sausages and baby back ribs. Round out your plates with sides of mac and cheese, jalapeño poppers and pinquito seasoned beans that originated from Santa Maria, California.


3403 E. Sprague Ave. The team at miFlavour has been taking orders and catering jobs, offering the Spokane sweet toothed some of the most succulent made-from-scratch desserts in the Northwest. You can now pick up their cookies, confections and already famous macarons at their new brick and mortar shop on Sprague.

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BY Celeste Shaw-Coulston

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Chaps | Paper & Cup | Lucky Vintage, Owner & Creator Healing Hearts Northwest, Critical Care Nurse Where Women Cook, Editor-in-Chief The January 1 New Year celebration brings new goals and in-

spires innovation. For women, this New Year celebration may be eclipsed by the March 8 commemoration created just for them: International Women’s Day. Once a paradox, now an international movement so strong, you feel its pulse around the globe. International Women’s Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions—whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. This day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement—which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences—has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW: The world needs who you were made to be. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” This is a day that belongs to you. It is a day to commend all you’ve accomplished. But the truth is the road to accomplishment is long and persevering. I had a difficult, chaotic childhood. I coveted the normal mother/daughter relationship. For the majority of my dejected young life, I was enamored by strong, badass women. These were women I aspired to become, ones who coexisted despite marriages, divorces and different backgrounds. Women who supported one another unconditionally. Women who defended others. Women who had pride, compassion, a voice, and a shoulder. Women who wanted to take a stand—and were afraid— but more afraid if they declined to hold their truth by standing down. A badass woman doesn’t have time for women who don’t support other women. She dedicates herself to uplifting the women in her life, and if someone is cruel or harmful to people, she’s not going to allow it. She knows the importance and beauty of helping others, which is what makes her so amazing. These leaders are achieving outcomes for their communities that are totally unexpected. Their actions are lessons in courage, boldness and resilience. I know to appreciate perspective. I have such a deep appreciation for Maya Angelou. Reading her work and trying to dissect

the essence of her words indeed heightens my personal perspective. “When you know better, you do better.” “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” I know that I want you to make every success matter. Your success as a woman is a success for all women. Part of that success is having a place at the table for other women. Collaborate, don’t compete. Competition thrives on insecurities. Identify those women you feel you’re sitting across the table from and sit next to them. Find common ground. Wanting women to succeed without jealousy is the definition of grace. Those simple words “you can sit with us” are life changing. My objectivity is shaped by my own upbringing, experiences and opportunities. I can’t pretend to know what it’s like to be someone else. I don’t purport to have all the answers or know how to solve all the problems. But I do have a personal conviction, and I am a woman who’s lived through my fair share of mean girl moments. I know you have the right to march and cast your voice. “When a woman rises up in her glory, her energy is magnetic, and her sense of possibility contagious.”—Marianne Williamson Unleashed. Its remarkable and world-changing to witness men and women come together in a momentum to bravely confront the status quo. There is a real existence of glass ceilings and external limitations, but when women gain economic power, the world changes. It's your power to implement comprehensive change. I know it takes a global village to promote the efforts International Women’s Day aims to shine a light on. But closer to home, we can all make small differences in our own workplaces that one day will add up to a world of difference when equality exists for all women. Embracing, encouraging and celebrating diversity is critical to successful change the advancement and acknowledgement of women worldwide. We must have zero tolerance to any behaviors or attitudes that do not encourage this. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

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by Doug Clark

St. Patrick of Spokane The saintly obsession that has

consumed my pal, Tom Keefe, all began over a beard. Ah, but what a beard! Full. White. Wavy. Keefe sports the sort of storied whiskers that would put the average mall Santa into therapy for depression. Keefe swears he grew the thing so he could look like an old Irish grandfather when photographed holding his first grandson, Patrick, which qualifies as a portent if you’re into that sort of thing. Enter the O’Dohertys, Tim and wife Sam, whose surname adorns their popular Irish Pub & Grill in downtown Spokane. Taking note of Keefe’s hirsuteness, they asked if he’d be willing to help jazz up the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day rush by impersonating the blessed guy Himself. “Never disappoint the man who mixes your drinks,” quips Keefe of his acquiescence. Not to mention that Keefe already owed the O’Dohertys—big time. Tim, in particular, has allowed his pub to become the home dugout for The Eddie Gaedel Society, the offbeat organization Keefe dreamed up to commemorate a 3-foot-7 actor who once came to bat in a major league baseball game. (Really. Look it up.) The O’Dohertys, however, had no clue that they had unleashed a force of manic magnitude. Hah! None of us did. Six years later, 70-year-old Keefe has honed his holy transmogrification into a hyperactive tour de farce. Garbed in authentic green-and-gold vestments (“Bought ‘em on eBay from the defrocked priest store.”), Keefe glad-hands strangers, poses for selfies and gives away custom prayer cards and fliers all bearing his inspirational visage.

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“Hardest working saint in show business!” Keefe says of himself with glee. No argument here. Consider a portion of Keefe’s upcoming itinerary: March 12, 6 p.m. St. Patrick appears at O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & Grill for the unveiling of a sizable mural depicting (who else?) Keefe as St. Paddy. “There will be music, dancing and libations,” he vows. March 13. St. Patrick instructs Spokane youth at St. Anne’s Children’s Center and All Saints School on the proper way to sing, “Sean, Sean the Leprechaun.” Sean, Sean the Leprechaun, “Lives in big oak tree. “And all the children look for him, “Tur-a-lur-a-lee. “When I was young,” Keefe explains, “the nuns at Christ the King school in Seattle made me stand on a stool on St. Patrick’s Day and lead the class in singing it because I was Irish.” Guess you could call this parochial payback, huh? March 15. On to Seattle to: help Mayor Jenny Durkan proclaim the Irish festivities in a luncheon; take a boat ride on Lake Union with Ireland’s Lord Mayor of Galway; reenact the kidnapping of St. Patrick by pirates; and help paint a green stripe along Fourth Avenue in the Emerald City’s downtown. March 16. A “celebrity appearance” at the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash, featuring hundreds of T-shirts all emblazoned with Keefe’s saintly image. Later, Keefe plans to imbed himself at the Seattle Center, signing autographs and posing for photos as part of the Irish Week Festival. Yikes. Just writing the above several paragraphs gave me a case of the shamrock

shakes and I don’t mean McDonald’s. See, I tagged along with Keefe for a similar assault on Seattle’s 2017 Irish shindig. The following excerpt from a column I wrote should explain things: Snoqualmie Pass was closed when we left Spokane on Thursday. That led to a 10-plushour journey through Yakima and over White Pass. If that sounds like a hellish long time to be cooped up in a rental SUV, you really have no idea. Saying he wanted to get me in the proper mood, Keefe filled the vehicle’s airspace with a nonstop barrage of Irish music. The worst part was that every other song in this marathon concert seemed to deal with some aspect of human misery, like hanging, alcoholism, lost love, famine or 800 years of being crushed under the cruel boot heel of England. One bouncy “nursery rhyme” sung by The Dubliners told the story of a woman who stabbed her infant child in the heart. Keefe was right. This did get me in the mood – the mood for opening the car door and hurling myself in front of oncoming traffic. Here’s my takeaway from what I’ve witnessed: Once Keefe dons the garb and enters the Patrick Zone, THERE’S NO BLOODY OFF SWITCH!! Showtime lasts as long as Keefe’s in costume and there is someone to regale. While still in Seattle, I wrote my final column on our journey in a Mexican eatery just to get a cultural breather from Irish overload. Then I waited inside Nordstrom, praying for Keefe to please end this thing so we could go home. And I waited. And I waited…. Yet every time I called Keefe on my cell he would tell me not to worry, he’d be there in 15 minutes. Then another hour would crawl by and I’d punch the numbers and he’d tell me to hold tight, he’d be there in 15 minutes. And so I sat, my mind spinning dark fantasies about committing St. Patricide. Finally, Keefe arrived. He told me he hadn’t been able to get away. He’d just kept encountering more souls in need of

uplifting. Look, Keefe means well. I know that. He’s a standup guy. Witty. Wicked smart. He’s on a mission to spread happiness. And kiss babies. And shake hands. And tell the world about who the real St. Patrick was. “He was truly a human rights crusader,” says Keefe. “I read about him as kid. My grandmother, Elizabeth Murphy, hated the way St. Patrick’s Day had deteriorated into an excuse to get drunk on green beer and vomit on your shoes.” Last year, Keefe carted his duds to Ireland where he spent four months gallivanting as St. Patrick through places like Dublin and Clondalkin and Skibbereen and Ballydehob. The madding masses, he says, couldn’t get enough of him. “That’s because I don’t imitate St. Patrick, I channel him,” he explains. “I adopt St. Patrick and add some show biz. You gotta work the crowd.” Perhaps you’re wondering how far Keefe intends to take this. Well, the letter that arrived a few weeks ago at Keefe’s South Howard Street office should provide an answer. It was from Seamus Woulfe, attorney general of Ireland, which is pretty cool when you think about it. But here’s what got Keefe’s juices going: Woulfe addressed his letter to… “St. Patrick of Spokane.” “Not to make too fine a point of it,” adds Keefe, “but such official validation is HUUUUUUGE on the modern sainthood circuit.” They don’t call it March Madness for nothing. Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The Spokesman-Review after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years. Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He can be reached at



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