Officers

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Jovanna Tanzey

President

Education BA University of St Mary; MBA University of Montana; Executive Certification GSUSA

Career Highlights HS Teacher and Administrator, Executive Director Big Sky Girl Scout Council Montana; Executive Director  Spanish Trails Girl Scout Council Pomona, CA

Volunteer Highlights House of Ruth Board; Strategic Planning United Way, Pomona CA, National Board GSUSA, Strategic Planning TESH, and Safe Passage; Board and Officer at Coeur D'Alene Homes, President Safe Passage.

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Brenda Wild

Vice President

Career Highlights Registered Radiation Oncologist for over 40 years, as technologist, therapist and management.

Volunteer Highlights Hospice of North Idaho Board member for 11 years, Chair for 2 years, volunteer activities for over 15 years. WGA Board member and Grant committee.

Personal: Spokane native, married with 3 children and 3 stepchildren, 4 grandchildren.

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Jody Harris

Treasurer

Career Highlights Certified Public Accountant

Volunteer Highlights WGA Board, Treasurer, and Grant Co-chair; Volunteer income tax preparer for AARP Foundation's TaxAide; Church treasurer, youth leader, worship leader, study leader; Lutherhaven Ministries Development Advisory Committee and Fundraising Events Committee.

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Donna Stambaugh

Secretary

Career Highlights  Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel primarily in Labor and Employment law, Washington State Attorney General's office.

Previous work as a procurement analyst and an accountant.

              

Volunteer Highlights Spokane County United Way Board of Directors with several years as Chair of Community Impact Committee. Spokane YWCA Board of Directors with terms as Treasurer and President. Past member and President of the Regional YWCA Board of Directors. Volunteer income tax preparer for the VITA program. Board Treasurer for NAACP Kootenai County. University of Idaho College of Business Advisory Board.

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Board

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Career: Physical Therapist, Director of Rehabilitation Services, Kootenai Medical Center

Volunteer: Medical Reserve Corps, WGA Grant Committee and Coordinator

Personal: Moved to North Idaho from New York City in 1971, and enjoy the outdoors.

Laurie Brunette

Grant Coordinator 

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Annette Durkin

Communications Chair

Career: Director of Communications for nonprofits and churches; Trucking company owner and Professional artist 

Volunteer: WGA Board, 3Cs, Trinity Lutheran Church communications and Board, Founder of Art Moms & Dads program, Boise Schools, 

Education: BA in Journalism,  Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

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Susan Engebretson

At-large Member

Career: Wells Fargo for 26 years in the Treasury Management Group.

Volunteer: Board of Global Minnesota, Swedish Institute Museum and Mansion. In Idaho, Board of HLCC, Chair of Hayden Arts Commission, WGA Board 

Personal: Built home in Hayden 2008, relocated here with husband in 2011.

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Career: Social Services Director in long-term care, Social Worker and Case Manager in community mental health
Volunteer: WGA Grant committee member and Co-chair, Board Secretary for Civic Engagement Alliance, Homeless & Community Outreach volunteer at Heritage Health 

Education: BA, Univ. of Idaho; BSW, Lewis-Clark State Coll.

Sarah Swanby 

Grant Committee

Co-chair

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Career: Univ. of Connecticut, School of Social Work, Researcher and Assoc. Professor. Currently Research Consultant for National Center on Domestic Violence.
Volunteer: Boards - Safe Passage, HREI, CDA Symphony, Natl Board of Applied Sociology, WGA Board & Grants committee

Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, Northwestern University.

El Lyon

At-large Member

Career: Licensed Realtor for over 35 years, Designated Broker Windermere Coeur d'Alene Realty, Co-owner Windermere Realty Coeur d'Alene and Seasons CDA Fresh Grill and Bar
Volunteer: WGA Grant committee, Coordinator of the Elderly Christmas Adoption for Area Agency on Aging since 1992, 2021 Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award and Idaho Nonprofit Adult Philanthropist of the year, Board Chair Big Brothers Big Sisters

Pat Krug

Membership Chair

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Joan Woodard 

Grant Committee

Co-chair

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Career: Commercial Real Estate design, management, finance, development for buildings, hotels, retail centers, medical buildings.
Volunteer: WGA Grant committee Co-chair. Instructor and mentor, participated in business and economic development organizations. Board of Community Foundation of Sonoma County, social therapy and comfort dog volunteer.

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Jeneane Prince

At-large Member

Career: COO for International Engineering Firm, President of US Engineering Firm, Defense Contractor, systems/software engineer, Project Manager .

Volunteer: WGA Board, WGA Grant Committee, ID & CA Master Gardener, Women in Transportation Studies, World Future Society, STEM programs, Engineers Without Borders, Friends of the Library.

about

We support local nonprofits that improve the quality of our community, whether that's a raptor program at the Birds of Prey Northwest, adult literacy in Rathdrum, or clothing for high school students, we are there to support and help through collective philanthropy.
 

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Janice Baldwin 

Emerita Board member

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Janet Robnett

Emerita Board Member

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History

In March of 2004, Janice Baldwin and seven visionary women established the

Women's Gift Alliance of Kootenai County. The goal of this endeavor was two-fold: 

  • to enable women to pool their financial resources in order to make large                            focused gifts to improve the community 

  • to teach women about giving and developing skills as engaged and                                  informed philanthropists  


In 2005, 52 women served as the founding members of Women's Gift Alliance.

The membership voted to award its first pooled grant of $26,000 to Kootenai County Search and Rescue Council.

As of 2021, WGA has gifted over $1,400,000 back to the community through its pooled grant fund and individually designated gifts. Over 100 different organizations have received funds through pooled fund grants and individually designated gifts of the membership. Countless women in the region have been given the opportunity to give through WGA, and to gain a deeper knowledge of the greatest needs in Kootenai County.