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Jody Harris

Officers

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Jody Harris

President

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El Lyons

Vice President

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Joan Woodard

Treasurer

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Judi Cronin

Secretary

Career: Certified Public Accountant

Volunteer: WGA Board and Grant Committee, Volunteer income tax preparer for AARP Foundation's TaxAide; Lutherhaven Ministries Fundraising Events Committee.

Personal: Graduated from CdA HS and Univ. of Idaho, moved all over, retired to CdA with my husband in 2014. Two adult children, 1 grandson, and 3 grand dogs live nearby.

Career: University 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 and Grant Committee

Education: Ph.D. in Sociology, Northwestern University

Career: Commercial Real Estate design, management, finance, development for buildings, hotels, retail centers, medical buildings.

Volunteer: WGA Board and Grant Committee. Instructor and mentor, participated in business and economic development organizations. Board of Community Foundation of Sonoma County, social therapy and comfort dog volunteer.

Career: Branch Manager for Mountain West Bank, Hayden location and Wells Fargo Bank,
Coeur d'Alene. In the banking industry for over 25 years with a stint in residential real estate
in Minneapolis.


Volunteer: WGA Board and Grant Committee, Board of Directors for CDA Sunrise Rotary, served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Hayden Chamber of Commerce, participated in numerous volunteer events in Coeur d'Alene.

Personal: B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Business Management. Moved to Coeur d'Alene in 2005 from Minneapolis and married my husband, Tom. We have one grandson and a yellow lab named Abby Normal.

Board

Joan Rock

Communications

Chair

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Jan Tymesen

Education Chair

Career: Licensed as a CFP with Wells Fargo Advisors for over 23 years, my life work and mission is to help people gain financial clarity. I am honored to  have been recognized on the 2021 list of Best-in-State Wealth Advisors by Forbes.

Volunteer: WGA Board

Personal: My husband Troy and I have called North Idaho home for over thirty years and are blessed with three adult children, four grand children and a variety of grand pets.

Laurie Brunett

Grants Administration

Chair

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

Volunteer: Medical Reserve Corps., WGA Grants Administrator, Birds of Prey.

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

Allie Lee

Grant Committee

Co-Chair

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Chris Quinn

Grant Committee

Co-Chair

Career:  Former Vice President and Director of Strategic Ingredient Supply for The Coca-Cola Company. Retired in 2020 after 39 years of  service. Held positions in quality control, quality assurance, environmental projects, and crisis management.

Volunteer:  P.E.O. Post Falls Chapter Member, Soroptimist International of Couer d'Alene, WGA Board and Grant Committee.

Education: B.S. in Chemistry, University of Idaho, MBA, Georgia State University.

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Peggy Schnell

Grant Committee

Co-Chair

Career: North Idaho College Employee for 20+ years, most recently Program Manager for Construction Apprenticeship Programs.

Volunteer: WGA Board and Grant Committee Co-Chair, church benevolence ministry

Personal: Marquette University (Milwaukee), University of Idaho (Adult Education), Well Read Moose Book Club, River City Garden Club.

Valerie Hodge

Member At-Large

Career: Educational Policy and Institutional Research.

Volunteer: Washington Literacy Board, Oxford Community Foundation Board, WGA Board and Grant Committee.

Personal: Idaho native, lived in Seattle for 30 years, then in Ohio for 10. Retired here in 2016. Macalaster College, B.A., University of Washington, M.A. 

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Vacant

Member At-Large

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Pat Krug

Membership Committee

Chair

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 Board, Membership Chair and 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.

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Janice Baldwin

Emerita Board Member

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Janet Robnett

Emerita Board Member

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 the 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 2023, WGA has gifted over $1,495,792 back to the community through its pooled grant fund and individually designated gifts of the membership. 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.

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ABOUT

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

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