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

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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 their Community Impact (Grant) Committee. Spokane YWCA Board of Directors with terms as Treasurer and President. Past member and President of the Regional (5 northwest states) 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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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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Board

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Laurie Brunette

Grant Coordinator 

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Annette Durkin

Communications Chair

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Pat Krug

Membership Chair

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Susan Engebretson

At-large Member

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Sarah Swanby 

Grant Committee

Co-chair

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Joan Woodard 

Grant Committee

Co-chair

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Jeneane Prince

At-large Member

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El Lyon

At-large Member

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 $1,100,000 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.