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Jody Harris


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Jody Harris


El Lyon

Vice President

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Joan Woodard


Judi Cronin


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

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

Volunteer: Highlights 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.


Beautiful Landscape





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Jan Tymesen


Committee Chair

Career: Licensed As a CFP® with Wells Fargo Advisors for over twenty-three 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 grandchildren and a variety of grand pets.

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Laurie Brunette

Grant Administration


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

Volunteer: Medical Reserve Corps, WGA Grant Administrator, Birds of Prey

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


Susan Engebretson

Grant Committee Co-chair

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

Volunteer: Minnesota- Board of Global Minnesota, Swedish Institute Museum and Mansion. In Idaho, Board of Hayden Lake County Club, Chair of Hayden Arts Commission, WGA Board and Grant Co-



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

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Sarah Swanby 

Grant Committee


Career: Social Services Director in long-term care, Social Worker and Case Manager in community mental health

Volunteer: WGA Board and Grant Committee 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.ege.

Peggy Schell

Grant Committee


Career: North Idaho College employee for 20+ years, most recently Program Manager
for Construction Apprenticeship Programs
WGA Board and Grant Committee Co-Chair, church benevolence ministry
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 and
then Ohio for 10. Retired here in 2016. Macalester College, B.A., University of Washington, M.A.

Chris Quinn

Member At-Large

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 Coeur d'Alene, WGA Board and Grant Committee.


Education: BS in Chemistry, University of Idaho, MBA, Georgia State University

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Pat Krug

Membership 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

Janice Baldwin 

Emerita Board member

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Janet Robnett

Emerita Board Member

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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. 


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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