As a single mother who lost a child to suicide, I decided to start an organization that would support and encourage young people to be active in their communities. Research done by Dartmouth concluded that young people who are involved in their communities are less likely to suffer from learning disabilities, ADHD, and depression. Depression caused my son’s death. Let’s work together to guide young people to be the best they can be and to make the most of their talents and opportunities. Let’s teach them to deal with challenges, obstacles, and conflict. We can show them that they can turn to a community that will get them through their darkest day.
Jennafer grew up in Walla Walla where she graduated from Walla Walla Community College with Honors. During her time there she was very active in the community and organized an autism awareness walk to help educate the community and support her son. Upon graduating from WWCC she transferred to WSU and completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Philosophy. She has two beautiful children, 13 year old Becca and 11 year old Caleb. She is currently a Financial Concierge for Washington Trust Bank where she is able to continue supporting her local community. Her hobbies include kayaking, snowboarding, and rooting for the Cougs on Saturday and the Seahawks on Sunday.
Jose joined the iBelieve Board in 2017. We value having Jose apart of our team. He has jumped in feet first and continues to amaze us with the dedication and vision for our organization. He is a big part of our events from connecting with our youth to volunteering his time whenever we need him.
John grew up in Pullman, and after graduating from Pullman High School, earned his BA in Biology at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. He then moved to Salt Lake City and received his Ph.D. in Oncological Sciences from the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, studying how cells repair DNA to prevent cancer-causing mutations. John worked at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, studying the effects of radiation on DNA. John now works at Washington State University, in the School of Molecular Biosciences, where he researches gene targeting and DNA repair, in addition to running WSU’s Phage Hunters program. John is an Eagle Scout, and is cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 419 in Pullman, in addition to being treasurer for iBELIEVE of the Palouse. He enjoys gaming, teaching, outdoor exploration, and working with children.
I grew up in Wyoming and moved to northern Idaho about 9 years ago. I started in Banking and have been in the lending business for 8 years. I am a home loan officer and love it. My husband and I have a little boy who is 1.5 years old. He keeps me pretty busy! I joined iBELIEVE in July of 2017, and I have been the secretary for a little over a year. It is such a wonderful program to be a part of. iBELIEVE has come such a long way in the past 4 years, and I look forward to helping with the growth and see where it is in another 4 years.
Anne graduated from LCSC in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English: Publishing Arts and a Minor in Creative Writing. After graduation, she spent some time in Chicago and later moved to Japan to teach English to students from age 2 to 80ish. After returning to the States, she spent a few years in Arizona where she married and had an amazing-tenacious-gorgeous-awesome baby girl – ultimately boomeranging with them back to the Pacific Northwest where she found an ideal working mom career at Washington Trust Bank. She enjoys spending much of her free time with her hubby and daughter as well as crafting with glitter and making amigurumi.
Focused on family non-profits to help create a safe place for children to grow and learn through a community support system. When her two children were very young, Liz lost her husband to cancer and raised them as a single parent. She understands how community support can make a difference in the lives of others. Both of her children now attend Washington State University seeking graduate degrees in Veterinary and Forestry Sciences. Graduate of the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business, Liz held positions as a Management Department student TA, Student Media Council Board member for the University’s print, radio and online media events and Creative Director for the American Marketing Association DESB Marketing Department Chapter. She has served on the Children’s Justice Center’s Fundraising Board under the Governor and Attorney General of the State of Utah, chair/co-chaired fundraising events, served as an event judge, invited speaker for media events and coordinated internet safety training for parents. Liz grew up body surfing in Southern California, enjoys the beach, mountains, gardening/culinary arts, writing, art, music, and speed walking with her Alaskan Malamute.