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Jene Ray- Board CHair
Whole family Engagement Coordinator-The Zone Project

Jene was a classroom teacher for twenty years, teaching pre-school through high school before moving to the district level to teach and coach teachers. Jene’s experience includes five years of state level education funding and policy work in Olympia, as well as directing operations for an education research center at University of Washington Tacoma focused on trauma informed, implicit bias and the effects of poverty on instruction. Currently Jene serves as the Zone Project Whole Family Engagement Coordinator, coordinating support for multi-generational outcomes in housing, safety, health, economics, and education across NE Spokane.

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Carmen Pachecho Jones

After giving birth to her daughter at 17 Carmen found herself homeless and struggling to complete school. A teen mom program in Yakima WA provided an opportunity for her to complete her high school education and today she is a Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Coordinator with Washington State University, State Certified Trainer in Diversity and Social Cognition, Certified Forensic Peer Counselor, Public Health Worker, Whitworth graduate and Masters Candidate with Gonzaga University as well as a Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council member, in that capacity she is Chair of the council's Racial Equity Committee.

Cory Plager
Public Finance Banker- DA DAvidson

Throughout his many years in educational finance, Cory Plager has supported 22 K-12 school districts developing budgets and managing financial realities across Eastern Washington. Cory worked in the school finance industry for 15 years where he was responsible for reviewing and approving financial statements, budgets, and school levy and bond certifications for the region. With extensive experience analyzing and intepreting state legislature, Cory has been appointed to various statewide committees and is a guest presenter at Gonzaga University, Washington State University and the WASBO, WSSDA and WASA conferences.


DArcy McMUrray
Realtor- 4 Degrees Real Estate

Darcy is a Spokane native who has a deep passion for empowering young people in our community to achieve their full potential. For more than 15 years, Darcy dedicated her professional life to education, coaching and mentoring young people. She worked as an educator at  Spokane Public Schools serving in Title 1 buildings, as the Director of the Warner Pacific University Early Learning Center, and as Assistant Volleyball coach at Whitworth University.  Most recently, Darcy found a second career love as a real estate agent at 4 Degrees Real Estate.



Having her daughter at a young age, Amy Lloyd believes it is critical to empower girls before life altering decisions are made out of a lack of confidence. She graduated from Eastern Washington University and for over 20 years has had a successful career in advertising, working on behalf of large, national brands like Time Inc and Conde' Nast. Her latest endeavor, launching Face It Today, empowers girls and young women through self-care and entrepreneurship.


CEO - Stay Alfred

Disrupter. Innovator. Adapter. Leader. In 2011, Jordan founded Stay Alfred after identifying an opportunity in alternative accommodations when home sharing began to take off. In eight short years, he has grown Stay Alfred into the nation’s largest travel apartment operator with more than 2,000 units in 32 U.S. cities and 250+ employees across the country.


KITARA JOHNSON- Advisor to the Board

After giving birth to her son at the age of 16, Kitara sought a better life for her family. She joined the military, earning the rank of sergeant in just 2 1⁄2 years. After being honorably discharged, Kitara began a career in healthcare. She currently manages and supports strategic organizational development and partnerships at Excelsior. Kitara is currently serving a five year appointment to the Washington State Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission.