Our Board of Directors


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Sean Bresnahan, 2018 President of NECC Board of Directors

Has been a Board member since 2007 and has a strong interest in assuring dental care access for low-income families. Bresnahan is VP of Loan Product Management for Umpqua Bank.

C. Eric Christiansen CFP – Immediate Past-President

Is an Owner and Certified Financial Planner with Quantum Financial Planning. Christiansen will continue to serve on the Revenue Generation Strategy Team and was instrumental in establishing an Endowment for NECC.

Paul Hamilton, Secretary

Is Past President of the Hillyard Neighborhood Council, a member of many Hillyard organizations, and actively pursues economic development for the neighborhood. He is the owner of the local Allstate Insurance Agency.

Alvaro Figueroa

Alvaro Figueroa is an MBA graduate from Eastern Washington University. He works at Avista as a Spanish Translator and Credit & Collections Business Analyst. Alvaro was a founding member of the Latino Hope Foundation in 2015, and currently serves on numerous professional boards in Spokane. He is an avid runner, having completed over 30 full and half marathons, as well as over 10 Spartan races. Alvaro is a member of the Revenue Generation Strategy Team for NECC.

Betty Craipo

A 20+ year resident with children who were schooled k-12 in Minnehaha and Hillyard.  Betty has recently graduated from Gonzaga Law and lends a hand at the Center by promoting Mission Engagement and helping to develop Spokane’s Community Court Northeast and THE ZONE Project.

John Dickson

Joins the Board as team leader for the Economic Empowerment Strategies. He is COO for Spokane County, previously served as Area Director for the Employment Security Commission, and is a professional trainer with Dale Carnegie Training.

Kristin Goff

President of Wendle Motors Chairs the Marketing & Communications Strategy Development team. She serves on numerous non-profit boards, community groups, and professional organizations. Goff also works in support of the Revenue Generation Team strategies.

Jarren Long

Jarren is President of Books N’ Bytes, Inc., and Senior Application Engineer for Travis Pattern and Foundry. Jarren is a resident of the neighborhood with interest in emerging technologies and in the social services. He will serve the Center as strategy team leader for Technology applications.

Matt Sonderen

Is a leader for application of technology strategies with the center and is Co-owner and director of Quality Management for Sonderen Packaging, and is a judge for Greater Spokane Incorporated’s AGORA awards for Business Excellence.

Dr. Brian Davenport

Dr. Brian Davenport is Director of Community Engagement at Eastern Washington University, and a career educator as a former professor and high school teacher.

Joyce Jones, Past Emeritus

Joyce, who passed away in 2016, was a member of the Hillyard Steering Committee, and a founding Board member of NECCA. She is a past Trustee of Spokane Public Library.