Meet the Team!

Our dedicated team works every day on behalf of our community and Board of Trustees to lead transformative business and community initiatives to build a robust regional economy.


Alisha Benson

Chief Executive Officer

Cathy Wells

Cathy Wells

Executive Assistant

Finance & Administration

Katie Richardson

Katie Richardson

VP, Finance & Administration

Anita Medina


Communications & Marketing

Yolanda Pagaduan

Director, Communications & Marketing

Tamika Williams

Tamika Williams

Creative Marketing Manager


Maria Vandervert

Communications & Marketing Manager

Leona Perry

Events & Program Manager

Jaye Hughes

Jaye Hughes

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Economic Development

Gary Ballew

Gary Ballew

VP, Economic Development

Stacia Rassmusen

Stacia Rasmussen

Life Sciences Spokane Business Development Manager

Joey Gunning

Strategic Growth Manager

Aleesha Roedel

Government Contracting Assistance Specialist

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George Wagner

Business Growth Manager, Business Retention & Expansion

Education & Talent

Dr. Christi Harter

VP, Education & Talent & Executive Director, Spokane STEM

Cassidy Peterson

Career Connected Learning Manager

Matthew Himlie

Matthew Himlie

Career Connect Specialist

Resource Development

Lisa Poplawski Lewis

VP of Development & Partnerships

Rachel Holland

Data & Resource Development Specialist

Debra Whitehead

Debra Whitehead

Business Development Manager


Melisa Paul

Director, Agribusiness & Ag Expo

Public Policy

Jake Mayson

Director, Public Policy

Inclusive Development Council

Ben Krauss

Project Director

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