Our goal is to bless and transform the lives of children living in foster care....One child at a time

Embrace Washington is committed to providing, caring and supporting children in foster care within our community.  We do this by raising awareness of vulnerable children's needs, identify how to meet those needs by connecting individuals and organizations with a heart to serve the foster care community. 

Daily we strive to  eliminate  any roadblocks that foster parents face to provide a normal happy life for a child in foster care.  These roadblocks could be a variety of things such as: providing a foster child a new bed, educational support, paying for summer camp, music or sports and educational support are just to name a few.   Activities for foster children and their families build healthy memories and experiences which allow kids to feel loved and stable in an uncertain time in their lives. 

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2000+ Welcome Boxes

Throughout the year generous donors have assembled over 2000 + welcome boxes to hand out to children who are waiting in the DSHS office.  These boxes help to occupy the child's time and bring a smile to their faces during an uncertain time. 


900+ Duffel Bags

The duffel program began in March of 2016.  Since then community members have purchased and decorated over 900 duffel bags to date.  Seeing the smiles on the children's faces when they are given these bags is priceless!

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Many events throughout the year

Here at Embrace we love to provide many events throughout the year to make our foster families feel special.  Some of our fun yearly events include:

Foster Mom's Tea

Daddy Daughter Dance

Princess Party

Dads Dudes and Science

Foster Santa Breakfast

 
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Kevin Parker

Co-founder/President

Kevin Parker is a Co-Founder of Embrace Washington and owns Dutch Bros. coffee shops in Spokane, WA. He also teaches in the Whitworth and Gonzaga MBA programs. Kevin lives in Spokane with his three kids, Emelia, Eve and Ross and his wife Kerry. Kevin is committed to changing the face of foster care, not only in Spokane, but the entire State of Washington.

 
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Alene Alexander

Executive Director

Alene has been involved in education for more than 40 years. She has taught grades K-12 and served as a high school administrator. Alene worked on legislation in Idaho to benefit students who reside in juvenile detentions centers. In Spokane, she worked for Volunteers of America and Spokane Falls Community College developing a program to transition Spokane County youth in foster care through high school and into college.

Alene@embracewa.org

 
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Shannon Boniface

DSHS Area Administrator/Vice President

Shannon has worked in the field of child welfare for 15 years. After studying social work at the University of Nevada, she worked for both state and county agencies in Nevada, gaining experience in all aspects of child welfare. In 2007, Shannon began working for DSHS, Children’s Administration. She is a Regional Supervisor and Program Consultant for the Family to Family Program created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  In addition, she is actively involved in the regional recruitment and retention of foster and relative caregivers.

 
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Katie Felchlin

Community Development Coordinator/Treasurer

Katie and her husband started to foster in 2010. After 18 months fostering, they adopted an amazing girl, giving their three biological children a beloved sister. During this journey, she volunteered and supported many foster groups in her Spokane community. She is honored to be a part of Embrace Washington, where her heart and passion is to support those who work hard for foster children.

 
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Jennifer Springstead

Secretary

Jen has served the Spokane community as a volunteer, coach, mentor, coordinator, and teacher for more than 15 years. She has always been drawn to working with at-risk students and has helped to develop programs of support in elementary schools and high schools. Jen recently taught English at Lewis and Clark High School and now serves as secretary of Embrace Washington. Jen and her husband fostered and adopted their son, and they are passionate about the need for churches and community members to support foster children, the staff who serve them, and the families who care for them.

 
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Monica Cheney

Administrative Assistant

Monica brings her tremendous talent for organization and office management to the office here at Embrace Washington. When Monica is not busy at Embrace Washington she treasures her time with her husband and 3 daughters. Monica's family enjoys serving at their church as well as working with the foster care community here in Spokane.

monica@embracewa.org

 
Nadine Burgess Owner of Spokane Gymnasics Nadine has lived in Spokane since 2006 and started with Spokane Elite Gymnastics right away. She originally is from Oregon and has over 18 years gymnastics coaching experience ages 3 – 18+.   In 2017, Nadine was honored to be named as one of the "Women in Business Leadership" award recipients and featured in the "Spokane CDA Living" magazine.  Nadine currently serves as treasurer of NAWBO and is a board member of Embrace Washington, Children FIRST and Greater Spokane Incorporated.  

Nadine Burgess

Owner of Spokane Gymnasics

Nadine has lived in Spokane since 2006 and started with Spokane Elite Gymnastics right away. She originally is from Oregon and has over 18 years gymnastics coaching experience ages 3 – 18+.   In 2017, Nadine was honored to be named as one of the "Women in Business Leadership" award recipients and featured in the "Spokane CDA Living" magazine.  Nadine currently serves as treasurer of NAWBO and is a board member of Embrace Washington, Children FIRST and Greater Spokane Incorporated.

 

Kari Conner Owner of Ben & Jerrys Kari Conner and her husband Steve brought the Ben & Jerry’s concept to Spokane in 2004.   In 2013, their community service attitude was recognized by Ben & Jerry themselves by awarding them the “Social Mission Award” which is the second highest award a franchisee can achieve. Nationally, Kari has been involved in the Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Advisory Board representing  the West Coast. Locally,  she has been on the Spokane Regional Health Food Advisory Board and is currently serving on theBusiness Improvement District Board. (BID). Kari and her family love being involved in events that enables foster kids to have all the opportunities they deserve to experience.

Kari Conner

Owner of Ben & Jerrys

Kari Conner and her husband Steve brought the Ben & Jerry’s concept to Spokane in 2004.   In 2013, their community service attitude was recognized by Ben & Jerry themselves by awarding them the “Social Mission Award” which is the second highest award a franchisee can achieve.

Nationally, Kari has been involved in the Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Advisory Board representing  the West Coast. Locally,  she has been on the Spokane Regional Health Food Advisory Board and is currently serving on theBusiness Improvement District Board. (BID).

Kari and her family love being involved in events that enables foster kids to have all the opportunities they deserve to experience.

Jodi Felice Adoption Attorney Jodi is an attorney in Spokane with fourteen years of experience, now practicing primarily in the area of adoptions. She previously represented DCFS/DSHS from 2006 to 2013 in child welfare matters in Spokane County and Stevens County. Having represented clients in all facets of child welfare, Jodi brings passion and experience to her Board position. Jodi is looking forward to supporting foster children and those who care for them, including foster parents, relative caregivers, and social workers.

Jodi Felice

Adoption Attorney

Jodi is an attorney in Spokane with fourteen years of experience, now practicing primarily in the area of adoptions. She previously represented DCFS/DSHS from 2006 to 2013 in child welfare matters in Spokane County and Stevens County. Having represented clients in all facets of child welfare, Jodi brings passion and experience to her Board position.

Jodi is looking forward to supporting foster children and those who care for them, including foster parents, relative caregivers, and social workers.

 
Bobbie League  Owner of Mothers Cupboard Nutrition Bobbie joined the Embrace Washington Board of Directors after retiring from her position as Planned Giving Officer /Donor Relations, twelve years, with the Spokane Guilds’ School in 2015. Bobbie, with her husband Richard, has owned Mother's Cupboard Nutrition stores for the past forty years in our region. Bobbie and Richard have four children scattered about the country and seven wonderful grandchildren.  

Bobbie League

 Owner of Mothers Cupboard Nutrition

Bobbie joined the Embrace Washington Board of Directors after retiring from her position as Planned Giving Officer /Donor Relations, twelve years, with the Spokane Guilds’ School in 2015.

Bobbie, with her husband Richard, has owned Mother's Cupboard Nutrition stores for the past forty years in our region. Bobbie and Richard have four children scattered about the country and seven wonderful grandchildren.

 

Robert McKinley CPA I am honored to work with the Embrace family. I love seeing the impact Embrace Washington has on families and children that are most in need in the Spokane Community. The support that Embrace provides to the families and individuals who work with these children is second to none.

Robert McKinley

CPA

I am honored to work with the Embrace family. I love seeing the impact Embrace Washington has on families and children that are most in need in the Spokane Community. The support that Embrace provides to the families and individuals who work with these children is second to none.

Robyn Nance KXLY/Co-Founder of Teen Closet Robyn Nance anchors Good Morning Northwest in Spokane WA.  Children are a big part of Robyn's life. She not only has a degree in Broadcasting, she holds a B.S. in Education.  Robyn has three children (all born here in Spokane), and a stepdaughter, who's married with children and living in IL. She is also a foster mom.  Family is Robyn's passion, and her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her crew and devoting time to her no-profit Teen Closet.   

Robyn Nance

KXLY/Co-Founder of Teen Closet

Robyn Nance anchors Good Morning Northwest in Spokane WA.  Children are a big part of Robyn's life. She not only has a degree in Broadcasting, she holds a B.S. in Education.  Robyn has three children (all born here in Spokane), and a stepdaughter, who's married with children and living in IL. She is also a foster mom.  Family is Robyn's passion, and her favorite thing in the world is spending time with her crew and devoting time to her no-profit Teen Closet. 

 

Bryce Wilkinson Vice President/Relationship Manager at Washington Trust Bank Bryce joined the Embrace Washington team to help create awareness and support of the children in our community that are in the foster care system and as the organization’s mission states, to make all children feel wanted.  With nearly 20 years of experience in commercial lending and financial service in the Spokane region, Bryce brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each client relationship at Washington Trust Bank.  Active in his community, Bryce also volunteers his time with Junior Achievement, is the current Vice Chair for the College Success Foundation’s Spokane Advisory Board, and is a Board Member for Goodwill Industries of the Inland NW.

Bryce Wilkinson

Vice President/Relationship Manager at Washington Trust Bank

Bryce joined the Embrace Washington team to help create awareness and support of the children in our community that are in the foster care system and as the organization’s mission states, to make all children feel wanted.  With nearly 20 years of experience in commercial lending and financial service in the Spokane region, Bryce brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to each client relationship at Washington Trust Bank. 

Active in his community, Bryce also volunteers his time with Junior Achievement, is the current Vice Chair for the College Success Foundation’s Spokane Advisory Board, and is a Board Member for Goodwill Industries of the Inland NW.

 
 

Embrace Washington has several long-term goals and priorities

  • Raise up new foster families.
  • Assist foster families in removing roadblocks and barriers as they take foster children into their homes.
  • Facilitate the continued goodwill between our community and Department of Social Health Services.
  • Help the faith community to equip, support, and retain foster families within their church community.
  • Work with pastors and leaders to strengthen birth families—and reduce the number of kids entering foster care.
  • Work to ensure that children in Washington who are legally free for adoption, yet lingering in foster care, are adopted.
  • Work to ensure that kids aging out of the child welfare system are connected to  community resources.