Friday, Oct 9, 2015


Executive Staff

Tracy Simmons, Executive Director

Tracy Simmons/Photo by Bethany Mahan
Tracy Simmons/Photo by Bethany Mahan

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.

Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

You can reach Simmons at



Emily Geddes, Chief Operations Officer

Emily Geddes (Ask a Mormon) serves as our Chief Operating Officer. Emily has her MBA and her services have been donated to SpokaneFAVS by ME2 Solutions.  Reach her at

Emily H. Geddes was born to two physicists and grew up as a Navy brat. Born-and-raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Brigham Young University, and earned an MBA from Eastern Washington University. She has, at various times, jumped out of an airplane at 10,000 feet, worked in health care administration, lived in and traveled around Europe, and interned at an electron beam accelerator facility.

Geddes lives near Spokane with her husband Gene, their three sons, 10 chickens, a cat, a dog and her two library cards. She blogs about books, religion, feminism and family at


Douglas Taylor, Journalism Intern

Douglas Taylor
Douglas Taylor

Doug Taylor is a junior at Gonzaga University, majoring in broadcast and electronic media, and pursuing a minor in English. He is originally from Portland, Oregon. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, skiing at Schweitzer, hiking and fishing. He loves sports, and is a captain of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team on campus. He recently got back from studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and is slowly adjusting to life without amazing food.


Jennifer Rudsit, Copy Editing Intern

Jennifer Rudsit
Jennifer Rudsit

Jennifer Rudsit is entering her senior year at Whitworth University and will be finishing up her English degree and theatre dance minor this year. She is a member of Jubilation Dance Ministry at Whitworth, teaches a ballet class on campus, and works at the Whitworth Information Desk. Her dream job is owning her own bookstore/coffee shop or opening a community arts center where she can combine her love of dance and writing and share it with others.



Gabry Tyson, Journalism Intern

Gabry Tyson

Gabry Tyson is currently a student at the University of Missouri pursuing three degrees in journalism, international studies and religious studies. The Pennsylvania native hopes to one-day work for a non-profit with an international focus, preferably aimed at combating human trafficking. She has a keen interest on human rights issues and enjoys blogging, baking and traveling. Tyson plans to travel the world but until then, she interns for SpokaneFAVS.



Sarah Taylor, Journalism Intern

Sarah Taylor/Contributed photo
Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor studies English and creative writing at Gonzaga University and is on track to graduate in December 2015. She grew up on a small island just outside Seattle, WA, which instilled in her a rather intense love of water. Journalistic writing and SpokaneFAVS’ mission inspires her and she is excited to pursue truth and learning with this community.