Executive Staff

Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons, Executive Director

Tracy Simmons serves as the editor and community manager of SpokaneFAVS.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism and a master’s degree in communication.

She’s reported on religion for more than a decade and has written for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut.

Over the years Simmons has won several journalism awards including the 2009 American Academy of Religion’s first place award for best in-depth reporting on religion, and the 2011 Religion Newswriters Association’s Schachern Award for Online Religion Section of the Year.

She also teaches courses at Gonzaga University and Spokane Falls Community College.

You can reach Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.



Emily Geddes, Chief Operations Officer

  • Emily Geddes (Ask a Mormon) will be serving as our Chief Operating Officer. Emily has her MBA and her services have been donated to SpokaneFAVS by ME2 Solutions. Reach her  at emilygeddes@spokanefavs.com.

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 www.buildenoughbookshelves.com.



Samantha Starkey, Copy Editing Intern

Sami Starkey is a student at Whitworth University, studying English literature and writing. She is a member of the Whitworth Laureate Society, and a recipient of the Mind and Heart Scholarship.



paige_powersPaige Powers, Social Media Intern

Paige Powers just finished her sophomore year at Gonzaga University. She is a business major, works in Human Resources at GU, and is the vice president of Gonzaga’s Health and Wellness club, G-Plus. She was born in Brazil, but grew up in Spokane with her parents, sister, and two dogs. Her family attends St. John’s Cathedral on the South Hill.

vincent_allenVincent Allen, Reporting Intern

Vince Allen is a broadcasting major and public relations minor at Gonzaga University. He’s originally from Sacramento, Calif. and is about to begin his senior year at GU. The past few years he’s worked in various roles at SWX Spokane, running everything from camera to audio at local sporting events. After graduation, he hopes to move to L.A and begin working in the entertainment industry as either a host or a producer.