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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 teaches Journalism at Gonzaga University and serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, 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 tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

 

Cate Wetherald, Assistant Editor

Cate Wetherald

Cate Wetherald was raised in the Bible Belt, the progeny of an excommunicated Roman Catholic and a biblical fundamentalist. She first encountered theology at at Lyon College, affiliate with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), while earning her Bachelor of Arts majoring in communications and minoring in English and theatre. She has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Gonzaga University, and is a trained spiritual director. She has written extensively for publication in multiple formats, and most recently was the director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.

 

Emily Geddes, Chief Operations Officer

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Emily Geddes

Emily 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, 13 chickens, a cat, and her two library cards. She blogs about books, religion, feminism and family at www.buildenoughbookshelves.com. She can be reached at emilygeddes@spokanefavs.com.

 

Hannah McCollum, Copy Editor

Hannah McCollum

Hannah McCollum hails from Everett, but has recently made Spokane her home. She is excited to intern as a copy editor and writer with SpokaneFāVS and learn more about her adopted city. She is graduating from Whitworth University in January with a degree in English and Spanish. Her favorite book is “The Order of Odd Fish” by James Kennedy.

 

Wolff Fellow

Francesca Nevil

Francesca Nevil

Francesca Nevil is a sophomore student at Gonzaga University studying International Relations and Sociology with minors in Social Justice and Leadership. She is originally from Wenatchee and grew up in the valley engaging in all seasons of recreational activity with friends and family. She has a very strong faith life and holds her Christian identity at the center of who she believes and is. Meeting new people and engaging in different cultures brings her the most joy, hence she loves to travel. Nevil spent a year following high school graduation on a solo backpacking trip through Europe, then spent four months immersed in Costa Rican culture. Further, she thinks becoming culturally aware and religiously literate are of the utmost importance, so when she received a Wolff Fellow position partnering with SpokaneFāVS she said she was ecstatic.

 

To meet our Board of Trustees, click here.

 

SpokaneFaVS is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to lend a hand in keeping FaVS running!

Contact Emily Geddes at emilygeddes@spokanefavs.com to talk about available volunteer opportunities including Marketing Director, Calendar Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Fundraising Coordinator, Advertising and Promotional Executive, and more!

Contact Tracy Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com if you’re interested in internship opportunities, from copy editing to graphic design, social media to event planning, photojournalism to public relations.

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