Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015


Executive Staff

S20WEBTRACY2Tracy 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.


Olivia Alley, Journalism Intern

Olivia Alley
Olivia Alley

Olivia Alley is a 22-year-old journalism major at Gonzaga University. She’s originally from Richland, Wash. and transferred to GU from a community college. This is her first time pursuing work in the field of journalism and hopes to one day write for a magazine or edit books. Alley has a small Chihuahua mix named Dodger who takes up most of her free time, but she also enjoys cooking and reading.

Katie Cunningham, Copy Editing Intern

Katie Cunningham
Katie Cunningham

Cunningham is a junior English major at Whitworth University. She is also co-president of Westminster Round, Whitworth’s English club, and works at the Whitworth Composition Commons.

She plans to teach English in Japan after graduating, and hopes to one day become an editor for a publishing company.


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.