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Tracy Simmons

Executive Director Tracy Simmons: 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 Religion News Service and is a reporter and columnist for the Spokesman-Review.

You can reach Simmons at tracysimmons@spokanefavs.com.

Debbie Selzer

Board President Debbie Selzer: Selzer is a lay minister with the Spokane Valley Community of Christ.  She holds a BA in Communication and most of her career has been in communication roles – corporate communication with Eddie Bauer and Group Health Cooperative’s corporate offices in Seattle. She’s also managed business and marketing for the Community of Christ campground in Prescott, Ariz. and taken on executive assistant/communications positions for Community of Christ’s Inland West Mission Center and Heritage Congregational Church in Spokane. Currently she’s a full time administrative coordinator for Principal Financial Group in Spokane Valley.

Contact Debbie at: spokanefavs.debbie@gmail.com


Elizabeth Backstrom

Board Secretary Elizabeth Backstrom: Elizabeth Backstrom majored in journalism at Western Washington University and currently works as a content analyst and grant writer in Spokane. Her background is in newswriting and features, but if an overabundance of caffeine is consumed, she has been known to write a humor piece or two. Backstrom attended various Christian churches growing up in Spokane and currently attends First Covenant Church, an inner-city ministry in downtown Spokane.

Contact Elizabeth at: spokanefavs.elizabeth@gmail.com


Mark Hillditch
Mark Hilditch

At-Large Member Mark Hilditch: Mark Hilditch is happily retired after a 46-year work adventure which included seasons of learning opportunities in business promotion, graphic design, pastoral leadership, senior care management, website marketing, and hospice education and promotion. He does copy editing and proofreading and provides development consulting for Vino y Aceite International (a network of 100 new churches based in Mexico.) Hilditch and his wife, Sharon, are part of New Community Church in Spokane.

Contact Mark at: spokanefavs.mark@gmail.com

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FāVS Board Meeting Minutes, October 2017

FāVS Board March 2017 Meeting Minutes

FāVS Board February 2017 Meeting Minutes