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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.

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.

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.

 

Taylor Fe Mamaril, Journalism Intern

Taylor Fe Mamaril

Mamaril is a senior at Gonzaga University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Journalism. Growing up her father heavily identified with the Catholic faith since he grew up in the Philippines. Her mom and her family are Christian but over the years she and her brother have moved between Agnostic and Catholic. Over the years she has become more spiritual than religious. Mamaril is curious how this may have happened and if others experience a similar question of faith and spirituality. Besides studying and researching, she can be found in small bakeries or at the dog park with her pup, Hobo.

 

Matthew Williams, Wolff Fellow

Matthew Williams

Matthew Williams is a student at Gonzaga University from Portland, Oregon studying math, physics and film. He recently returned from studying abroad in New Zealand for a semester and can be found hiking or doing something outdoorsy most weekends. When he is not camping, hiking or fishing, he can be found preparing for his PhD in Astrophysics, working on his first feature film, or rocking out with the GU worship band, Thirst. He has been published in a few of the GU student journals, and he is excited for the chance to explore his own faith more deeply through engaging with faith communities all over Spokane during his time as a Wolff Fellow.

 

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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.