Tracy Simmons, Executive Director
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 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. She is 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 and is a journalism instructor at Washington State University.
You can reach Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassy Benefield, FāVS Center Marketing Manager
Cassandra Benefield mostly goes by Cassy (pronounced like Cassie but spelled with a ‘y’). She is a wife and mommy, who married at the age of 37 and had her baby girl just shy of 39. She has moved around all her life, first as an Army brat. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer to Romania where she taught Conversational English, Modern Literature, Creative Writing, U.S. Culture, U.S. Geography, and U.S. History (the last two subjects she was so not qualified to teach!). She is a Journalism major from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She finds much comfort in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and considers herself a Bible nerd who is prone to buy more theology books than she is ever able to read. Morro Bay, California, is her favorite place on earth … with the exception of being in the center of God’s will. From time to time, you will find her writing devotions on her blog underhisshadow.blogspot.com.
You can reach Benefield at email@example.com.
Emily Geddes, Operations Advisor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katie Blair, Wolff Fellow
Katie Blair is a junior at Gonzaga University studying Business Administration and Leadership Studies. She is working with Spokane FāVS as part of the Wolff Fellowship, a program dedicated to allowing students to engage with the Spokane community. Katie believes this fellowship is an important part of her journey at Gonzaga University and loves writing for others to read. She also loves to sing in Gonzaga’s choral program and is part of the Gonzaga Women in Business club. After graduating from GU, Katie plans to work in the commercial advertising industry and/or with NGOs to help make the world a better place.
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SpokaneFaVS is always looking for enthusiastic supporters to lend a hand in keeping FaVS running!
Contact Emily Geddes at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in internship opportunities, from copy editing to graphic design, social media to event planning, photojournalism to public relations.