Our Amazing Team

Deidra Hakala

Executive Director

About Deidra

Deidra's passion lies with making an impact on young lives. A born educator, she started volunteering at elementary schools as early as she was allowed. Upon graduating from high school she taught in a variety of settings: teaching rock climbing, leading swim lessons, and tutoring. She received a Bachelor in Elementary Education with a Literacy Endorsement from Eastern Washington University. Deidra is excited to bring her experience and knowledge as an elementary educator to the programs at NEYFS.

Deidra’s passion for teaching centers around inquiry based learning and outdoor education. She aims to spread access to nutrition education, knowledge of mindfulness outdoors, and gardening basics.

Elaina Sicilia

Assistant Executive Director

About Elaina

Elaina was born and raised in Spokane, and has always had a heart for the community. She has a Bachelors in English with a Language Arts endorsement from Whitworth University. She also received a certificate in Mission Outreach Studies from Notre Dame University and has completed the Landmark Forum & Advanced Course.

She is passionate about access to high quality education for all children, youth, and adults to adequately prepare the next generation for higher education and the workforce while also reinvigorating the adults and parents in our community.
Bodo Johnson - JVC Northwest - AmeriCorps

Bodo Johnson

Creativity Project Coordinator

About Bodo

Bodo was born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania (Scranton is real) and moved to Spokane as an Americorps Member through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest Program. Bodo graduated this spring from The University of Scranton with degrees in philosophy and political science.

Bodo is passionate about building safe community for children and families and teaching sustainable skills. During her year with NEYFS Bodo will coordinate the Creativity Project’s new Community Garden and develop an after school gardening and nutrition program for middle and elementary school children.

Brian Horpel

Tech Hall Supervisor

About Brian

Brian started doing videography back with his parents videography company when he was 13. His passion for creativity and love for media makes him a great addition to the team.

Brian was brought on as our Tech & Media Program Supervisor, he will be running our media and video editing studio, podcast studio, and computer lab. He is looking forward to leading our after school tech and media programs. He is excited to be able to use his knowledge to help grow our programs into the best they can be and mentor youth as they discover creative outlets and ignite a passion.

Keke Jones

Care Coordinator

About Keke

Keke Jones was born and raised in Texas, and moved to Spokane to attend Whitworth University, majoring in Health Science & Community Health. With an unwavering dedication to fostering the holistic well-being of communities, Keke is a passionate advocate for equitable access to vital resources and comprehensive healthcare services. A seasoned professional in the nonprofit sector, she channels her ardor into crafting sustainable solutions that prioritize the empowerment and upliftment of the community. Through her dynamic approach, she actively strives to bridge gaps and dismantle barriers, ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to lead a life of dignity and prosperity. Keke's profound commitment to enhancing community welfare and health exemplifies her resolute belief in the transformative power of collective support and compassion. She is eager and thrilled to integrate her knowledge, experience, and education, and bring it into life at NEYFS.

Gordon Smith III

Design and Marketing Coordinator

Contracted from Jasmin Group

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Luc Jasmin III

Co-Founder & Board Treasurer

Kaitlyn Chapman

Co-Founder & Board Member

Libby Hein

Board President

Lara Nybo

Vice President

Lacrecia Hill


Emily Meyer

Board Member

Michael Bethely

Board Member

Cassie Beck

Board Member

Dave Black

Board Member

Lee Williams

Board Member

Randee Matthews

Board Member

Pete Arthur

Board Member

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