2020 Board of Directors
Heather Alexander serves as Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Communications for Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest, based in Spokane. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Communications and International Relations. Heather has spent the last 24 years serving small to large nonprofit and government organizations with their marketing and public relations needs. Her favorite part of her job is telling the stories of lives changed. Her passions include her family, youth ministry, camping, reading, and a nice quiet run.
Lisa Leinberger is a former newspaper reporter. She also served as local communications manager for Spokane and Eastern Washington at the Washington Hospitality Association. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Washington University.
Lisa says, “The Public Relations Society of America has helped me learn about my new position and career in public relations. The webinars online are relevant to what I am doing, and meeting other professionals has helped me grow my network.”
Shauna Harshman joined Spokane Regional Transportation Council in February 2019. SHauna’s roles include agency communication planning, community engagement strategy, and assisting with performance management in transportation planning. Shauna is also the Title VI and Environmental Justice PRogram Manager. She also has over 10-years’ experience leading and collaborating in the nonprofit sector. Shauna is an experienced facilitator in conflict resolution, diversity, and team building as well as visioning charrettes and public meetings. She earned her bachelor’s gree in Geography from Eastern Washington University. Shauna is currently working on her master’s degree in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University.
Francheska Russo is a communications professional who moved to Spokane from Orlando, Florida. Francheska has her undergraduate degree in Communication, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Communication and Leadership at Gonzaga University. She is currently a Relationship Associate at Washington Trust Bank. When not at work, Francheska gives her time as a mentor for the U District Mentoring program and Coach for the Spokane Stealth lacrosse team. When she does have free time, she loves to play frisbee with her Australian Shepherd pup and cook all sorts of food with her partner.
Katie Holmes loves the challenges of fusing a client’s goals with the realities of their market and the limits of their budgets. Katie is an Account Manager and strategist at QUINN. For her clients, she forges paths toward success by deeply listening to the client’s definition of success. Whether it’s TV, radio, YouTube, banner ads, billboards, newspaper, cable, email, blog posts, press releases, long-form video or Facebook live…Katie knows how to integrate all of the mediums into a consistent message that fits within the client’s budget. Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Print Technology from Lewis Clark State College. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, running marathons, cooking and traveling.