Staff

President, Mark Richard*

Born and raised in Spokane, Mark joined the DSP in January of 2013. He received a degree in Government from Eastern Washington University and gained an extensive knowledge of Spokane and the surrounding area through his 10 years selling real estate and five years serving as the Government Affairs Director for the Association of REALTORS and Spokane Home Builders. He then went on to serve two four-year terms as County Commissioner focusing on the criminal justice system reforms, economic development, regional collaboration amongst jurisdictions, and championing services to care for those who genuinely cannot care for themselves. Mark enjoys spending his free time with his two teenage daughters and wonderful wife of 20 years.

mrichard@downtownspokane.net

Director of Ambassadors & Clean Team, Dan Hall*

Dan Hall has worked for the Downtown Spokane Partnership as a Security Ambassador since 1998 and was promoted to Operations Coordinator in May of 2007. Dan brings a working knowledge of Downtown Spokane, as well as retail management and construction experience. Dan helps with the Clean Team, and continues to serve part time as a Security Ambassador. Dan was also the recipient of the 2010 CTA Star Award, as part of the Spokane Regional CVB's Tourism Awards.

dhall@downtownspokane.net

Public Policy & Parking Manager, Andrew Rolwes*

Spokane native, Andrew brought several years of relevant experience to the DSP starting in 2007, most recently as an Army Officer where he worked closely with Iraqi government officials in northern Iraq. Andrew has focused his tenure at the DSP on program and project management and is passionate about developing downtown’s public realm. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from EWU and spends his free time with his wife and three children. 

arolwes@downtownspokane.net

Economic Development Manager, Juliet Sinisterra

Juliet was born and raised in Spokane and is proud to be raising her two children (now teenagers) also in Spokane. Two of Juliet’s favorite pastimes growing up, were frequenting Spokane’s parks and taking the bus downtown to shop with friends. Juliet brings a diverse background to her position with over 20 years’ experience in project management, architecture, urban design, planning, community engagement and development. Juliet graduated from Washington State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Architecture, a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, and a Certificate of Urban Design from Syracuse University. Most recently Juliet served as the Project Manager for the Riverfront Park Master Plan 2014, helping to lead the project to a 68% voter approved $64.3 million bond for upgrades to the Park.

jsinisterra@downtownspokane.net

Marketing & Programming Manager, Elisabeth Hooker*

Born and raised in Spokane, Elisabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Washington State University and has enjoyed building her career in the Inland Northwest. Prior to joining the DSP in April of 2014, Elisabeth spent a decade at STCU building educational programs for youth and adults as well as cultivating community programs and volunteerism. Elisabeth currently serves on the Spokane Scholars Foundation Board and the Women Helping Women Fund Spokane Board. 

lizh@downtownspokane.net

Finance & Accounting Manager, Maria Marciales Vom Saal

Maria holds an MBA in Global Management from Dominican University of California located in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she most recently worked with premier companies, such as Marin Symphony, Pasha Group, and Littler Mendelson in San Francisco. At Marin Symphony, Maria worked together with the Director of Operations & Finance, Treasure, Executive Committee members, and the Executive Director to enhance its financial structure. Leading the symphony’s new budget across all departments for a grounded and unified budget structure. She was also responsible for the development of a number of initiatives supporting the overall organization strategy of financial improvements and revenue growth. Maria’s diverse analysis consulting experience and business leadership background will add to the DSP in its continued commitment to innovation. She likes to go to the Spokane Symphony concerts with her husband Jeff on her free time, or taking a walk at the park with their dog Mozart.

marcialesvomsaal@downtownspokane.net

Administrative Assistant, Sherri Vernon

Sherri Vernon joined the DSP office staff in 2013. She is a transplant from the west side and has lived in Spokane for nearly 20 years. She is a graduate of EWU and a graduate of Leadership Spokane 2004. Sherri loves spending her free time with her husband and teenage daughter. 

svernon@downtownspokane.net

Accounting/Database Associate, Gina Hankal

Gina returned to Spokane for the third time in March of 2014, having moved between three different states throughout her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and resides on a farm having recently added two pygmy goats to the family menagerie.  Gina is an avid reader of mystery/crime novels and shopping is her therapy and exercise.  Gina’s favorite thing to do in downtown Spokane is Eat, drink and be merry! As well as taking the kids to Riverfront Park.

ghankal@downtownspokane.net

   

Economic Development Intern, Isaac Swanson

Isaac is an Oregon native that moved to Spokane in 2012. Being an outdoor enthusiast he was impressed with what Spokane had to offer and has decided to call it home. Originally in the construction and trade industry, Isaac decided to go back to school to further his education and make a difference doing something he is passionate about. Isaac is expected to graduate in December of 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. He enjoys spending his free time with his son and exploring the Inland Northwest.

iswanson@downtownspokane.net


Ambassadors

Kenny Fiola*

Jesse Damon

Christina Huggins

Sean Reienes

Chris Seim*

John Mark Waide

Rick Volgmann

Clean Team

Kaylyn Abdnor

Peter Asle

Karen Fritz

Phil Kyllo*

Natalie Love*

Nina Volgmann

* Member of the Inland NW ACE Team


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