Thank You To All of Our Sponsors!
2022 10th Annual ESBA Dinner Event
Our goal is to bless and transform the lives of children living in foster care….One child at a time
Embrace Washington is committed to providing, caring and supporting children in foster care within our community.
We do this by raising awareness of vulnerable children’s needs, and identify how to meet those needs by connecting individuals and organizations with a heart to serve the foster care community.
Daily we strive to eliminate any roadblocks that foster parents face to provide a normal happy life for a child in foster care. These roadblocks could be a variety of things such as: providing a foster child a new bed, educational support, paying for summer camp, music or sports and educational support, just to name a few. Activities for foster children and their families build healthy memories and experiences which allow kids to feel loved and stable in an uncertain time in their lives.
Left to Right:
ESBA Executive Director LaVerne Biel, City Council Member Karen Stratton, CEO Spokane International Airport Larry Krauter, ESBA Board Member Jim Hanley, Mayor Nadine Woodward, Washington State Representative Marcus Riccelli, County Commissioner Candidate Amber Waldref, ESBA President Doug Trudeau, ESBA Board Member Cyndi Fridye, Spokane County Clerk Tim Fitzgerald, ESBA Secretary Barbara Woodbridge, Washington State Representative Timm Ormsby, Washington State Representative Candidate Natalie Poulson, ESBA Treasurer George Demakis, Spokane County Assessor Tom Konis, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, ESBA Dinner and Transportation Chair Larry Stone, Spokane County Treasurer Michael Baumgartner, City Council Member and County Commissioner Candidate Michael Cathcart, Spokane County Auditor Candidate Bob McCaslin, City Council Member Jonathan Bingle, County Commissioner Josh Kerns, WSDOT Eastern Region Administrator Mike Gribner, City Council President Breean Beggs, Police Chief Craig Meidl, Washington State Senator Jeff Holy, and Washington State Representative Candidate Scotty Nicol
2022 ESBA Honorees
Michael C. Brown
Spokane Eastside Reunion Association
Michael Brown is a Spokane native and lifetime East Central neighborhood resident. Brown is part chef, part entrepreneur – and all heart. He has worked tirelessly to bring a sense of community to the neighborhood where he grew up – near Underhill and Liberty Parks, just south of the Interstate. In 2010, Brown started Spokane Eastside Reunion Association (SERA) in hopes to revitalize the neighborhood and bring people together. Michael believes, “it’s about giving back. If I can help a kid here, and if that kid can pay it forward, how cool would that be?”
Chief Craig Meidl
Spokane Police Department
Chief of Police
Chief Meidl, who started with the department in January 1994, has spent the last 28 years with the Spokane Police Department, including holding the ranks of captain, major, assistant chief and now Chief of Police. He holds a master’s degree from Gonzaga University in organizational leadership with an emphasis on servant leadership and has attended the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police. Meidl is “dedicated to working hand-in-hand with our community partners and leaders to ensure we all live in a safe, vibrant, and healthy community.”
Assistant to C.O.O.
L.B. Stone Properties Group
Kim Crumpacker has been an active member of ESBA for 10 years, serving wherever needed. He has also served on the board of the East Central Community Organization (ECCO) and was instrumental in the recent relocation of the Rose Apartment building that provides housing for low income residents. Kim has served on the board of the East Central Neighborhood Council, working as its secretary for the past 5 years. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Eastern Washington University and has attained 4 different professional certifications over his long career.
2022 ESBA Event Photos