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MEET OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS – AUGUST 6
Author: Claire Hurd
We have some exciting news to share with you for this week’s blog! Katie Burton, Controller at Lydig Construction and Nicole Sherman, Chief Operating Officer at Numerica Credit Union have both raised their hands to join our fight against local hunger.
Katie has been on the Lydig team for 3 years now in a CPA/Controller position. She says, “I am inspired everyday by the individuals who collaborate and problem-solve to make our company better – from our administrative team to business development to project management. Plus we build really cool stuff! Personally, I love connecting with family/friends, traveling, old school rap, and basketball. I love coaching and watching my two kids participate in sports.”
She has served a number of charitable organizations including:
- Second Harvest – where she was involved in our Bite2Go Big Build and delivered backpack meals to adoptive schools.
- YMCA – as a youth basketball coach.
- Union Gospel Mission – Volunteer
- YMCA Corporate Board and Finance Committee
- YMCA Facilities Committee – Chair
- Leadership Spokane Class (2021)
Katie grew up on a farm in a small town in the lower panhandle of Idaho. Her parents were (& continue) to be very active in the community. They taught her the importance of service in one’s community— that making a difference at a national/global scale may be difficult, but you can be a positive influence and be active within your community and you can make a difference and improve the lives of those within the community, which can change the world. While she lives in a bigger community now, Katie doesn’t think it feels much different. The longer she is in Spokane, the more “small-town” it feels. And she loves it. Katie says, “Second Harvest has always been an organization that has held a special place in my heart. Something about the basic human need element tugs as my heart strings. No one should go hungry.” She is excited to serve Second Harvest in a greater capacity. Katie commends Second Harvest on the wonderful things accomplished for the community and looks forward to helping the organization carry out its mission.
We are thrilled to have you, Katie!
Nicole joins us with over 25 years of executive and senior leadership experience in the financial industry. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Numerica Credit Union and comes from a career in banking including Columbia Bank, AmericanWest Bank and Zions Bank. Nicole is also a top-rated faculty member at University of Washington, Foster School of Business, Pacific Coast Banking School (PCBS) since 2003.
Nicole will be bringing her extensive volunteer experience with her as well…
- Board Chair United Way Pierce County (UWPC)
- University of Washington | Tacoma ~ Board Council for Milgard Initiative on Women & Innovation (MIWI)
- University of Washington | Tacoma ~ Dressel Scholars Program Mentor
- Boys and Girls Club of America
- Board Member (WIBSCO) Western Independent Bankers Services Corporation
- Women’s Financial Council Board Member
- Utah’s Healthcare for the Homeless Board Vice Chairperson, Chair Executive Committee
- YWCA – Board Member
- United Way Campaign Chair/Chair of Finance/Administration Committee
- Corporate Committee Chair 2002 Winter Olympics
- Member National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Nicole returned to Spokane in November 2020. Service is at the core of everything she does, and she would like to continue serving on boards and in organizations that are fiercely focused on the issues of homelessness, food insecurities and generational poverty within our community. She loves her family and her snowmobile. When she is not playing winter warrior atop a motorized sled, she’s likely hiking and enjoying the Inland Northwest. Her motto is work hard, play hard— and positively impact as many lives as possible along the way.
Excited to have you aboard, Nicole!
We are absolutely thrilled to have both of these female leaders serving on our Board of Directors. We want to extend the warmest of welcomes for two special individuals who are willing to lend us their gifts and talents in order to help us carry out our mission of getting food to those who need it.
As we reflect on this year’s turkey drives, we want to share our gratitude. A community of volunteers, food pantries, agriculture partners and donors joined hands to distribute 6,800 Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need in Spokane, the Mid-Columbia and Yakima Valley. To each of you, we say thank you.
Thanksgiving, known for bringing together cherished ones over a festive meal, embodies not only the joy of togetherness but also serves as an occasion to express and spread gratitude. As we reflect on gratitude, we at Second Harvest want to send heartfelt thanks to the pantries and meal programs that tirelessly serve our communities.
The Bite2Go program rallies people from a diversity of backgrounds around the simple belief that no child should go hungry. Our donors and volunteers come from the business world, the faith community and a variety of civic groups and clubs; they range in age from 9 to 90.
As Nov. 11, Veterans Day, approaches, we’d like to take time to thank a special group — our veterans — and acknowledge the multiple ways they serve our program and our communities as they once served their nation.
Double Your Impact
Our dedicated community partner, Coordinated Care, will help stretch your gift farther so that more nutrient-rich food reaches the hands of those who need it. Coordinated Care has generously committed to match every dollar donated this month up to $10,000. That means your gift will have double the impact. Act now.