Shauna Edwards, President
Founder/Executive Director of Lumen High School
Working with parenting teens in the Spokane community for the past decade, I have listened to parents share their dreams for their children and themselves and their desire to provide opportunities and platforms fro parenting teens to be empowered to realize those dreams. GLOW Children’s focus on attachment and the parent child relationship is key to empowering young parents. I believe this will be an agent of change in the over of the children that attend GLOW. As theExecutive Director of Lumen High School, the partner to GLOW Children ELC, I am deeply committed to this work for generations to come.
Jerrall Haynes, Vice President
Small Business Owner; President, SPS Board of Directors
Jerrall Haynes, board president, previously served as co-legislative liaison for the board. Haynes is a 2007 graduate of Summerville High School in South Carolina and served in the United States Air Force, holding the rank of staff sergeant, assigned to Fairchild Air Force Base. Jerrall currently operates a fitness gym and is freshman football coach at East Valley High School. He is active in the local branch of the NAACP.
Jessica Armentrout, Secretary
CPA and Controller, Empire Health Foundation
Jessica Armentrout is an employee of Empire Health Foundation and serves as the Controller for Family Impact Network, a partner organization. She brings approximately 12 years of experience in accounting and auditing to the board as well as experience working for non-profit organizations. Jessica graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, and she is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Jessica has a passion for wanting to help vulnerable children have a safe and nurturing environment that they can thrive in and be surrounded by people that love them. She believes that parenting skills as well as information about brain development should be taught from the very beginning in order to help parents and children get off to the right start and to help prevent abuse and neglect from happening. Jessica loves that GLOW is making an effort to provide new parents with this education.
Lee Williams, Treasurer
Executive Director, Community Minded Enterprises
Lee focuses on lifelong learning and helping others to realize their potential, and is passionate about building relationships and serving her community. She comes to the GLOW board with 30 years of education and experience in early learning, building partnerships and policy advocacy focused on Birth through 8 years, training early learning professionals, and leading local and statewide groups focused on education, early learning systems building, and advocacy. As the Chief Executive Officer for Community-Minded Enterprises she works to further develop services that serve marginalized communities to attain health and educational equity. Lee has a family that includes her husband Dave, two grown daughters, and five grandchildren. She enjoys the region’s outdoor opportunities including, hiking, cycling, and swimming and spending time with her two dogs.
Owner/Photographer, Ana Hopkins Photography
Ana Hopkins was born and raised in Brazil and moved to Spokane in 2007. Ana was an early education and English as a Second Language teacher for 10 years while living in Brazil and is currently a business owner in Spokane. Ana is also attending Whitworth University working towards a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy which she intends to put to use serving the families at Lumen and GLOW
Small Business Owner
GLOW BOD Bios
I live in N. Spokane with my husband and 11 year old twins. I grew up in Salem, Or but came here to go to Whitworth College. After a small stint in Montana, we made our way back here to build our life and raise our family in this community. Out of college, I spent 16 years working with and teaching individuals with special needs. A large portion of my career focused on ages birth to 5 years old. I loved being a part of these important and formative years while providing guidance, resources and services to their parents. Once I had children of my own, I decided to stay home. While home I was trying to create a delicious summer treat made from real ingredients. My small business of making locally sourced ice pops grew out of these experiments. We just finished our 7th summer of owning Fannie’s Ice Pops. I am grateful to be on the GLOW board and return to my love of students, learning, and parent education to impact the next generation.
Dr. Leni Cramer has been an educator for 50 years. She earned a B.A. in elementary education, an M.A. in Reading and Early childhood education, and an Ed. D. in administration/supervision and curriculum and instruction. Throughout her career Leni has been a classroom teacher, an administrator, an early childhood specialist, a reading specialist, and an instructional coach. After retiring from the Spokane school district 8 years ago, Leni has been the owner of Rowan Tree Preschool in Spokane.
Shaniqua was born and raised in Spokane. After graduating from West Valley High School in 2011, Shaniqua received a full ride athletic scholarship to play basketball at Gonzaga University. Her freshman year of college, she gave birth to her daughter and learned first-hand that motherhood is the most challenging, most rewarding journey. Shaniqua graduated from GU with her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and a Minor in Promotions, as well as completing the Communication and Leadership Master’s Program. Wanting to fulfill her childhood dream, Shaniqua pursued a career as a professional basketball player and has had success playing in Denmark, Germany, Costa Rica and currently Australia.