Board of Directors

Mindy Weber, President

Dana Downing, CPA

Dean Kravig, Executive Director

Keoni Coleman

Brent Featherston

Cheri Atwood, Assoc. Executive Director

Jaclin Smith

Tammy Poole

Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH

Doug Jorgensen

 

Tammy Poole

“Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children" (ED pg. 18). This is just one of the many amazing words of inspiration that brought Tammy as a 13-year-old to become a first-generation Seventh-day Adventist. Her first experience at a Christian school was U.C.A. After graduation in 1975, she attended WWC and graduated with a double major in Home Economics and Elementary Education. After teaching, she saw a need for further education and received her MA at Central Washington University. Her thesis title "Why Teachers quit teaching in Adventist Schools", (which was simply derived from her leaving teaching to get married), made her realize Christian Education must be doing something right if the devil was trying so hard to destroy it.

Her three children attended U.C.A. and now she is delighted her first granddaughter is a student there. Tammy and her husband Bill are now semi-retired from the family real estate business, and she is happy to support the foundation.

Jaclin Smith

Jaclin Smith brings to the FoundationONE board a wealth of experience in business. She has been working the past 50 years in developing and operating senior health care facilities. She has served on three academy boards (Auburn, Mt. Ellis and UCA) and two terms on the Walla Walla College Board.

The third generation of the Smith family is now attending UCA. Jaclin prays daily for her grandchildren, that they will come away with the same beliefs and life-long friendships that she gained during her academy career.

Dana Downing, CPA

Dana Downing, CPA, attended Upper Columbia Academy 1983-1984 and graduated from Georgia Cumberland Academy in 1985. Dana has owned her accounting firm for 12 years and specializes primarily in individual and business income taxes. She also serves on the board of a Private Grantmaking Foundation.

Dana, who is serving as the FoundationONE treasurer, enjoys spending time with her husband Jake, and their one year old chocolate Labrador, JB. Dana also enjoys taking care of her chickens and is working at becoming a successful beekeeper.

Dean Kravig, Executive Director

Dean is no stranger to Upper Columbia Academy and FoundationONE. He was the Band and Orchestra Director at UCA from 2006 to 2019, and is well acquainted with campus life there. While at UCA he greatly appreciated the contributions that FoundationONE made to increase the financial aid opportunities for students, and is honored to be part of the UCA / FoundationONE team. Dean has been teaching at schools in the Upper Columbia Conference for the past 30 years, and is passionate about keeping Adventist Christian Education affordable for all.

Dean and Lorrie (Turner) Kravig, ‘77, have four grown children: Karissa Kravig, ’05; Alice (Kravig) Williams, ’06; Andrew Kravig, ’09; and Marinna (Kravig) Starr, ’10; and seven grandchildren.

Cheri Atwood, Associate Executive Director

Most of Cheri Atwood’s career was spent teaching high school English, beginning at Campion Academy in Loveland, CO. She then transitioned to Walla Walla Valley Academy in Walla Walla, WA, followed by 18 years at Paradise Adventist Academy in Paradise, CA. In 2017 she transitioned to fundraising after being hired as Donor Relations Coordinator for Voice of Prophecy.

Cheri joined FoundationONE in July of 2023 as Associate Executive Director. Given her years as an educator on academy campuses, moving to FoundationONE seemed natural for her. She is glad to be back involved with young people and passionate, committed donors.

Cheri is married to Ted and is blessed to now be close to their three grandkids – Theo, Margo, and Aurora.

Brent Featherston

Brent Featherston is a 5th generation Adventist, a 1983 UCA graduate, and an ardent supporter of Adventist education. He has served several terms on the Sandpoint Junior Academy board where his wife, Robyn (Cawdery) Featherston, ’82, is currently serving as head teacher (grades 5-8). Brent is proud to join with the other FoundationONE visionaries who want to secure Adventist education at UCA for future generations.

Brent has been a partner of Featherston Law Firm for over 20 years. He graduated in 1988, cum laude, from Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Arts in history, with honors in general studies and a minor in business administration. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 1992.

Brent and Robyn have two children: Conner (UCA class of 2013) and Micaela (UCA class of 2015). In his free time, Brent enjoys fishing, hunting and anything outdoors with family.

Keoni Coleman

Keoni Coleman attended Monterey Bay Academy and then Walla Walla University before he and his wife moved back to Spokane. His wife, Megan Coleman, is a UCA graduate from the class of 2013. The couple have two young daughters, Jane and Lucy, and live locally in Spokane. They are passionate about the success and growth of UCA in the years to come.

Keoni owns and operates a Spokane based Health and Life insurance agency. He has volunteered at UCA for a number of years in the athletic department, and has seen first hand the positive impact that UCA has on student's lives. He is excited to be a part of the board and help support the FoundationONE mission.

Mindy Weber, President

Mindy is a 1985 graduate of UCA and a 1990 graduate of Andrews University (M.S. in Physical Therapy). She has more than 20 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist, Medical Practice Consultant and Office Administrator. In February, 2013 Mindy, her husband and another partner, fulfilled a long-time dream—the opening of a new assisted living community, The Renaissance at Coeur d’Alene. As executive director of the facility Mindy is working to provide impeccable care and highest quality service.

Mindy believes that everyone should have the opportunity of a Christian education. Mindy and her husband, Fred, have two sons, Eric and Jacob.

Keith Wilkens, MD, MPH

Keith has a passion for Adventist education and a belief that finding Jesus early, and discovering his many faces through K-12 years, prepares a person for a balanced life of service in the Master's footsteps. Keith's wife, Joyce, and their three children, all graduates of UCA, are close reminders of the invaluable experience one is blessed with from their years there. Keith has been involved with the Upper Columbia Conference Board of Education and has chaired the steering committee at Palisades Christian Academy in Spokane. He has served the Spokane community as a family physician since 1985 and been involved in the challenges of a changing healthcare environment. Keith is proud to join this board of individuals working hard to make the UCA experience affordable for every student who wants to be there.

Doug Jorgensen

Doug Jorgensen, MBA is a four-year senior graduate at UCA during 1981-1985. He was active at UCA and participated in the Echo’s Annual activities and held Class Office each year including Senior Class President. He received his BA in Business from University of WA and MBA from University of Texas SA. He has more than 30 years of experience in Trust and Commercial Banking at large financial institutions and is currently a Corporate Banking officer for large financial services company in Phoenix AZ.

Doug joined the FoundationONE BOD in 2021. He values the friendships made and education received at UCA and believes that everyone should have the opportunity of a Christian education. He helped encourage and support his nephew, niece and great-niece to attend Adventist Christian Education. He is a co-founder and strong supporter of the Class of 1985 Scholarship Fund.