Mentors, Advisors and Presenters



The Emerging Leaders Program draws upon a pool of qualified instructors and executives to lead the sessions. Additionally, a select team of mentors and advisors bring tremendous insight and experience to the program structure.

  • Dr. Joe Albert, Acting Dean of School of Professional Studies, Gonzaga University (Founder/Instructor)
  • Dr. Kristine Hoover, Gonzaga University (Instructor)
  • Dr. Heather Crandall, Gonzaga University (Intructor)
  • Dr. Mike Hazel, Gonzaga University (Instructor)
  • Dr. Lunell Haught, Gonzaga University (Instructor)
  • Liane Pelletier, ret. CEO, Alaska Telecommunications (Speaker)
  • Lisa Cargill, Senior Account Director, Desautel Hege Communications (Advisor)
  • Steve Lee, Director of Information Technology and Communication, Rosauers (Mentor/Advisor)
  • Diane Quincy, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development, AVISTA (Advisor)
  • Jeff Adams, CEO, Horizon Credit Union (Mentor/Speaker)
  • Pam Lund, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington (Mentor)
  • Preston Potratz, Principal, Integrus Architecture (Mentor)
  • Al Falkner, President, Gonzaga Preparatory School (Mentor)
  • Brian Schaeffer, Asst. Fire Chief, City of Spokane (Mentor
  • Dan Mahoney, CEO, Fastor Systems (Speaker)
  • Kirk Wood-Gaines, Assistant VP of Human Resource, Gonzaga University (Mentor/Advisor/Speaker)
  • Kyle England, Human Resource Manager, Kaiser Aluminum (Advisor/Speaker)
  • Pam Lake, Director of Regional Development, Group Health (Mentor/Advisor)
  • Ev Hopkins, VP of Human Resource and Organizational Development, STCU (Mentor/Speaker)
  • Thayne McCulloh, President, Gonzaga University (Speaker)
  • Joey Kink, General Manager, Alsco Inc. of Spokane (Mentor/Speaker)
  • Laura Lawton-Forsythe, President, Lawton Printing (Speaker)
  • Michelle Hege, CEO, Desautel-Hege Communications (Speaker)
  • Jodie Olson, VP of HR, Horizon Credit Union (Advisor/Speaker)
  • Don Kopczynski, VP of Avista Utilities (Speaker)
  • Linda Elkin, Regional President, U.S. Bank (Speaker)


Michelle Hege, CEO of Desautel Hege Communications, gives a presentation on Employee Engagement.

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