About our Panelists

Moderator: 

Adriane Leithauser is a lifelong resident of Spokane and a Gonzaga University alumna. In addition to being a professor of Business Ethics here at the School of Business Administration, she currently serves on the City of Spokane's Community, Housing, and Human Services Board and is Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee. 

Guest Speakers:

 

Darin Davidson, Managing Partner, Inland Group

  

A licensed attorney in the state of Washington, Darin has over 20 years of experience developing,  constructing and operating multifamily residential communities.  He oversees all facets of Inland’s operations including Inland’s evolution, over the last two decades, from a regional commercial contractor to a nationally prominent producer and owner of Low Income Housing Tax Credit financed apartment homes as well as a leader in the burgeoning niche of Active Adult multifamily communities.  Inland’s portfolio covers ten states in the Western U.S. and includes approximately 60 multifamily communities and 12,000 homes.  Darin remains involved in numerous nonprofit and philanthropic efforts covering initiatives related to education, mental health and the production and operation of permanent supportive housing.  

 

Spencer Gardner, Director, Planning Services, City of Spokane 

Spencer Gardner recently started as the Planning Director for the City of Spokane. Before that, he worked as a consultant on planning and engineering projects for communities of varying sizes around the country. Spencer earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University. He spent the past dozen years working for two private planning and design firms working on a variety of planning efforts. His role includes providing strategic leadership and support to Planning Services while overseeing growth management and comprehensive planning. 

  

Chris Patterson, Community Solutions Advisor, Washington Trust Bank

Chris Patterson is a passionate professional who spent his career over 25 years building companies in the field of Health & Human Services Arena, served as the HUD Regional Administrator for Region IX, an appointment of President Donald J. Trump and later being appointed by Secretary Ben Carson as the National Lead for the (FYI) Foster Youth to Independence Initiative. He has been a Life-Long Resident of Spokane, Washington, and the Founder and CEO of BreakThrough Inc., a specialized residential youth treatment service agency with proven, competent, and compassionate professionals who provide a wide range of client-based services. Accredited with CARF, the agency employs over 100 FTE’s. Recently created a company called SteadFast Supported Living Inc. which supports Developmentally Delayed Adults who need unique services to “Support clients through and to self-sufficiency & independence for a better quality of life”. 

 

Fawn Schott, President & CEO, VOA Eastern WA & Northern ID 

Fawn joined VOA Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho in May, 2016 as the President & CEO. She is committed to the intersection of safe stable housing and health and is passionate about VOA’s mission of providing safe housing and shelter for homeless youth, veterans, women and single men. The organization operates 13 programs that integrate housing, mental health and substance use disorder treatment while people recover from homelessness. These programs include Crosswalk teen shelter, Hope House women’s shelter, and over 300 apartments for homeless veterans, youth and disabled adults.  

Past endeavors include launching Spokane’s first “Housing First” Veterans Program (SSVF); housing 240 Veterans a year since 2013. During her time at Family Impact Network she also launched an initiative from the WA State Legislature to initiate performance based contracting for Washington State’s child welfare system.  

She has a MS degree from Washington State University in Project Management and a BA in Education from Eastern Washington University. Her current boards include Providence Community Mission Board and Better Health Together. Her past boards include, WA State Children’s Justice Taskforce that is dedicated to advocating for the rights of the system involved youth, Business Improvement District Advisory Board and Spokane’s Continuum of Care Board.