Our experienced team brings together a wide range of talents and perspectives. We do this work because we are passionate about our communities and helping to improve the lives of older adults and adults living with disabilities in our region. For Eastern Washington to reach its full potential, everyone needs access to services that support their unique needs.

Meet some of the staff members that help ALTCEW fulfill our mission!

Kari Stevens, Community Living Connections Director

KariKari has been working for ALTCEW as the Director of the Community Living Connections (CLC) program since 2020. Kari has been working with vulnerable and marginalized populations within the Spokane community for over a decade. “Working at ALTCEW has provided an opportunity to continue that work, focusing on our aging and disabled populations and ensuring equitable access to resources they need to remain safely in their homes as long as possible.” Kari believes that working with diverse cultures provides a broader picture of our world and what we need to accomplish to ensure inclusion. “Our community is a diverse environment, and all of our community members deserve equitable access to assistance.”

Faran Soheili-Richards, Operations Data Analyst

FaranFaran has been working at Aging & Long Term Care for 23 years, most recently in the Contacts Department. Faran enjoys working at ALTCEW because our mission of promoting well-being, independence, dignity and choice for all older persons and individuals needing long term care aligns with her own personal beliefs. Faran is a firm believer of “education including topics such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and religion from early ages. Prejudice is the result of fear of unknown, and fear is the result of lack of knowledge.”

Khristina Scheideler, Executive Assistant

Khristina SKhristina has been working with the agency since 2015 in the Administrative Department. Khristina believes in the work that ALTCEW does because she believes in our mission and feels that she makes a positive contribution to our community. “My position allows me to serve both internal and external customers and our staff are wonderful to work with.  The work that ALTCEW does is important to me because we provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.” Khristina believes in the unique opportunity to see the world from various perspectives. “I believe that we grow as individuals through experiences and having the opportunity to meet, work with, serve, and learn from others that have different backgrounds and experiences from our own.”

Rhiannon Leppert, Contracts Monitor II

Rhiannon LRhiannon has been working for Aging & Long Term Care since 2010, most recently in the Case Management department. Rhiannon finds the work she does at our agency to be very rewarding. “Working at ALTCEW is important to me, especially as a Contracts Monitor, because of the behind-the-scenes work that must be done to ensure client safety. Our contractors provide such valuable and important services to our clients. I enjoy my role in ensuring clients are appropriately served, as well as helping our contractors navigate the nuances of their contracts.” Rhiannon is a firm believer that “we all have something to bring to the table to share and learn. I often use the term ‘lens of perspective’; to understand the needs of those around me, or how I impact others, I must be willing to view the world from a different lens of perspective. This is where diversity, sharing, and learning come together to benefit society.”

Chris Jackson, Options Counselor/ Housing Support

Christopher JChris has been working with Aging & Long Term Care in the Community Living Connections program since 2021. Chris thinks the work he does in housing support is important as “housing should be a right not something that is only an option for people of wealth. We need to make sure everyone has the right to access the kind of housing they want.” Chris likes being exposed to other people’s thoughts and opinions, learning how others are affected by different constructs in society, and learning more about people’s backgrounds.

Teri Koski, Dementia Resource Catalyst

Teri KoskiTeri has been working at ALTCEW since 2005, and recently transferred to a new position in the Planning & Resource department. Teri believes working at ALTCEW is important as ALTCEW’s mission aligns with her personal beliefs. “I believe in doing work that changes my corner of the world for the better.” Teri believes the only way to improve the world is through a wide angle lens. “We need to consider the lens through which many people view and experience the world, in order to understand the best path forward for ourselves, our community, and our world.”

Savannah Reams-Taylor, Community Outreach Specialist

Savannah RTSavannah has been working with the agency since 2019 and supports the work of the Planning & Resource Department. She likes working at ALTCEW because she feels that the agency “does important work in the community to help all older adults and adults living with disabilities access available resources and supports.” She additionally feels that ALTCEW greatly supports its staff and promotes a healthy work environment. Savannah believes that “being in an inclusive and diverse environment allows for other thoughts and opinions to widen my own perspective on life. Being surrounded by different cultures can offer a wealth of experiences I would not otherwise encounter.”

Jeannie Robinson, Supportive Housing Specialist

Jeannie RJeannie has been working for ALTCEW since 2015, and currently works for Supportive Housing Program. She likes working with this agency as she appreciates the ability to offer a helping hand to those who need support in our community. “Not only giving emotional support but also concrete help. I initially worked in Health Homes. There, if a client was sick with diabetes, you would make sure they had a doctor, that they were getting their medications, that they recorded their insulin and meals, etc. If the person has bad credit that prevents them from getting an apartment, then we work on fixing that. You help the person fill out housing applications and search for apartments. Sometimes you just sit and talk with the person. That means a lot to them and me.” Diversity is also very important to Jeannie. “I can see ALTCEW making conscious efforts to have staff with diverse backgrounds in age, training, culture and skills. I keep learning from all of our staff. I’m happy to be working here and hope to pass on some of my experiences.”

Molly Bies, Case Manager I/VDHS Care Coordinator

Molly KMolly has been working with the agency since 2017 in the Case Management department. She believes the work she does is important because she can develop personal relationships with clients and offer support to those who have little to no other options in the area. Molly celebrates diversity as “different perspectives expand your world view and belief systems. From the idea that there is power in belonging, I would love to see more diversity so all can feel celebrated, and no one feels isolated in their experiences.”