Staff & Board of Trustees

Staff

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Nicole Franson

Executive Director
nfranson@cwcatholicfoundation.org
Moxee, WA
Holy Rosary Parish

Nicole St. Mary – Franson was born and raised in the Yakima Valley. After serving in the Archdiocese of Seattle as a teacher, principal, and executive principal for many years, Nicole returned to Yakima in 2018 to be closer to her family. She has been with the Foundation since May of 2020.

Nicole has a strong background in educational leadership, fundraising and development, and organizational management. With her past experiences in education and in the business sector, Nicole believes that accessible Catholic education for all who desire it, is the guiding mission of her work.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two children, Margaret and Aiden, and her husband Michael. They enjoy attending professional sporting events, working in the garden, and traveling (especially to the beach) when time permits. Nicole also has a passion for baking tasty treats for her family and friends.

Nicole continues to bring her innovative spirit, passion for education, and strong work ethic to the Foundation as she collaboratively works with the Board of Trustees to expand programs and increase support for the Catholic schools and parishes in the Diocese of Yakima.

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Melissa Richter

Administrative Assistant
mrichter@cwcatholicfoundation.org
Yakima, WA

 

I've been married for 26 years to the love of my life, Ron Richter. We have three amazing teenagers that we love hanging out with; traveling, hiking, watching movies, and eating, either our own fabulous creations or visiting fun restaurants during our travels together. Before my time at the Foundation, I was staying home taking care of my family and working part-time as a substitute teacher at my children's school, Christ the Teacher Catholic School. Prior to that, I worked at Tree Top as the CPG Customer Service Manager, and in the Customer Service Department at Weyerhauser.

I've been at the Foundation for four years and hope it is able to grow its Endowments and Donor Advised Funds to ensure that the CWCF goes on in perpetuity. I love that we are able to help so many families with K-12 kids, and college students as well, but it would be wonderful if we had more money to assist these families. I love the goal Bishop Tyson has expressed that all children who desire a Catholic education should be able to have one. I am honored to work toward achieving that goal.

Officers

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Stephen Mercy

President
Yakima, WA

Holy Rosary

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Agustina Rankin

Vice President
Kennewick, WA
Christ the King

Gordon Beecher

Gordon Beecher

Past President
Richland, WA

Christ the King

Scott Eschbach

Scott Eschbach

Treasurer
Yakima, WA
Holy Rosary

Members

Trustee Miller

Dcn./Dr. Tom Miller

Grants and Awards Chair
Yakima, WA
St. Joseph

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Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson

Bishop of Yakima
Ex-Officio Member
Yakima, WA
St. Paul Cathedral

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Rev. Brooks Beaulaurier

Naches, WA
St. John Naches
St. Juan Diego Cowiche

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Rev. Richard Sedlacek

Selah, WA
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

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Betty Jo Murray

Naches, WA
St. John Parish

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Jon Lane

Moses Lake, WA
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

Steve Baldock

Steve Baldock

Wenatchee, WA
St. John the Baptist

Advisors

Russ Mazzola

Russ Mazzola

Naches, WA
St. John Parish

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Jane Dickinson

Moses Lake, WA
Our Lady of Fatima Parish

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George Ahrend

Soap Lake, WA
St. Rose of Lima Parish

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Dan Fortier

Yakima WA
Holy Family Parish

 

Terry Sliger

Terry Sliger

Richland, WA
Christ the King Parish

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Matthew Beaton

Pasco, WA
St. Joseph Kennewick Parish

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Jane Baldock

Cle Elum, WA
St. John the Baptist

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John Riel

Moxee, WA
Holy Rosary Parish

Ann Sonn

Ann Sonn

Wenatchee, WA
St. Joseph Wenatchee Parish

Emeritus Board Members

Bishop Emeritus Carolos A. Sevilla S.J.

Very Rev. Daniel Dufner

Very Rev. Francisco Higuera

Rev. Msgr. Robert Siler

Rev. Robert Inman

Rev. Tomas Vazquez

Judge John A. Rossmeissl

Judge Philip Raekes

Kay Gamache

Dr. Richard Giever

Cherie Hanses

Thomas Holbrook

Evan Jones

Jane Dickinson

Matthew Anderton

George Ahrend

Jacquelyn  Loynd

Dr. Thomas Mahony

Joseph Murphy

Ed O’Claire

Merle Pedersen

John Riel

Henry Worden

Steven Alegria

Debbie Graaff

Rick Rutherford

Suzanne Siekawitch

Paul Signorotti

Terry Sliger

Jane Baldock

Daniel Fortier

Patricia Donovan

Celia Butterfield

Ben Soria

Elizabeth Spadoni

Tadeo Saenz-Thompson

Dorothy Wagsholm

William Wangler

Josie Wannarachue

Jim Feeney