2017 SPOKANE LILAC FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
Karen Montague - Co-President 2017 Karen was born & raised in Spokane and Lilac has been part of Karen’s life for what seems like forever. Marching with band in both grade school & junior high and then with the Roger’s Pirates drill team throughout high school. Karen was asked to be a judge in 2011 and joined the Festival in 2012 as a Director. In 2013, she took on the duties of Co-VP of Marketing/Merchandising. She has worked for Visit Spokane as a Senior Travel Counselor for the past 17 years, a job that is a fit for her as she loves Spokane and all it has to offer. She is married and is mom to Gunner, her black Lab.
Cindy Zapotocky - Co-President 2017 Cindy was born in the small logging town of Shelton near Olympia, to her teacher parents. (Both graduated from WSU, as did Cindy and her sister–GO COUGS!!!) Cindy met husband John–a surfer and Navy man–in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was born and raised. Married in 1971, they both graduated from the University of Hawaii with master’s degrees–his in business, her’s in secondary education. They have four grown sons. Cindy taught in Hawaii’s schools and was president of the Hawaii Art Educator’s Association. She has volunteered in school-supporting organizations, Youth Baseball and Boy Scouts and has sat on the boards of the Spokane College Women’s Association and the Spokane County Republican Party. She is greatly enjoying her fellow talented and hardworking Lilac Festival Directors, and whole heartedly shares their commitment to showcase the military, youth and the community of Spokane.
Richard Logerwell - Immediate Past President 2016/VP of Float Richard is affectionately referred to as “Head Float Toad” at the Spokane Lilac Festival. This is Richard's 9th year working with the Float Toads, leading the construction and the driving team of our award-winning float year after year. In 2014 the float team was honored to receive several awards from Inland Northwest community festivals and last year in 2016, Richard's "Lilacs in Wonderland" float received 9 regional awards. Richard was born in Portland, Oregon and has been married to fellow Director Laurine Logerwell for 32 years. Together, they have three children who also volunteer for the Festival.
Russ Brown - Treasurer 2017 Russ Brown was born in Spokane, Washington and has been a resident of Medical Lake for 48 years, where he has lived with his wife Leanne of 50 years. Russ’s education includes a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Education and a Masters degree in Administration. For 34 years, he worked at Medical Lake High School serving the last 17 years as Principle until his retirement 21 years ago. At this time, he joined the Spokane Lilac Festival and has served as a Director, VP and volunteer every since. Russ is a Past President of the Festival, past Parade Chairman (10-15 years), Treasurer (2 years), & served on the Corporate Development Committee for 2 years. Russ and Leanne have two children together and 6 grandchildren.
Laurine Logerwell - Vice President Area Relations 2017
Lon Gibby - Vice President of Communications/Media 2017 Lon and Mary Ann Gibby have 5 children and 13 Grandchildren. Lon has 35 years of experience in video, film, marketing, and media software development. He is the CEO and President of Gibby Media Group, Inc. Lon graduated from Brigham Young University in 1977 in Broadcasting and Cinematography. He has won numerous National industry awards and has been written up in the Wall Street Journal, appeared on national TV news, including Entertainment Tonight. Lon serves as VP of Marketing for the Inland Northwest Council, Boy Scouts of America and is also a BSA Western Region area one VP. He is a Fairchild Air Force base honorary commander (Eagle) and is an honorary member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. His company donates professional services to the Spokane Guild School. He is a board member and past President of Merry Glen Group home for the disabled.
Kristy Hamby- VP Community/Military Affairs (CMAC) 2017
Marilyn Thordarson - VP Financial Development 2017
Nancy Cole - Co- Hosting 2017 Nancy Cole is a veteran teacher in the Spokane Schools system and she is this year's co-VP of Hosting. She was a 1974 princess and has loved and respected the Lilac Festival ever since. Nancy loves the hosting side of the festival because it involves the community and honors our military and youth. Nancy is also the 2017-18 Lilac President. She is honored and excited to lead the 80th anniversary of the festival next year and she looks forward to all that it has to offer. She has 2 daughters and two grandchildren, all living in Portland, Oregon.
Toni Ernst - Co-VP of Hosting 2017
Dan Ver Heul - VP Parade 2017
Kim Johnson - Royalty 2017