Elected/Appointed Public Sector
Michael Echanove, Treasurer
Mayor of Palouse
Michael Echanove has been active in City of Palouse government since 1994, first serving as a two term councilman and then as mayor since 2001. Michael is a 33 year employee of WSU where he works in Information Technology. In 2008, he received a gubernatorial appointment to the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) in Olympia, WA, and served two terms. He is a former chair of the Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) to the Palouse Basin Aquifer Committee.
He and his wife Paula have lived in Palouse since 1984 where Paula is a co-owner of the Green Frog Café. They have three grown children and three grandkids.
Glenn A. Johnson, Vice Chair
Mayor of Pullman
Glenn has been Mayor of Pullman since 2004 and is professor emeritus from Washington State University. From 1979 to 2014 he taught classes in communications management and television news. He is a board member of the Community Action Center, the United Way of Pullman, the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. On the state level, he is chair of the Employee Benefit Trust of the Association of Washington Cities, past president of the Municipal Research and Service Center, based in Seattle, and on the board of the state Transportation Improvement board.
Glenn and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Pullman since 1979.
Troy Henderson, Board Member
Director Whitman County Public Health, Whitman County Appointee
Troy was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee, and enlisted in the US Navy immediately following High School. He retired from active duty in 2012 as a Lieutenant Commander. He has over 20 years’ experience in risk communication and risk reduction in the fields of nuclear power, industrial hygiene and public health. Troy serves on the Governing Board of the Whitman County Health Network, the Board of the Pullman Community Action Center and the Board of Directors of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials.
Alana Inlow, Board Member
WSU Phd Candidate
As a current PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University, Alana specializes in spatial analysis and mapping, quantitative data analysis, and teaching in the social sciences. Her research is related to crime and crime policy, neighborhood change, racial inequality, housing policy, and local neighborhood organizations working for community betterment. Alana is engaged in the local communities wherever she resides, and always looks for ways to serve the community’s most vulnerable and overlooked populations. Representing the low income, student population, Alana works directly with Community Action Center to give voice to those in similar circumstances, to enhance the entire community, and to allow all residents to better the place they live.
Alana has lived in Pullman for three years and has worked as a volunteer in numerous capacities prior to joining the CAC board.
Francene Watson, Board Chair
Clinical Assistant Professor, WSU
Francene Watson has been in public education for over 20 years, serving first as a former high school English and humanities teacher, and presently as teaching faculty in the College of Education at Washington State University. Francene works in teacher preparation, and her research service centers on environmental and sustainability education, social justice, and wellbeing. Recent projects focus on garden education, Indigenous education, and the importance of building community partnerships.
Francene, with her husband Scott and their son, Rory, have enjoyed living in the Palouse since 2007.
Tom Johnson, Board Member
Oakesdale, WA town councilman
Thomas Johnson has more than 40 years’ experience in public housing administration/management, real estate consulting, and as a private businessman. He brings over 20 years of experience interfacing with all levels of educational administrators, local, state and federal. Also, over 10 years dealing with city, state and federal government officials, including city and town councils, mayors, state senators, U.S. congressmen and U.S. senators
He is a town councilman in Oakesdale, as well as board member at Community Action Center. Mr. Johnson truly cares about his work and is committed to helping people and takes pride in being able to assist others.
Melanie Schaefer, Board Member
Melanie has lived in Pullman, WA for over 23 years and is currently employed as an Escrow Officer with Stewart Title.
Melanie has been involved with the community for many years in different capacities. She is the current chairperson for Distinguished Young Women of Pullman program and on the Whitman County Association of Realtors board.
Melanie has three grown children and one grandson.
Peter Holland, Board Member
Retired, Former Mayor of Uniontown
B.A., Washington State University 1975
Peter Holland has 41 years of technical experience as a Honda technician, in both private business and as a business owner in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley. With 20 years serving the public, four years as Uniontown Planning Chair, and 16 years serving Uniontown as Mayor. Currently serving as financial secretary for the Uniontown Knights of Columbus, Treasurer for the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club, Peter also serves on the St. Boniface Endowment Committee, St. Boniface Cemetery Board, and the Community Action Center Board of Directors since 2016.
Pete owns and flies an airplane out of Pullman’s airport and works with his wife at Jennifer’s “Splendid Old Stuff” in Uniontown.
Bill Skavdahl, Board Secretary
Bill has served on the Community Action Center Board since 2010, presently fundraising and nominating committee chair, and serves on the finance committee. Bill is a member of Pullman Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, and prior member of the United Way Board.
Bill spent 28 years in the banking industry and has extensive management experience, as well as active participation in personal and commercial finance. Recently transitioned to financial advising, Bill continues to utilize his experience in the world of finance to assist individuals and businesses in achieving their financial goals.
After graduating from WSU in 1982, Bill and his wife, Susie, remained in Pullman and have been active participants in many community organizations while raising 4 sons, two who also received degrees from WSU.