Meet our Board of Directors

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Kristin Thompson
Co-founder/President
Kristin@joshua1nine.org

Kristin is a Co-founder/President of Joshua 1:Nine Ministries. She has been involved in sports ministry since 2004. In 2013, she went to the Dominican Republic for the first time and God called her to commit her time and heart to sports ministry specifically in that country.

For her day job Kristin leads the US Bank Special Needs Trust Team based in Spokane, WA. Before joining the bank, Kristin spent seven years in private legal practice.

Kristin has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Willamette University and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law. She is past president of Spokane South Rotary and a Trustee for the Spokane County Library System where her love of education and reading has only deepened. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time outside with her Bernese Mountain Dog Moxie and cheering for the Seattle Mariners.

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Todd Gowin
Co-founder

Todd@joshua1nine.org

Todd is a co-founder of Joshua 1:NINE Ministries. He began his career in sports ministry in January of 1999. In 2014 he took the reigns of a baseball program in the Dominican Republic. Through this experience he began investigating and developing the ideal program to serve the youth in that region.

Todd is currently involved in serving and mentoring youth and athletes on both the local and international level. He has served as a chaplain for international level sporting events including Pan Am Games, Youth Olympics, Olympics and Para-Olympics. He serves as a charter for the Toronto Blue Jays under the guidance of the Northwest Regional Scout. He also coaches multiple select programs as well as the local high school and American Legion Baseball.

Todd studied Labor Relations at Northern Kentucky University. He later found his true passion was to mentor and coach. He has been coaching baseball for the last 25 years. He has one National Championship under his belt on the select baseball circuit. His first love is to spend time with family and is big on building traditions. He is married to his wife Andi and has three amazing kids Alanna, Nash and Tucker.

Jodi Furness Lindskog
Board Chair

Jodi is a Minneapolis based attorney who enjoys Twins baseball, even in the bad years, and does her best to stay active with whatever fun new activity comes her way.  With two young children at home she is blessed to share anew the adventures of travel and culture and sports with her eager companions.  Having been a volunteer reader of novels for the blind in her state and the Chair of the Board of Directors of a non-profit theater group she is excited to chart new territory with J1:9 and make a difference in the lives of other young students.

Sarah Hartman
Board Vice-Chair

Sarah resides in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, Grant, three boys, Jacob, Carter and Dylan, and three dogs, Ely, Hudson and Hulk. Jacob and Carter play baseball for the Minneapolis Millers AAA. Through baseball mom status and strong influence from friends in her life, she found love for the game. Sarah also loves the sun so she’s 110% on board with Joshua 1:Nine and Impact Trip after Impact Trip to the Dominican.
Day to day, Sarah works for a legal services and technology consulting company, Epiq. She helps attorneys and their teams improve efficiencies across workflow related to people, process and technology. Sarah graduated from UW-Madison and attended law school in MN at Hamline University School of Law.
Sarah is passionate about spending time with those she loves; connecting women professionally to bring an end to gender parity in the workplace; travel; new restaurants; time outside; her children; her friends’ children; all the children!

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Brendan Wiechert
Secretary

Brendan is the Commercial Banking Team Leader for the Eastern Washington Region.  He has been working in commercial banking for over 25 years and has spent 15 of those years with U.S. Bank.  Brendan is Chair for the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Finance Committee Chair for Lutherhaven Ministries camping ministry, and active in Spokane’s Rotary 21 serving on the Youth Services and International committees. Brendan also volunteers as an advisory board member for Kira’s Kloset and is a former Math is Cool coach in the Mead School District.

Brendan is a graduate of Leadership Spokane and a graduate and former Associate Director at the Pacific Coast Banking School.  Brendan studied at the London School of Economics, has a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and has an M.B.A. from the University of Utah.  Brendan has completed the Coeur d’Alene Ironman and the 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland bike ride.

Brendan is a member of St Luke Lutheran church in Spokane and was a chaperone on the 2015 youth mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  He will return to the Dominican Republic as a chaperone on the 2017 youth mission trip.

Chelsea Hodl, Treasurer

Chelsea Hodl works in financial planning, and is currently working towards earning her CFP® certification. With two sons who play baseball, and a husband that coaches baseball, most of her free time is spent either driving to a practice or traveling to watch games. When she learned about Joshua 1:Nine, she wanted to get involved because she thought it would be a great way to teach her sons about the importance of giving, while using baseball as a common language.

Chadron Hazelbaker

Chadron is an associate professor in Sport and Recreation Administration at Eastern Washington University where he enjoys helping students explore sport as it intersects with culture, specifically in issues of masculinity.  He has 4 children, and spends many hours chasing them around to youth sporting events.  Chadron also works with the Short Season A Spokane Indians Baseball club in marketing and promotions during the season.

Andy Graning

Andy Graning is a husband, father and life-long Minnesota Twins fan. Before settling in Sioux Falls, South Dakota he lived in four states, six cities and two continents. Andy spent most of his career as a TV news producer. When he’s not working or serving on the technical team at church Andy is trying to keep up with his two daughters. He’s excited for the new opportunities and challenges Joshua 1:Nine ministry could present.

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Dan Keller

Dan Keller is President and owner of Dugout Captain Sports, based in Huntington Beach, California. A lifelong student of the game of baseball, Keller started Dugout Captain in 2015 in an effort to broaden his reach to the youth baseball community. Dugout Captain provides coaching tools, instructional content, and a proprietary virtual practice planning tool that is revolutionizing the volunteer coach role in an effort to make baseball fun again! Prior to Dugout Captain, Keller built, ran, and sold Lifeletics Baseball. Lifeletics provides world-class fundamental baseball training with an important emphasis on positive character development and the life lessons learned through athletics.

A native of Orange County, California, Keller was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles but chose to attend and play baseball at UCLA. While injuries ended his playing career, he has since earned his Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University and is active in the coaching community. He is the author of two baseball books (Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Baseball – Human Kinetics and Coaching the Beginning Pitcher) and now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife Erin and their two children – a son named Kobe and a daughter named Mackenzie.

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Dee Salas

Dee Salas has been involved in youth ministries since he gave his live to Christ at the age of 14.  He has served in several roles helping young people start a relationship with Christ.  Over the years Dee has helped run youth camp programs at several local churches and has enjoyed time as a church musician.   Dee met his wife Imara through the youth ministry and together they directed youth groups for several years before starting a family.  They currently reside in Murrieta, Ca. and have two children Emma and Andrew.   They love teaching at their local church of Bread Of Life and enjoy snowboarding and the outdoors.

Dee is currently the owner of Dee Salas State Farm Agency in Corona, Ca.  He has built a career in the insurance industry through brokers, general agents and international carriers.  He has spent the last six years as a good neighbor building relationships through his State Farm Agency.  Dee has a passion for helping others and grew a desire to help the children of the Dominican since his trip in 2015.

Steve Atkinson

In January 2013, Steve retired from the Federal Aviation Administration after 38 years of service as an air traffic controller and in air traffic facility management.  He was blessed to have a wonderful, fulfilling career and now had the freedom, along with his wife Joni, to do whatever they wanted.  At the time of his retirement he was already pursuing one of his great passions, coaching youth baseball.  So now to date, he has been a baseball coach for the past 20 years, coaching kids at all levels from little league, to competitive summer baseball to high school.  The people he has met through baseball, players, parents, other coaches, umpires, are some of the most important people in his life.

Now as a retiree, he has time to give back and the idea of being able to participate in a program that offers hope is something that resonates with him.  In addition to his involvement in youth and high school baseball for the past five years, he has volunteered at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium as a guest interpreter.  He enjoys traveling with Joni, his wife of 38 years, working in the yard, taking our dog for walks in the woods adjoining our home.

He learned about Joshua 1:Nine through an annual charity drive conducted in Kitsap County in Washington State where he lives.  What drew him to the faith based program was the connection to baseball and how the game was used as a vehicle to provide for kids that need help. The fact that the organization was faith based aligned with his values and he was hooked.  After talking to Kristin and meeting Todd, he was convinced that Joshua 1:Nine was more than worth his time and support and he is looking forward to supporting this most worthwhile endeavor.