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East Wenatchee, WA 98802
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Gifts of marketable stocks or mutual fund shares that have appreciated can have an immediate impact on a program or school within the district while creating a favorable income tax deduction for you based on the assets' current value.
Planned gifts or estate gifts are an effective way to manage your affairs, plan for the future, and make a meaningful gift to the Eastmont Foundation. Common gift planning strategies include bequests, charitable gift annuities or remainder trusts, donor advised funds, gifts of life insurance, or real property. Many gift planning strategies can provide a reliable source of income and/or tax benefits for the donor. The Eastmont Foundation would be willing to help decide what option would work best for you. Please call for more info.
Creating an Endowment
An endowment establishes a fund managed by the Eastmont Foundation, which provides perpetual, annual support for the Eastmont Foundation. For as little as $25,000, an endowed fund may be established to support a school program, athletic program or initiative of your choosing.
Alumni Directors (alphabetical) -
Matt Charlton, Class of 1988
Brandy Fields, Class of 1989
David Garcia, Class of 1998
Berta Gensinger, Class of 1973
Scott Kane, Class of 1971
Julie Kuntz, Class of 1974
Mary Ellen Sparman, Class of 1963
Spencer Taylor, Class of 1989
Meaghan Vibbert, Class of 1997
Additional Directors -
EHS Class of 1976
Eastmont Foundation proudly announces Julie Stimpson-Lewis, Eastmont High School Class of 1976, as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2019.
While attending EHS, Julie was active in drill team and served as Co-Captain her senior year. She then went on to attend the University of Washington where she received her Bachelors degree in Biology Education and Earth Sciences. She completed her graduate work at Western Washington University.
Julie’s story really begins in 1984 when she gave birth to her first daughter, Teresa. Due to a complicated pregnancy, she required a blood transfusion and became infected with HIV. When she was finally diagnosed in 1990, she was given only a few years to live. By that time, she had already given birth to two other children, Laura and Ryan, who both had a 25% chance of being born HIV+. They were both extremely fortunate to not be infected with the virus.
After her diagnosis, Julie spent 10 years in the public sector, working with the Spokane Regional Health District and the Spokane AIDS network.
Thanks to advanced medicine and healthcare available here in the U.S., Julie has lived despite her odds. 30 years later, in 2014, Julie had outlived her prognosis. Wanting to find a way to celebrate her amazing journey and use her passion for community health, she launched the 30/30 Project with the support of her family. The project aims to build 30 health centers around the world that will operate for at least 30 years.
To date, the 30/30 Project, in partnership with Construction for Change, have completed 18 facilities in 9 countries, across four continents with 10 under construction. These facilities provide access to quality, affordable healthcare to those who need it most – other women, girls and families who haven’t had the same access to healthcare that Julie had.
Some of these projects include:
- BABES Network/YWCA: 1 project, Seattle, WA
- Dandelion Africa: 1 project, Kenya
- Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC): 1 project in Bududa District, Uganda
- Health Builders: 1 project in Rwanda
- Integrate Health (formerly Hope Through Health): 5 projects in Kara Region, Togo, West Africa
- Kizimani: 1 project in Kangundo, Kenya
- Matibabu: 1 project in Kenya
- Med25 International: 2 projects in Mbita, Kenya
- Ndlovu Care Group: 1 project in Limpopo, South Africa
- Optimize Health: 1 project in Madhya Pradesh, India
- Partners in Health: 2 projects Nsambe, Malawi and Neno district, Malawi
- World Relief: 1 project in Kent, Washington
Julie was the 2015 recipient of the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award, presented by the Africa Rising Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and PTTOW (Plan To Take On the World).
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From Left to Right: Judy Spoelstra, Ike Cummings, Mary Raese Martin, Dorothy Boni (daughter of Lou Boni), Foss Miller, Robin Derry, Dan White, Dale Weaver, Alison Owen Bradley.
(Not Pictured: Greg Mooney, Randy Hall, Larry Michael)
An Eastmont Foundation Board of Director serves on the selection committee. A donation was also made from the Foundation to purchase plaques to be displayed at EHS.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship Opportunities For EHS Seniors
2016 Scholarship Recipients
2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
Mr. Dennis Michel
EHS Class of 1971
Mr. Dennis Michel is a graduate of the Class of 1971. While attending EHS, Dennis was a member of the Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and the “by invitation only” ALL Northwest Orchestra. His 8th grade band teacher stated that he “already played the bassoon like a professional.
Dennis holds degrees from Eastern Washington University and Yale University. His principal teachers include Wendal Jones and Arthur Weiseberg. In 1996, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for advanced study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, where he studied with Milan Turkovic. During this time, he also performed with the Vienna State Opera.
Currently, Dennis is second bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians. He serves as head of woodwinds at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since 1988, he has spent his summers teaching and performing at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He previously held the position of Principal bassoonist of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera. He was also the founding member of the Arioso Wind Quintet.
Dennis has also performed with the Da Camera Society of Houston, on the chamber series at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and numerous summer festivals including Tanglewood, the Bard Festival in New York and Summerfest La Jolla where he was a featured artist for 10 seasons.
He lives in Oak Park with his wife Peggy, an active freelance oboist and teacher. He was honored during Eastmont Senior High School’s graduation ceremonies on June 8, 2018.
- Information taken from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra webpage.
- Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg
2017 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
Dr. Christy McKinney, PhD
EHS Class of 1987
After graduation, Christy attended the University of Washington, became a Peace Corp volunteer in Ethiopia from 1997-99, received her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University in 2002, and then completed her formal education with a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 2006.
Christy is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Craniofacial Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She is also an investigator in Seattle Children’s Research Institute’s Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, and part of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center.
Her research interests are focused on craniofacial, oral, and nutritional health in young children. Dr. McKinney currently studies the unique intersection of oral clefts, maternal nutrition, infant feeding and global health. She spearheaded the development of the NIFTY cup - an infant feeding cup for infants with breastfeeding difficulties such as infants with oral clefts and preterm infants in low resource settings - with a team of multidisciplinary experts from Seattle Children’s, PATH, the University of Washington and Laerdal Global Health. Her global research collaborations involve partners in Thailand, India and Ghana.
Dr. McKinney’s current work also includes pediatric dental research. She is the primary investigator of a grant from the National Institutes of Health investigating the extent to which children are exposed to the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) during dental treatment. She is also involved in studies that employ innovative dentist-based approaches to establishing lifelong dental care practices in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
An active mentor for junior faculty, Dr. McKinney is the Associate Director of the Institute of Translational Sciences (ITHS) KL2 Career Development program, which trains KL2 Scholars through weekly seminars and small group sessions. She is also the Director of the six-week Summer Institute in Clinical Dental Research Methods in the University of Washington, School of Dentistry, which trains junior faculty from around the world.
Regarding her education from Eastmont High School, Dr. McKinney states:
Eastmont High School generously hosted several exchange students when I was in high school. Getting to know them inspired me to spend a year as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Nigeria the year after high school. I had a marvelous time. This transformative experience led me to spend two years volunteering in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ethiopia after college. It was in Ethiopia that I decided to pursue a career in public health.
When asked what her advice to graduating seniors would be, Dr. McKinney had this to say:
Persist. No matter the career path you choose, persistence and kindness will take you farther than you can imagine. I would have never guessed that I would end up as a health researcher and professor while I was in high school. Follow what makes good sense to you and who you are, even if you are not initially entirely clear where it will lead you.
Dr. McKinney was nominated by long-time family friend, Pat Malone. She is the daughter of Leon (former band instructor at Eastmont High School) and Bonnie McKinney. Dr. McKinney is married to Dr. Lance Young, an ER physician in the Seattle area.
2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS
Lt. Colonel William "Bill" C. Taylor, US Army
EHS Class of 1995
After graduating from EHS in 1995, Bill attended West Point Military Academy and graduated 4th in his class in 2000. He has received multiple military honors including: the Commendation Medal with Valor for Heroism in Combat, Meritorious Service and the Bronze Star. Bill has earned two masters degrees and served on the faculty of West Point as an assistant professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, American Politics and Political Analysis.
In his spare time, he has published several works including the book "Military Responses to Arab Uprisings and the Future of Civil-Military Relations in the Middle East: Analysis from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. On June 1, 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He with his wife and two children are preparing for his new assignment as a Middle East Intelligence Analyst at Central Command in Tampa, Florida.
2015 Distinguished Alumnus -
Lori Andre-Van Lith
EHS Class of 1994
Lori was a honor society graduate and attended Eastmont schools since kindergarten starting at Grant Elementary, Sterling Intermediate School and Eastmont Junior High School. During her years as an Eastmont student, she had the privilege of many great and influential teachers, coaches, counselors and principals that gave her many positive life skills.
Throughout her four years of lettering in high school swimming, she was a leader in encouraging the other team members, a leader in team spirit, and a leader in the state swim competition every year.
Currently, Lori has her own mental health counseling service in Wenatchee. She has helped many students and adults in our valley. She was instrumental in the Suicide Coalition going forward in our valley and has made life changing differences for many students.