Board of Directors

The People who Govern L'Arche Spokane

Meet Our Board

L’Arche Spokane Board Members help guide us and further our mission. Contact us for information about joining the board.

Eric Brosvik

President / Treasurer
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Eric discovered L’Arche in February of 2012 and has been actively involved in the community ever since.  He sees participating in L’Arche as a great way to express his Catholic faith.  As a sole practitioner in public accounting, he was a great fit to fill the Treasurer position on the Board.   He provides value to his clients through tax planning and preparation, consulting and through building efficiencies into accounting systems.

Ryan Thomas

Vice President
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Ryan joined the board in 2018, and became Vice President in 2021. He works for Guardian Insurance.

Karen Byrd

Secretary
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Karen has been a friend of L’Arche for over 30 years and was honored to be invited to join the Board in 2017. A feeling of love, acceptance, and genuine joy has been Karen’s experience with the L’Arche community, and she wants to make sure that L’Arche Spokane thrives and is supported. She has been a nurse for Providence Health Care for over 30 years, and a member and chair of the Logan Neighborhood Organization, as well as a member of the City of Spokane Plan Commission for 10 years. Karen has been married to her husband Doug for over 30 years and they have two beautiful children, Giacobbe and Grace.

Don McKenzie

Member
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Don is a longtime board member who has been on the board for over a decade. He is currently retired.

Catherine Nilles

Member
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After growing up in the greater Portland/Vancouver area Catherine was first introduced to the L’Arche Spokane community as a college volunteer. This encounter left a lasting impression and following grad school at WSU (Go Cougs!) Catherine felt called to return to L’Arche as a live-in assistant in Spokane. She has since enjoyed being active in the community in whatever way possible, most recently by joining the Board. Catherine currently works as a home health Dietitian and lives with her husband Shane and their cat in Cheney.

Bruce Steele

Member
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Bruce joined the board in 2019. He is a Student Activities Coordinator for the Community Colleges of Spokane.

Sima Thorpe

Member
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Sima joined the board in 2015. She is the Executive Director of the Arc of Spokane.