Family Promise Board of Directors

President - Toni Kraut

Toni Kraut was on the core committee in the starting of Family Promise of Lewis Clark Valley. She was born and raised in Lewiston and is a graduate of LCSC. She is married to Loren and they have two grown children. She has worked in the medical field for over 40 years and is currently an accounts manager for Clearwater Neurosciences. She is an active member of All Saints Catholic Church with involvement in social justice, hospitality and the parish bazaar. She is on the LCSC Advisory Board for the Medical Assistant/Office program and has volunteered at the NAIA Baseball World Series since it's been in Lewiston. She has a passion for fundraising which began when her children attended All Saints Catholic School (formerly St. Stanislaus). She was the first fundraising chair and started the annual Christmas tree sale at the school. She enjoys helping those in need and is a strong advocate for social justice.

Vice President - Susan Butts

Susan is a life-long resident of the Lewis-Clark Valley and can trace her lineage back to the days of Henry Spalding. She was born in Pullman, WA while her father was finishing his Master’s Degree at WSU and she hasn’t traveled very far, in fact just a few blocks away, as she has worked at WSU for over 14 years. Currently the Fiscal Specialist for the office of Student Involvement, Susan manages the fiscal operations of the Student Entertainment Board bringing entertainment and events to the students of WSU. Through the years she has been involved in many volunteer activities and volunteer organizations but after a hiatus of a few years it was time to get back to world of volunteering. A Family Promise board member since late 2012 Susan is ready to dig in and get to work helping to fulfill the mission of Family Promise. Susan resides in Clarkston and has one teenage daughter (age 15) who she adopted from Ethiopia five years ago. Susan was raised by parents who give unselfishly of their time volunteering to their church and community.

Liz Chavez

Liz was born in Wendell, Idaho in 1946. She moved to Lewiston with her family in 1960, graduating from LHS in 1965 and from LCSC with a degree in elementary education in 1970. She taught at Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston for 30 years, retiring in 2000. After serving as the chair of the Nez Perce County Democrats and coordinating Mike Mitchell's campaign for the legislature, she ran in 2006 and served in the House for four years. She has been married to Jerry Chavez for 44 years and had two children, our daughter Felicia who teaches special education in Santa Fe, and our son John who died in 1993. She serves on a number of other boards including the LC Foundation, Valley Transit, and the League of Women Voters as well as at her church.

Heather Ohrtman-Rogers

Heather Ohrtman-Rogers is a Lewiston native that currently teaches Spanish and English at Jenifer Junior High. She currently serves as board Vice-President. She resides in Asotin, WA with her husband Rodney and their children Niesha, Drake and Patrick. Heather is actively involved in several aspects of the community (rodeo concessions, Meals On Wheels, Lend-A-Crib etc.) in addition to coordinating service learning projects with her students.

Sheri Allen

Paul Rowe

Chris Davies

Kathy Clouser

I am new to the board of directors and excited to be a part of this very important program. I have spent most of my life in the Lewiston/Clarkston valley. I worked 21 years for the Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, retiring in 2001. I volunteered for CASA for twelve years and was asked to work just a few hours a day...that lead to six years as the Asotin/ Garfield Program Coordinator. I retired again two years ago and this time I mean it.
I have three sons and six grandchildren all of whom live in Arizona or Vermont. I am also a member of several community organizations and boards.

Jim Downey

Jim is a retired Colorado attorney, practiced 35 years primarily in family law. He now serves on the Board of Directors for Family Promise, volunteers weekly at the Habitat for Humanity Store, and is the elected Chairperson of Nez Perce County Democrats. He previously served in the U.S. Army (Bronze Star), Colorado Attorney General's Staff, President of AARP Chapter in Fort Collins, CO, for 4 years, taught classes at 4 colleges (University of Denver, Colorado State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and Boise State University). He was previously on Board of Directors for Attention Homes, Boulder, CO, for homeless adolescents; board of directors for temporary shelter for disabled adults. He is the author of a book for Colorado attorneys on child abuse and court cases. His wife, Eleanor, is a Professor at Lewis-Clark State College. Jim and Eleanor have three adult daughters and three grandchildren and one more due in May. His hobby is tennis.

Treasurer/Secretary - Jana Peer

Jana is a nearly life-long valley resident. She is married with two, now adult, daughters and have four grandkids. She worked in the advertising department at the Tribune for several years. Then, after some time at home, she worked in the office of a local hardware store for 17 years as a secretary, in pricing and inventory, and as a bookkeeper. Jana was involved in starting Family Promise in the valley, and served two terms on the Board of Trustees. She enjoys using the graphics and administrative skills she learned while working, in the volunteering that she now does.


Executive Director - Steve Thomas

Steve is in his forth year as Executive Director of Family Promise. Steve is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Steve came to Family Promise in 2011 after a 26 year youth ministry career for the Church of the Nazarene. Steve served as youth pastor for 17 years in Lewiston. Prior to being in Lewiston Steve served at the Church of the Nazarene in St. Maries and in Moscow, Idaho. He was born and raised in Moscow and worked in clothing retail before becoming a youth professional. He has been an active part of Family Promise since its beginnings in Lewiston. He has been active in the community coaching soccer and helping teach abstinence programs in the elementary school and junior and senior high schools. Steve’s youth program partnered with Nez Perce County Court Services to build twin beds and made them available to children complete with mattresses and homemade quilts. Steve is married and has four children. His wife, Jeana, teaches first and second grade at Whitman Elementary in Lewiston.

Social Worker - Mariajose McCarley

Mariajose goes by MJ in the office. MJ moved to the valley from Peru to attend LCSC. MJ graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. She worked full time with children and at risk youth while attending school. After graduating LCSC, she moved to Denver, CO with her husband Matthew. In Denver, MJ worked at a non-profit child protection organization that assisted families with reunification, counseling, parenting classes, financial classes and navigation of community services. MJ and her husband decided to move back to the valley to be once again close to family. They have recently added a new member to their family. MJ enjoys assisting others in achieving their individual goals. She is excited to join our team and put to use the skills she has learned through here education and experience.

Van Driver - Scott Edmonson

Van Driver - Jerry Robbins



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