BUILDING OHANA was incorporated in June of 2013.   Currently, our all-volunteer founding board is working to broaden leadership capaciity across new areas of expertise, and expand board membership and collaboration with community partners.   


BUILDING OHANA enthusiastically welcomes our newest board member...

Brenda Eheart, Ph.D.


Retired professor University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

Creator of Hope Meadows
Founder of Generations Of Hope Development Corporation

Formally retired from Generations of Hope, Brenda Eheart continues to work for the development of intentional neighborhoods across the country.  In September 2016, she began her tenure on our BUILDING OHANA Board of Directors.  We are honored and grateful that she has chosen to join our OHANA leadership.  read more

Frank R. Ide, RLA, ASLA
Ohana Board President


Senior Associate, Taylor Engineering, Inc. Registered Landscape Architect, WA, ID, UT American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Past Washington State Trustee Marketing Associates of Spokane (MAS) Spokane Homebuilders Association (SHBA)

Rick Justus, M.Ed., BCBA

Ohana Board Vice President 


Spokane Director, Imagine Behavioral and Developmental Services
Agency Affiliated Registered Counselor, WashingtonAssociation for Behavior Analysis International   
Northwest Association of Behavior Analysis

As Division Manager of Planning and Landscape Architecture for Taylor Engineering, now Parametrix, I have been responsible for master planning and designing Spokane area neighborhoods for over 25 years.  This is what I thoroughly enjoy.  One of my greatest rewards is speaking with residents who love the “communities” in which they live, knowing that I played a part of creating their personal community... read more 

I’m Rick Justus, father of 3 and grandfather of 2, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and Vice President of the Building Ohana Board of more

Deb Finck, BA, SE

Founding Member and Ohana Executive Director

Retired teacher, writer, curriculum dev.

Retired CC Director for Northwest Autism Center of Spokane

Autism Society of America 
Spokane County Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board of Directors

Jill Ide

Founding Member and Ohana Secretary/Treasurer

Community Connections Director for Northwest Autism Center in Spokane

Autism Society of America


Twenty years ago, my husband Charlie and I made the best decision of our lives, and embraced the God-given gift of our adopted son, Jonathan.  He is a most remarkable person…always reaching out for relationship wherever he goes, always teaching us about ourselves, testing our ability to give and receive love, and showing us the joy of simple more

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