Board of Directors
Katherine Hassler a veteran, nurse and mother of four children serving God, humanity and community has been a life long passion both in her personal and professional career.
Katherine has served The Bearing Project board since 2011. Currently serving the board with community outreach. With a degree in Nursing she is currently the Administrator of Sunshine Home Health Care an agency providing home health to the residents of Spokane County.
Her volunteer spirit has lead her to serve in many community roles and also currently serves another local non-profit board Equine Reflections.
Robi Railey, spent 32 years in the insurance business, the majority of that time she devoted to managing her own agency through Allstate Insurance Company. In May of '09 she sold her practice and retired,...for 26 minutes.
She is now a personal trainer.
Robi has a long history of involvement in our community. She is the founder of the Annual Chocolate and Champagne Gala, which benefits the Sexual Assault & Family Trauma Response Center. The gala just celebrated it's 27th year. She is also a member of the Pioneer Circle for Women Helping Women, and has been a volunteer for numerous other charites over the 40+ years in Spokane.
Some of her passions include: Playing golf, travel, drinking fine champagne, spending time with grandchildren, and Washington State University Cougar Sports!
Ed is a marketing and communications consultant who’s worked with clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Providence Health Care, Avista, AT&T, Rosauers and many others. His practice includes strategic planning, brand development, creative direction, integrated marketing communications, graphic design and digital media. A Gonzaga University graduate, Ed.’s work has been honored with more than 200 awards for creative excellence and has been featured in Creativity, a national review of advertising and brand design published by Advertising Age. He is a former president of the Spokane Advertising Federation and currently serves on boards and committees for several local and regional non-profit organizations including The Bearing Public Sculpture Project, Second Harvest and Spokane Public Radio.
Elizabeth (Liz) Peterson is an economist and entrepreneur who currently does consulting for business start-ups. Born in Salt Lake City, Liz completed her bachelor's degree in economics and math from Westminster College of Salt Lake City. She later attended the University of Utah, and will finish her doctoral dissertation in June 2013 to be awarded a Ph.D. in economics. Liz has held teaching positions at the University of Utah, University of Montana, University of Phoenix, Whitworth University, and most recently, Eastern Washington University. Liz has been given awards for her teaching, and was awarded a grant (which she wrote) to establish the Center for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Studies at Whitworth University. She has also owned and operated several businesses over the years, including, a contract legal typing business when she graduated from high school, a political research and consulting firm, and the Cold Stone Creamery in Leavenworth, Washington.
Liz served for nearly 10 years as Secretary of the board of directors of the Oratorio Society of Utah, a non denominational group that performed Handel's Messiah annually in conjunction with the Utah Symphony and various guest soloists and conductors. She was also involved in fund raising, grant writing, maintenance of the choir database, and she was a member of the choir.
Liz's mother, grandfather, and grandmother served in the Utah State House of Representatives, but her mom's tenure from 1969 to 1980 included debate over passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, and chairing the Utah delegation of twelve women at the International Women's Year conference in 1979 in Houston, Texas. During that time, Liz's mother sponsored and passed numerous pieces of legislation to help equalize the place of woman in the workplace and in society by changing discriminatory laws from the past. Growing up in that time period, and in that family provided much of the basis for Liz's views on women and women's issues, which are complementary to the mission of The Bearing Public Sculpture Project.
Liz lives in Cheney, Washington with her son and her dogs. She enjoys movies, theater, travel, reading non-fiction, playing the piano, and supporting both of her children who are currently in graduate school.
Patricia is a Spokane, WA native and holds bachelor's degrees in social sciences from both USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and in The Study of Women and Men in Society (USC). She has a post secondary education in advanced chemistry. Patricia's career focus is building and strengthening communities through the arts and education. She currently sits on the board of The Bearing Sculpture Project - nonprofit 501(c)(3), and serves as president of The Citizens Law and Safety Research Center - a nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to creating safer environments for at-risk children. Patricia has participated in numerous neuroscience and chemistry projects/fairs geared at successfully educating students in the hard sciences (WSU; SFCC), and worked as researcher in development at The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). She served as advancement coordinator for the Inland Northwest Council - Boy Scouts of America - Pack 353; was chair of the Activities Committee - Spokane Club, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee - Spokane Club; participated in USC's Joint Educational Project (JEP); and has been a repeated contributing writer for a regional magazine, and invited guest contributor on Gloria Allred's national radio news broadcast.
Taylor Weech is a journalist, organizer, and small business owner from Spokane, WA. Her past organizing work has been focused on environmental sustainability and the arts, and her current work in multimedia journalism--on a weekly radio show and podcast, Praxis-- deals with how individuals contribute to making change and how their methods work. She loves learning about the artistic process and the process of change, as well as bicycling, photography, cooking, and playing music with friends.
Taylor Malone graduated from Eastern in 2012 with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and International Affairs, as well as minors in Spanish and Economics. She works at Planned Parenthood and serves on the board of directors for OutSpokane and INBA Outreach. Her organizing and activism experience includes SlutWalk Spokane, various LGBTQ equality events, and voter outreach and engagement. Taylor’s focuses on human rights and conflict prevention are what drew her to The Bearing Project, where she looks forward to promoting empathy through art and communication.
Currently Taylor lives in Spokane with her husband, dog, cats, rats, and duck, although she grew up around the country in Virginia, Mississippi, Florida, and Seattle. She and her husband hope to eventually move to Norway to continue their education and work on human rights issues on an international level.