Phil Altmeyer, Executive DirectorPhil Altmeyer

  • > Serving the Union Gospel Mission since 1986
  • > Family: wife – Caryl, 4 children, 2 grandchildren
  • > Regional Coordinator: Family Life Today, Weekends to Remember
  • > Masters Degree from International School of Theology in Christian Ministry

“For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore, I command you, saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide unto your brother, to your poor, and to the needy in the land.'” Deuteronomy 15:11


Sonny Westbrook, Ministries DirectorSonny Westbrook

  • > Experience as educator, bible school director and pastor
  • > Whitman (B.A.); Whitworth (M.Ed.) + school of hard knocks
  • > Wife Judy, four married children, nine grandchildren so far
  • > Life Focus: to know Christ and to make Him known

“I am the Vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5


Dean Bitz, Director of OperationsDean Bitz

  • > BA’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Whitworth College
  • > Provide oversight to Accounting, Human Resourses and Operations
  • > 16 Years of Service in the ministry, other experience in banking and private accounting
  • > Married for 23 years

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13


Wil Wilhelm, Director of DevelopmentWil Wilhelm

  • > Married 22 years with 3 kids
  • > Retired US Navy Command Master Chief
  • > Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University


“He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Psalm 25:9


Barbara Comito, Director of Marketing and CommunicationsBarbara Comito

  • > Married to an amazing chef
  • > Four adult children, plus 1 daughter-in-law
  • > Working at UGM since January 2008
  • > Board Member, Spokane MarCom Association
  • > BA in English & Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” Psalm 25:15


Dave_smallDave Wall

  • > Married to best friend, Becky, since 1986 and have four awesome children
  • > Serving the Union Gospel Mission since 1988
  • > Love people and seeing them find hope in Jesus Christ
  • > Passionate about stories of grace and redemption

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.”  Isaiah 58:10


Gabe Shippam, Men's Rescue DirectorGabe Shippam

  • Over a decade of experience working with the poor, homeless, and addicted.
  • Served as inner-city missionary, pastor, social worker, and Rescue Mission staff.
  • Married to Joanna, my high school sweetheart & much better half.
  • We are so blessed to have two young children.
  • BS in Biblical Studies (Moody) and AA in Communication.
  • > I’m just a beggar telling others where to find good bread.

“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:15-16


Diane HuttonDiane Hutton, CS Director


Russell Mackenzie, Director of Food ServicesRussell MacKenzie

  • > Christian for thirty-nine years
  • > Supervisor at WashingtonStateConvention & TradeCenter for seventeen years.
  • > Wife, Candy, two daughters, Kimmy and Katie, and two granddaughters.
  • > Restores British sports cars for a hobby.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1


Greg Barclay, Volunteer DirectorGreg Barclay

  • > Married 22 years with 3 kids and 3 grandkids
  • > Served 22 years in military as an Air Force pilot
  • > Loves the outdoors and staying fit
  • > On staff since 1995

“’For you know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’” Jeremiah 29:11-13


Jim Stroh, UGM Motors ManagerJim Stroh

  • > Primary desire: Restoration of men, women and children to the Lord through the provisions, gifts and talents He supplies
  • > I’m grateful to be married to a wonderfully God-centered lady with whom I have five wonderful children: one at home, two in college and two on their own
  • > Self-employed for over twenty-five years prior to coming to my employment at the Mission – since 2007!
  • > I love what I do! I am thankful for all who provide the donated vehicles we restore in order to make a difference in the lives of those coming through the Mission programs and also in the lives of many in the Spokane community who purchase our vehicles

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5


JoAnn Zajicek, Director of CWCJoAnn Zajicek

  • > Serving at UGM Center for Women & Children since April 2012
  • > B.S. in Nursing, Master Degree in Administration
  • > Married to Tom for over 2 decades. We have 3 beautiful children Taylor, Trevor, & Juliana
  • > Greatest passion is to fulfill the work that God has called me to.
  • > My deepest heart’s cry: May God give me a love for the broken hearted and a passion for souls.

“Know that the Lord your God, HE IS GOD, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9


Tiffany Riddle, Director of VocAdTiffany Riddle

  • > Married 25 years to my best friend
  • > Mother to 5 and a new son in law
  • > Enjoy the outdoors, reading, gardening, cooking and having friends over
  • > Teaching degree from Biola University and former business owner
  • > On staff at UGM since 2008

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, & he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6


Jerry Reese, Men's Recovery DirectorJerry Reese

  • > Grew up in a family of 13: 7 sisters and 5 brothers.
  • > Retired from the Air Force in 1997 after 24 years of service.
  • > Accepted Jesus as Lord & Savior at age 26 while stationed on Guam.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4


Lee Brown, Director of In-Kind ResourcesLee Brown

  • > Married to best friend, Susan
  • > Four amazing children
  • > Loves having daily Bible study with wife and kids
  • > Coaches high school football, basketball and track

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be, not greedy for money, but eager to serve.” 1 Peter 5:2

Youth Outreach Director

Jina Doggett, Women's Recovery Director, Anna Ogden HallRyan Brown

    • > Married to Shelly (more ecstatically married than happily married – it’s a good thing)
    • > 20+ years experience working with children, youth and young adults
    • > ordained pastor
    • > Led NextGen ministry locally, regionally and nationally
    • > 8 grandkids – 7 of whom are girls
    • > Loves discipling young leaders into the calling God has for them
    • > Enjoys quiet, coffee mornings with wife Shelly and puppy Oliver

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7

DIRECTOR OF Women’s Recovery at Anna Ogden Hall

Lee Brown, Director of In-Kind ResourcesJina Doggett

  • > My heart has been filled with hope for women in recovery for many years now.
  • > Nationally and state-certified Addictions Counselor.
  • > Worked in every level of chemical dependency treatment.
  • > My desire is to help women see themselves as Christ sees them and to allow His truth to penetrate their heart.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

Director of Advancement

Gwen-SchwartzGwen Schwartz

  • > On this journey through life with my soul-mate and best friend Rick since 1980.
  • > 3 grown children, 2 wonderful son-in-laws and 3 beautiful granddaughters.
  • > While living in the Portland area, spent over 15 years working in the development field, focused primarily in healthcare.
  • > Thankful to God for teaching me to listen to the desires He’s placed in my heart to serve Him and use the gifts He’s grown in me.
  • > God brought us to this ministry, and we are so excited to be serving here at UGM Inland Northwest.

“. . . Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers.” Deuteronomy 30: 19-20


Union Gospel Mission Ministries are administered by a Board of Directors. The men and women who serve on the Board determine policies, guide financial decisions, and hire the Executive Director, who oversees the operations and staff at each of the seven outreaches.




Mark Dresback

1st Vice President

Brad Crockett

2nd Vice President

Richard Penn


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Art Coffey


Mary Edmonds

Assistant Secretary

Keke Stoeser

Chief Executive: Phil Altmeyer


Brent Christian, Art Coffey, Bob Cook, Brad Crockett, Gary Darr, Mark Dresback, Mike Drew, Jim Dunn, Bob Dunning, Mary Edmonds, Keith Green, Charlie Jackson, Steve Lowry, Judy McGruder, Rob Mildes, Jeff Mitchell, David Pendergraft, Richard Penn, Vern Scoggin, Keke Stoeser, Charlie Wolfe


The UGM Foundation exists to steward funds donated for the expansion and preservation of the Union Gospel Mission Association.





Ed Schlect

Vice President


Wyn Hill



Bob Dunning



Vern Scoggin


Bob Dunning, Eric Green, Wyn HillJeff Johnson, Herb Landis, James Moore,Ed Schlect,Vern Scoggin, Charlie Wolfe, Steve Yoshihara

Union Gospel Mission