Mission Ridge discussion focuses on developing young leaders in NCW
Community members interested in learning how we can more effectively tap into the leadership potential of younger adults in The Wenatchee Valley will have the opportunity to gain insights from a panel discussion at the lodge at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort on Thursday, April,12 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free to the public and is an Our Valley Our Future event co-sponsored by Mission Ridge and The Wenatchee World.
Facilitating the conversation will be a talented young leader, Jessi Mendoza, of Numerica Credit Union. Mendoza produces a podcast focusing on leaders in the region, called the Jessi Mendoza Show. Jessi is the President of the NCW Hispanic Empowerment Fund which awards scholarships to students around NCW. He serves on the board for YACET, (Young Adult Consumer Education Trust) which helps fund financial literacy programs for vulnerable young consumers.
Panelists include Makenna Schwab, Aiden Ottley and Jake Martinez. The 15-year-old Schwab is a dynamic young philanthropist who was born with rare skeletal disorder called Larsen’s Syndrome that causes her joints to be dislocated and creates instability in her spine, making it difficult for her at times to walk and breathe. In the past seven years, Makenna has raised more than $1 million through her nonprofit Makspire Foundation for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Camp Corey, which helps kids with special needs. To find out more about Makenna and her foundation, please visit makspire.com.
Joining her on the panel will be Aiden Ottley, a licensed practical nurse and a member of the Mission Ridge professional ski patrol team. Ottley is the event coordinator for the student lead group, Student Nurses of Wenatchee (S.N.O.W). Aidan is in the Wenatchee Valley College Nursing Program and, after graduating in June, plans to work at Central Washington Hospital as a Nurse in the Acute Care setting.
Jake Martinez is a photographer and cinematographer from Leavenworth. He studied marketing at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. While in high school he spent his summers in L.A. working in the film industry but realized that the city life wasn’t for him.
It should be a fascinating discussion. There will be refreshments starting at 5 p.m. at the lodge.