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Autumn Shafer

Executive Director

Autumn stepped in as our Interim Director in November 2021, and was hired in March 2022. She previously served on our Board of Directors for seven years, as Secretary for two and Treasurer for four. She has a degree in business with an emphasis on business organization and accounting. Autumn has lived in the area for over twenty years and has experience in property management, accounting, and non-profit administration. She most recently worked at the Community Action Center in Pullman. Autumn is deeply committed to the mission of Family Promise and is extraordinarily qualified to be our Executive Director.


Rebecca Ryan

Case Manager

Rebecca grew up in the Pacific Northwest and has lived on the Palouse for the last 11 years. She's been an advocate for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault. She's also facilitated support groups for individuals who have experienced trauma. Rebecca is a certified Parent Educator and has enjoyed the last six years teaching in the community as well as in Family Promise. She has five kiddos of her own, two of whom are adopted from foster care. Working with the foster system and the parents who are working towards reunification with their children had a big impact on her choice to become a parent educator. Rebecca is passionate about her work at Family Promise. Providing individuals with the tools and support they need to make informed choices is an amazing opportunity.


Karissa Huntsman

Program Specialist

Karissa was born and raised in southeast Idaho, and moved north to Moscow in 2020. She is currently a senior at the University of Idaho pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with minors in Human and Community Engagement, as well as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is enjoying her studies, learning how she can best help individuals, families, and the community. Karissa is passionate about the mission of Family Promise and looks forward to helping families through our programs and services. In her spare time she loves reading a good book or going for a hike and enjoying the outdoors.


Lori Johnson

Program Specialist

Lori was born and raised in Troy and after moving out of the area a few times realized the Palouse was where she wanted to call home. Lori has two daughters and a grandson. Before coming to work at Family Promise, she worked at St. Mary's School in Moscow for 15 years. She has a natural love for children and enjoys seeing them grow and learn everyday. Lori loves spending time with her grandson, crafting, and being outdoors. Lori is very excited to be a part of helping families in our community through Family Promise.


Rokell Nygaard

Shelter and Volunteer Coordinator

Rokell has lived on the Palouse for most of her life and loves that she can call it her home. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in Psychology and minors in Justice Studies and Sociology, and hopes to further her education in the future. She is excited to work at Family Promise, to get to know all the wonderful people who volunteer their time, and to help families through our programs.


Jordyn Yorke

Program Assistant

Jordyn recently graduated from Washington State University with a double major in human development and psychology.



Therapy K-9

Kevin is a 6-year-old Newfoundland who loves going swimming, taking long naps, and getting lots of belly rubs. His Human is Rebecca and he follows her everywhere she goes. Kevin brings a calming presence not only to our office but to our families as well. He has the softest heart for our littles and is an absolute gentle giant. 

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