Funding BoardThe Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River
Donald K. Barbieri
Chairman of the Board, Red Lion Hotels Corporation
For 35 years, Don Barbieri has led development efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Spokane, Washington, he led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. His efforts transformed the historic Crescent building from a closed shell building to a center piece of downtown Spokane’s revitalization. Don developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake resulting in 90% dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation. Don currently serves as Chairman of the Board and director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. He served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1978 until April 2003 after which time he ran for Congress to represent the 5th Congressional District in the 2004 election cycle. Don served on and chaired numerous entities including the Washington Economic Development Board, the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Sacred Heart Medical Center. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition. His charitable foundation, The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, supports the campaign to restore the Spokane River watershed and aquifer. Don joined Goodale & Barbieri in 1969 after graduating from the University of Santa Clara and studying Urban Planning at the University of Washington graduate school and was responsible for the development activities in hotels, entertainment, real estate
For over three decades, Betsy has worked as a staff member, Board member, and volunteer for many conservation groups including The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. She currently serves on the Development Committee of Western Rivers Conservancy, headquartered in Portland, OR. In 1991 Betsy was a co-founder of Inland Northwest Land Trust, based in Spokane, WA , where she served as a Board member and Chaired the Land Protection Committee through 2005. Starting in 2003, she worked six years as a Board member for Mobius Spokane, to create the vision and themes for a science center emphasizing how water has shaped and remains a critical resource for the region: Mobius Science Center is slated to open in late 2012. Betsy also serves as a Director of the George, F. Jewett Foundation. She lives outside Spokane on the Spokane River and is an avid kayaker and landscape oil painter. Betsy has a Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale School of Forestry, a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management and AB from Dartmouth in Biology/Creative Writing.
Melinda is a founding board member for the Inland Northwest Leadership PAC, advancing and promoting political advocacy, organizing and candidacy. In 2010, Melinda served on Governor Gregoire’s Committee for Transforming Washington’s Budget participating in a significant reform effort to create a budget. Appointed by two governors, Melinda recently completed her term as Chair of the State Lottery Commission. In addition, she was a founding board member of the Sacred Heart Hospital Development Fund as well as the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Foundation Boards, where she served in a leadership capacity for a 15 million dollar capital campaign. She is a founding board member of the Children’s Museum of Spokane serving as both president and vice-president. Melinda served on the Women Helping Women Fund Board, an organization that has contributed over 4 million dollars to programs run by Spokane County nonprofit agencies that “empower women and children.” Melinda was appointed as an advisory board member for the Foundation for Early Learning, Seattle. Past Spokane Mayor John Powers selected Melinda as a delegate for the One Spokane Summit, designed to build a sustainable, equitable and regional community. Melinda traveled to the state capital and Washington DC successfully securing capital funding for not for profit projects. Melinda was National Sales Manager for CBS, Inc. Radio, San Francisco and a contributor to MSNBC. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and has Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Dominican College.