Northeast Youth & Family Services


Our team at Northeast Youth & Family Services brings a wide variety of skillsets, backgrounds, and experiences that all directly support the mission of NEYFS. Our shared passion for the service we provide to the community is evident as we work together to break down barriers and increase access to families across Northeast Spokane!


Deidra Hakala

Executive Director

Deidra's passion lies with making an impact on young lives. A born educator, she started volunteering at elementary schools as early as she was allowed. Upon graduating from high school she taught in a variety of settings: teaching rock climbing, leading swim lessons, and tutoring. She received a Bachelor in Elementary Education with a Literacy Endorsement from Eastern Washington University. Deidra is excited to bring her experience and knowledge and experience as an elementary educator to the programs at NEYFS.


Deidra’s passion for teaching centers around inquiry based learning and outdoor education. She aims to spread access to nutrition education, knowledge of mindfulness outdoors, and gardening basics.

Elaina Sicilia

Assistant Executive Director

Elaina was born and raised in Spokane, and has always had a heart for the community. She has a Bachelors in English with a Language Arts endorsement from Whitworth University. She also received a certificate in Mission Outreach Studies from Notre Dame University and has completed the Landmark Forum & Advanced Course.


She is passionate about access to high quality education for all children, youth, and adults to adequately prepare the next generation for higher education and the workforce while also reinvigorating the adults and parents in our community. 


Michelle Dawn

Family Resource Specialist

Michelle began her career in education at Montana State University where she earned a bachelor's in History Education.  She taught in high schools for some time before transitioning to a preschool teacher.  Working for Headstart made Michelle realize that there were far too many families running on survival mode and not getting their basic needs met, which she felt powerless to change as a teacher.  When Michelle saw an opportunity to work as a family services specialist with both Parkview and NEYFS she knew that it was going to finally live out her passion.  She is currently working on organization of the closet and hygiene closet as well as allocating donations from businesses to fill the needs.  

Derek Hulett

IT Support Specialist

Derek is the Tech Lab Supervisor and IT support for NEYFS. With almost two decades of experience in the field of information technology and audio-video engineering, he uses his skills to support the mission of Northeast Youth & Family Services.


He is an alumni of the University of Montana with a BAS in computer science.  Since joining NEYFS he has helped with developing STEM programs for early childhood education, and overcoming the technological hurdles with creating the Tech Hall that will provide a cutting edge environment for the community of 99207. He is dedicated to continuing to grow and learn while sharing the impact technology can have and the potential opportunities it can provide.


Special Thanks to Our


Luc Jasmin III

Co-Founder &

Current Board Member

Kaitlyn Chapman

Co-Founder &

Current Board Member

Libby Hein

Board President

Lacrecia Hill

Board Member

Cassie Beck


Dave Black

Board Member

Lara Nybo


Lee Williams

Board Member

Emily Meyers

Board Member

Randee Matthews

Board Member

Michael Bethely

Board Member

Pete Arthur

Board Member