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2009 Krista Foundation Celebration Breakfast | Colleague Speeches

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The Krista Foundation marked it's 10th Anniversary with a Celebration Breakfast in Spokane, WA on September 30, 2009. We are grateful to our event sponsors for their support: Banner Bank, First Presbyterian Church, Gonzaga University, Kent & Cindy Lupton, Spokane Produce, STCU, Viren & Associates, and Whitworth University. We are also grateful for our 42 table captains, and the 315 guests who joined us in marking this important milestone.

Three Krista Colleagues gave compelling speeches at the Breakfast.

Click on the links below to view speeches

Sinead Harris Jones' speech: A Truckstop Called Broken Promise

A graduate from Gonzaga University in Public Relations with concentrations in theology and entrepreneurial business, Sinead's assignment was in the high-risk corridor for truck drivers into the Middle East where she worked with women with HIV/AIDS, and family planning and nutrition. Ultimately, a serious illness necessitated her abrupt leave from her village and she returned to Spokane to recover.

Rachael Novak's speech: The Somehow

Rachel Novak, an environmental colleague, was nominated originally for her work with AmeriCorps in the Oregon watershed in 2004. A graduate of Oregon State University in Environmental Science and International Relations, Rachel's interest in water led her to research in Ecuador and Bolivia. Her Masters thesis from the University of Arizona focused on climate change and water issues in the Chuska Mountains on the Navaho reservation, the land of her mother's family, where she explored the intersection of traditional knowledge with western science. She presently works with the Environmental Protection Agency as a physical scientist studying the impact of climate change on water quality.

Nathan Palpant's speech: Living the Questions

Whitworth graduate Nathan Palpant, grew up in Spokane and he and his wife Darien were among our early group of colleagues. Nathan served in Kenya and in the Southern Sudan in 2001 and joined the first medical teams to enter this war-torn territory in four years. So distressed by what he saw, he chose to use his KF grant to return and videograph this devastating war zone. Their film premiered at churches throughout America and at the Amnesty International Film festival. Then, in 2003, he became the managing editor of our first Global Citizen Journal. Nathan recently completed his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Molecular and Integrative Physiology. His outstanding scholarship led to the publication of 5 senior author scientific journal articles. A father of two, he and his family recently resettled in Seattle where he is a senior fellow at the University of Washington doing stem cell research in heart disease and cardiovascular tissue regeneration. Nathan and Darien return regularly to our conferences where they lead workshops mentoring younger colleagues.