Board Member Bio  (the board can be reached at board@lifeservices.org)
AaronAaron Breeden
(Chair)
Entrepreneur – Member of Life Center Church
“I believe business can make the world a better place. Over the past two decades I’ve been fortunate enough to co-develop several startups, serve on nonprofit boards, make films look and sound better, help race cars perform better, and go on a national tours in the rock band Telecast. I’m driven by a passion not only to create, but to create projects with purpose, devising practical and innovative solutions for bringing ideas to life and to market. I intensely enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together, from cars and bikes to songs and companies.”
craigCraig Culbertson (Past Chair) Benefits Consultant – Member of Faith Bible Church
Craig has served in the greater Spokane community since moving over from Seattle in June of 2003. Previously serving on the board of directors for Children’s Therapy Center of Kent, and later as Chair of the Indian Trail Neighborhood Council, he has strong interests in protecting children everywhere.
Craig and his wife Alayna have been married for seventeen years, and have three children: Stephen, Emma and Michael who attend Northwest Christian Schools Inc. Alayna also serves as a Regent of Northwest Christian in addition to other volunteer activities. Craig and Alayna have attended Faith Bible Church for the previous six years, and are active in children’s ministry.
Craig has practiced as an employee benefits consultant for the previous 16 years and is currently a Principal for Mercer Health and Benefits, a global financial consulting firm. Craig is a graduate of Washington State University.
In addition to being a student of his profession, Craig has amateur interests in the fields of Theology, Middle East archeology, American History and Particle Physics. In his leisure, Craig enjoys time with his family, sailing, fly fishing, back packing, and the occasional golf game.
davidDavid DeWolf, J.D. Law School Professor – Mary Queen Catholic Church Parish
David has lived in the Spokane area since 1988, when he moved back to Spokane to join the Gonzaga Law School faculty.  David and his wife Priscilla have been married for 42 years, and have four children:  Charles, Maja, Robin and Peter.  David is actively involved at Mary Queen Parish in Hillyard, serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
David came to Spokane in 1980 to join the firm of Lukins & Annis but left in 1984 to start his teaching career at Oklahoma City University.  In addition to his publications on Washington tort law and contract law, David has testified in Olympia on numerous occasions defending religious freedom and the rule of law.
He graduated from Yale Law School in 1979 and Stanford University in 1971.
David has been involved with Life Services since 2007.
nathanNathan Hagan Assistant Pastor Turning Point Church
Nathan has been a longtime fan and volunteer at Life Services, having served on the board for 6 years and as the Chairman in 2013.  Currently, Nathan serves on the staff at Turning Point Open Bible Church as the associate pastor where he works with the various adult ministries, Christian education, and small groups.
In addition to having an undergraduate degree in Pastoral Studies, Nathan completed a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in 2012 (Go Zags).
Nathan and his wife Candi have been married since 1997 and have three energetic children who are all elementary school age.
In his spare time, Nathan enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family, and cheering on his childhood sports teams in Illinois.
mauriceMaurice Piersol
(Chair Elect/ Treasurer)
Excavation Construction Company Owner – Member of Lake City Assembly of God
Maurice began as a farmer but followed God’s leading to leave farming and enter into the excavation business.  God has greatly blessed Maurice and his wife Cheryl for their obedience in following God’s call.  In turn they work to share that blessing with others in the community.  Maurice started his involvement with Life Services serving as a volunteer mobile clinic driver.  With an extensive background in church board leadership and business finance Maurice was recently asked to join the board of directors and serve as the board treasurer.  Maurice and Cheryl have two adult children.
jeffJeff Smith, J.D. Corporate Attorney – Member of Turning Point Church
A lifelong Spokane native, Jeff has been involved with Life Services as a board member for nearly 10 years, serving as board chair in 2010.  Other than Life Services, Jeff has also served on the board of directors for multiple local and state-wide non-profit organizations, as well as acting as general counsel for many other charitable organizations.
In addition to non-profit work, Jeff is a member of both the litigation and transactional practice groups at the law firm of Lee & Hayes, PLLC.  During law school, Jeff participated in the Blackstone Fellowship where he worked for the National Right to Life Committee.  He was commissioned as a Blackstone Fellow in February 2003, and serves as an allied attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom, working primarily on religious liberty matters.
Prior to his law career, Jeff practiced medicine and surgery as a PA for 18 years.  Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Whitworth University, his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.  He has served as adjunct faculty at University of Washington School of Medicine- Medex, and in the clerkship program for Gonzaga School of Law.
Jeff and his wife Carolyn have been married for 29 years and have two grown children, Courtney, a recent graduate from University of Idaho, and Nathan a senior at Northwest University.
Jeff and Carolyn attend Turning Point Open Bible Church where they have been involved in leadership and various ministries over the past 40 years.
When he is not working, Jeff enjoys cycling, backpacking, kayaking, golf, and boating, with his wife, and playing fetch with his two whippets, Mighty and Jess.
shawnRev. Shawn Stevenson
(Exec. Director)
Executive Director and Pastor – Member of First Church of the Nazarene
Shawn grew up in the Yakima area, where after graduating from WSU, he served for several years as a public school teacher.  Following a call into vocational ministry, Shawn and his wife Jill relocated to the Kansas City area where he earned a Master of Divinity degree.  In this context Shawn served in both higher education and pastoral ministry roles. Shawn was ordained as a Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene in 2006.  Feeling the pull to return to the Northwest, Shawn and Jill (now with two kids in tow) accepted a call to pastor in Spokane in 2009.  During this time Shawn was the founding Executive Director of a non-profit ministry called NorthwestConnect, a community outreach in the Hillyard neighborhood.  In October 2014, God called Shawn to become the Interim Director of Life Services.  The Board of Directors invited Shawn to become the ongoing Executive Director in February 2015.  Shawn is involved in teaching Sunday School and helping with the College Age Ministry at Spokane First Church of the Nazarene.  As Executive Director Shawn is an ex officio, non-voting board member.