2021 – 2022 Youth Commissioners

Jacob Gannon - Chair
Jacob Gannon - Chair12th Grade - North Central High School
I have high expectations for what we will accomplish – addressing youth issues through the power to influence regional policy. I will focus my energy on the expansion of youth involvement in Spokane to give those I represent a voice of their own. Over the past few years, I have involved myself in environmental activism and scientific research, as well as in my school orchestra where I play the Viola. I also hold leadership positions as NC’s Senior Class President, Vice President of Wellness Club, and Actions Lead at Sunrise Spokane.
Jack Schneider - Vice Chair
Jack Schneider - Vice Chair11th Grade - Freeman High School
The involvement of youth in our community is crucial to the success of everyone in it, and I am honored to serve on the Commission where we will work hard to give all youth in our area a voice on important issues. I serve as President of our FBLA chapter, am heavily involved with ASB and student leadership, participate in basketball and tennis, and am a graduate of Youth Leadership Spokane. I am driven by the values of hard work, respect and kindness, and I believe it is up to us to give youth in our community a voice so we together can make positive impacts that will live a lifetime. I am beyond excited to work alongside so many passionate youth leaders to see what we can accomplish. Let’s get to work!
Tayla Tollefson
Tayla Tollefson12th Grade - Ferris High School
This is my first year on the Commission and I am very excited to be a member! I look forward to supporting youth in our community and helping to create a foundation for success for them. Last year I was an active member of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland NW Teen Board and an active member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Group for SPS. I am a Varsity cheerleader, Link Crew and Leadership Member, as well as National Honor Society. I am a published author whose book is available on Amazon and has been added to the Library of Congress!
Jake Mark
Jake Mark12th Grade - Mead High School
I am extremely excited to have the wonderful opportunity to enact meaningful change amongst Spokane’s top youth leaders. I have a very flamboyant personality and strive to make meaningful connections with all those I meet. I am a member of the varsity soccer and wrestling teams, an active member in HOSA and ASB, and I hold leadership positions in NHS and Student Council. However, I most enjoy serving as a youth soccer coach through Project 90.
Ava Warner
Ava Warner12th Grade - Innovation High School
I am very excited to serve my first year on the Commission. The chance to lend a voice to issues that affect youth in our community is an amazing opportunity. I am an ambassador at Innovation and help with other programs at my school. I’m sure advocating with my fellow commissioners will teach me new skills and I’m excited to see exactly what we, as a team, will do this coming year.
Tevita Fakasiieki
Tevita Fakasiieki12th Grade - Lewis & Clark High School
This will be my first year on the Commission and I’m looking forward to working with other leaders on issues affecting youth. At Lewis & Clark I participate in band, I volunteer with my church youth group on various projects, and I assist The Fig Tree with the newspaper, directory and events.
Timothy Manuel
Timothy Manuel12th Grade - East Valley High School
This is my first year on the Commission, I’m looking forward to it and will work hard to make sure I do a good job. I hold multiple leadership positions at my school including senior class treasurer and a student officer of EVHS National Honor Society. My goal this year is to promote civic engagement.
Sophia McFarland
Sophia McFarland11th Grade - Gonzaga Prep High School
This is my first year on the Commission and I am excited to work to affect issues I am passionate about including education and mental health resources for youth.
Will Emch
Will Emch12th Grade - Lewis & Clark High School
This is my first year on the Commission and I am looking forward to working with these accomplished students and leaders in giving youth a voice. I enjoy organizing social activities for my peers and think there should be more opportunities for young people to meet each other and connect through inclusive community events. I am a member of National Honor Society, LC DECA, student leadership, and am a graduate of Youth Leadership Spokane. I am part of the SARS free ride ski team and enjoy water skiing and golf. I am honored to be part of this group and am committed to working hard toward making a difference in our community.

Empowering youth to bring about change in our community.