Board of Directors

Amanda Salisbury, MSW, LICSW


I specialize working with adults who have experienced trauma and are looking for ways to reduce the negative impact it has had including relationship problems, anxiety, and/or PTSD symptoms. Types of trauma that I have significant experience with are sexual abuse, physical abuse, and war related trauma. I am trained in the top three evidences based best practices for the treatment of PTSD: EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD.


LeAnn Deering, MSW

Vice President

Hello, I’m LeAnn Deering, a born and raised Spokanite who loves outdoor beauty, traveling, art (stained glass is my favorite) and my family. My 25 year work experience begins with a BA in Sociology, minor in Psychology from WSU, service in Americorps where I designed a literacy intervention program and then vocational case management for adults with disabilities. After earning a MSW degree from EWU in 2004, I went to work as a clinician working primarily with women and children connected to a homeless shelter. More recently, I have worked in the public school system over the past 10 years. My experience includes working with children attending the alternative high school and middle school, children in special ed programs, and preschool children identified as “high needs”. My favorite job has been case management and crisis intervention work with parents to develop family goals to improve their family’s well-being.

Now, as Vice-chair of the board of directors for A Refuge, I coordinate with volunteers and interns to provide needed services for staff and clients in order to ultimately support the agency’s goal of promoting wellness for clients, staff, and the community.   Whether it’s preparing work spaces, gathering needed community resources or assisting in trainings/classes, I work alongside our cherished volunteers and interns to smooth out areas of operation that need that added touch to refine A Refuge’s delivery of high quality services.


Timari Brower


Timari Brower is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Spangle, WA. She graduated from Whitworth University in 2005 with a Masters in Agency Counseling. She speaks across the country on topics relating to marriage, family life and trauma. Having worked exclusively in the non-profit sector, she brings 15 years of non-profit experience to the board.