I graduated from Kamiakin High School (Go Braves!) a long time ago. I did my undergraduate work at EWU, studying to be a teacher. I have an active teaching certificate and did a little bit of substitute teaching in Reardan and Wellpinit while I applied for jobs with Spokane Tribe where I was recently hired as Director of
Vocational Rehabilitation. I also have a graduate degree in administration from Gonzaga. My job is to provide leadership to program staff, develop and implement budgets, write grant applications, support staff’s efforts in finding meaningful employment for disabled Native Americans in our region. I love my job! First of all, the staff
have been very welcoming and helpful. They’re dedicated and hard-working people. I have been looking for a job that feels emotionally fulfilling for me and this one is. Our clientele are often faced with adversities that few people would relate to. Clients’ courage to enter the workforce in spite of these adversities can be
My lovely wife, Leanne Zilar, works at the clinic in Wellpinit. She is a nurse practitioner and started last April. Some of her patients will remember her from her years working in women’s health care, including as a nurse midwife. Over a year ago, we bought property along the Spokane River very near Spokane Tribe. Last March, we sold our house in Spokane and moved into our RV in anticipation of developing the land and putting in a manufactured home. Admittedly, it’s been challenging to keep warm.
We have a blended family with six kids: Nehemiah (age 30), Zebulon and Jedidiah (twins age 28), Miranda (age 26), Ariel and Gabriel (twins age 14). Our youngest two still live at home and are in 9th grade at Reardan High School. Right now my spare time is used to keep the RV functional. There seems to be something that needs fixing almost all the time.
However, some highlights of my life include the following:
I’ve done three medical mission trips to Rwanda (located in central Africa)
I have authored a few published poems
I am naturally shy
I love football (Go ‘Hawks!) and I’ve coached a few youth sports
There are numerous young adults who’ve been a part of my children’s lives
who refer to me as “Daddy Chris”.