Staff and Steering Committee


Farand Gunnels
Development Coordinator
Farand joined the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) family in March 2017. He was born in Crow Agency, MT, grew up in Billings, MT, and is a Two Spirit member of the Apsaalooke “Crow” Nation. In 1993, Farand moved to Spokane where he served as a steering committee member for Spokane Pride (currently OUTSpokane) and Hands Off Washington, created to defeat initiatives 608 and 610. In 1996, Farand met his wonderful and amazing husband, David, while singing in The Men’s Chorus. Two years later, they had a commitment ceremony and, after being together for 17 years, were finally able to legally marry. Farand volunteered on Pride Foundation’s local steering committee and, in 2002, was hired and eventually became Regional Development Organizer for Washington. After 14 years at Pride Foundation, he left to explore new opportunities and found PJALS. Farand is passionate about philanthropy, LGBTQ and racial equity, and social, gender, and economic justice. He has worked on issues that include marriage equality, transgender inclusion, and LGBTQ youth and elder safety and protections, and has volunteered with the Montana Two Spirit Society and Greater Spokane Progress. Farand enjoys spending time with his husband, two cats and two dogs, trying new restaurants and cuisine’s, beekeeping, baking, wine, and singing karaoke.
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Sarah Hegde
Youth Organizer

Sarah Hegde is a freshman at Lewis and Clark High School. She got involved with Young Activists Leaders Program (YALP) in January of 2019 and then went on to graduate in June of that year. In October, she was brought on staff and now co-coordinates YALP with Taylor Weech. Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, being in the LC band, spending time with her family, and most of all, being an organizer.  

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Shar Lichty
Shar is an organizer at the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane. She received her BASW with a minor in Africana Education from EWU in June 2010. Following an internship and a year as an AmeriCorps/VISTA volunteer with PJALS, Shar joined the PJALS staff in 2012. Shar was first introduced to PJALS in 2006 when the human rights club at SCC that she was involved with co-sponsored a death penalty awareness event with PJALS. That event directly led to Shar's commitment to work on social justice issues.
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Liz Moore
Liz is the director of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, where she began her activism in PJALS' youth group as a Deer Park high school student after looking up “peace” in the phone book. She worked as an organizer and educator in unions and community groups on issues including marriage equality, racial justice, and worker rights before returning to the organization that helped shape and define her work as a young activist. She is passionate about grassroots leadership development and supporting youth as leaders. In all that she does, Liz holds fast to the belief that everyday people have the power to build a just and nonviolent world.
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Taylor Weech
Youth Organizer

Taylor is a Spokane-born radio host, writer, and organizer who graduated from PJALS' Young Activist Leaders Program class of 2013. Starting in 2012, she hosted a weekly talk radio show called Praxis to explore social change theory through interviews with activists, artists, scholars, and leaders. She co-founded the Love & Outrage collective which merged the worlds of art and activism in Spokane and publishes a quarterly zine of the same name. Her main activism home is with the Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS), where she has served as chair of the Steering Committee. She coordinates anti-racist education and action through PJALS partnership with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) and co-coordinates the Young Activist Leaders Program with Sarah Hegde.

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Steering Committee

Bill Aal

Bill is deeply involved in social and environmental justice work with a particular focus on agricultural sustainability and social healing. With Tools for Change, he has been providing consulting, facilitation, mediation and training services for over 25 years. Versed in opening the imagination, awakening people’s best thinking and inspiring group transformation, Aal works with group reflection to unleash collective genius in organizational settings. A former manager in the non-profit and information technology worlds, he co-founded to build computer-based communications networks for activists. Aal has developed accessible networking tools and trainings in social analysis and use of the web for community organizing, empowering individuals who traditionally have not had access to these tools.  Currently he works with his wife, Elle McSharry, in a project called Dream Transformation. Bill is a member of PJALS’ Fundraising and Sustainability Committee.

Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi

Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi moved to Spokane in 2012 with her son. Coming from a huge bustling metropolis like Houston with its varied and diverse micro-cultural communities, she finds it interesting to see people's reactions when they met her or her son since moving to Spokane. She welcomes any questions about her faith, culture, ethnicity, race, language and education. She has so far loved living in Spokane with its four seasons and unique landscape. Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, she has had the good fortune of travelling since an early age and has been educated on four different continents, and considers herself a global citizen. Naghmana is an active member of the Spokane Islamic Center, Spokane Women Together, Muslims for Community Action and Support, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition – Spokane, and other organizations. Naghmana was the co-chair of No Discrimination Spokane, the coalition that defeated the anti-immigrant profiling initiative in 2017.

Ayaka Dohi

Ayaka graduated from Gonzaga University in 2013 and from PJALS’ Young Activist Leaders Program in 2016. She is the Director for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Whitworth University. Ayaka is a member of PJALS’ Fundraising and Sustainability Committee.

Dom Felix
Vice Chair

Dom is a Re-Entry Specialist for Revive Re-Entry Services. He struggled with addiction for 25 years and has a 25 year criminal history to match. After realizing how difficult it is to reenter society after prison Dom has worked to help others achieve this goal, mentoring at The Fulcrum Institute and volunteering with I Did the Time. While completing his Social Work degree at EWU, he did his practicum at PJALS and worked for police accountability, death penalty abolition, and with the Young Activist Leaders Program.

Fitz Fitzpatrick

Fitz, who also goes by Emerald, is a performance poet based out of Spokane Washington where their mission is to fall in love with strangers through the written and spoken word. They were a member of the 2015 and 2016 Spokane National Poetry Slam teams and are representing Spokane in the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. Other than hosting they have been featured as a poet in the Spokane LGBT Pride and numerous social justice events. In their “spare time” they run a weekly poetry open mic called “Broken Mic,” roll around on sidewalks with local cats and practice changing the world through compassion and actually laughing out loud. Fitz has been involved with PJALS since 2011 and graduated from the first year of the Young Activist Leaders Program. They are especially passionate about empowering youth, lgbt rights and using art for activism. Fitz was the lead Theomusicologist for the Washington Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in 2018. They host the annual Poetry for Peace benefit for the Spokane Slam Poetry Team and PJALS.

Ami Manning

Ami lives in Spokane with her two sons, Holden and Indiana, and her partner Ken. She has been the Program Director of Transitions Miryam’s House since July 2014. Ami holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and has worked and volunteered in homeless and housing services for the last 18 years. Prior to Transitions, she worked for St. Vincent de Paul of North Idaho for 11 years; most recently directing the Transitional Housing Programs. She has also volunteered for social, gender and economic justice. She has a deep commitment to communities of inclusion. Ami is a member of PJALS’ Fundraising and Sustainability Committee.

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