Team comes in for a group huddle.

Board of Directors

The Hope Center is not owned by any single or combination of organizations. We are an independent 501c3 (non-profit). Our board is comprised of individuals representing churches throughout the Palouse, and our bylaws limit the Hope Center to two board members from any one church simultaneously.


Jeni Leidenfrost

Jeni Leidenfrost Chair

Jeni is the Director of Design & Development for Sundog Media, and a published writer of children’s books. She and her husband have two children born ten years apart, who keep their lives interesting! Jeni serves the Moscow community as a volunteer counselor and also as a member of the Regional Advisory Council for Foster children and families.

Lee Neer

Lee Neer Vice Chair

Lee is a member of the Palouse/Clearwater Search & Rescue team and an experienced plumber. He and his wife Natalie, have a daughter and two granddaughters. Born in Eastern Oregon, Lee moved to Moscow after graduating from high school and has lived here 40 years. Lee likes fly fishing with his bamboo fly rod. 


John Jacksha

John (JJ) Jacksha

John Jacksha (a.k.a. JJ) grew up in Moscow and retired from the University of Idaho in May 2020 after 40 years as a computer staff person. He has run transitional housing in Moscow since 1998 and has led Celebrate Recovery at prisons in Orofino and Cottonwood, starting in 2005.

Sarah Mortimore Secretary

Sarah Mortimore and her husband Tim own Carlton Builders LLC a construction company that serves Moscow and Pullman. Sarah assists Good Samaritan Rehabilitation in Coeur D’Alene interviewing potential candidates from Moscow.


Timothy van den Broek

Timothy van den Broek Treasurer

Timothy has lived in Moscow for more than ten years, having moved here to study at New Saint Andrews College. He lives downtown with his wife and five children. He works as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of International Business at EMSI, (Economic Modeling Specialists International).

Josh Wright

Josh Wright

Josh specializes in urban employment and is currently working at EMSI in Moscow. He and his family enjoy sports and the beautiful outdoors of the Palouse.