Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Toni Kraut - President
Toni Kraut was born and raised in Lewiston. She graduated from Lewiston High School and LCSC. She was on the original core committee for Family Promise in 2006 and has been involved ever since. She is married to Loren and they have two grown children Stacy and Rich and one granddaughter Emma. She retired in 2018 from the medical field after over 40 years. She is an active member of All Saints Catholic Church. She has a passion for social justice and the poor. She enjoys fundraising and has been doing it since her children attended St. Stanislaus (now All Saints) Catholic School where she was the first fundraising chair and started the Christmas tree sale. She has volunteered for various organizations in the Lewis-Clark Valley including Interlink, Dogwood Festival, LCSC Advisory Committee and the NAIA World Series. She also organizes her high school class reunions. Since retirement she enjoys playing pickleball and babysitting her granddaughter.
Susan Butts - Vice President
Susan is a life-long resident of the Lewis-Clark Valley and can trace her lineage back to the days of Henry Spalding. She was born in Pullman, WA while her father was finishing his Master’s Degree at WSU and she hasn’t traveled very far, in fact just a few blocks away, as she has worked at WSU for over 19 years. Currently as the Finance/Budget Manager for the office of Student Involvement. She is responsible for over $4M in annual budgets. Through the years she has been involved in many volunteer activities and volunteer organizations. A Family Promise board member since late 2012 Susan’s goal in life is to be mission-minded and help those less fortunate. Susan resides in Lewiston and has one daughter who was born in Ethiopia. Susan was raised by parents who give unselfishly of their time volunteering to their church and community. She and her family are members of the Clarkston United Methodist Church.
Jana Peer - Treasurer/Secretary
Jana is a nearly life-long valley resident. She is married with two, now adult, daughters and have four grandkids. She worked in the advertising department at the Tribune for several years. Then, after some time at home, she worked in the office of a local hardware store for 17 years as a secretary, in pricing and inventory, and as a bookkeeper. Jana was involved in starting Family Promise in the valley, and served two terms on the Board of Trustees. She enjoys using the graphics and administrative skills she learned while working, in the volunteering that she now does.
Liz was born in Wendell, Idaho in 1946. She moved to Lewiston with her family in 1960, graduating from LHS in 1965 and from LCSC with a degree in elementary education in 1970. She taught at Lincoln Middle School in Clarkston for 30 years, retiring in 2000. After serving as the chair of the Nez Perce County Democrats and coordinating Mike Mitchell's campaign for the legislature, she ran in 2006 and served in the House for four years. She has been married to Jerry Chavez for 44 years and had two children, our daughter Felicia who teaches special education in Santa Fe, and our son John who died in 1993. She serves on a number of other boards including the LC Foundation, Valley Transit, and the League of Women Voters as well as at her church.
I was born in Spokane and raised in the Lewis-Clark Valley the majority of my life. I graduated from Asotin High School. I attended Arizona State University and majored in Business Communications. I am a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. I also belong to Rotary and serve on the Tri-State Hospital Foundation board as a trustee. Joining the Family Promise board is allowing me to serve the community in many facets and make the world a better place.
Sheri L. Allen
Sheri moved to Lewiston, Idaho in 1996 when she and her husband, Richard Allen, purchased a medical practice. She is the office manager for his practice. They have been married for 35 years. She is the mother of three and grandmother to three beautiful granddaughters who all live in Arizona. Sheri was born and raised in California where she was the oldest of ten children. She has been on the Family Promise Board since 2015 and served as the coordinator for her church for 4 years prior to becoming a board member. She has served on the Lewiston School District Board of Directors since 2003. She is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and currently serves as president of the children’s programs. Her parents and grandparents were excellent examples of service and she credits them for her desire to volunteer and be involved in the community. Her hobbies are camping, boating, reading and anything where the whole family can be together.
Steve Thomas - Executive Director
Steve was born and raised in Moscow and became a Youth Pastor for the Church of the Nazarene in 1985. He served as Youth Pastor in Moscow, St. Maries, and Lewiston for a total of 26 years. Steve is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. In 2011 Steve joined the Family Promise staff. Steve has been an active part of Family Promise since it began and was a founding member of the Board of Directors. Steve has always been active in our community coaching soccer, working with teens building beds for needy children and teaching abstinence programs in the public schools. Steve’s wife Jeana is a second grade teacher in Lewiston and they have four adult children.
Mariajose McCarley - Social Worker
Mariajosé joined the Family Promise staff in 2014 and goes by MJ in the office. MJ moved to the valley from Peru to attend LCSC. MJ graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology. She worked full time with children and at risk youth while attending school. After graduating LCSC, she moved to Denver, CO with her husband Matthew. In Denver, MJ worked at a non-profit child protection organization that assisted families with reunification, counseling, parenting classes, financial classes and navigation of community services. MJ and her husband decided to move back to the valley to be once again close to family. MJ enjoys assisting others in achieving their individual goals. She is excited to join our team and put to use the skills she has learned through here education and experience.
Jerry Robbins - Van Driver
Mitch Thomason - Van Driver