Community-Minded Enterprises’ Executive Director Announces Retirement after 14 Years of Service

Community-Minded Enterprises’ Executive Director Announces Retirement after 14 Years of Service

Spokane, Wash. — Community-Minded Enterprises’ Executive Director will be stepping down at the end of the year. Kathy Thamm informed the CME Board of her retirement earlier this summer.
“Kathy has done a fantastic job as Executive Director, leading CME through lean times, rebuilding our core initiatives, and leaving us well positioned for the future,” said Chris Kelly, Board Chair. “Although we’re sorry to see her go, we wish her all the best as she pursues her retirement plans”.
Thamm started at CME in 2004, as the Early Learning Initiative Director. In that role, Thamm was instrumental in the formation of a statewide quality ratings improvement system (QRIS) for child care. CME piloted QRIS which later became Early Achievers. Thamm led that work, expanding the program from Spokane County to all of Eastern Washington. She also saw the need to bring financial stability to child care and established business training specifically for child care facilities. At the federal, state and local level, Thamm reached out to lawmakers to advance early learning legislation.
“Kathy’s work will leave a lasting impression on families and the early learning community, not only in Spokane but across the state,” said Mary Ellen Braks, Library Services Manager for the Spokane County Library District.
In 2012, Thamm was made Executive Director, growing the company from 20 employees to more than 50. Under her leadership, CME received the When Work Works Award multiple times and most recently was cited as one of the Best Places to Work in the Inland Northwest.

Accomplishments as Executive Director include establishing CME’s Resource Center for Early Learning Professionals, adding an office in Pasco, with a staff of 15, building a state of the art television studio to CMTV14, and the recent launch Recovery Café Spokane.

Thamm made it a priority to hire with intent, bringing diversity to CME’s workforce. As Executive Director, she also sought out programs that supported the social determinants of health, including Medicaid transformation.

Thamm credits her success to a great team and a supportive Board of Directors. “I will miss the daily excitement of coming to work,” said Thamm. As she reflected on her time with the organization, Thamm said, “I’ve really enjoyed the entrepreneurial spirit fostered within CME. It’s always been a place that fosters innovated programs.”

As Executive Director, Thamm was involved in a variety of community programs including:
• Excelerate Success Executive Leadership Team – Spokane County United Way
• Director’s Team – Spokane County United Way
• Public Policy Committee – Greater Spokane Incorporated
• STEM Leadership Team – Greater Spokane Incorporated
• Leadership Team – Better Health Together
• Past President, Child Care Aware of Washington Statewide Network
• Former Board Member – Downtown Spokane Partnership
• Founding member of Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance
• Board member Health Improvement Partnership (HIP of Spokane County), CME’s original name

Thamm will stay on until the CME Board hires a new Executive Director. That search is currently underway.



Community-Minded Enterprises Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Inland Northwest


September 25, 2018


Jill Johnson

Communications Director  

Community-Minded Enterprises

(509) 822-8040


Community-Minded Enterprises Recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Inland Northwest

Community-Minded Enterprise one of 35 companies to be honored September 26th


Spokane, Wash.     Community-Minded Enterprise (CME) has been named one of the Best Places to Work in the Inland Northwest. The Best Places to Work Inland Northwest list is created by the Journal of Business and Best Companies Group.

To determine the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest list, companies from across the region participated in a two-part survey process. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics.

The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

CME is one of 35 companies to make the list and be recognized. “We are thrilled to be included,” said Kathy Thamm, Executive Director for Community-Minded Enterprises. “The programs and people at CME make this a great place to work” Thamm added.

Community-Minded Enterprises and the other list-making companies will be honored at an awards ceremony on September 26, 2018, at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane.  The rankings will be published in the September 27 issue of the Journal of Business.

Community-Minded Enterprises is a Spokane based nonprofit with more than 50 employees. CME has four offices in Spokane and one in Pasco.

Programs include:

  • ·         Recovery Community Services and Recovery Café Spokane – Assisting adults in drug and alcohol recovery
  • ·         Plan to Work – Assisting people transitioning from Social Security Benefits to employment
  • ·         Early Achievers – Offering coaching and technical assistance to child care providers to improve quality
  • ·         CMTV14 – Community access television and digital media service
  • ·         Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) – Free preschool to qualifying families located in Browne’s Addition
  • ·         Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)- Serving Air Force Families who have a child with special needs
  • ·         Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) – Providing parents in outpatient substance abuse treatment with access to quality child care

For more on CME’s programs go to: or find us on Facebook at





CME once again honored with the “When Work Works” award


June 13, 2017                                           

Traci Logan-Demus

Community-Minded Enterprises

(509) 960-7455


For the 5th Consecutive Year Community-Minded Enterprises is Recognized for Innovative and Effective Workplace Practices

Spokane, Wash.  — Community-Minded Enterprises (CME) has once again been honored with the “When Work Works” award for exemplary workplace practices by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The award recognizes employers that offer flexible scheduling and transition to parenthood programs as well as opportunities for learning, a culture of respect and trust, and job autonomy.

Community-Minded Enterprises was singled out for its workforce flexibility with 2/3 of its staff regularly working in the field. CME also scored high for its benefits package and employee satisfaction.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fifth time,” said Executive Director Kathy Thamm. “We are committed to providing a work environment that supports our staff personally and professionally.”

In applying for the award, Community-Minded Enterprises was evaluated on factors associated with employee health, well-being and engagement: opportunities for learning; a culture of trust; work-life fit; supervisor support for work success; autonomy; and satisfaction with earnings, benefits and opportunities for advancement.

When Work Works is a national initiative led by the Society for Human Resource Management. To learn more go to

Community-Minded Enterprises is a Spokane based non-profit with 54 employees. CME has four offices in Spokane and one in Pasco. Programs include:

  • Community-Minded Television (CMTV14) providing low cost video production and free program submissions
  • Early Achievers helping early learning teachers improve classroom quality
  • Access to Recovery (ATR) assisting people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction
  • Plan to Work helping people receiving social security benefits get a job
  • Community Living Connections offering free information to the elderly and people with disabilities

For more on CME’s programs go to