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May 17, 2022

Jill Johnson
Public Relations Officer
Community-Minded Enterprises
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After an Extensive National Search, Community Minded Enterprises Goes Local, Tapping John Hindman as its Next Chief Executive Officer

Spokane, Wash. – Community-Minded Enterprises (CME) is pleased to introduce John Hindman, LISCW, as the organization’s new CEO, effective June 6, 2022. The hiring marked the completion of a six-month national search process that included diverse candidates from areas throughout the U.S.

Hindman comes to CME with more than 30-years of experience in nonprofit and social services work. Most recently as a director for Pioneer Health Services, where he successfully established Spokane’s Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility.

Before joining Pioneer Health Services, Hindman served as the Executive Director of Morning Star Boys Ranch. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LISCW), he brings clinical expertise with a background in private practice and social work consulting.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join CME’s team. CME’s mission, values, and goals align with what I search for in an organization.” said Hindman. “CME exemplifies this through their proud history of providing a wide range of services in the Inland Northwest, including addiction recovery, access to child care, expanding child care services, providing support to child care providers, increasing access to the job market, and empowering people who live with disabilities and limitations with practical and emotional support and help.”

Hindman becomes the fourth Chief Executive to lead Community-Minded Enterprises, replacing Lee Williams, who retired in late 2021. A CME Transition Committee conducted the search for William’s replacement, made up of CME board members, CME management staff, and volunteer community partners, and led by Ian Cunningham, CME Board Chair.

“We are grateful to the CME staff who served on the Board’s Transition Committee and thank them for their dedicated engagement and commitment in helping meet this challenge,” said Cunningham. Integral in this effort was CME’s Chief Operating Officer, Jan Thoemke, who served as Interim CEO, and Nancy Rust, CME’s Chief Financial Officer, who served as Deputy Interim CEO.

Hindman is a long-time Spokane resident and father of two young adult musicians; a son attending Montana State University and a daughter attending the University of Puget Sound. Hindman’s spouse is an Osteopathic physician who has been practicing medicine in Spokane for over 20 years. The Hindmans have a small hobby farm in Rockford, raising heritage breed pigs and a small flock of chickens. Hindman will be based at Community-Minded Enterprises’ North Spokane Office in 2001 N Division, Suite 130.

About Community-Minded Enterprises

Community-Minded Enterprises is a 501c3 nonprofit with four offices in Spokane and one in Pasco. It was formed as a grassroots organization in the early 1990s and incorporated 1997.


Community-Minded Enterprises transforms communities in Washington State while advancing diversity and inclusion of marginalized populations, so that all people have an opportunity for equitable health, education, and safety.

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