Tim Vorpahl, President & Founder
Tim Vorpahl, established Vorpahl Wing Charities as a way to give to the community in a specific way – To help kids get to the next level. Having raised four kids, he has firsthand experience with the difficulty athletes and musicians experience while trying to achieve their goals. The schools took out sports programs at the elementary level, there were no more pickup games, no more school games, everything became club sports. Club sports became very expensive and political, leaving so many potential kids out of the loop. Additionally, it also became difficult in music, science and the arts. Kids had to prove themselves over and over again. The cost, commitment and level of support becomes enormous. So much so that many would quit, stop trying, and find alternative methods of entertainment. Science fairs, math camps, theater camps, sports camps, all very onerous on the kids, parents and the community. We want to encourage kids to reach the next level and reward them for their hard work and persistence. Additionally, we want to help their parents, guardians, coaches and mentors and thank them for supporting our cities Youth.
Tim enjoys: Spending time with his family and during the summer months he enjoys boating and golfing. He is actively involved in community service projects and interested in local politics.
Gina was born and raised in the great farming community of St. John Washington. Being raised on the family farm taught her the values of family, hard work and the importance of a strong community. Gina started her career in the travel industry prior to raising her kids and taking care of her family. She was the volunteer coordinator for Moran Prairie School and the past president of the Parent Teacher Group for Moran Prairie’s PTG. She was also the volunteer coordinator for Chase Middle school.
Gina enjoys: Spending time with her family and traveling with her children to their youth sports events, spending time at the lake and boating during the summer months.
Michael C. Dempsey, Attorney
Mike graduated from West Valley High School, ahead of his wife Nancy; and graduated from the University of Washington and Gonzaga University Law School.Mike is a past president of Downtown Kiwanis and Spokane Kiwanis Charities, and a current board member of Downtown Kiwanis. He and his wife Nancy are members of a church choir in Spokane Valley; and also of the Senior Serenaders, a choral group that entertains at assisted living facilities and similar venues, and is part of Project Joy.
Mike is a student of the Italian culture, enjoys cooking Italian dishes, and is currently studying Italian for a planned trip to Italy.
Karen grew up on the west side of the state and moved to Spokane after graduating from WSU. She started her career in Elementary Education, prior to raising her kids and taking care of her family. She currently divides her time as a Property Manager, Event Coordinator, and has held a multitude of volunteer positions at Moran Prairie Elementary for the past 11 years.
Karen enjoys: Spending time with her family, traveling, outdoor activities and volunteering for organizations which have a positive impact on youth development.
Tonya Kobluk, Executive Director
Tonya was raised in the Yakima Valley and graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in business administration. She is married to her best friend, Justin, and in 2013 they relocated to his hometown of Spokane. Currently, Tonya is immersed in the endless school activities of their children, Joshua, 16 and Quinn, 9. She also serves as the vice president on the board of directors of Southside Christian School where Quinn attends. With a passion for empowering the youth of today and encouraging them to be their “greatest selves”, she has embraced her new role as executive director of Vorpahl Wing Charities.
Tonya enjoys: Spending time with her family at the lake, backwoods bocce, skiing/snowboarding, baking, knitting and enjoying the company of the family’s two crazy dogs, Copper and Luna.