Education Team

  • Chris Alejano
    Chris Alejano Director of Education

    Chris is responsible for leading all of TAF’s programmatic efforts including TAF Academy, STEMbyTAF School Transformation, STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute and STEMbyTAF Labs.

  • Troy Hilton
    Troy Hilton Program Manager - Education Technologies

    Troy is responsible for planning and implementation of technology for the network of TAF Academies. Building a strong and agile technology infrastructure, and creating training so our students and teachers can leverage technology to be high level lifelong learners.

  • Amanda Kopchynski
    Amanda Kopchynski Program Manager - Professional Development

    Amanda is responsible for designing our professional development programs and supporting the delivery to teachers in our STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute, STEMbyTAF School Transformation and Martinez Fellowship programs.

  • Zithri Ahmed Saleem
    Zithri Ahmed Saleem Director of Program Strategy

    Zithri is responsible for developing TAF programmatic strategic direction as well as developing partnerships with K-12, higher education and corporate leaders to implement those strategies.

  • Sarah Wilkes
    Sarah Wilkes Program Manager - College and Career Readiness

    Sarah is responsible for implementing all college and career readiness programs for TAF Academy students and students from the schools in our STEMbyTAF School Transformation portfolio.

  • Shoshanna Cohen
    Shoshanna Cohen Instructional Coach

    Shoshanna is responsible for providing instructional coaching to the teachers in our STEMbyTAF School Transformation sites as they implement the model.  She is currently assigned to Boze Elementary School in Tacoma.

  • Emily Nitz-Ritter
    Emily Nitz-Ritter Data and Student Information Analyst

    Emily is responsible for gathering, analyzing and reporting on data from TAF Academy, our partner schools and our teacher recruitment and professional development programs.

  • Darrot Bun
    Darrot Bun Technical Support Specialist

    Darrot is responsible for providing technical support for all the staff and students at TAF Academy.

  • Angelica Sauceda-Clark
    Angelica Sauceda-Clark Program Manager - STEM+C

    Angelica is responsible for managing the National Science Foundation grant awarded to TAF to develop tools that promote computational thinking in project based learning.

  • Cassandra Rodriguez
    Cassandra Rodriguez Program Manager, Martinez Fellowship

    Cassandra is responsible for the development and management of the Martinez Fellowship program.

Fundraising Team

  • Stephana Sneed
    Stephana Sneed Development Associate

    Stephana is responsible for ensuring our Development Team has the tools necessary to engage with our our valued supporters.  She also manages the Team TAF volunteer program, the Catalyst giving program and a number of our events.

  • Kylin Oliphant
    Kylin Oliphant Communications Manager

    Kylin is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies for TAF programs and the overall organization through various channels including newsletters, blog posts, emails, social media platforms and direct mail. She also creates collateral for multiple departments and is in charge of maintaining and updating website content.

  • Tyrone Cunningham
    Tyrone Cunningham Development Officer, Corporate Relations

    Tyrone is responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of our corporate partners.

  • Kirk Mead
    Kirk Mead Development Director

    Kirk leads the team that is responsible for all of TAF’s fundraising and stewardship activities.

Operations Team

  • Geneva Sharpe
    Geneva Sharpe Administrative Services Coordinator

    Geneva is in charge of a variety of administrative tasks, including managing the front desk and the facilities management schedule.

  • Sherry Williams
    Sherry Williams Deputy Director

    Sherry is responsible for TAF’s overall operations and human resources.

  • Trish Millines Dziko
    Trish Millines Dziko Co-founder, Executive Director

    Trish is responsible for leading the strategic direction of TAF, creating partnerships with various industry leaders, and managing TAF’s amazing team of directors.

  • Katherine Machel
    Katherine Machel Accountant Specialist

    Katherine is responsible for preparing and analyzing TAF’s accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and generally accepted standards. She is also responsible for safeguarding financial documents, preparing payroll, and communicating accounting policies to employees to ensure compliance.

  • Kelly Wakefield
    Kelly Wakefield Operations Coordinator

    Kelly is responsible for managing the front desk, maintaining the BCLS reservation system, and providing superb customer service to tenants and guests among other tasks.  With a passion for strengthening local and global communities, Kelly brings an expertise of relationship building, communication, and administration to the Operations Team and TAF at large.


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