Education Team

  • Heather Lechner
    Heather Lechner Executive Director of Education

    Heather is responsible for leading all of TAF’s programmatic efforts including TAF@Saghalie, STEMbyTAF School Transformation, STEMbyTAF Teacher Institute, and the Martinez Fellowship.

  • Amanda Kopchynski
    Amanda Kopchynski Director, TAF@Saghalie

    Amanda is responsible for managing all the TAF commitments at the TAF@Saghalie school.

  • Raedell Cannie
    Raedell Cannie Director, Network for EdWork

    Raedell oversees the Educators of Color Learning Collaborative and Martinez Fellowship Program in support of professional development and leadership of educators of color.

  • Darrot Bun
    Darrot Bun IT Support Manager

    Darrot is responsible for providing technical support for all the staff at TAF headquarters and at TAF@Saghalie.

  • Saara Kamal
    Saara Kamal Program Manager, Martinez Fellowship

    Saara recruits teachers of color, orchestrates professional development opportunities and seeks new university partners to support the Martinez Fellowship.

  • Sarah Wilkes
    Sarah Wilkes Program Manager, College Readiness

    Sarah is responsible for creating and managing college readiness programs for our students, and interfacing with professionals at colleges and universities.

  • Monique Hokett
    Monique Hokett Program Manager, Career Readiness

    Monique is responsible for creating and managing career readiness programs for TAF@Saghalie students, and interfacing with industry professionals.

  • Denise McLean
    Denise McLean Program Manager, Curriculum Development and Integration

    Denise is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of project-based curricula at TAF@Saghalie and Transformation Schools.

  • Michelle Oliver
    Michelle Oliver Program Manager, Teacher/Scientist Partnerships

    Michelle is responsible for the Teacher Scientist Partnership (TSP) program at TAF@Saghalie. This program teaches students how to write software in the context of their regular classroom curriculum with support of industry professionals.

  • Krista Fincke
    Krista Fincke STEM Instructional Coach

    Krista is responsible for overseeing STEM integration and project based learning through coaching, lesson development, and STEM Expo implementation at TAF@Saghalie.

  • Bethany Avery
    Bethany Avery Instructional Coach, School Transformation

    Bethany is responsible for coaching and providing teachers with instructional support around project based learning in the classroom.

  • Pete Schoen
    Pete Schoen Instructional Coach, School Transformation

    Pete is responsible for coaching and providing teachers with instructional support around project-based learning using the STEMbyTAF model for specific elementary schools in Federal Way.

  • Maribel Gonzalez
    Maribel Gonzalez Instructional Coach, School Transformation

    Maribel is responsible for coaching and providing teachers with instructional support around project-based learning using the STEMbyTAF model for specific elementary schools in Federal Way.

  • Christine
    Christine Makerspace Specialist

    Christine supports student innovation in the TAF@Saghalie makerspace and engineering labs.

  • Chris Newbold
    Chris Newbold Sr. Student Support Specialist

    Chris provides in-classroom math and reading support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers at our 6-12th-grade school TAF@Saghalie.

  • Stephanie Williams
    Stephanie Williams Extended Learning Coordinator

    Stephanie sources and manages extended learning opportunities for students and manages the student ambassador program at TAF@Saghalie.

  • Vanessa Nelson
    Vanessa Nelson Program Support Specialist

    Vanessa provides in-classroom math support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers and manages volunteer involvement at our 6-12th-grade school TAF@Saghalie.

  • Khaliq Shahzaad
    Khaliq Shahzaad Student Support Specialist

    Khaliq provides in-classroom math and reading support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers at our 6-12th-grade school TAF@Saghalie.

  • Jeah Sam
    Jeah Sam Student Support Specialist

    Jeah provides in-classroom math and reading support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers at our 6-12th-grade school TAF@Saghalie.

  • Sam Hain
    Sam Hain Student Support Specialist

    Sam Hain provides in-classroom math and reading support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers at our 6-12th-grade school TAF@Saghalie.

  • Heba Abdulzahra
    Heba Abdulzahra Student Support Specialist

    Heba provides in-classroom math and reading support to students in collaboration with classroom teachers at our 6th-12th-grade school TAF@Sagahlie.

Development Team

  • Tyrone Cunningham
    Tyrone Cunningham Development Officer, Corporate Relations

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

  • Freddy Abramson
    Freddy Abramson Development Officer, Individual Giving

    Freddy oversees TAF’s individual giving program by building relationships with community members and spreading awareness on the influential work TAF does to ready students of color for a successful future.

  • 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.

  • Osmir (Oz) Diaz
    Osmir (Oz) Diaz Marketing and Communications Coordinator

    Osmir “Oz” focuses on digital marketing, social media, strategy, content curation, and content creation for marketing TAF’s programs and partners across platforms and mediums. She also assists with internal and external communications for the organization.

  • Tawnahwi Sanchez
    Tawnahwi Sanchez Development Associate

    Tawnahwi is responsible for processing donations and overseeing our donor database. She also assists with planning and supporting TAF’s annual events.

  • Erin George
    Erin George Grant Writer

    Erin researches, composes, and submits grants for TAF

Operations Team

  • 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.

  • Sherry Williams
    Sherry Williams Executive Director of Operations

    Sherry is responsible for TAF’s overall operations, human resources, managing our headquarters (Bethaday Community Learning Space) and managing the fundraising team.

  • Geneva Sharpe
    Geneva Sharpe Operations Manager

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

  • Katherine Machel
    Katherine Machel Director of Finance

    Katherine is responsible for preparing and analyzing TAF’s accounting records, financial statements, and other financial reports in conformance to reporting and accepted standards.

  • Patricia Woods
    Patricia Woods Executive Assistant

    Patricia serves as the assistant to the the executive team. She is responsible for all administrative support and scheduling needs for them.

  • Felicitas Fischer
    Felicitas Fischer Operations Coordinator
    Felicitas supports the Operations Team by managing the BCLS website, BCLS social media profiles, maintaining building reservation systems, and providing excellent customer service to all who walk through the doors of TAF’s headquarters building.

Work At TAF

Interested in working with us? Check our careers page periodically for open positions to join our diverse, committed team.