Education Team

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eric Longdon
    Eric Longdon Student Support Specialist

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

  • 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.

  • Denise McLean
    Denise McLean Curriculum Development and Integration Program Manager

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

  • Amanda Kopchynski
    Amanda Kopchynski Director, TAF@Saghalie

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ryan Trude
    Ryan Trude Director of Technology

    Ryan is responsible for planning and implementing educational technology across TAF programs by building strong and agile technology infrastructure for students and teachers.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Williams
    Stephanie Williams Student Support Specialist

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

  • Vanessa Walker
    Vanessa Walker Student Support Specialist

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

  • Chris Newbold
    Chris Newbold 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monique Hokett
    Monique Hokett Extended Learning Coordinator

    Monique supports student, staff, community and family engagement and works closely with Program Managers to identify STEM related extended learning opportunities at TAF@Saghalie.

  • 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.

  • Shaunté Nance-Johnson
    Shaunté Nance-Johnson Program Manager, Career Readiness

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

Fundraising Team

  • 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 Diaz
    Osmir Diaz Communications Coordinator

    Osmir (Oz) assists with marketing, communication, and design efforts to support TAF programs and initiatives.

  • 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.

  • Sadé Britt
    Sadé Britt Development Associate

    As the Development Associate, Sadé supports TAF’s Development Team by engaging with industry professionals and donors seeking to make a tangible difference in students’ lives. Sadé ensures TAF has the tools necessary to engage with its valued supporters.  She also manages TAF’s volunteer program, recurring gifts, and donor database.

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 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.

  • 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 in conformance to reporting and generally accepted standards.

  • Nia Arunga
    Nia Arunga Operations Coordinator

    Nia is responsible for managing the front desk, maintaining the BCLS reservation system, and providing superb customer service to tenants and guests among other tasks.

  • Patricia Burgess
    Patricia Burgess Executive Assistant

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

Work At TAF

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

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