Education Team

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nila Griffin
    Nila Griffin Extended Learning Coordinator

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

  • 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.

  • Ibijoke (Ibi) Idowu
    Ibijoke (Ibi) Idowu Program Coordinator, Education Team

    Ibijoke (Ibi) helps recruit teachers of color for the Martinez Fellowship, assists in event coordination, and provides data evaluation for the Educators Network.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Darrot Bun
    Darrot Bun Technical Support Specialist

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Kopchynski
    Amanda Kopchynski Director, TAF@Saghalie

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

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.

  • Emma Hart
    Emma Hart Communications Associate

    Emma is responsible for TAF’s social media presence.

  • 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.

  • Ebony Arunga
    Ebony Arunga Event Manager

    Ebony is responsible for planning and coordinating TAF’s fundraising and program events.

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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