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Education as a means toward opportunity

Palmer Scholars Board of Directors

The Palmer Scholars Foundation was founded in 1983 by R. Merle Palmer, a man with an extraordinary vision for the youth of Pierce County.   Merle Palmer was committed to seeing that all students were able to attend and graduate from college regardless of their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.   He started the Palmer Scholars Foundation with this goal in mind.   Palmer Scholars has provided scholarship and caring mentors to over 450 students and we are proud to welcome our 34th cohort of Scholars.

Maria Gross, President

Corey Hjalseth, Immediate Past President

Dennis McGovern, Treasurer/President Elect

Steve Schain, Secretary

Dwayne Christopher, At Large

Noel Blyler

Jahmad Canley

Andrea Cobb

Dr. Douglas Hostetter

Jerry McLaughlin

Carol  Mitchell

Sonia Ramirez

Gayle Rieber

Lisa Wojtanowicz

Valerie Zeeck

Willie Stewart, Emeritus

Peggy Palmer, Emeritus

Sally Bose

Name

Occupation

City of Residence

Dwayne  Christopher, President

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge

Tacoma, WA

Douglas Hostetter, Ed.D., Immediate Past President

Director of Secondary Education, Tacoma Public School  District

Tacoma, WA

Zach Parsons, Treasurer

CPA, Manager, DP&C

Tacoma, WA

Marissa Rathbone, Secretary

Director of Operations, Learning and Teaching, OSPI

Tacoma, WA

Christal Harrison, J.D.

Attorney at Law

Tacoma, WA

Dennis McGovern

Tax  Consultant, CPA

Tacoma, WA

Carol  Mitchell

Director of Justice Services, Pierce County Executive's Office

Tacoma, WA

Amalia Perez

Family Support Specialist

Tacoma, WA

Dan Powell

Retired Owner, Star Moving

Tacoma, WA

Gayle Rieber

Retired  Educator

Tacoma, WA

Lisa Wojtanowicz

Division Manager, City of  Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

Valarie Zeeck

Attorney at Law

University Place, WA

Peggy Palmer, Emeritus

Retired Educator

Gig Harbor, WA

Steve Schain, Ph.D., Emeritus

Retired Educator

Tacoma, WA

Sally Jo Bose

Executive  Director, Palmer Scholars

Tacoma, WA

Willie Stewart, Emeritus

Retired Educator

Fircrest, WA

Jonathan Jackson

Executive Director, Palmer Scholars

Tacoma, WA