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Board of Directors


Amalia Perez, President

Family Support Specialist

Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center

Marissa Rathbone, Immediate Past President

Director of Government Relations

Washington State School Directors' Association

Zach Parsons, Treasurer

CPA, Manager

Dwyer, Pemberton & Coulson PC

Kacee Woods, Secretary

Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Tacoma Public Utilities

Kimberly Green, At Large

Registered Nurse 

Oregon Health & Science University


Jeankie Aczon

Senior Admission Counselor

Pacific Lutheran University

Stephanie Croom-Williams

Administrative Law Judge

Washington State Office of

Administrative Hearings

Heather Curl

Faculty & Chair

Antioch University

Alex Davis


Eastside Assembly of Believers

Christal Harrison, J.D.

Attorney at Law

Ogden, Murphy, Wallace PLLC

Steve Schain, Ph.D.
Retired Educator

Tacoma Public Schools

Kidane Yohannes


Olympic College


Peggy Palmer*

Sally Jo Bose*

Willie Stewart

Executive Director

Jonathan Jackson



As a first-gen college graduate myself, I want to see every young person achieve their dreams and become active, giving members of their towns, cities and neighborhoods. I believe every young person has gifts, talents, and knowledge that need to be celebrated and supported to greater life purpose. No young person should believe that a life not fully lived is their only choice...and Palmer Scholars is the beginning of great things.
Christina, former Director of Postsecondary Pathways

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