Board of Directors


Marissa Rathbone, President

Director of Government Relations

Washington State School Directors' Association

Amalia Perez, President-Elect

Family Support Specialist

Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center

Zach Parsons, Treasurer

CPA, Manager

Dwyer, Pemberton & Coulson PC

Kacee Woods, Secretary

Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Tacoma Public Utilities

Steve Schain, Ph.D., At Large

Retired Educator

Tacoma Public Schools



Alex Davis


Eastside Assembly of Believers

Kimberly Green

Registered Nurse 

Oregon Health & Science University

Christal Harrison, J.D.

Attorney at Law

Ogden, Murphy, Wallace PLLC

Dan Powell

Retired Owner 

Star Moving


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, Director of Postsecondary Pathways

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