Board of Directors


Marissa Rathbone, President

Director of Government Relations

Washington State School Directors' Association

Dwayne  Christopher, Immediate Past President

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge

Zach Parsons, Treasurer

CPA, Manager, DP&C

Lisa Wojtanowicz, Secretary

Retired, City of  Tacoma

Steve Schain, Ph.D., At Large

Retired Educator


Alex Davis

Pastor, Eastside Assembly of Believers

Kimberly Green

Registered Nurse 

Oregon Health & Science University

Christal Harrison, J.D.

Attorney at Law


Amalia Perez

Family Support Specialist

Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center

Dan Powell

Retired Owner, Star Moving


Peggy Palmer*

Sally Jo Bose

Willie Stewart

Executive Director

Jonathan Jackson


Gayle Rieber

Retired Educator, Photographer

Kacee Woods

Training & Apprenticeship Coordinator

Tacoma Public Utilities


Outreach & Recruitment Specialists

The following members of our team are current Scholars who lead our outreach and recruitment efforts. Who better to help identify the next generation of Palmer Scholars than those who have been

(or are currently in) their shoes?!

Anisia Khammala

Reece Martin

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