Jane's Fellowship Class 6
Tracie grew up in Tacoma but has traveled around the world working with amazing youth and dedicated community leaders from many different nations. Tracie teaches, mentors and counsels students, with an emphasis on bringing college age students together in a cross-cultural setting. She is passionate about women's issues, the arts, storytelling and starting new works in her local community.
Casey is driven to help local youth find their paths, and pursue their dreams. As a teacher for the MDC Scholars program, he has the opportunity to work with low-income, first generation students. He supports their focus on higher education and encourages them to develop their unique skills and interests so they can make an impact wherever their paths lead them. Casey works at Washington High School and lives in the Parkland Community. He and his wife, Ivory, served as Youth Pastors at City Central Church for six years and now focuses on opportunities to nurture Parkland’s next generation of leaders.
Agueda works in Pierce County as a Lay Navigator for breast health through CHI Franciscan. She is committed to helping women, mostly Latinas, gain access to free mammograms and supporting those who are diagnosed with breast cancer in navigating the healthcare system. The women she helps are typically uninsured, undocumented and speak limited English. Guiding them to better heath gives her tremendous satisfaction. Agueda moved to Pierce County in 1996 from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College and is a Washington state certified interpreter/translator.
Aaron began his career in the construction industry over 15 years ago. During his time in the trade, he has consistently strived to put his skills to work in the community, with the goal of adding to the quality of life for everyone. In 2014, Aaron founded Toolbox, a General Contracting business that provides home repair, remodeling and consulting to the community regardless of ability to pay. Through Toolbox, Aaron is able to counsel renters on how to talk to property owners about repairs and advise property owners on how to maintain their units to provide safe, decent, sanitary living conditions.
Jonathan is the Program Director for Palmer Scholars, which provides financial support and ongoing mentoring to college-bound students from across Pierce County. His commitment to the community and the youth who call it home is both boundless and inspiring. He has worked and volunteered with a broad range of non-profits in the greater Tacoma area including the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Northwest Leadership Foundation, the YMCA, and the Tacoma North Rotary Club. Jonathan is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in Sociology and Hispanic Studies.
Rebecca is passionate about ensuring access to quality public education and safe learning environments for all children in Tacoma. She is an active volunteer in the school and the classroom, serving as President of the PTA at Sheridan, PTA Region 10 Legislative Chair, as well as a leader with STAND for Children. She has been an advocate of implementing more Social/Emotional Learning in our public schools. Rebecca’s background is in early childhood education and she was previously a cooperative preschool teacher in Tacoma.
Contina moved from Kailua, Hawaii to Seattle to pursue her education. Her experience as a first-generation college student was a profound journey of self-discovery, which compelled her to help other first-generation college students in developing their own sense of self and purpose. Contina has worked at Seattle Pacific and Seattle Universities engaging students through leadership and service. Now, as a Tacoma resident, she works as the College and Career Director for Peace Community Center in the Hilltop neighborhood. In this role, she facilitates college readiness seminars and supports students after high school graduation.
A series of high profile disasters, including the devastating 2014 mudslide in Oso, Washington, drove Tacoma resident Hal Meng to become an advocate for more just and reliable food systems. In 2015, he founded The Center for Food Preservation Arts – a community collaboration that creates opportunities for people of different abilities, socio-economic statuses, and cultural and racial backgrounds to addresses challenges of food insecurity and food waste. The Center operates in partnership with St. Leo’s Food Connection, one of the largest food banks in Pierce County.
Hannah supports Tacoma-Pierce County residents by raising awareness of affordable, sustainable transportation choices. In 2010, she began working with the City of Tacoma, hosting “Bike Month” celebrations each May to demonstrate the advantages of bicycles as a means to connect people to jobs, education, and housing opportunities. Since then, she has helped develop other successful programs, including “Downtown to Defiance” and "Safe Routes to School" programming in the Eastside’s Sheridan Elementary School. You will likely see Hannah and her bike somewhere on the streets of Tacoma. She leads by example.
Obe is a steel pan musician who specializes in the music of the Caribbean region. His work involves inviting people of the community to share musical experiences together, encouraging listeners to adapt new ways of experiencing music of the world, and challenge themselves to incorporate music into their lives as an agent of change. Obe’s affinity for music comes from growing up with his father’s calypso band “The Islanders” and playing music with his three younger brothers.
Inspired by local and international street artists and activists, Saiyare promotes positive social change through the arts. In college, she co-organized the Parkland Community Mural Project, which brings together local residents to express the values and vision of the community. Currently, by day, she is an AmeriCorps volunteer in the Urban Leaders in Training initiative of the Northwest Leadership Foundation. By night, she volunteers at Fabitat, Fab-5’s nonprofit space for creativity. At all times, Saiyare enjoys helping others, especially young people, to see their full creative potential.
As a child, Melody knew that she wanted to be a teacher, counselor or social worker. As an adult, she has been all three. For the last 23 years, Melody has been a tireless advocate for young people in Tacoma. She currently serves as the College Preparatory Advisor at Mt Tahoma High School through the College Success Foundation. She is also the Director of Proyecto MoLE at the Northwest Leadership Foundation. In her many roles, Melody concentrates on ensuring that young men and women have opportunities to define goals, experience success and recognize that they are a vital part of the community.
Becka is currently the Pastor at The New Beginnings Church in Tillicum. She is an experienced ministry leader with exceptional communications and relationship-building skills. Becka is driven by a desire to help people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds experience authentic spiritual growth and transformation through God's Spirit. She believes that if we can train and arm our youth with the knowledge and understanding of what they can do to make our community better, then we can all succeed together
Brogan Shell has been an activist since the third grade, when they collected 500+ signatures to present to the school board for healthier cafeteria food. Since those early days, Brogan’s commitment to social causes has only gotten stronger. She believes that the process of community building is often just as valuable as the work being done. They recently completed service as an AmeriCorps Vista at the Pierce County Health Department, coordinating the outreach and enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act. She has also organized Healthy Black Lives and Healthy Communities of Color fairs.
Shajuanda has a deep passion for education and its transformative ability. She supports our community through the Freedom Education Project of Puget Sound (FEPPS) and the IF Project. Both programs help youth and incarcerated individuals develop vital skills, which make for a safer community and reduce recidivism. Shajuanda facilitates workshops and provides outreach services to at-risk youth in the Pierce and King County regions through her work with the IF Project. She is also an alumna and FEPPS board member who now provides teacher trainings and recruits potential volunteers.