Jane's Fellowship Class 7

Kenneth Coble

Kenneth Coble is a writer and an activist from Tacoma. As an advocate for the inclusion of people of color in publishing, he consults with book publishers and uses social media to promote stories from communities historically underrepresented in American literature. He has more than ten years of experience working as a bookseller, most recently at his local bookstore, King's Books. One of his goals is to apply his passion for storytelling to find new ways to achieve equitable representation of people of color in Pierce County institutions, from our schools to our government agencies.



Sheree Cooks

Sheree is a Tacoma native, project coordinator, and PTA leader. As a vocal education advocate, she focuses on ensuring that all children have access to a quality education from cradle to college to career. She works closely with the Tacoma Public School district by teaching workshops and volunteering for events that support families and bolster authentic parent and family engagement. Through Graduate Tacoma, she established a Parent Advisory Council, which is a core group of parent leaders working to create a culture around authentic family engagement in the school district. Sheree believes that no matter a person’s ethnicity or social economic status, we can all learn from each other.



Grayson Crane

Grayson is a farmer living in Puyallup and co-manager of Mother Earth Farm growing food for food banks in Pierce County. Holding farming as care work, Grayson works to organize young farmers with the Washington Young Farmer's Coalition and to make queer and trans farmers visible in Washington State. Grayson also works with Black and Pink, an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other through relationship building and collective process, working towards a vision of ending prisons. Grayson sees liberation through relationship building and loves helping others connect through farming.



Wendy Martinez Hurtado

Wendy immigrated to the United States at the age of seven and Tacoma has been her home ever since. As an undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic Mexican woman, she defies systems and structures that victimize and/or criminalize the undocumented community as she works to honor and validate their experiences. She demonstrates her love and passion for community through service and fearless action. She is committed to unlocking the power of the youth she mentors, because it is their leadership that will create transformative social change.



Sarah Kane

Sarah is an environmentalist who uses her background in conservation psychology to get results. In 2016, she organized “Plastic Ain’t Tacoma’s Bag,” a citywide pursuit of the World Record to make the most reusable bags made from t-shirts in 48 hours. The successful effort produced 359 bags verified with photographs (though many more were actually made). More importantly, it paved the way to the passage of a reusable bag ordinance by Tacoma City Council. Sarah holds Masters Degrees in psychology and environmental studies; her undergrad work was in social sciences and humanities. Her day job is teaching psychology online. Her free time is filled with extensive volunteer work including the Sustainable Tacoma Commission and the Fawcett Elementary PTA.



Terrance McGehee

Terrance lives in Midland, unincorporated Pierce County, and is a Habitat homeowner at The Woods at Golden Given. He is currently the President of the community’s homeowner association and recently led efforts which resulted in a ‘walkability’ grant to study improvements in safe routes to school for local children. Terrance is committed to building self-sustaining communities, with an emphasis on youth development and tutoring programs to nurture tomorrow’s community leaders. His desire to serve is highly motivated by his faith, which is grounded in the spirit of truth, love, empathy and understanding.



Felicia Mittan

Felicia Mittan is a Minister living in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood. In addition to working as a preschool teacher, youth/children pastor at Preach the Word Christian church, she also serves her community as an advocate, teacher, and public speaker. Felicia is very passionate about issues concerning youth, homeless, seniors and Asian populations. She tracks their food, housing, and medical needs online and works to find resources in order to make things a little easier for those who are less fortunate.



Nan Nop

Nan Nop lives on the East Side of Tacoma and is a long-time community activist. Her work with the community began in 2005 when, as a senior in Lincoln High School, she joined Safe Streets’ Youth Leading Change program. As an adult, she continues to serve in her community as a social worker supporting others who are sick, needy and in search of hope. Nan is active in her church and the local Cambodian-American community. Her mission is to inspire others to live courageous, authentic lives through love and to embrace their journey in life despite whatever trials may come.



Chris Paredes

Chris Paredes lives in South Tacoma and is active in the Latino community on the city’s south and east sides. He works to connect Latino youth and young adults with professional mentors, career opportunities and entrepreneurship resources. Chris believes that building these professional connections is essential because even with a degree, many young people in the Latino community still face challenges in securing the types of jobs they desire. Besides limiting their quality of life, this inhibits their ability to engage civically and give back. Therefore, Chris also works closely with partners like Latinos Unidos del South Sound (LUSS) to advise the City of Tacoma of the needs of the Latino community.



Florian Tamayo

For the past six years, Florian has been supporting the Latino community as a translator, bridge builder, and advocate for Latino families who are new to the area. Much of her work is conducted through St. Leo Catholic parish in the Hilltop neighborhood where she works closely with the church staff and parishioners to match families in need with local resources. But more than that, Florian builds connections between people who support and inspire each other. She believes that offering hope empowers others, which is the best way to enrich the community.



David White

David has been doing grassroots community work for more than 20 years. He is the founder of the Give Love Away Foundation where he reaches out to the forgotten, underprivileged, and disadvantaged people of his South Side community. David’s work addresses the needs of impoverished inner city neighborhoods through empowerment, education, social justice, advocacy, and love. He envisions a community that is free of drugs, crime, and racism; a safe place where people are willing to reach out to others who are different from themselves; and a place where people can get a fair chance in life.



Andrew Whitney

Andrew lives in Tacoma and is passionate about developing financial awareness and independence among millennials, especially immigrants and people of color. His passion was kick started after enrolling in Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) during the great recession and watching his family and his city suffer through financial hardships. By leveraging his experience in the financial sector, he has created a workshop for local PLU alumni with plans to expand it throughout Pierce County. The program is designed to empower and educate by exploring the “Why?” behind each individual’s financial motivations. In this way, participants can develop a clear understanding of what they want as well as the financial savvy needed to achieve it.



Rachel Wiley

Rachel Wiley, M.Ed. is a teacher, a writer, a reader, and an advocate for teachers and students in Washington State. She is a Washington State Teacher Leader and a member of Teachers United. She promotes the engagement of young people in the literary arts through spoken word events and competitions, youth writing workshops, and field trips. She values being a “real model” over being a “role model.”