Jane's Fellowship Class 8
Alison has worked at The Rescue Mission (TRM) since 2013, where she supports families experiencing homelessness. In partnership with TRM and Recovery Beyond Paradigm, she is also a trainer for a mountain climbing program for people in recovery from addiction. Additionally, Alison serves at her church as a coordinator for the children’s program and helps families in need as a foster parent with her husband, Alex. Alison is a native of South Puget Sound and current resident of Lakewood. She received her bachelor's degree in religion from Pepperdine University, which solidified her desire to serve people and witness life transformation. In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time with her husband, eating ramen or Thai food, or adventuring on a trail run.
Levon works for the College Success Foundation as a college advisor for ninth and 10th graders to help students to successfully navigate high school and develop non-cognitive skills. He also serves on the NAACP Education Committee Tacoma chapter to make sure every student achieves excellent regardless of their social or economic background. At Foss High School, Levon is an advisor for the Black Student Union, mentoring and advising young men and women of color. Through his community work he advocates for underserved communities and youth development and believes that every student should have access to a high-quality education. Levon lives in the Lincoln District in South Tacoma. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, traveling and exploring the Evergreen State, as well as music, culture and art.
Dakoda is an advocate, paralegal, writer and actress who works with the youth, families and homeless through various community activities, including as a certified youth mental health first aider. As an advocate, Dakoda has spoken in front of legislators on several bills and policies. She also facilitates sessions to educate youth and adults on their rights as citizens. Dakoda believes that everyone is important and deserves to know that someone cares about their well-being. She also advocates for the importance of setting a positive example for youth to help them succeed.
Dionne is a visual artist and graphic designer who works for Bates Technical College and owns a small business, Vibrant Creations. A graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle, Dionne uses art as a catalyst to open dialog and reflection. She has worked with a variety of organizations including museums, art collectives, nonprofit educational groups and city and state agencies. As a project-based community engagement specialist with Spaceworks Tacoma, Dionne designed a public art installation to encourage public comment with three chalkboards in the Hilltop community in Tacoma. Other examples of her community art include a public installation on the grounds of the Salishan community to touch on the historical significance of indigenous land and a participatory intersection mural called Paint the Street in collaboration with the Lincoln District Revitalization Project. Dionne lives in Tacoma.
Supreme Xi Amaru El-Bey
Supreme is the CEO and co-founder of B.R.O.T.H.A.S. (Battling Real Obstacles Together Helping Achieve Success), a local non-profit organization that works with young men of color to provide life skills training, educational assistance and character development. He currently works to support the students of TAF@Saghalie as a student support specialist. In his spare time, Supreme volunteers with various mentoring programs such as: Brothas Bout Business, B.R.O.T.H.A.S. at Roosevelt Elementary and Pizza Club at IDEA High School. Supreme is a resident of the Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma and is dedicated to serving his community through mentoring youth. Supreme holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and political science from Saint Martin’s University and is a certified A.R.T. (Anger Replacement Therapy) facilitator. Outside of his work and community service, Supreme most enjoys spending time with his best friend, his daughter Terrah.
Joseph is a Navy veteran, University of Washington student and Tacoma resident with deep emotional ties to his community. He is currently cultivating a state-wide program aimed at training teachers, parents and youth in emotional regulation, trauma-informed practices and comprehensive dialectical behavioral therapy skills. His aim is to give children the skills they need to prevent the unnecessary suffering leading to addiction, mental illness, incarceration and homelessness. He has also developed a program to help veterans experiencing homelessness transition to become fulfilled and productive members of society backed by the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, where he serves as a board member. Joseph is an adventurer and life-long learner; he has been exploring all of America’s National Parks and is currently building a wooden sailing canoe to further his reach into the Pacific Northwest’s remote locations.
Filiva’a “Bojie” Mageo III
Bojie serves as a communications strategist for Metro Parks Tacoma in Youth Services. Prior to Metro Parks Tacoma, he co-founded a software company alongside his mentor, Ruby Love, who taught him the ropes of navigating corporate America with a philanthropist’s sensibility. Bojie’s experience as an entrepreneur and educator informs his grassroots work at Metro Parks Tacoma; he designs programming that helps young adults develop professionalism and leadership acumen in order to serve their neighborhoods. His family’s military service inspired him to give back and volunteer as an AmeriCorps VISTA to launch Graduate Tacoma. He’s an avid traveler, having been to 34 countries and counting, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Melinda is a filmmaker who is fascinated by people, especially the resilience of the human spirit. With the power of good storytelling, Melinda uses her films to give a voice to those in our society who have become the forgotten ones. She serves on Washington Lawyers for the Arts and Washington Filmworks Leadership Film Council. Melinda juggles a day job as a freelance wardrobe stylist on photoshoots and film sets while producing and directing her own films. Previously, Melinda served as student body president of Tacoma Community College. A self-taught filmmaker, Melinda received most of her training being on the set as an actor. When she isn’t working on film projects, Melinda enjoys going for drives to explore the great outdoors. She currently resides in Tacoma.
Kalicia is a community outreach intern through AmeriCorps for Harvest Pierce County, the urban agriculture wing of the Pierce Conservation District. Kalicia aspires to help her community work toward a sustainable, just and healthy food system. This includes developments in food security, access to nutritious, culturally appropriate food, and allowing the community at large to define their own food systems including the effects it has on their environment. Kalicia is a recent Oregon State University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Kalicia has previously interned at the Nisqually Community Farm, volunteered at Mother Earth Farm and has experience making traditional plant medicine. Kalicia is passionate about bridging the connection between people, food and their environment. In her spare time, Kalicia enjoys being active, including running, yoga and practicing hobbies such as archery, playing the harmonica and DIY crafts. Kalicia is a Northwest native currently living in Puyallup.
Sarah is a program coordinator at the South Sound Military & Communities Partnership (SSMCP) in Lakewood. She created Connect Kits to revolutionize the way military and civilian organizations share resources for increased access and awareness and also serves on the Pierce County Veterans Advisory Board. Sarah served as an Active Duty and Reserve Television and Radio Broadcaster in the United States Air Force from 2003-2013, including a deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sarah holds a master’s degree in human relations. In her free time, Sarah enjoys being at home in Roy with her family, including her husband and three children ages 16, six and two.
Micah is an executive intern at the Tacoma Housing Authority and senior at the University of Washington Tacoma. A returning student at age 37, Micah decided to return to school to fulfill his broader aims of serving his community directly and to expand his capacity to do this work. He is passionate about serving and advocating for his East Tacoma Community and aims to help raise the efficacy of individuals and the community. Micah currently serves as the Outreach Committee chair for the East Side Neighborhoods Advisory Council of Tacoma and as a member of the Tacoma Dome Link Extension stakeholders board representing East Tacoma. He has also served on the Technical Advisory Group for Tacoma’s Affordable Housing Action Strategy. Micah is an avid gardener and painter and enjoys listening to music while cooking with others. He lives with his partner Erica and his daughter Cleo in the East Tacoma neighborhood.
Rosalinda is a senior coordinator for Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) at School’s Out Washington, working closely with The Whole Child Partnership Initiative with Tacoma Public Schools. Rosalinda has spent the last five years working in youth development, ensuring that underserved students are provided with quality programming through culturally relevant activities, caring adults and safe spaces. In her last job, she worked for the City of Seattle with their Upward Bound program. Prior to that, she worked at Proyecto MoLe through the Northwest Leadership Foundation, where she was a Youth Development Specialist serving primarily Latino youth. Rosalinda lives in Tacoma, just minutes from where she was born. Outside of work, Rosalinda enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, picnics at the park, live music and food.
Wendy Pentoja Castillo
Wendy is an advocate on immigration issues for detainees incarcerated at the Tacoma Detention Center and community organizer for the nonprofit Northwest Detention Center Resistance serving communities of color. She also volunteers at Catherine’s Place, Carol Milgard Breast Center, community gardens and the MCI project in Tacoma. Wendy also is an announcer for a Spanish radio program in Tacoma. Wendy’s community work extends to her service for various causes while living in Mexico, including for a farming organization in Mayan communities called Chan Tza Can, Albergue la 72 and more. Having experienced discrimination since immigrating to the United States, she hopes to fight against racism and discrimination and the societal structures that enable them. In her free time, Wendy enjoys salsa dancing, singing, hiking, swimming, watching movies, announcing on the radio and writing.