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Our Team

Meet the amazing staff of the Center for Community Engagement! Click on anyone's name or photo to learn more about them. 


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AyeNay Abye

Deputy Director

Phone: 206.296-2325

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Melissa Bacon

AmeriCorps Member at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School

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Nakiya Baker

AmeriCorps Member at Washington Middle School

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Alex Bishop

AmeriCorps Member, Family Engagement Program

Phone: 206.220.8570

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Colina Bruce

Director of Educational Partnerships

Phone: 206.220.8573


My job description in a Tweet

"The day to day stuff changes, but the mission is always the same: Empowering families to advocate for the success of their kiddos! :)"

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Erin Burrows

Communications Specialist & Place-Based Justice Network Coordinator

Phone: 206.220.8567

My job description in a Tweet

"CCE wordsmith, documentarian and storyteller."

Place-Based Justice Network coordinator. 

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Jaycee Coleman

Gatzert School Site Manager

coming soon!

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Michelle Cruver

Local Improvement Network Director

Job in a tweet:

Pursing success in math with elementary school students through a liberating, inclusive structure uniting schools and communities

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Nicole Freitas

AmeriCorps Member, Family Engagement Program

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Julie Hurst

Director of Campus Engagement

Phone: 206.296.2327


My job description in a Tweet

"I work with an amazing team who lives out the CCE mission daily while building relationships that connect classroom, campus and community."

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Tess Honan

Placement Coordinator

My job in a tweet is: Connecting campus and community through #communityengagedlearning #service-learning #coordinating #administrativesupport 

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LeKesha Kimbrough

Washington Middle School Success Coordinator

Phone: (206) 252-2600

My job in a tweet:

Partnering on the journey of discovery and transformation, creating and holding space for growth in all its forms, having fun and learning along the way.

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Travis Kim

Graduate Assistant, Campus Engagement

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Kent Koth

Executive Director

Phone: 206.296.2329


My job description in a Tweet

"I guide the development of our strategies and emerging partnerships. I share our story of connecting campus and community with anyone who will listen."

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Gia G. Ledesma

Family Engagement Manager

Phone: (206) 296-6411

Supporting families, learning from families, & engaging with our community.

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Jaime Macadangdang

Finance and Operations Manager

Phone: 206.220.8568


My job description in a Tweet

"My job is to process, track, and analyze the money that comes in and out of the Center. The work ensures that we pay for goods and services, stay accountable to our funders, and exercise responsible and strategic financial decision-making."

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Bonnie Nelson

Senior Data and Evaluation Analyst

Phone: 206.220.8246


My job description in a Tweet

"I connect students to service experiences and support faculty and community partnerships for service-learning courses."

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Marquinta Obomanu

Garfield High School Success Coordinator

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Elizabeth Seymour

Associate Director for Faculty Engagement

Phone: 206.398.4626


My job description in a Tweet

"I help faculty incorporate service-learning into their courses and connect them with community partners."

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Tammy Shadair

Director of Administration & Communication

Phone: 206.220.8554


My job description in a Tweet

"Care and feeding of staff, spending & saving $$, solve world’s mysteries with Excel, get stuff done."

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Aileah Slepski

Program Manager, Jumpstart

Phone: 206.296.2339


My job description in a Tweet

"Working towards the day that every child in America enters Kindergarten prepared to succeed!"

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Amy Sytsma

Student Engagement Manager

Phone: (206) 220-8571

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Lauren Thurlow

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: (206) 296-2569

My job in a tweet: 

I am the keeper of keys, and the first line of defense as you enter the CCE. If you have any administrative needs, I’m your gal!

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Lupita Torrez

Early Learning Manager

Phone: 206-296-2326

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Ruth Yohannes

AmeriCorps Member at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School

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