Annette M. Bryan is serving her second term as a Puyallup Tribal Council Member. Annette's previous work experience includes ten years as a Tribal Coordinator at the Environmental Protection Agency, and ten years as the Executive Director of the Puyallup Nation Housing Authority. Previous positions at the Tribe include working for Historic Preservation Office, the Environmental Department, and Chief Leschi ECEAP Program. Annette is currently serving on the Unites Way of Pierce County Board. She has also served on the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Housing Sub-Committee, the HUD Formula Negotiated Rule Making Committee, and the Northwest Indian Housing Association. She has dedicated her career to advocacy of Native American issues and tribal sovereignty. Annette is a firm believer in higher education. She holds a B.A. Degree from University of Washington Tacoma and a M. S. Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University. Ms. Bryan is honored and humbled to serve on the Council, to build on the foundation of those who've come before her, and to protect the Tribe's resources for future generations.
Rachel Endo, Dean of the School of Education
Rachel Endo is Founding Dean of the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma, where she also holds faculty rank of Professor with tenure.
A nationally recognized scholar of Asian/American education, bilingual education, critical/decolonizing approaches to multicultural education, immigrant/refugee education, intersectional realities (especially the intersections of gendered and racialized identities), transnational studies, and urban teacher education, Endo is the author of multiple publications that have appeared in high-impact journals in education such as Bilingual Research Journal, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, Education & Urban Society, Equity & Excellence in Education, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, The Urban Review, Urban Education, among others.
She has published several dozen articles, books, book chapters, and monographs, including The Incarceration of Japanese Americans in the 1940s: Literature for the High School Classroom (2018, Urbana, IL- The National Council of Teachers of English- winner of a Skipping Stones 2020 Award for Excellent Teaching Resource), which is widely used among educators at various levels to address urgent issues with their students around the state of civil liberties, democracy, and race relations in the United States in challenging sociopolitical times.
Jennifer Hyppolite is a counselor educator from the Atlanta area. She has a passion for working with students from disadvantaged communities. She currently works as a school counselor at Acceleration Academies. In this unique program, she helps credit deficient students re-engage, in a mixed-methods learning environment, to complete their high school diploma. She is also an associate professor in the Professional School Counseling Program at City University of Seattle. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Georgia State University, a master's in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University and a specialist in Professional Counseling and Supervision from the University of West Georgia. Serving the community is part of her nature and being on the advisory board for the School of Education truly fulfills her passion for promoting education for students of all backgrounds.
Jonathan is a Pierce County native, born and raised in Lakewood, WA. His professional experience has revolved largely around providing youth with access to resources they need in order to be successful in both their personal and academic/professional lives. Jonathan currently serves as the Executive Director for Palmer Scholars, a Pierce-County non-profit that takes a holistic approach to serving underrepresented students of color in pursuit of their educational and career goals after high school. Prior to this role, Jonathan served as the Executive Director for the Fair Housing Center of Washington, Director of Development for the Foundation for Tacoma Students, and Program Director with the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree. Jonathan serves as the chair of the board for Friends of the Children-Tacoma, on the board for the Northwest Furniture Bank, the Executive Advisory Council for the Foundation for Tacoma Students, Pacific Lutheran University’s Alumni Board, and the University of Washington-Tacoma’s School of Education Advisory Board. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with family, weight training, and listening to audiobooks.
Justina Johnson has been an educator and administrator in the Tacoma Public School District for 24 years promoting a culture of pursuing higher education, fulfilling careers, and high expectations for all students. A proud UW alumna, she is currently the Director of AVID & Advanced Programs Equity using her expertise as an educator and principal to coach others. Known for providing ongoing support, Justina loves corresponding with current and former UW students to encourage their goals.
Amy Maharaj has worked for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe since 2017 and is currently the Academic Affairs Instructor at Muckleshoot Tribal College. Her duties include teaching college classes, program development, and writing grants. Before she worked at the Tribal College, she was a certificated K-8 teacher who taught elementary school students, including special education. In her spare time, Amy mentors immigrant youth through a non-profit organization.
Amy completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, and is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at University of Washington Tacoma. Her educational commitments include educational equity and supporting BIWOC (Black, Indigenous, Women of Color) in education. Amy is honored to be a part of the School of Education’s Advisory Board and she hopes to bring her experience as an educator, mother, and life-long learner to promote positive changes within the educational community.
Kendra Pratchett serves as an Assistant Principal in the Kent School District. She is an energetic, equity focused and relationship-driven instructional leader with a passion for helping students and teachers grow, and a belief that all students can meet standards to be college, career and life ready after high school. Prior to administration, she worked with students as a high school Spanish teacher and later as a Dean of Students.
Kendra received her B.S. in World Language Education from Indiana University Bloomington and M.A. in Differentiated Instruction from Concordia University Chicago. She received her Residency Principal certification from Western Washington University.
Gerald Pumphrey has held a variety of academic roles in community colleges in two states ranging from adjunct faculty to chief academic officer and leadership roles including two college presidencies and as a trustee of a private university. His work has included extensive experience in curriculum development, workforce and economic development, public-private partnerships, institutional accreditation, governance in higher education and health care, strategic planning, mentorship of future leaders, and fundraising. He is committed to assisting future leaders prepare for sustaining the mission of higher education in a rapidly evolving environment.
William is an experienced technology entrepreneur, consultant, and nonprofit management executive focused on courageous large-scale systems change centered in social justice. William is currently working to improve 2-gen economic mobility at population scale for nearly 50,000 students through a cradle to career framework. As a place-based Collective Impact Model practitioner working directly with aligned funding, development, strategy, partner relationships, systems integration, data analytics, and theory he enjoys passionately putting theory into practice as a Director at the Foundation for Tacoma Students and as a grateful board member and consultant with several local nonprofit organizations. He is energized by work that is broadly-based, meaningful, and connected to complex social issues and solutions.
Amy Van (she/her) is a University of Washington alum (c/o 2012) and a project manager at the Tacoma Housing Authority. She became interested in issues around education equity during her undergrad while organizing with activists among the Southeast Asian American community, particularly around improving statewide data disaggregation. Her current day job allows her to examine the intersection between the housing and education systems in effort to de-silo them and hopefully make them a little bit more equitable. She resides in Tacoma, the unceded territory of the Puyallup and Coast Salish people. She has two pups and loves pizza.