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Staff and Board


Tanya Erzen

Executive Director

Tanya Erzen is the Executive Director of FEPPS and an Associate Professor of Religion at The University of Puget Sound. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Organization for Higher Education in Prison and part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for 2016-2018. She has been a Soros Justice Media fellow, a 2015 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities,  Read full biography...

    Kailin Mooney

    Development and Communications Director

    A Seattle native, Kailin Mooney is a passionate philanthropist and advocate for community engagement, education access, youth leadership, and social justice. Kailin received her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies and Music from Rice University and Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. Read full biography...

      Chanel Rhymes

      Program Manager

      Prior to joining the Freedom Education Project Chanel, worked as an Administrative Assistant at The Council of State Governments Justice Center. She received her B.A. in Law and Government Policy with a minor in Sociology from The Evergreen State College, where she also worked as a student liaison, lobbying for the Washington Student Association for the 2014 legislative session.

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        Zoe Brown

        Program Administrator

        Zoe is committed to community connectivity. Growing up in Seattle she worked with her peers to bring a youth voice to the forefront of city initiatives and youth focused programs. Zoe chose Pitzer College in order to grow as a community organizer.

        Her self-created degree in Public Health: The Social Determinants of Health included facilitating writing workshops at a juvenile detention

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          Board of Directors

          Stuart Smithers

          Board President

          Stuart Smithers is Professor and chair of the Religion Department at the University of Puget Sound where he teaches courses in South Asian religions and Critical Theory. He is also the president of the Freedom Education Project Puget Sound board. Stuart is a contributing editor forTricycle: The Buddhist Review where his articles frequently appear. He is also the founding president of the Rubicon Foundation and the director of the foundation’s Smoke Farm Institute – an experimental project that supports alternative approaches to exploring art, culture and education.

            Holly Johnson

            Board Treasurer

            Holly Johnson is a retired CPA and community volunteer. She received a B.S. in Accounting from the School of Business Administration at the University of Montana. She worked in public accounting at Arthur Young and as controller of several Seattle companies. She has served on many nonprofit boards, generally as treasurer. Holly learned about FEPPS through leading the research on a successful grant request to the Washington Women’s Foundation.

              Mary DeWine

              Board Secretary

              Mary DeWine is an instructor of Developmental English at Tacoma Community College. She holds a Masters in Teaching and has taught in both Seattle and Boston Public Schools. Mary’s experience include working with at risk youth in Southeast Alaska Seattle, the chronically mentally ill homeless in Baltimore, and in domestic violence programs in New Hampshire. She teaches English 101 and College Preparatory English at WCCW, and she is secretary of the board.

                Amanda DuBois

                Amanda DuBois is managing partner of the Dubois Cary law firm specializing in family law. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University and Law Degree from Seattle University. She served as a member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) Board of Governors where she co-founded the Women’s Section, and served as chair of the Family Law Section. She has also authored a series of books that teach basic legal rights and responsibilities to ordinary people called the Civil Survival Series. In addition, she is the past President of the Board of the Women’s Funding Alliance, a Seattle-based foundation focused on economic justice and leadership for women and girls.

                  Melanie Maltry

                  Melanie is a Senior Consultant at ORS Impact. She has over ten years of experience in building organizational and systems infrastructure in non-profit, government, and philanthropic sectors with expertise in cultural competency, race and gender equity, and implementation science for evidence-based practices. She has worked as the state’s Home Visiting Finance & Sustainability Specialist and Director of Grants & Data Management for Thrive Washington. She holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Comparative Ethnic and American Studies.

                    Jim Rogers

                    Judge Rogers has served on King County Superior Court since January 2005 and was the County's Chief Criminal Judge from 2014-15. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1982 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1988. He began his legal career as a clerk for Federal Judge Robert J. Bryan. He then worked in civil practice, mostly on commercial cases, at the Riddell Williams law firm from 1989-94, and in criminal practice, as a deputy prosecutor for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, working largely in the Special Assault Unit and Most Dangerous Offenders Project, from 1994-2004. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1982-84.

                      Shajuanda Tate

                      Shajuanda Tate is a former FEPPS student and member of the FEPPS advisory board. She was released after six years in prison in 2013. She is a full-time student at Tacoma Community College, and the recipient of the 2015 Jane’s Fellowship from the Russell Foundation. Fellows are “people in Pierce County who are willing to lead even without formal job titles, institutions and structures. They are often outside the spotlight. Read full biography...

                        Shawn Knight

                        Shawn Knight recently relocated to Seattle from Texas to be closer to his family and sister, who is a student in the FEPPS program. Shawn has worked as a flight attendant with American Airlines for 30 years and, when he is not flying for work, enjoys recreational travel abroad. Shawn volunteers with Futures4Haiti, an Oakland based non-profit dedicated to providing children in Haiti with educational opportunity, basic needs and medical care to ensure successful transitions into higher education and employment upon their completion of high school.