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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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          Carsen Nies

          Volunteer Coordinator

          Carsen is a recent graduate from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her time at UPS, Carsen developed a strong interest for social justice with a particular focus on prison reform and immigration justice. Read full biography...

            Board of Directors

            Mary DeWine

            Board President

            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 president of the board.

              Shawn Knight

              Board Secretary

              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. Shawn is secretary of the board.

                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. She learned about FEPPS through leading the research on a successful grant request to the Washington Women’s Foundation. Holly is the board's treasurer.

                  Megan Knight

                  Megan Knight is a professional with over 18 years of experience in Information Technology. She received her B.A. in Business/Management Information Systems from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University. Megan has worked for a local Fortune 500 international transportation company for more than 10 years serving a variety of management roles. She has served on many nonprofit boards, most notably as a former President of the University District Food Bank, and on the board of The Washington Bus. Megan is a member of Leadership Tomorrow class of 2007.

                    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 brings over ten years of experience in building organizational and systems infrastructure in non-profit, government, and philanthropic sectors with expertise in cultural responsiveness, race and gender equity, and implementation science. She currently serves as the Home-Based Services Manager for Best Starts for Kids and consults with the National Implementation Research Network . She holds Masters Degrees in Women’s Studies and Comparative Ethnic and American Studies.

                        Angela Russell

                        Angela Russell is a sought-after media professional, whether in front of the camera as a host or behind the scenes, as a consultant and writer. She spent more than 20 years connecting with audiences across the country, reporting and anchoring the news in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and most recently Seattle, where she won an Emmy Award for Best Anchor.

                        Currently, she works as a communications consultant for companies like GE, Zillow, Nielson, and Horizon Airlines. When it comes to creating a lasting professional presence, Angela believes it’s not about perfection, but about connection and she’s passionate about helping people make consistent, meaningful connections with their audiences.  

                        In 2010, she was one of the first wave of reporters in Haiti after the earthquake, where she followed the rescue and recovery effort.  Angela's follow up questions during a 2011 interview with President Barack Obama led to a response that made national headlines.  She's also guest co-hosted ABC's The View. Angela loves sharing her knowledge and insights from these experiences with executives looking to polish up their presence for broadcast or take their presentations from informational to inspirational.

                        In addition to her consulting work, Angela writes and develops screenplays. She and her two young daughters reside in Seattle, Washington.

                          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.

                            Priti Joshi

                            Priti Joshi is a Professor at the University of Puget Sound where she teaches in the English department, as well as in the Asian Studies and the Gender & Queer Studies programs.  She is committed to bringing higher education to those who have been marginal to the enterprise: from directing the Rutgers College Equal Opportunity Fund summer program for first-year students to directing Rutgers University's "Basic Writing" program, she has worked to ensure that underrepresented students are armed with the tools to succeed in higher education.

                              Shajuanda Tate (on leave)

                              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...

                                Stuart Smithers

                                Honorary Founding 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 honorary founding 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.