OUR BOARD

DR. LEANNE ROBINSON

LeAnne is a professor in the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership at Western Washington University. LeAnne brings over ten years of classroom experience and decades of advocacy work creating  opportunities where all students are integral members of learning communities. She has served as an educational consultant and program evaluator for a wide variety of school districts and projects.

DARLENE SNIDER

Darlene is an educational administrator with a strong focus on collaboration, student advocacy, and program development dedicated to fostering equity within the educational environment. Darlene's experience includes 18 years experience as faculty and administrator in the community college system managing English Language, Adult and Alternative high school and integrated basic education and training education programs.

ZOË PETERSON

Zoë is a student at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College studying Law, Diversity, and Justice: Organizing Youth With Radical Transformative Love to Cultivate Critical Resistance, and getting a minor in Education and Social Justice. Her introduction to passion for education was in Clayton Pierce's Critical Pedagogy class. She grew up in Post Falls, Idaho, and chose WWU on a whim, but is so glad she did. She got involved with WIHS first by attending the public hearing in the spring, and was moved by Cindy and Shirley's stories.

DR. TRACEY PYSCHER

As both a Consultant and Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, Tracey has 15 years of experience as an urban secondary educator. She served as the district-wide literacy coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools for five years working with over 70 schools.  She currently teaches a variety of teacher education secondary courses including assessment, disciplinary and critical literacy methods, culturally-relevant classroom culture and management methods, and university-wide special topic courses like dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline and rethinking trauma and education.

Rose is passionate about non-traditional, whole-ecosystem and whole-community approaches to education. Shortly after graduating from the Huxley College of the Environment, she worked for Conservation Northwest on ecosystem connectivity.  She currently works at the Northwest Educational Service District, and is responsible for the budgets, contracts and daily administration of four Special Education Cooperative programs. Rose is excited to bring her decades of experience, skills and passion to the board of the Whatcom Intergenerational High School!

STARLEEN MAHARAJ-LEWIS

Braythen is a Whatcom Community College student, and attended Bellingham Public Schools. He brings a valuable viewpoint as a young person who talks about the need for social-emotional learning in the school setting and how we can create “belonging” for all students.

ROSE OLIVER

BRAYTHEN HERNANDEZ

Starleen is intentional in selecting efforts integrating implementation strategies that impact social and health equity in a meaningful way. Her significant achievements include valuable contributions to the development and validation of a national core competency model for community health workers. Starleen has increased health literacy across resource-poor regions through programming in schools and cultural hubs; disaster preparedness, home safety, and mental wellness modules to intergenerational audiences. She currently works on the alignment of CHW workforce development across Washington State, within the Center for Medicaid Services demonstration.