Our regional advisory board provides strategic direction and support for our work in Washington state.
August 11, 2023
Practitioner-In-Residence, Center On Reinventing Public Education
As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Most recently, Bree served as the Director of the Leadership Center at WA Charters, helping school leaders design new schools for Washington students. She also served as the Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing its Southeast region of schools, and was a public charter school principal in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bree has researched charter schools nationally with the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education and started her career in education as a high school math teacher. Having worked in a variety of traditional and public charter schools where academically underserved students successfully find a path to college and beyond, she is excited to see what our students make possible in Washington State. Bree proudly serves on the boards of City Year Seattle-King County and Teach for America Washington.
When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Former CEO and Chairman of the Board, Drugstore.com
Dawn Lepore is the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of drugstore.com, inc., a leading online retailer of health, beauty, and wellness products, which she led from 2004 until the successful sale to Walgreens in 2011. During her tenure, Dawn repositioned the company to focus on the over-the-counter, beauty, and vision businesses and led the company to record revenues, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. drugstore.com operated a wide variety of sites, including drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com, AtHisBest.com, TheNaturalStore.com, and VisionDirect.com. In addition, drugstore operated private label sites for Luxottica Retail North America Inc. and Medco CHP, LLC.
Prior to joining drugstore.com, Dawn held leadership positions at The Charles Schwab Company where she played a key role launching, and then building Schwab's highly successful e-commerce business. In her 21 years with Schwab, she held a wide variety of roles and responsibilities. She served as vice chairman of technology, operations, administration, strategy and active trader, was chief information officer, a member of Schwab's Executive Committee and a trustee of SchwabFunds.
Currently Dawn serves on the boards of loanDepot, RealNetworks, Accolade and Servco Pacific Inc. She previously served on the boards of eBay, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., TJX, AOL, Quotient, and The New York Times Company. Dawn has been honored by Fortune Magazine four times as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business, by the National Organization for Women at their Aiming High Conference, was named one of InformationWeek's Chiefs of the Year, and was listed as one of the Ten Hottest CIOs by Future Banker Magazine. She is one of fourteen Renaissance CIOs selected in 2008 for their major and enduring contributions to their companies and their industries. Dawn graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Superintendent, Educational Service District 105
Kevin Chase is the superintendent of the Yakima-based Educational Service District 105, which assists in the programs of 25 public school districts and 23 private and tribal schools in south central Washington.
Kevin was raised in Sunnyside, where he graduated from high school, then obtained his B.S. degree in agriculture education from Washington State University, his master’s degree in education administration from Heritage College, and his superintendent’s certification from WSU.
He has served his entire career as an educator within Yakima County, beginning as a 7th-12th grade vocational agriculture teacher in Granger (1985-1990) and at Mabton (1990-1994). Afterwards, he moved into administration as vice principal at Sunnyside High School (1994-1997) and then assistant superintendent at Mabton (1997-1998). At the time of his appointment as ESD 105 superintendent in 2016, Kevin had been the longest tenured school district superintendent in the region, having led the Mabton School District during 1998-2004 and then the Grandview School District during 2004-2016, for a total of 12 years.
He and his wife Leslie are the parents of two daughters. Kevin’s hobbies include barbecuing and attending music concerts.
Attorney, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C.
Omar is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. where his practice focuses mainly on advising social impact ventures and advising clients engaged in domestic and international corporate transactions. His passion for education was instilled in him at an early age through the example of the educators in his family: his great-grandfather, grandmother, mother, and aunt were all teachers in the Dominican Republic, Omar’s native country. From his family members’ leadership within the island’s educational community and their committed dedication to the betterment of others’ quality of life, Omar learned that positive personal and societal change can occur when compassionate mentoring is paired with a tireless focus on pushing beyond the perceived limits in one’s capabilities.
Prior to receiving his law degree from the University of Washington, Omar attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He received his bachelors of arts in economics with a minor in political science from Rutgers in 2010. After graduating from Rutgers and before attending law school, Omar worked at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in New York City, led a family-owned and operated commercial insurance brokerage, and interned for a member of the House of Representatives. In addition to his involvement on the TFA-WA board, Omar is also Co-Director for Fundraising at Minds Matter Seattle, a volunteer-led non-profit organization mission-focused on transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college.
In his spare time, Omar enjoys dinners at Cascina Spinasse, long urban hikes through Seattle, and practicing Tom Misch songs on the drums.
Michael D. Corral
Associate Partner, Promise 54
Born and raised in Yakima, WA, Michael is the proud son of Mexican Immigrant parents and has a passion for serving his home state and Latinx comunidad. Professionally, Michael is currently an Associate Partner for Promise54 - a research and consulting firm that supports public school systems and other non-profits in implementing and improving DEI and antiracism to better serve their communities.
Over the past 12 years, Michael has work and research experience in the K-12, higher education, and non-profit sectors of education. Past roles have included a middle and high school math interventionist/teacher in Phoenix, AZ, adjunct professor and research assistant at the University of Connecticut, Director of State Affairs at Teach For America, and Research Associate at Inflexion. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the American College of Education, and a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy from the University of Connecticut.
Michael currently resides in Vancouver, WA with his wife Courtney, their beautiful new born son Diego, and lazy 12-year old pitbull pup Josephine.
Instructional Leadership Executive Director of secondary schools, Highline Public Schools
Jacqueline Downey is an Instructional Leadership Executive Director of secondary schools in Highline Public Schools. In this role, she supervises principals and oversees implementation of instructional initiatives at the secondary level. Previously, Jacqueline was the principal of Evergreen High School in Highline Public Schools. As the principal, she merged three small schools and established a new comprehensive high school that consistently achieved the highest graduation rates in the district. Jacqueline is also a Cambiar Catalyst Fellow. She began her career in education as a Teach For America Colorado corps member in 2010.
Jacqueline holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado with a focus on secondary literacy, her principal certificate from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Sociology and Music from Whitman College.
Jennifer Guerrero Flood (Bay Area '97)
Real Estate Broker
Jennifer Guerrero Flood is a residential real estate broker with Compass. She is passionate about helping her clients reach their real estate goals and supporting the development of strong, sustainable communities. Originally from California’s Bay Area, she also served there as a 1997 corps member and bilingual third-grade teacher in East Palo Alto.
Jennifer has been a lifelong advocate for educational equity. Her real estate business sponsors several non-profits benefitting schools and students and she also volunteers her time and expertise, leveraging her past experiences in education. Following the corps, she taught in Chile and Stockholm, managed Title I and early childhood programs at the U.S. Department of Education, and was Executive Director of a non-profit supporting Ugandan schools during the country’s transition to universal primary education.
Jennifer received her BA in Political Science and Psychology from UCLA, and an Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University. In her free time, she enjoys paddleboarding and exploring our beautiful PNW outdoors with her husband and children.
Superintendent, Yakima School District
Prior to his current role, Trevor led in a large, multi-linguistic, urban district, adjacent to Seattle. His work there, supervising and developing principal leadership, helped realize the largest graduation rate increase in 10 years. In addition, his partnership efforts resulted in both the establishment of a bilingual teacher pathway for instructional assistants to become teachers and a dual-language principal preparation program for teachers to become administrators — only the second of its kind in the United States. Trevor’s leadership also improved “equity in hiring” practices and systemic recruitment efforts, resulting in an over 35 percent increase in employing diverse, high-quality educators.
As a principal on the Yakama Indian Reservation, Trevor led a high school with a 99 percent poverty rate to unprecedented success. His staff established nationally certified engineering and biomedical programs, and his students realized a near 95 percent graduation rate and a 67 percent increase in state science scores. Subsequently, Trevor was selected by his colleagues as the Washington State High School Principal of the Year and is the only principal from the Pacific Northwest, and first Native American, to be recognized as the National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Following this honor, which included numerous presentations nationwide and meeting with President Obama, Trevor completed the first principal fellowship for the Association of Washington School Principals.
Apart from serving on the Teach for America Washington Advisory Board, Trevor is the current board chair for College Spark Washington, a grant funder that helps low-income students become college-ready and earn their degrees. He has also previously served on the education committee for Leadership Tomorrow Seattle and on the board of directors for Minds Matter Seattle. Trevor was named Alumnus of the Year for the College of Education at Central Washington University and earned his superintendent certification through Washington State University. He currently attends the University of Washington, where he is earning a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. He and his wife, Melanie, live in Yakima and have four children.
Executive Director, Yakima Schools Foundation
Priscilla Trevino is the Executive Director of Yakima Schools Foundation. She passionately believes in the importance of providing programs, support, and resources for all children regardless of socioeconomic standing, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or family life-style in order for them to achieve academically and have more opportunities in our communities. Priscilla is focused on deepening how the community sees the importance of investing in students and educators by building bridges with those who don’t have direct connections in schools.
Priscilla feels a deep connection to the Yakima Valley; she was born there, grew up there, and returned there after earning an Associates of Arts in Marketing from The Art Institute of Chicago-Seattle. She has over 12 years experience and knowledge in organization & operations management, communications, business development, leadership, and developing & implementing innovative strategies. As an active community leader, Priscilla has been able to use her voice to influence change, identify opportunities, advise, and implement new processes and practices that promote inclusive and diverse collaboration. She’s committed to impacting what’s happening around her for the greater good of all people, especially the learning community.
Not one to sit still, Priscilla, with her husband Thomas and lovable pet boxer Barkley, also enjoy experiencing the natural beauty of the region, taking road trips, camping, and hiking the trails that trace the volcanoes and valleys wherever they can.