Meet our Team
Chief Family and Community Engagement Officer
Born and raised in the Southeastern part of the United states, Oscar relocated to Spokane in 1996 in pursuit of educational and employment opportunities. To date he has earned a BA in History, a master’s in social work, and an Educational Doctorate Degree (Ed.D) in Transformational Leadership. His research interests include community engagement and advocacy to/for marginalized families and improving the service delivery efforts of agencies.
Restorative Practices and Mediation Program Manager
Julie joined Spokane Public Schools in 2018 because she believes that everyone in our community benefits when schools are places where all students, families, staff, and volunteers feel welcome, safe, respected, and valued. Prior to joining SPS, she worked to remove legal barriers for families caught in the cycle of incarceration and poverty, advocated for a more just and restorative criminal justice system, and promoted public service opportunities for law students. She received her BA and law degree from University of Washington and is a mediator and a facilitator of restorative processes.
Director of Community Relations & Partnerships
Nicole has worked for Spokane Public Schools as the Community Partnerships Manager since April 2018. Prior to this position she worked at Spokane County Juvenile Court for 17 years in various roles. She is passionately engaged in on-going efforts to reduce the disparities experienced by historically underserved families and youth of color. She believes that her work in the juvenile justice system and public school system gives her a unique perspective and connections that can lead to positive collaborations for systemic change. Nicole views championing the creation of just and equitable outcomes for historically underserved communities as not just a hope and a wish but a necessity. She is a passionate disruptor of the school to prison pipeline through creation of innovative programs.
Shon was born and raised in Compton/Los Angeles, California. He relocated to Spokane in 1994. He is the senior pastor of a local church and a community advocate for youth & families. He has served on multiple City committees and boards such as Spokane Law & Justice Counsel, the Mayor’s multicultural advisory committee, United Way Board member, and Police & Faith Leaders Alliance.
Pastor Shon has founded multiple faith-based programs such as prison re-entry, gang prevention and intervention, youth & family mentoring, and a multicultural church alliance. He is a strong advocate for our marginalized communities and high risk youth. He is committed to providing preventative services to keep our kids out of the criminal systems as well as restorative practices to create pathways for a successful future.
He joined Spokane Public Schools in 2015 as a mentor and gang intervention specialist.
Rochelle has been serving Spokane Public Schools since August 2012 in the role of Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Board. In 2016 with the inception of the Superintendent's Work Group, Rochelle's work expanded to support leaders facilitating district community engagement.
As a leader with prior experience in the child welfare system, Rochelle enjoys being an advocate for families and has a passion for improving policies, building partnerships, and providing resources and supports for individual students.
Diversion Liaison, RISE program
Rebekah was born and raised in Spokane, earning her bachelor's and master's of Public Administration from Eastern Washington University. Prior to working for Spokane Public Schools, she worked at Spokane County Juvenile Court in Social Files, Diversion, and the Court Investigation Unit. As a first generation high school graduate, Rebekah understands the complexities and challenges families face in obtaining high school diplomas and college education, and is an avid supporter of public education. Rebekah believes that each child, if given the proper information and appropriate resources, can find their own success and positively impact their life, their families, and their communities.
Carlos M. Simmons Jr.
Carlos is a second-generation United States Air Force veteran. Born at Moody Air Force Base near Valdosta, Georgia, he has traveled the world both as an active duty service member and as a military dependent. He started his academic career at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. Upon completion of his military enlistment, he earned his Master’s from the University of Phoenix. Carlos loves connecting with today’s youth through his love of sports and passion for music. As a RISE mentor, he is committed to helping young adults manifest the greatness that is within them.
Indian Education Coordinator
Tamika is a member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians out of Great Falls, Montana. She is also a descendant of the Cree Nation and the third great-granddaughter of Chief Little Bear. She moved to Spokane as a teen and relocated to Southern California for almost a decade where she earned a bachelor's in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She moved back to Spokane and earned a master's in social work. She has worked for SPS since 2016 as an Intervention Specialist and is now the Indian Education Department Coordinator. She is dedicated to serving her community and will continue to strive towards creating excellence for all students.
Mentor, RISE program
After moving to Fairchild Air Force base as a teen, Laura connected with children through her community’s religious education program. She received her BA in Children’s Studies from Eastern Washington University. She was previously a mentor and advocate for homeless, foster and at-risk teens and continues her advocacy work with survivors of assault in Spokane. As a RISE mentor, Laura hopes to encourage youth to recognize their strengths, form positive relationships, and achieve their academic and personal goals.
Jaime began working with Spokane Public Schools as a Mentor Specialist in 2017. She has served the community through mentoring programs such as Spokane Youth Music Movement (SYMM), Spokane Police and Youth Athletic League (SPYAL/PAL), Mentoring Today’s Youth (MTY), and as the founder of SWAG (Strong Women Achieving Greatness). Jaime believes in equipping, empowering, and mentoring girls. As a Mentor Specialist, she has been involved in mediations; helping to restore relationships, while providing support for those pursuing success. She enjoys engaging with families in the community, building relationships, and advocating for their needs. Jaime was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. She relocated to Spokane in 2000, where she lives with her husband and their two children.