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.
Director of Community Relations & Diversity Training
Nicole joined Spokane Public Schools in 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.
Office Manager, Family & Community Engagement and Transportation
Davonna was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. She re-relocated to Spokane in March 2019 after working for the U.S. Federal District Court for 20 years as a data quality analyst among other roles. She joined Spokane Public Schools in a part-time capacity in March 2021 and is now in a full-time position as office manager with Family & Community Engagement and Transportation. Davonna has a passion for organization and efficient work flow. In her spare time she enjoys ministering to children and women, and teaching and choreographing praise dances for youth in the community. She believes that no matter where folks are on their journey, she can encourage them by being the “Best Neighbor Ever!” in her community.
Native 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.
Restorative Practices and Mediation Program Manager
Julie grew up in Spokane and received her B.A. and law degree from University of Washington. After spending about 10 years on the westside, she returned home and worked at a nonprofit to remove legal barriers for individuals caught in the cycle of incarceration and poverty, and to advocate for a more restorative criminal justice system. She then transitioned to Gonzaga Law School where she taught and supervised students in serving underrepresented communities. Julie is a facilitator of restorative processes and is passionate about using conflict as an opportunity to develop empathy, to heal harm, and to strengthen relationships. She was thrilled to join SPS and the Department of Family and Community Engagement in 2018. When she is not at work, she is likely playing outside with her family and friends.
Community Partnerships Manager/Foster Care Liaison
Pat joined Spokane Public Schools in August 2021 as the Manager of Community Partnerships. He was born and raised in Spokane Valley before attending Washington State University where heearned a BS degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. Prior to joining SPS, Pat worked for 24 years at Spokane County Juvenile Court. His last position was the CASA/Guardian ad Litem Program Coordinator of which he worked for 14 years supporting staff and volunteers in their advocacy for youth involved in the foster care system. Using his years of experience with volunteer recruitment and community resource connections, Pat looks forward to expanding our volunteer mentoring program and bridging community organizations to SPS students and families.
Student-Family Engagement Liaison
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.
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.
School Community Specialist
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.
School Community Specialist
Jerry was born and raised in Moses Lake, Wash. He worked at the Boys and Girls club as a youth development professional and with WSU GEAR UP at Frontier Middle School as an academic tutor. His passion is helping children and seeing them succeed in anything that will encourage them to keep moving forward. Jerry graduated as a first-generation student from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in business and a minor in Spanish. As the new community school specialist for SPS, he hopes to encourage students to succeed and be a helping hand to those who need it the most.
Community Engagement Board Liaison
Chauncey Jones was born and raised in Southern California. He spent summers and holidays in Spokane before permanently moving here in summer of 1994. He graduated from Lewis & Clark High School in 1995, received an AA from Spokane Community College in 1998, and a BA in Journalism from Eastern Washington University in 2000. Prior to joining the DFCE, Chauncey spent 21 years at KHQ-TV. He has been mentoring youth through after-school programming, basketball and football coaching, and community advocacy. As Community Engagement Board Liaison, he will assist with connecting families to district and community services to promote active participation of families in the education of their children.
RISE School Community Specialist
Sierra was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Spokane in 2015 to pursue a BA in Intercultural Communications. Prior to joining SPS, Sierra worked at West Central Community Center as a Youth Deveolpment Program manager running programs for at-risk youth in elementary through high school. She has also volunteered with YFC Spokane and is on the Advisory Board for Spark Central. She has a passion for coming alongside youth and meeting them where they are in hopes of helping them realize their importance and passions in life.
Student Diversion Specialist
Idella King is an enrolled citizen of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and a descendent of the Pikuni and Aanaii Tribal Nations. She is a third-generation college graduate from the University of Montana and holds a teaching certification from Washington State University.
Idella believes all students are capable of success no matter their background and brings with her over 18 years of experience working with students and families. Her teaching philosophy includes an indigenous teaching model called The Medicine Wheel, which focuses on the development of the mental, physical, social, and emotional aspects of each individual student. Familiarity with The Medicine Wheel helps students to balance these internal aspects of themselves and to be better prepared for academic excellence. Through historical and generational adversity Idella has been successful through her academic ventures, from these experiences she is able to work with any student who may need help finding their way through school as well.
In her free time, she enjoys her family and traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest participating in pow-wows and ceremonies, and connecting with the environment.