Board of Directors

Emerge Washington Board

Board Officers

Emily Carmichael, Board Chair

Emily Carmichael is a former high school French teacher and a native Alabamian who moved to Seattle in 2008 after ten years on the East Coast. She earned a B.A. from Brown University in 2002, an M.A. from New York University in 2004, and an M.A. from Middlebury College in 2009.  Since 2016 Emily has devoted herself to politics, public education advocacy, and the empowerment of women through activism. She supports candidates who are true to her causes.  She serves as a Precinct Committee Office for the 37th Legislative District, chair of Epiphany Early Learning Preschool’s Advisory Board, and will be the 2018-19 Legislative Chair of the McGilvra Elementary PTA. She has three young children.

Lori Feagan, Board Secretary

Lori Feagan, pronouns she/her.  Lori joined the Emerge Washington Founding Board of Directors in September 2017.  Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she has lived in Spokane for over 35 years.  She is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Internal Medicine.  In addition to working toward more equitable representation of women in government, she volunteers with her local Democratic party, and with organizations that focus on social justice, reproductive autonomy, and serving homeless and high-risk women in the Spokane community.

Pam Eakes, Board Treasurer

Pamela Eakes combines a successful career in advertising and marketing with nonprofit executive leadership and organizational development, and a commitment to community and civic service. For over a dozen years, Eakes served as Founder & CEO of Mothers Against Violence in America (MAVIA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing violence by and against children.

Board Members

Shelby Healy

Shelby Healy is a 14 year advertising, marketing and communications veteran who has managed brands ranging from one-woman Etsy shops to Microsoft. She began on the journalism side of newspapers before selling ad spots. After 5 years of selling digital display, search, radio, print, newspaper and everything in between for The Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times-PI, CBS, VEVO and, she read the tea leaves and has been hands on with social media for the last ten years, working for a small startup before heading to Microsoft in 2011 to manage Microsoft Advertising’s social presence and manage public relations and executive image.  She is currently a Marketing Manager at Microsoft, managing the end to end social strategy, production, execution and analytics for Windows, Surface and Mixed Reality Commercial.

Mary Ellen Stone

Mary Ellen Stone has been a leader in addressing issues of sexual violence for the past 4 decades.  She brings extensive non-profit leadership experience, community development, political advocacy and fundraising skills. She has received numerous local and national awards, is a program graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and the Alki Foundation. She serves on several boards and task forces including the Mental Illness Drug Dependency Oversight Committee, Seattle Archdiocese Review Board, and the Seattle Chief of Police Search Committee.  Past board responsibilities include Women’s Funding Alliance, and Municipal League Seattle-King County. Mary Ellen holds a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Minnesota.

Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor was born and raised in North Seattle, where she lives now with her husband and daughter. Her career has primarily been in technology fields and started in Austin, Texas, with brief periods in East Timor and Singapore and eventually led back to Seattle in 2014. She joined the League of Women Voters in 2015 based on its work advocating for full funding of public education, becoming co-chair of the Social Justice Committee in 2016 and joining the Board in 2017. Melissa also volunteers with Washington’s Paramount Duty and has testified before State House and Senate committees regarding public education, voting rights, women’s rights and other critical policy areas. Melissa was part of the Organizing Committee for Emerge WA, focused on recruiting and training Democratic women to run for office. She ran for an appointment to the State House of Representatives in early 2017 and then volunteer campaign managed Michelle Rylands’ State Senate race through the primary.

Elizabeth Siegel

Liz Hall

Liz Hall has over six years of experience working in Washington State politics. She’s currently the Finance Director for Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) and serves as the Executive Director of Institute for a Democratic Future. Liz previously worked for the Washington State Senate, Congressman Denny Heck’s 2012 campaign, and the Washington Federation of State Employees. She graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Human Services.

Em Daniels

Em is a master educator and for the last 20 years, has worked with high needs populations, most recently with currently and formerly incarcerated people.  She has been researching and presenting on topics of equity, diversity, and leadership for the last 10 years, and is now working with currently and formerly incarcerated people.  Working in justice reform and corrections has shown her time and again that we must have different people making different decisions if we want anything to change.

An area of special interest for Em is recruiting women, and especially women of color, to run for judgeships and District Attorney offices.  That said, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with women all over WA who have such a vast array of interest, skills, and talents to bring to every elected office in the state and nation. 

Dawn Shuster

Dawn  is originally from Edmonds, Washington but has lived in Spokane for  the past 20 years.   She earned her B.A. in Sociology and her M.B.A in Finance, both from the University of Chicago.  She has previously worked in marketing and finance at Morgan Stanley, Sara Lee Bakery and Nestle  Beverage Company.  She has served as a mentor to elementary through high school students and is a board member of Spokane Scholars Foundation.  Her passion is helping students, from diverse backgrounds, successfully apply to and thrive in college.