Joy Stanford, known lovingly as “Ms. Joy” by students in her community, is a mother, housing and health care advocate, and substitute teacher in the South Sound region where she has lived for over twenty years. She is a fierce activist for Women, children, education, homelessness, equity and diversity. Joy was inspired to run for office after seeing racist tags at her son’s high school last year that were fueled by the divisive and racist rhetoric at the national level. Prior to becoming a substitute teacher, Joy spent 14 years working with local seniors and under-served populations to gain access to Medicare, Medicaid and other critical health care services. While the election did not turn out how she would have wanted, she did garner approx. 44.89% of the votes, which is great for a first time candidate. Joy graduated from the Emerge WA program with the 2019 Governor Gregoire Cohort and also sits on the board of Washington’s Paramount Duty. She currently works for Shared Housing Services as a Community Outreach Specialist, helping Pierce county residents avoid housing instability. She also co-chairs the Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula Homeless Coalition.
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.
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. Eakes also serves on the national board of Emerge.
Charmaine has lived in the 43rd Legislative District of Seattle for more than 50 years but holds her heart in the sunshine state of California. Growing up in the Central District, her first taste of activism was with Black Panther Party in the early days of the movement. In her work with nonprofits professionally and as a volunteer, she created and managed a meal program during the height of the AIDS epidemic, organized and emceed national LGBTQ conferences, and led community meetings and national conferences as a member of the SGIUSA Buddhist community. She worked on the volunteer leadership team for both the Obama Campaign (2009/2012) and the Hillary Campaign for Seattle (2016), was the emcee at the legislative convention, spoke at the 7th congressional convention, and was the team-lead support at the state convention. She was also the emcee for the Womxn’s March in Seattle in January, 2016. She is currently semi-retired but continues to work as the Visionary Advocacy Strategist for Art’s Education Washington. She focuses personal time on letting the activist in her rise while engaging and uplifting Womxn’s voices at the individual and community level.
Rev. Courtney Stange-Tregear is a clergyperson in the United Church Christ anchored in the dynamic work of social justice advocacy and congregational transformation. She has lived in seven states and three countries. After having spent time pastoring local congregations in both California and Maryland, Stange-Tregear transitioned to a regional consulting role as the Minister of Church Vitality for UCC churches in Washington, Alaska and North Idaho. Her ministry has been formed by a classical education and community organizing. She brings a vision of vitality that bridges the secular and sacred, church and community. She earned her undergraduate degree from St. John’s College, holds a Masters Degree from the University of Leeds, a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Bexley-Seabury Seminary. Courtney is a graduate of the Emerge MD program and has done significant advocacy in the area of maternal health, homelessness, economic justice and supporting women in ministry. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Mark, and their three children.
Elizabeth helped found Emerge Washington in 2017. She is a teacher and community activist who grew up in the Seattle area. She holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.Ed. from New York University. Elizabeth taught 4th grade in Seattle, global studies in New York, and spent a year traveling around the world as a teacher. Elizabeth volunteers with various Jewish community and child focused organizations in the Puget Sound. As an active political organizer, she was Associate Director of Institute for a Democratic Future (IDF), an organization that engages young people in politics and government in Washington. She currently volunteers with IDF and the 36th Legislative District Democrats. Elizabeth was elected as an alternate delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention and selected for the DNC’s national platform committee for Hillary Clinton in 2016. She is honored to contribute her skills and passion to organizations that are making a difference throughout our community and nationally.
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.
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 and is a program graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and the Alki Foundation. Past board experience and taskforce membership includes Mental Illness Drug Dependency Oversight Committee, the Seattle Chief of Police Search Committee, Women’s Funding Alliance, and Municipal League Seattle-King County. She is presently serving on the Seattle Archdiocese Review Board. Mary Ellen holds a Masters degree in Counseling from the University of Minnesota.
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 last.fm, 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.