Eugene Cheng, Treasurer

Eugene is a director at a Seattle-based startup and has previously worked at technology companies in multiple roles. He served as a regional director and board member for Education First, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to students from high schools with historically low college application rates. Eugene graduated summa cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he holds a B.S. in Industrial and Management Engineering.

Donte Felder

Donte is an artist and an educator who serves on the boards of the Seattle Repertory Theater, Arts Corps, and Hugo House. Felder graduated with a degree in Education from Grambling State University and received his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. Felder is the Head Teacher at Orca and runs two theater programs in the South End of Seattle.

Linda Floyd, Secretary

Linda is the co-founder of the Kiran Anjali Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities to disadvantaged children in India, especially girls. She previously worked with refugee and immigrant populations in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and as a television announcer and producer in Dubai, U.A.E. She has a B.A. from York University in Toronto.

Stephanie Gardner, Board Chair

Dr. Stephanie Gardner is a life-long educator. She has experience in education policy, post-secondary access and retention, STEM, community relations, federal grants, systems change, and diversity initiatives. Dr. Gardner has been active in her local community and on national boards including service on the Washington STEM Racial Equity Roundtable, Technology Access Foundation, NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and the University of Washington Brotherhood Initiative Steering Committee. Dr. Gardner holds a B.A., M.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Washington, and a certificate from Harvard University’s College of Education.

Kelli Kirk

Kelli works as a Human Resources Manager and has lived her entire adult life in South Seattle’s Rainier Valley, where she is involved in numerous community efforts around the arts, justice and equity. Kelli graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in American Ethnic Studies, as a first generation college graduate. She has served on the board of Lakewood Cooperative Preschool, an early childhood educational cooperative and previously was a regular volunteer in the archives with MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry) and as a board member for ‘Operation: Sack Lunch’ meal program.

Brenda Nelson

Brenda is an active member and organization historian of the Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators (SABSE), serves on the Executive Board of Meany Middle School PTSA, longtime member of First AME Church of Seattle, and has served on the SADSF Selection committee. As a Special Education instructor for the Seattle Public Schools system, she has worked with profound (medically fragile) students in a self-contained classroom and the ACCESS program working with students with social & emotional learning disabilities.

Gray Pedersen

Gray Pedersen, a 1964 graduate of MIHS, earned a BA from Reed College and a Masters in Teaching from Wesleyan University. From 1978 through 2009 he was a teacher, department head, and college counselor at Lakeside School. He is a founding member and former academic dean at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Edna Sawyer

Edna grew up in Seattle, attended Franklin High School and graduated from the University of Washington. She has worked at Starbucks Coffee Company since 1992. She regularly volunteers her time and energy at Fauntleroy Church (UCC), the Starbucks pro-bono committee and also served as a Public Relations Manager for the Garfield High School Jazz Foundation.

Anthony Shoecraft, Board Vice President

Anthony is a Senior Policy Advisor to the Mayor of Seattle. He has an extensive background in community-organizing, including initiatives in Economic Development, Youth Development, and Education and programs like 100,000 Jobs Initiative, Black Male Achievement, and My Brothers’ Keeper. Anthony has a BA in Psychology from Hampton College and received Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Washington.

Michelle Flowers Taylor, Ed.D.

Michelle has worked in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines to further diversity and achievement of underrepresented student populations, particularly African American and Latina girls and women. She currently serves as a consultant developing culturally-relevant, hands-on project-based learning experiences integrated with real-world challenges in collaboration with technology industry leaders. She also serves as a national advisory board member of Base 11, a non-profit STEM workforce development company, which assigns high-potential, low-resources students to summer and year-long programs at several prestigious universities, including Caltech, University of Southern California, and the University of California, Irvine.


Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng is the daughter of Stanley Ann Dunham. She is an advisor for the Obama Foundation and their Asia Pacific Program Consultant.

Clare Meeker is the immediate past chair of the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Board.

Bryce Hatch is a CPA at Hagen, Kirth, Perman & Co. in Seattle.

Tony Nugent is a founding board member of the Stanley Ann Dunham Scholarship Fund.

Jacqulyn Paneque is publisher of Mercer Island Living magazine.

Melissa Ballou is Director of Programs for Corvias Foundation.

Donald Felder is a retired administrator for Seattle public schools.

Tom Wright is an Academy Award ® nominated filmmaker who serves as a trustee for Seattle Repertory Theater and the Seattle International Film Festival.