Board Members and Staff

John Korsmo: Board President  As a first-gen college graduate myself, I am honored to be in a position to support others to become the same. My career has spanned a range of direct human services and school-based work. I have a BS degree in Social Studies from Portland State U., a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Urban Education – both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I’m now a Professor of Human Services at Western Washington University.

John Korsmo: Board President

As a first-gen college graduate myself, I am honored to be in a position to support others to become the same. My career has spanned a range of direct human services and school-based work. I have a BS degree in Social Studies from Portland State U., a Master’s in Educational Psychology and a PhD in Urban Education – both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I’m now a Professor of Human Services at Western Washington University.

Grace Jones: Board Vice President  I have a B.A. in Communication, and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education. I am the Associate Director of Admissions for Outreach and Access at Western Washington University, where I work to extend outreach efforts and recruit more students form diverse backgrounds and identities. I have spent my entire career in higher education work and am committed to supporting youth and adults in reaching their educational aspirations.

Grace Jones: Board Vice President

I have a B.A. in Communication, and a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education. I am the Associate Director of Admissions for Outreach and Access at Western Washington University, where I work to extend outreach efforts and recruit more students form diverse backgrounds and identities. I have spent my entire career in higher education work and am committed to supporting youth and adults in reaching their educational aspirations.

Freddy Collins: Board Member  Freddy is an Admissions Counselor for Western Washington University. A Bellingham native, Freddy is passionate about helping high school and college students every step of the way as they reach toward their academic dreams.

Freddy Collins: Board Member

Freddy is an Admissions Counselor for Western Washington University. A Bellingham native, Freddy is passionate about helping high school and college students every step of the way as they reach toward their academic dreams.

Dr. Nicole Torres: Board Member  I am a medical anthropologist and clinical social worker, and author of, “Walls of Indifference: Immigration and the Militarization of the U.S. – Mexico Border.” In this research I examined the social and psychological effects of militarization among borderland communities in Arizona. I am excited for the opportunity to join a team of people who are committed to helping underserved students as I believe that it is important to help students to see and obtain opportunities that will help empower them and put them on the path to success. This is something that many youths lack and prevents them from actually obtaining financial and social support that is often so desperately needed.

Dr. Nicole Torres: Board Member

I am a medical anthropologist and clinical social worker, and author of, “Walls of Indifference: Immigration and the Militarization of the U.S. – Mexico Border.” In this research I examined the social and psychological effects of militarization among borderland communities in Arizona. I am excited for the opportunity to join a team of people who are committed to helping underserved students as I believe that it is important to help students to see and obtain opportunities that will help empower them and put them on the path to success. This is something that many youths lack and prevents them from actually obtaining financial and social support that is often so desperately needed.

Lauren Oswald: Board Member  I received my B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University. I currently work in the Parent Support Program at Lydia Place, where we are aiming to end the cycle of poverty for families we serve by bettering childhood outcomes. I am honored to be part of the Future's NW team, promoting equity and increasing access to higher education.

Lauren Oswald: Board Member

I received my B.A. in Human Services from Western Washington University. I currently work in the Parent Support Program at Lydia Place, where we are aiming to end the cycle of poverty for families we serve by bettering childhood outcomes. I am honored to be part of the Future's NW team, promoting equity and increasing access to higher education.

Carmen Green: Board member  I am inspired by young people who strive for transformative greatness through education. My educational journey began as a homeschooler (top of my class), and I made my way through Mount Baker High School, to Running Start at Whatcom Community College, followed by my BA in Human Services at Western Washington University. Since graduation, I’ve delved into the work of making higher education accessible to all, hoping to impact students in the same positive way that I was by supportive mentors throughout the years. I have held positions at WWU, and UW Bothell, and am now the Associate Director for Outreach at WCC.

Carmen Green: Board member

I am inspired by young people who strive for transformative greatness through education. My educational journey began as a homeschooler (top of my class), and I made my way through Mount Baker High School, to Running Start at Whatcom Community College, followed by my BA in Human Services at Western Washington University. Since graduation, I’ve delved into the work of making higher education accessible to all, hoping to impact students in the same positive way that I was by supportive mentors throughout the years. I have held positions at WWU, and UW Bothell, and am now the Associate Director for Outreach at WCC.

Joe Wooding: Board Member  I graduated from Federal Way public schools in 1996, then served the district through AmeriCorps, the national community service organization. Growing up as a latchkey kid, I was privileged to have parents who positioned me to become the first in my family to complete college. Following brief stints at Pierce College and Highline Community College, I transferred to WWU in 1999. At Western I gravitated toward the American Cultural Studies program where I studied U.S. history, sociology, and political science. In 2007, I earned a master's degree from the Woodring College of Education and have been teaching social studies for Bellingham Public Schools ever since.  College and career can seem distant and abstract. However, real relationships and concrete experiences can make opportunities feel more tangible and achievable. This is why I have taught AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination), a program designed to help students overcome opportunity gaps. As an AVID teacher at Options High School, working with organizations like FuturesNW helps expand the realm of possibility for students I serve. By serving on the board, my goal is to scale out and sustain similar relationships and experiences.

Joe Wooding: Board Member

I graduated from Federal Way public schools in 1996, then served the district through AmeriCorps, the national community service organization. Growing up as a latchkey kid, I was privileged to have parents who positioned me to become the first in my family to complete college. Following brief stints at Pierce College and Highline Community College, I transferred to WWU in 1999. At Western I gravitated toward the American Cultural Studies program where I studied U.S. history, sociology, and political science. In 2007, I earned a master's degree from the Woodring College of Education and have been teaching social studies for Bellingham Public Schools ever since.

College and career can seem distant and abstract. However, real relationships and concrete experiences can make opportunities feel more tangible and achievable. This is why I have taught AVID (Achievement Via Individual Determination), a program designed to help students overcome opportunity gaps. As an AVID teacher at Options High School, working with organizations like FuturesNW helps expand the realm of possibility for students I serve. By serving on the board, my goal is to scale out and sustain similar relationships and experiences.

Shoshaunee Perez: Board Member  I am a descendant of the Tulalip and the Tlingit and Haida peoples on my mother’s side of my family. I am originally from Lakewood, WA and decided to make a fantastic journey to Bellingham, WA where I currently reside. I am a graduate from Northwest Indian College (NWIC) with my B.A. in Community Advocates and Responsive Education in Human Services (CARE), and my Associates of Arts and Science- General Direct Transfer. I am pursuing my Masters of Education- Adult Higher Education from Central Washington University. I currently have the honor of serving as the First Year Experience Advisor at NWIC where I have the great fortune to work with and for tribal students all over the country, to have access to an Indigenous education. I have spent my entire career working within higher education, and have strong passion and commitment to continue to supporting young adults and truly anyone whose would like to access higher education. I have a vision of all first generation and minority populations to have the same access to education that those who are more fortunate have as well.

Shoshaunee Perez: Board Member

I am a descendant of the Tulalip and the Tlingit and Haida peoples on my mother’s side of my family. I am originally from Lakewood, WA and decided to make a fantastic journey to Bellingham, WA where I currently reside. I am a graduate from Northwest Indian College (NWIC) with my B.A. in Community Advocates and Responsive Education in Human Services (CARE), and my Associates of Arts and Science- General Direct Transfer. I am pursuing my Masters of Education- Adult Higher Education from Central Washington University. I currently have the honor of serving as the First Year Experience Advisor at NWIC where I have the great fortune to work with and for tribal students all over the country, to have access to an Indigenous education. I have spent my entire career working within higher education, and have strong passion and commitment to continue to supporting young adults and truly anyone whose would like to access higher education. I have a vision of all first generation and minority populations to have the same access to education that those who are more fortunate have as well.

Ashley DeLatour: Operations Manager  As a business owner, photographer, writer, parent, and human services professional Ashley DeLatour is determined to increase opportunity and foundations of wellbeing for those who are most under-served in Whatcom and Skagit County. Her strong drive for creating equitable systemic solutions in education are informed by her research and work as a paraeducator, low-income student (yay scholarships/grants), graduate from WWU as a non traditional student, and most recently as the Operations Manager for FuturesNW.  Having completed and having had access to advanced education, working for FuturesNW is deeply personal to Ashley as she works to improve awareness and resources for college and career pathways for others. Acknowledging the unfair privilege that she had in achieving her college dreams, Ashley is continually working toward equity in her pursuit of systems change and the removal secret handshakes. Through her work at FuturesNW her passion is to increase social capital for students, provide support resources, and remove barriers in accessing post-secondary education.  Ashley can be reached at adelatour@futuresnw.org

Ashley DeLatour: Operations Manager

As a business owner, photographer, writer, parent, and human services professional Ashley DeLatour is determined to increase opportunity and foundations of wellbeing for those who are most under-served in Whatcom and Skagit County. Her strong drive for creating equitable systemic solutions in education are informed by her research and work as a paraeducator, low-income student (yay scholarships/grants), graduate from WWU as a non traditional student, and most recently as the Operations Manager for FuturesNW.

Having completed and having had access to advanced education, working for FuturesNW is deeply personal to Ashley as she works to improve awareness and resources for college and career pathways for others. Acknowledging the unfair privilege that she had in achieving her college dreams, Ashley is continually working toward equity in her pursuit of systems change and the removal secret handshakes. Through her work at FuturesNW her passion is to increase social capital for students, provide support resources, and remove barriers in accessing post-secondary education.

Ashley can be reached at adelatour@futuresnw.org

2019/2020 Mentors, Interns, Volunteers, and Advocates

Al Villafuerte, WCC AmeriCorps, Squalicum High Storm Riders club lead, and Lynden High mentor.  My name is Al and I’m a College Access Coordinator. My relationship with higher education began in middle school, via observing my mother’s difficulty entering and maintaining college enrollment as a non-traditional student. As an immigrant who did not have access to higher education upon arrival to the U.S., my mother’s options for living wage work were limited. One of her most urgent messages to me as a young adult was to attend college to avoid the difficulties she faced in her young adulthood. With my family’s support, I had the privilege of attending Western Washington University and graduating with a B.S. Kinesiology and a B.S. Psychology with an emphasis on law & trauma. The intersection of my mother’s experience and my education propelled me into equity work. My professional goal is to identify and disrupt inequitable systems, particularly in education. I believe the responsibility of creating opportunity for students should not rest on the shoulders of an exceptional person, but rather on exceptional systems.

Al Villafuerte, WCC AmeriCorps, Squalicum High Storm Riders club lead, and Lynden High mentor.

My name is Al and I’m a College Access Coordinator. My relationship with higher education began in middle school, via observing my mother’s difficulty entering and maintaining college enrollment as a non-traditional student. As an immigrant who did not have access to higher education upon arrival to the U.S., my mother’s options for living wage work were limited. One of her most urgent messages to me as a young adult was to attend college to avoid the difficulties she faced in her young adulthood. With my family’s support, I had the privilege of attending Western Washington University and graduating with a B.S. Kinesiology and a B.S. Psychology with an emphasis on law & trauma. The intersection of my mother’s experience and my education propelled me into equity work. My professional goal is to identify and disrupt inequitable systems, particularly in education. I believe the responsibility of creating opportunity for students should not rest on the shoulders of an exceptional person, but rather on exceptional systems.

Amina Lee: GEAR up/FNW intern at Squalicum High School  My name is Amina, I use she/hers/her pronouns. I am a student at Western Washington University, in the Human Services Program. When I have the chance, I love a good day at the beach and sharing a meal with loved ones. As an intern at Futures NW, I hope to assist students in navigating, and overcoming barriers in the Higher Ed process. I hope to create opportunities for students to explore options and provide school-based support for pursuing their own career and/or academic goals.

Amina Lee: GEAR up/FNW intern at Squalicum High School

My name is Amina, I use she/hers/her pronouns. I am a student at Western Washington University, in the Human Services Program. When I have the chance, I love a good day at the beach and sharing a meal with loved ones. As an intern at Futures NW, I hope to assist students in navigating, and overcoming barriers in the Higher Ed process. I hope to create opportunities for students to explore options and provide school-based support for pursuing their own career and/or academic goals.

Anselmo Cristobal: Intern/lead Mentor QuickStart to college  I'm Anselmo Cristobal and I'm so grateful to be a part of Futures NW and all that they do. I graduated High School from Nooksack Valley in 2016 and I'm currently a 4th year student at Western Washington University. My major is Human Services and I have minors in Spanish and Leadership studies. I have been a part of Futures NW for almost 5 years now and I'm so excited to continue to grow through the services they allow me to serve through.

Anselmo Cristobal: Intern/lead Mentor QuickStart to college

I'm Anselmo Cristobal and I'm so grateful to be a part of Futures NW and all that they do. I graduated High School from Nooksack Valley in 2016 and I'm currently a 4th year student at Western Washington University. My major is Human Services and I have minors in Spanish and Leadership studies. I have been a part of Futures NW for almost 5 years now and I'm so excited to continue to grow through the services they allow me to serve through.

Ashleigh Barnhart, Nooksack Valley High School counseling intern  I am a senior at Western Washington University and will graduate in June with my B.A. in Human Services. I plan to go onto graduate school to earn my Masters in school counseling and hope to work in my local school district. Being a first generation college student and a mother of five young children, has shown me how important access to education and resources surrounding that really are. Having financial literacy, academic support and a solid foundation in secondary education are crucial in college and life readiness beyond high school. I hope to work with under-served communities and promote access and equity for all students in a school setting. I’ve had some wonderful experiences with Futures NW and hope to continue working with them for a long time. It’s such meaningful work and encouraging to see how much of an impact we can make together in student’s lives.

Ashleigh Barnhart, Nooksack Valley High School counseling intern

I am a senior at Western Washington University and will graduate in June with my B.A. in Human Services. I plan to go onto graduate school to earn my Masters in school counseling and hope to work in my local school district. Being a first generation college student and a mother of five young children, has shown me how important access to education and resources surrounding that really are. Having financial literacy, academic support and a solid foundation in secondary education are crucial in college and life readiness beyond high school. I hope to work with under-served communities and promote access and equity for all students in a school setting. I’ve had some wonderful experiences with Futures NW and hope to continue working with them for a long time. It’s such meaningful work and encouraging to see how much of an impact we can make together in student’s lives.

Bianca Guadalupe Leon: Mentor Sehome High School  Hola! I am a Western Student majoring in Human Services and double minoring in Education & Social justice and American Cultural Studies. As a first-generation student, I recognize that the journey post high school can be confusing and intimidating which is why I would love to share my experiences and knowledge to assist students. Having been on the receiving end of programs that provide support to students, I am aware of the differences it creates; which is why I aspire to become a Higher Education Adviser for low-income high school students.  For this school year, I am interning at Sehome High school where I hope to not only assist students in navigating higher education and overcoming barriers but also connecting with them. I believe that it is foundational to get to know those who I am working alongside.

Bianca Guadalupe Leon: Mentor Sehome High School

Hola! I am a Western Student majoring in Human Services and double minoring in Education & Social justice and American Cultural Studies. As a first-generation student, I recognize that the journey post high school can be confusing and intimidating which is why I would love to share my experiences and knowledge to assist students. Having been on the receiving end of programs that provide support to students, I am aware of the differences it creates; which is why I aspire to become a Higher Education Adviser for low-income high school students.

For this school year, I am interning at Sehome High school where I hope to not only assist students in navigating higher education and overcoming barriers but also connecting with them. I believe that it is foundational to get to know those who I am working alongside.

Brittany Delaney: Mentor at Options High School  I am a first-generation Latina student attending Western Washington University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Human Services. I am currently a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as president of the WWU CDN. I have a passion to help break down barriers and support students in their journey through education.

Brittany Delaney: Mentor at Options High School

I am a first-generation Latina student attending Western Washington University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Human Services. I am currently a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as president of the WWU CDN. I have a passion to help break down barriers and support students in their journey through education.

Casey Gackle: Mentor at Squalicum High School  Casey is currently is his final quarter at Western Washington University. As a first-generation student, he is passionate about the struggles that students can go through transitioning from high school to college. To start his college journey, he worked 30+ hours a week to be able to attend Tacoma Community College, while needing to find resources on his own. After reaching his senior year at Western, he realized that he wanted to make a difference in other first-gen student lives. To do this, he has been doing research to help develop a first-generation student program on Western’s campus. Now partnering with Futures, he looks to continue his goal of helping students that are needing those extra resources.

Casey Gackle: Mentor at Squalicum High School

Casey is currently is his final quarter at Western Washington University. As a first-generation student, he is passionate about the struggles that students can go through transitioning from high school to college. To start his college journey, he worked 30+ hours a week to be able to attend Tacoma Community College, while needing to find resources on his own. After reaching his senior year at Western, he realized that he wanted to make a difference in other first-gen student lives. To do this, he has been doing research to help develop a first-generation student program on Western’s campus. Now partnering with Futures, he looks to continue his goal of helping students that are needing those extra resources.

Drea Garza: Mentor at Bellingham High School  I am a senior at Western Washington University majoring in Human Services. I am interested in graduate school to become a social worker with hopes to one day have my own practice as a therapist. I am passionate about higher education as it has brought amazing changes to my own life as a first-generation college student. The personal growth, new friendships, knowledge and ability to challenge myself have been the best parts of my college career. If I can be of assistance to any student in helping them grow and get to where they want to be post high school graduation, I will be a happy mentor.

Drea Garza: Mentor at Bellingham High School

I am a senior at Western Washington University majoring in Human Services. I am interested in graduate school to become a social worker with hopes to one day have my own practice as a therapist. I am passionate about higher education as it has brought amazing changes to my own life as a first-generation college student. The personal growth, new friendships, knowledge and ability to challenge myself have been the best parts of my college career. If I can be of assistance to any student in helping them grow and get to where they want to be post high school graduation, I will be a happy mentor.

Kathleen Solomon, Lummi Nation Educational Advocate  My name is Kathleen Solomon, enrolled member of the Lummi Nation. I am excited to be an educational advocate for Futures NW. My passion has always been assisting others to figure out life dreams. June 2018, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management from Northwest Indian College. I had a totally enjoyable learning experience and this is why I want to help and encourage people of all ages to go to college. I have so much gratitude of the people that helped with resources and teachers who opened my mind to the broader perspective. I am currently an employee at Lummi Indian Business Council and a board member for Education and Housing for Lummi Nation. I look forward to being of service and part of an awesome team to explore education or career goals.  email:  KatSolo360@gmail.com

Kathleen Solomon, Lummi Nation Educational Advocate

My name is Kathleen Solomon, enrolled member of the Lummi Nation. I am excited to be an educational advocate for Futures NW. My passion has always been assisting others to figure out life dreams. June 2018, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management from Northwest Indian College. I had a totally enjoyable learning experience and this is why I want to help and encourage people of all ages to go to college. I have so much gratitude of the people that helped with resources and teachers who opened my mind to the broader perspective. I am currently an employee at Lummi Indian Business Council and a board member for Education and Housing for Lummi Nation. I look forward to being of service and part of an awesome team to explore education or career goals.

email: KatSolo360@gmail.com

Kathy Greenberg, Options High School program volunteer  I am currently a freelance writer, but I have also been a student, a temp, an editor, a telemarketer, a museum registrar/exhibition installer, and a stay-at-home mom. I have a B.A. in Russian and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. My eclectic background is a result of late blooming, a love of learning, and an aching desire to realize my potential. By navigating the world in a thimble, the journey has been at once terrifying and exhilarating, confusing and illuminating. These experiences, for good or ill, inspire me to help youth realize their own creative, intellectual, and emotional potential as early as possible. I’m excited to be a real-life travel guide and hope to pave a smoother path for students entering adulthood.

Kathy Greenberg, Options High School program volunteer

I am currently a freelance writer, but I have also been a student, a temp, an editor, a telemarketer, a museum registrar/exhibition installer, and a stay-at-home mom. I have a B.A. in Russian and an M.A. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. My eclectic background is a result of late blooming, a love of learning, and an aching desire to realize my potential. By navigating the world in a thimble, the journey has been at once terrifying and exhilarating, confusing and illuminating. These experiences, for good or ill, inspire me to help youth realize their own creative, intellectual, and emotional potential as early as possible. I’m excited to be a real-life travel guide and hope to pave a smoother path for students entering adulthood.