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.

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.

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.

Ashley DeLatour: Administrative Liaison  As a business owner, photographer, writer, and student, Ashley DeLatour is determined to increase opportunity and the foundations of wellbeing for those who are most marginalized in Bellingham. Her strong drive for creating equitable systemic solutions in education are informed by her research and work as a paraeducator, but also as a parent, student at WWU, and most recently as the Administrative Liaison for FuturesNW.  Increasing access to advanced education is deeply personal to Ashley as she pursues her degree in Human Services. Acknowledging the unfair privilege that she has in doing so, Ashley is continually working toward equity in her pursuit of higher education. Through her work at FuturesNW her passion is focused on two new programs: “Whatcom Jobs for Whatcom Students”, and “From One to Many.”

Ashley DeLatour: Administrative Liaison

As a business owner, photographer, writer, and student, Ashley DeLatour is determined to increase opportunity and the foundations of wellbeing for those who are most marginalized in Bellingham. Her strong drive for creating equitable systemic solutions in education are informed by her research and work as a paraeducator, but also as a parent, student at WWU, and most recently as the Administrative Liaison for FuturesNW.

Increasing access to advanced education is deeply personal to Ashley as she pursues her degree in Human Services. Acknowledging the unfair privilege that she has in doing so, Ashley is continually working toward equity in her pursuit of higher education. Through her work at FuturesNW her passion is focused on two new programs: “Whatcom Jobs for Whatcom Students”, and “From One to Many.”