Steering Committee

PSCCN Steering Committee Members

The PSCCN Steering Committee is comprised primarily of high level system “doers” from K–12, higher education, and community organizations who provide valuable firsthand understanding of college and career readiness. Together, they are committed to mobilizing around system gaps to improve postsecondary access and success. The Steering Committee meets monthly and holds the following roles:

  • Create and inform a regional vision and provide leadership: Envision what is possible to address system gaps, design Regional Action Priorities work plans, and define asks for executive sponsorship and input from the Coalition
  • Work on Regional Action Priority: Serve on a Regional Action Priority Team, designing and leading work regionally and within their own organizations
  • Inform and advise regional postsecondary work: Provide input to groups that work regionally including PSCCN, CCER’s Postsecondary team, City of Seattle’s Postsecondary work, and the Puget Sound College & Career Readiness Coalition
  • Regularly review regional data analysis & landscape map: Review regional data and identify opportunities for support and areas for discovering promising practices

Members include: 

  • Vanessa Calonzo, Director of New Student Services, South Seattle College
  • Clarence Dancer, Postsecondary Advisor, City of Seattle
  • Ted Dezember, Senior Resident Services Manager for Educational Initiatives, King County Housing Authority
  • Sativah Jones, College Access Manager, Highline Public Schools
  • David Larsen, Dean of Enrollment and Completion, Green River College
  • Rashad Norris, Director of Community Engagement, Highline College
  • Keith Spier-Van Essen, Program Director, College Success Foundation
  • Jenny Walden, Financial Stability Senior Program Manager, United Way of King County
  • Sarah Weiss, Associate Director of College Access and Support, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Therese Williams, Director of Post-Secondary Access & Success, Summer Search