Dr. Christine Avery
Christine is a native of Washington and has served communities in north Puget Sound for 23 years. She completed her undergraduate work in Biology at University of Washington and earned her superintendent certificate and Doctor of Education from Seattle University, where she also serves as adjunct faculty in the Educational Administration Program. Christine is committed to social justice and wants to deliver on the promise of public education by improving equity and access for ALL students. Her passion is professional learning and she is driven to ensure 100% of Green Dot Washington students attend college. She loves to snow ski, hike, garden, and travel with her family.
Mary Lord Copeland
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Mary Lord Copeland has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 14 years. Green Dot Public Schools is her first experience in a charter school network. She is excited to bring her experience working in Oakland Unified School District and the Los Angeles area to Green Dot to help build sustaining instructional communities focused on institutionalizing equity and inclusion at all levels of the school network to ensure public education is a successful and transformative experience for all students and families.
Mary lived in the PacNW while completing her bachelor degree at Pacific Lutheran University. She then went on to earn her teaching credential at San Francisco State University and her Master Degree in Educational Leadership and administrative credential at The University of California, Berkeley. Mary and her family are proud Tacoma residents who are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a community rooted in fostering justice and sustainability.
As a resident of Southeast Seattle and former principal and teacher, Bree believes deeply in working with families and community to create schools that will realize their hopes and dreams for students. Most recently, Bree served as the Director of the Leadership Center at WA Charters, helping school leaders design new schools for Washington students. She also served as the Executive Director of Schools for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing its Southeast region of schools, and was a public charter school principal in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Bree has researched charter schools nationally with the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education and started her career in education as a high school math teacher. Having worked in a variety of traditional and public charter schools where academically underserved students successfully find a path to college and beyond, she is excited to see what our students make possible in Washington State. Bree proudly serves on the boards of City Year Seattle-King County and Teach for America Washington. When not working Bree loves live music, the outdoors, and a good book by the fire.
Director of Human Capital and Human Resources
Emily Ganyo oversees Human Capital and Human Resources at Green Dot Washington. In her role, she ensures each department is operating legally, efficiently, and strategically. An attorney and former middle school teacher, Emily brings experience in district labor and employee relations, criminal litigation and organizational change management. Most recently, Emily served as the Director of Talent Operations at STRIVE Prep, a network of public charter schools in Denver, Colorado where she helped grow the organization’s human capital and employee support systems. Emily believes all students deserve equal access to excellent public schools and is excited to support the work of closing the opportunity gap in her home state of Washington. Emily earned her J.D. from the University of Denver, M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Director of Operations and Finance
A founding member of the Green Dot Washington team, Blake Herrera serves as the Director of Finance and Operations. She supports school leaders in developing sustainable systems, managing school finances, and ensuring all state and federal compliance requirements are met. With over 10 years of finance and operations experience and a lifelong passion for education, Blake understands the importance of effective operations on achieving academic success.
Before joining the Green Dot Washington team, Blake worked in New Orleans, LA as a Project Manager for Algiers Charter School Association overseeing strategic operational initiatives for the six schools in their network. Prior to that role, Blake served as the Director of Finance and Operations of Akili Academy of New Orleans, a high-performing, public elementary charter school. Before transitioning to a career in public education, Blake worked as an Associate at Goldman Sachs and Co in their Global Operations division. Blake earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Management degree from Tulane University. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest, cooking delicious meals, and spending time with friends and family.
Director of Student Services
Emily Holm (or Em as she prefers to be called) is the Director of Student Services. In her role, she oversees compliance for Special Education, Highly Capable, Civil Rights and Homeless students. Em brings her experience and passion from serving in traditional public schools as both a Special Education teacher and a building Administrator. She has a Bachelor’s in English Literature, and two Masters Degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership Administration. She shares a deep rooted belief in the potential of ALL students, eliminating barriers to learning and continuously striving for student success. As a native to the Pacific Northwest, she spends weekends cheering on her beloved Huskies at the University of Washington and finding new places to explore with her family (and dog!)
Director of Student Recruitment and Community Engagement
Nikka Lemons has developed a rich interdisciplinary set of skills via her educational, research, employment and volunteer endeavors. Much of her research explores the intersection of the following subject matters: government relations (domestic and abroad), institutional quality and access to upward mobility (e.g .education), and racialized minorities’ quality of life. Nikka believes a quality education is a human right and as a result has invested much time in honing skills pertaining to organizational design and effectiveness in order to support institutions in fulfilling this obligation to each and every child. In her spare time, she indulges in naps. Her sleep and rest patterns have not been the same since she and her husband welcomed their first child-Asa Lawrence Smith.
Director of Curriculum & Instruction
Rebecca serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Math & Science. She supports math and science teachers in implementing standards-aligned, rigorous curriculum across Green Dot Washington. She is joining the team from Chicago, where she taught high school math in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Rebecca is passionate about STEM education. She drove classroom results using data to not only best support students, but also invest them in their personal success. Rebecca earned her BS in Civil Engineering and Chemistry from St. Louis University and her Masters in Secondary Education and Teaching from Dominican University. She is also a Teach for America alum. She loves to travel and explore new places. She is eagerly exploring her new home!
Vivienne advances the strategic direction and leads Washington’s fundraising and development operations. In her role, she seeks to maintain and build community partnerships that will drive and energize the growth of charter schools in Washington. Previously, Vivienne served as an active-duty Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the U.S. Navy for five years prior to entering the private sector, where she most recently worked at a Fortune 50 company for its international investments team. She is the first-American born from a family of Vietnamese refugees, where she witnessed her family sacrifice everything for her education. She is a strong believer that the public education she received was her Willy Wonka “golden ticket” to experiencing the “American Dream.” She joined Green Dot with a sense of responsibility to pay forward all the family sacrifices and community support she received to the next generation of WA student scholars.
She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. She is currently pursuing an Executive MPA at the Dan Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Jules has worked in leadership development for mission driven organizations focusing on education and resource distribution for 7 years. She loves working to design systems that serve to empower youth and build strong lasting relationships. Jules moved to Washington in 2007 to go to The Evergreen State College and spent her college years opening a student-run cafe. Jules enjoys working with youth and teens and has run many camps, after-school programs, and outdoor trips. Jules is finishing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Prescott College. Outside of work, Jules likes to spend time outside- biking, swimming, learning about medicinal plants, and appreciating trees and forest creatures of all kinds.
Glenn serves as the IT Manager for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. He supports our schools with setting up and troubleshooting laptops, desktops, printers, and various other forms of hardware and software. With over 10 years IT experience from working with Whole Foods Market and Apple, he began his time with Green Dot by supporting Animo James B. Taylor and Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy in California, before making the move to be a part of the growing Washington region. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing basketball with his kids, watching football, and finding great places to eat.
Angela Oh serves as the Talent Recruiter for Green Dot Washington. In this role, she works to develop teacher recruiting strategies and maintain a rigorous selection process for all Green Dot Washington schools. Before coming to Green Dot, Angela spent two years teaching Government and Economics in Dallas, Texas where she gained a passion for building positive school culture and strategizing on how to best serve all students. Today, she uses her past experience as a classroom teacher to guide her recruitment and selection decisions, ensuring that the very best teachers come to and stay at Green Dot Public Schools. Angela is a Washington native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Knowledge Management Analyst
Cynthia serves as the Knowledge Management Analyst for Green Dot Public Schools Washington. In this role she supports the organization by providing data and reports to help school leaders track students’ and school progress. This is her first position in education and as a lifelong Washington resident and student she is excited to contribute to Green Dot’s mission to help all students. She attended Western Washington University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology. In her free time Cynthia enjoys reading a good novel, doing arts and crafts, participating in Wednesday trivia nights, and baking delicious treats for her family and friends.
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