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Jane’s Fellowship

Supporting Pierce County Leaders to Make a Difference

UPDATE as of May 3rd, 2021: We are now accepting applications for Jane’s Fellowship Program Class 9. Are you a community member actively serving Pierce County communities and looking to deepen your skills? Find out “How to Apply” in the drop-down menu below.

Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) engages leaders, actively serving Pierce County, who are interested in expanding their skills, broadening their networks and exchanging perspectives with other local leaders. This program offers skills training, experiential learning and personal development in a supportive cohort setting. Topics include exploring your mission and role as a leader, working effectively in the community, connecting your work to a wider context and preparing for the future. Upon completing the program, leaders are invited to join a graduate network, to continue their leadership journey and community work within a system of ongoing support.

Est Fellows 2

2004

Year Established
Leaders Fellows

87

Grassroots Leaders
Support Leaders 2

$1.3M

In Stipend and Grant Support

Jane’s Fellowship Class 9 begins October 2021 and runs until September 2022. If selected, fellows should plan for a hybrid in-person and virtual cohort experience in alignment with Washington State guidelines for COVID-19 health and safety.

WHO: Jane’s Fellowship Program is for people who live in Pierce County, care about their communities, and are willing to lead for the common good. Fellows in the program broaden their self-awareness, community networks and understanding of issues impacting Pierce County. Successful fellows desire skills, experience, information and networks to support their community goals and commit to self-awareness and mutual learning within a cohort of their peers. Fellows must agree to consistent participation, respect differences among others in the program, and be open to new perspectives and personal growth.

WHAT: In this 12-month program, fellows meet bi-weekly to share in skills training and experiential learning. The curriculum is grounded in values of social and racial equity, informed action and integrative practice. Topics include exploring your purpose, working effectively in community, and connecting your work to a wider context. Resources are provided to fellows to help offset the costs of participation and make it feasible. This includes stipends and leadership development account funds for self-development and personal education goals.

WHY: From its inception, Jane’s Fellowship Program has reflected The Russell Family Foundation’s desire to continue the “deep and dynamic” work of its matriarch, Jane Russell, by investing in and elevating local leaders. Today, Jane’s Fellowship Program believes that offering Pierce County community members dedicated time and resources will amplify their personal investments and further their support of community.

VIRTUAL INFO SESSIONS: Interested in Jane’s Fellowship Program but want to learn more before applying? The Russell Family Foundation is hosting three Virtual Info Sessions open to all. Info sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, May 18th 12PM – 1PM PT
  • Tuesday, June 1st 5PM – 6PM PT
  • Wednesday, June 23rd 12PM – 1PM PT

To sign up for an info session, please fill out this short survey to gain virtual access: Jane’s Fellowship Program Class 9 Recruitment Info Sessions Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Jane’s Fellowship Class 9 begins October 2021 and runs until September 2022. If selected, fellows should plan for a hybrid in-person and virtual cohort experience in alignment with Washington State guidelines for COVID-19 health and safety.

Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) seeks up to 13 people for Class 9, actively serving Pierce County communities and engaging a diverse range of community interests. Applicants may be volunteers or paid staff who are a part of expanding the quality of life for their community.

We are now accepting applications for Jane’s Fellowship (JFP) Class 9. Applications are open Monday, May 3rd, 2021 through Friday, July 2nd, 2021.

How to Apply:

  1. Download and review the TRFF JFP Class 9 Brochure to ensure this program is a fit with your goals and interests.
  2. Download and complete the TRFF JFP Class 9 Application and return it to jfp.app@trff.org OR mail to:
    Jane’s Fellowship Program
    The Russell Family Foundation
    P.O. Box 2567 Gig Harbor, WA 98335

All applications are due by Friday, July 2nd 2021.

Questions about applying to JFP? Please call us at 253.857.1664 or email us at jfp.app@trff.org. If you need technical support or assistance filling out your application, please reach out.

Virtual Info Sessions: Interested in Jane’s Fellowship Program but want to learn more before applying? The Russell Family Foundation is hosting three Virtual Info Sessions open to all. Info sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday, May 18th 12PM – 1PM PT
  • Tuesday, June 1st 5PM – 6PM PT
  • Wednesday, June 23rd 12PM – 1PM PT

To sign up for an info session, please fill out this short survey to gain virtual access: Jane’s Fellowship Program Class 9 Recruitment Info Sessions Survey (surveymonkey.com)

Meet the Fellows

Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) has engaged 87 individuals in Pierce County in their leadership journeys. Browse our most recent fellowship graduates, Class 8 (2019-2020), below and click on their photos to learn more about their work. Scroll right to see other graduates of our program. If you are a graduate and would like to engage with the Grad Network, please contact JFP Program Manager Necashaw Montgomery. We thank and honor all of our present and past fellows for your commitment to our community and our shared home.

Class 7

Education

Rachel Wiley

Financial Education

Andrew Whitney

Community Engagement

David White

Immigrants' Rights

Florian Tamayo

Immigrants' Rights

Chris Paredes

Youth Ministry

Nan Nop

Elder Care, Youth & Families

Earnestine Felicia Mittan

Youth & Community Leader Development

Terrance McGehee

Immigrants' Rights

Wendy Martinez

Sustainable Farming & Trans Advocacy

Grayson Crane

Community Engagement, Education & Equity

Sheree Cooks

Environmental Justice & Sustainability

Sarah Kane

Class 6

Shajuanda Tate - JFP Class 6

Mass Liberation

Shajuanda Tate

Brogan Shell - JFP Class 6

Food Systems & Community Health

Brogan Shell

Becka Scanlan - JFP Class 6

Neighborhood Advocacy

Elisapeta (Becka) Scanlan

Melody Rodriguez - JFP Class 6

Education & Youth Development

Melody Rodriguez

Saiyare Refaei - JFP Class 6

Community Arts

Saiyare Refaei

Obe Quarless - JFP Class 6

Identity & Musical Arts

Obe Quarless

Rebecca Jeffrey - JFP Class 6

Advocacy, Equity, Empowerment & Community

Rebecca Jeffrey

Hannah Miner - JFP Class 6

Active Transportation

Hannah Miner

Hal Meng - JFP Class 6

Sustainable Foods & Community Resilience

Hal Meng

Contina Kemp - JFP Class 6

Youth Empowerment

Contina Kemp

Jonathan Jackson - JFP Class 6

Education & Nonprofit Management

Jonathan Jackson

Aaron Goodge - JFP Class 6

Homeowner Support

Aaron Goodge

Agueda Fernandez-Webster - JFP Class 6

Immigrant Health

Agueda Fernandez-Webster

Casey Bruinsma - JFP Class 6

Education & Equity

Casey Bruinsma

Tracie Bonjour - JFP Class 6

Neighborhood Advocacy

Tracie Bonjour

Class 5

Necashaw Montgomery - JFP Class 5

Equanimity & Equity

Necashaw Montgomery

Andrew Wright - JFP Class 5

Veteran Outreach

Andrew Wright

Ben Warner - JFP Class 5

Youth Sports

Ben Warner

Elizabeth Sparks - JFP Class 5

Community Building

Elizabeth Parks

Carmetrus Parker - JFP Class 5

Advocacy, Social Justice, Organizing & Education

Carmetrus Parker

Nissana Nov Revet - JFP Class 5

Social Enterprise & Community Development

Nissana Nov Revet

Annika Moran - JFP Class 5

Sustainable Farming

Anika Moran

Chris Lopez-Moreno - JFP Class 5

Immigrants Outreach & Development

Christian Lopez-Moreno

Yisrael Johnson - JFP Class 5

Youth Sports

Yisrael Johnson

Shalisa Hayes - JFP Class 5

Youth Empowerment & Violence Prevention

Shalisa Hayes

Immaculate Ferreria-Allah - JFP Class 5

Community Advocacy

Immaculate Ferreria-Allah

Jenny Coonc - JFP Class 5

Neighborhood Advocacy

Jenny Coonc

Michael Chansavang - JFP Class 5

Youth Ministry

Michael Chansavang

Class 4

In Memoriam: Food Access and Rural Communities

Holly Hendrick

Peter Williams - JFP Class 4

Education & Postsecondary Enrollment

Peter Williams

Denice Randle - JFP Class 4

Education, Leadership & College Access & Retention

L.Denice Randle

Kathy Martin - JFP Class 4

Community Engagement & Neighborhood Safety

Kathy Martin

John W. Levi III - JFP Class 4

Youth & Families

John W. Levi III

Nora Leider - JFP Class 4

Homelessness

Nora Leider

Derrick Keys - JFP Class 4

Prison Outreach

Derrick Keys

Rachel Johnson - JFP Class 4

Education

Rachel Johnson

Marco Garcia - JFP Class 4

Education

Marco Garcia

Class 3

Alaimalo (Ala) Talo - JFP Class 3

Youth Cultural Dance & Empowerment

Alaimalo (Ala) Talo

Eddie Sumlin - JFP Class 3

Youth Arts

Eddie Sumlin

Annika (Asma) Tschudy-Simmons - JFP Class 3

Women's Empowerment

Annika (Asma) Tschudy-Simmons

Rick Ross - JFP Class 3

Music & Arts

Rick Ross

Felita Poole - JFP Class 3

Foster Care & Elder Care

Felita Poole

Edie Morgan - JFP Class 3

Elder Care

Edie Morgan

Kate Frazier - JFP Class 3

Education

Kate Frazier

Ben Cockran - JFP Class 3

Youth Sports

Ben Cochran

Holly Bukes - JFP Class 3

Animal Welfare, Health & Nutrition

Holly Bukes

Eve Bowen - JFP Class 3

Education & Criminal Justice Reform

Eve Bowen

Class 2

Susan Dobkins - JFP Class 2

Social Justice Ministry

Susan Dobkins

Roslynn Watson - JFP Class 2

Wellness & Mental Health

Roslynn Watson

Meridith Hatch - JFP Class 2

Disability Advocacy & Strong Towns

Meridith Hatch

Education

Lisa Bowman-Macklin

Jimmy Quins - JFP Class 2

Youth Sports

Jimmy Quins

Frederick (J.D.) Davis - JFP Class 2

Youth Education

Frederick (J.D.) Davis

Youth Basic Needs

Diane Formoso

Youth Dance

Brenda Garcia-Brown

Youth Advocacy

Bashiir Abdul-Mu’min

Class 1

Youth Mentorship

Preston (Tony) Wesley

Lawrence Stone - JFP Class 1

Gang Prevention

Lawrence Stone

Youth Sports

Kristen (Krissy) Rehberger

Neighborhood Advocacy

Martina O’Neil

Jason Hulen - JFP Class 1

Youth Arts

Jason Hulen

Kelly Coughlan - JFP Class 1

Rural Communities

Kelly Coughlan