ACT SIX NATIONAL OFFICE

AT DEGREES OF CHANGE

Degrees of Change is home to the Act Six National Office and licenses the Act Six program materials to local community affiliates and partner colleges who run locally owned Act Six initiatives in their communities.  Behind the scenes, the National Office provides extensive training, coordination, logistical and technology support, technical assistance, and evaluation services to help our partners deliver the highest quality programs.

Degrees of Change works with interested stakeholders in communities across the country to develop new Act Six partnerships, guided by a strategic plan to scale the reach and impact of the program.  We also work with a wide range of organizations to develop innovative new program expressions that leverage and expand the reach of the Act Six model.

Act Six is at the core of the Degrees of Change mission to help communities and colleges equip students to learn together through college and lead together back home.

MEET OUR TEAM

ACT SIX NATIONAL OFFICE STAFF

Alyson Atwater

Alyson Atwater

Operations and Alumni Manager

Alyson earned a dual degree in Education from Whitworth University. She worked as the Act Six Site Director in Spokane, WA before joining the Degrees of Change team in Tacoma. Alyson started as an Admin and has since transitioned into the role of Operations and Alumni Manager. As an Act Six alum herself, she is eager to engage with the broad alumni network to help build stronger communities.

Kelly Bay-Meyer, Ph.D.

Kelly Bay-Meyer, Ph.D.

Research and Evaluation Director

Trained as a political scientist focused on education politics and direct democracy in Latin America, Kelly returned home to WA in 2010 to give back to her local community. She taught courses in research methods and social justice at Seattle University before serving as Senior Research and Evaluation Officer at the College Success Foundation. She holds a doctorate in Political Science from Brown University.

Francisca Chau, M.Ed

Francisca Chau, M.Ed

Program Operations Manager

Francis is an Act Six alum from the third cadre at Gonzaga University, where she completed a dual Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She served as the Act Six Program Supervisor for the Spokane area for three years before transitioning to Degrees of Change as the Program Operations Manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from Central Washington University.

Tommy Glasser

Tommy Glasser

Information Technology Specialist

Tommy is an Act Six alum from Whitworth University, where he majored in computer science and mathematics. After graduating, he worked in education for three years in Spokane where he provided computer science curriculum support and data analysis. Passionate about joining the efforts of serving large communities, he now serves Degrees of Change as the IT Specialist.

Marianne Hansen

Marianne Hansen

Operations and Alumni Support

Originally from the Midwest, Marianne began working at Whitworth University in 1986. As Director of Admissions, Marianne played an integral part in the Act Six program and cherished the deep connections she made with scholars. She retired from Whitworth in 2017 and quickly realized she missed those important interactions. In her role at Degrees of Change she is excited to support the work of providing college access for all students who desire to further their education.

Tim Herron, Ed.D.

Tim Herron, Ed.D.

President + Act Six Founder

As an urban high school math teacher in Tacoma, WA, Tim developed the Act Six initiative in 2002 at Northwest Leadership Foundation to help his students succeed in college and return to lead in Tacoma. He now guides Degrees of Change as we work to expand and share the success of Act Six. He holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Washington.

CONTACT US

Office Address

1102 Commerce St
Suite 400
Tacoma, WA 98402

Mailing Address

Act Six Central Office
Degrees of Change
PO Box 1573
Tacoma, WA 98401

Office Phone

253-444-0004

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