Kay currently serves as the Director of Special Initiatives at Heritage University in Toppenish where, as Director of the Center for a New Washington, she oversees and coordinates the varied activities of the Center for a New Washington. In addition Kay provides leadership for starting new or short-term projects at the University. Most recently she developed the Office of Institutional Research and led the redesign of the University web site.
Off campus, she is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Downtown Yakima Rotary Club and board memberships on Northwest Harvest, the United Way of Central Washington, EPIC and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra.
Before coming to Heritage, she and her husband John were at Clark University in Worcester, MA, where he was president for 10 years. While in Massachusetts Kay was active on campus and in the community where she served on the Boards of the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts, Music Worcester, Foothills Theatre, the Ecotarium (Museum of Science and Nature) and the YWCA. She was a founding member and second chairperson of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts. She also chaired the Colleges of Worcester Consortium’s Community Engagement Committee and Worcester’s Cultural Coalition, was active at the Worcester Art Museum and was a member of the Worcester Rotary club. Prior to her time in Massachusetts she enjoyed a 17-year career in technology management, most recently at the NASA John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds an MBA from Wayne State University.
Sarah Augustine is the Assistant Director at the Center for a New Washington, and Assistant Professor of Sociology. At the Center for a New Washington, Sarah directs the One Voice for Higher Education project, a partnership between Heritage University, Yakima Valley Community College, and the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. The aim of this project is to build a rigorous coalition of community leaders to identify critical interventions that will significantly increase educational attainment in Yakima County.
As a teacher, Sarah is passionate about connecting with Heritage students. The first person in her family to attend college, Sarah is devoted to the values of student-centered education and social justice that are nurtured at Heritage. The focus of Sarah’s scholarship is community directed research and intervention and public engagement in science. A trained mediator, the focus of Sarah’s practice is in group conflict transformation, community engagement, and racial justice.
Beyond Heritage, Sarah is the Co-Director of Suriname Indigenous Health Fund, a private international charity. Sarah led a team of Indigenous and church leaders to draft the World Council of Churches Statement on the doctrine of discovery and its enduring impact on Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted on February 17, 2012. Sarah advocates for the health and rights of Indigenous Peoples in the international arena.
Joy Howard is the Interim Assistant Director at the Center for a New Washington. Joy recently joined Heritage University after she moved to Washington from South Carolina. In 2013 Joy received her doctorate in Social Foundations of Education from the University of South Carolina. She is particularly interested in issues of culture, race, and language in education.
Julia Silberman is currently the Administrative Assistant for the Center for a New Washington and the Center for Native Health & Culture. She is involved in many aspects of both Center’s including research projects, event planning and the day to day operations. Julia’s interests include culture, collaboration and campus life. She plans to continue furthering her education and career by attending classes at Heritage University.