Upward Bound

Upward Bound Staff

The Upward Bound staff is dedicated to helping first generation and low income students to participate in higher education. Many of the Upward Bound staff were the first in their family to attend college.

Felix Braffith Interim-Upward Bound Director

Office: (360) 867-6028

Mrs. Juana Vaughan, Program Assistant

Office: (360) 867-6012

Fax:     (360) 867-5349

Mrs. Vaughan coordinates the Upward Bound program. Mrs. Vaughan is the liaison between Upward Bound and other offices at The Evergreen State College. She provides event coordination support, clerical support, and mentoring to the Upward Bound program.  She has obtained her A.A. Degree in Business Administration from South Puget Sound Community College.  She is currently working on her B.A. at the Evergreen State College.

Rand Hodgson, Educational Specialist

Rand Hodgson is currently the Upward Bound educational specialist at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.  Rand grew up in Arizona and France then went to work after high school.  He worked in cargo logistics and software support and training. After moving to Olympia with his wife and 2 daughters he finished his college degree and earned his Masters in Teaching at The Evergreen State College. 

Office : (253) 571-6394

Cell: (360) 742-6072

Joshua Simpson, Educational Specialist

Joshua Simpson is currently the Upward Bound educational specialist at Lincoln High School in Tacoma.  Josh grew up in Ohio and joined the US Army after graduating from high school.  While in the Army Josh was stationed and Joint Base Lewis McCord and spent a year in Iraq.  After five years, Josh left the military at the rank of Sargent. 

 After his time in the military, Josh attended the Evergreen State College in Olympia.  While an undergraduate at Evergreen, Josh became involved in anti-war and immigrants’ rights work and later founded the veterans’ resource center, Coffee Strong as a college project in 2008.  The center is still in existence just celebrated its 5th anniversary and Josh is currently on its board of directors.  Josh is also currently a member of the board of directors of the Olympia Food Co-Op.  Josh graduated from Evergreen in 2009 earning a bachelor’s of arts with an emphasis on political economy and history.  Josh then joined the Masters in Teaching Program at Evergreen and earned his master’s degree in 2011 with endorsements in social studies and middle level humanities. 

 Before becoming an Educational Specialist for Upward Bound, Josh spent time as an RA in the Upward Bound Program and spent a year at Chief Leschi as a long-term substitute teacher. 

Office: (253) 571-6772

Mobile: (360) 584-5105

Marisa Sanchez, Educational Specialist

Marisa Sanchez is currently the Upward Bound educational specialist at Clover Park High School.