Our Staff

Get to know the TRiO team!

Emily Pieper

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Emily Pieper

Director of TRiO Student Success | She/Her

piepere@evergreen.edu

Emily Pieper was born and raised right here in Olympia and has been working with TRiO since 2019. A welcoming face amid a sometimes intimidating environment, Emily is deeply committed to enhancing the campus community and understands first-hand what TRiO students face as she was a low-income, first-generation college student who wished for a program like TRiO. Emily especially values the time she gets to spend with students, and is not only passionate about impacting and assisting TRiO students, but is also very grateful for the impact that students have on her. If you see her around campus, ask Emily about her house plant collection!

Richelle V. Enriquez

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Richelle V. Enriquez

Program Coordinator for TRiO Student Success and Disability Support | They/She

Richelle.V.Enriquez@evergreen.edu

Richelle V. Enriquez has been working with TRiO Student Success and Disability Support at Evergreen since August 2019 and is currently serving as Program Coordinator. Richelle graduated from Evergreen in 2018. A first-generation and low-income student, Richelle was enrolled in the TRiO program as a student, and is very engaged in both the campus and Thurston County communities. Richelle worked with Student Activities while attending Evergreen, and after graduating served in the Americorps program for a year working with the Thurston County Food Bank and the CCBLA (Center for Community Based Learning and Action). Richelle continues to be an integral part of our campus community because she values the education that Evergreen offers, and wants to support the whole college student experience through working with TRiO. They are particularly dedicated to supporting the TRiO program because of the way TRiO emphasizes that students do not have to go through college alone.

Wes McIntosh

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Wes McIntosh

Academic Specialist | He/Him

mcintosw@evergreen.edu

Wes has lived in the Pacific Northwest his entire life, bouncing around between Tacoma, Portland, Olympia, and Seattle. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Washington in Tacoma in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies, and his master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. He started working at Evergreen in June 2018 for the TRiO Upward Bound program, before transitioning to TRiO Student Success in January 2020. He finds it truly rewarding to support Evergreen students along their educational paths. He spends his free time hanging with friends and family, writing, reading, and playing cards.

Stacia Pomerenk

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Stacia Pomerenk

Academic Specialist | She/Her

pomerens@evergreen.edu

Stacia’s career path has taken her in a variety of directions, including public school teaching and even owning a small retail business in downtown Olympia. She initially moved here from Southern California to work at Evergreen’s Career Development Center after completing her master’s degree in career counseling; She’s worked at Evergreen in several capacities now, and the position she’s enjoyed the most is that of Academic Specialist with TRiO.  Stacia says that TRiO students are amazing, bringing dreams and fears and deep strengths combined with a fierce determination to achieve their goals. Her hope is to help make their academic journeys a little smoother, sort of like a trail guide as folks climb their own personal Mt. Everest. She thinks it’s easier to do hard things with some company along the way.

Jess Tourtellotte

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Jess Tourtellotte

Academic Specialist for Disability Support | She/Her

jessica.a.tourtellotte@evergreen.edu

Jess’s first conscious experience as a person with a disability was being given a whiteboard and being told to write her last name until she knew how to spell it correctly. That was the moment she knew that in addition to having a physical disability, she also had a learning disability. She had never felt more alone. There were many lonely and confusing moments as she fought to be successful in a K-12 school system that wasn’t built to support her, or people like her. Then a teacher told her about Evergreen. At Evergreen she connected with TRiO, and for the first time found that she was soaring in her academic studies; that she mattered as a person, that her disability was important, and that she deserved space. She could finally blaze my own trail. After graduating with a Bachelor's from Evergreen, she earned a Master of Science in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work examined how young people with disabilities are represented in teen television. She’s continued to advocate to create space for herself and the disability community. She was able to achieve this by taking the tools that TRiO and Evergreen gave her and using them to build a ship that has supported and carried her during both the best and most difficult moments in her life. Now that ship has sailed her back home, to the very heart of the place that gave her roots as an individual, collaborator, advocate, and critical thinker. She is so excited and grateful to be a part in the lives of TRiO students at Evergreen. To support students so their voices and ideas aren’t just heard but are utilized. To advocate for continued inclusion across campus and the greater Olympia community for students who identify as persons with disabilities.

Kat Harmon

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Picture of Kat Harmon with a Black Lives Matter poster behind them, wearing a red and black plaid shirt.

Academic Specialist for Disability Support | They/Them

kat.harmon@evergreen.edu

Kat Harmon is a life-long resident of Washington state, first-generation college student, disability advocate, and educator. They graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2007 with a dual concentration in consciousness studies and theater arts. They earned their master's degree in counseling psychology from St. Martin’s University in 2020, with an emphasis on serving queer, trans, disabled, and neurodivergent populations. Kat is committed to equity, mutual aid, and decolonization. They are passionate about supporting underserved communities, and helping students craft authentic and attainable academic and career paths. When not in the office, Kat enjoys dancing, dreaming, reading, snuggling their cat, and having completely normal, healthy conversations with the lichen in the Evergreen woods. 

Forest Ember

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Image of Forest Ember, Events and Outreach Coordinator for TRiO Student Success and Disability Support

TRiO Disability Support Events and Outreach Coordinator | She/Her

forest.ember1@evergreen.edu

Forest is a neurodivergent, queer woman (of many words), coming to Olympia by way of Seattle, WA and before that, Madison WI. She was a full-time student at The Evergreen State College until the pandemic hit, then she went on a leave of absence, as online school was not a good fit for her. She studied a range of subjects from botany, history, psychology, audio recording, writing, social and economic justice, videography, singing, social and community building entrepreneurship, as well as sustainability studies, and more. She worked at (and volunteers at) KAOS radio station, 89.3 FM, Music for Everyone, doing outreach and promotions. She is currently part of the TRiO Disability Support Team at Evergreen which is a federally funded program working with students who fit into one or more of the following categories: low income, 1st generation college students, and/or are disabled, of which she is all 3 and was a TRiO student herself.  Her position with TRiO is Outreach Coordinator on the Disability Team. It is her dream job and she is grateful beyond words to be a part of such a life-changing, empowering program. She likes to create art in many forms including playing washboard, percussion, and trombone between many bands including two all-women, non-binary marching bands -Filthy FemCorps out of Seattle and Sticks & Bones right here in Olympia! She spends a lot of time working on my tiny home/sustainably renovated school bus (aka a Skoolie), she co-founded an intentional living community in Seattle called FIASCO! She organizes events including monthly Punslams - Pun Intended Punslam, and fundraisers. She loves animals/plants/living beings and stops frequently to pet and/or get lost in watching them do their thing and be themselves, just existing in the world and sharing space, time and energy together. She self-quotes. Cooking is an important passion of hers and also my preferred medium for creating; it’s literally digestible art. She enjoys frolicking in the woods, splashing in the waters, dancing in all of the places, doing research on all of the things, and is frequently found (and heard) belly laughing and enjoying life!

Havi Fisher

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Image of Havi Fisher, Student Tutor Coordinator for TRiO Student Success

Student Tutor Coordinator | They/Them

havi.n.fisher@evergreen.edu

Havi was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but since then they have lived across the United States and in Europe before their journey led them back to Washington. Before transferring to The Evergreen State College in Fall of 2020, Havi worked in non-profit program development, music, victim advocacy, medicine, and most recently as a tutor with the QuaSR Center at Evergreen. Although their path has taken them through different fields of work, what has remained constant is their passion for working with underserved populations and helping design and implement new systems and processes that expand impact and support. They are excited for the opportunity to be a part of the TRiO team and to continue supporting the wonderful diversity of Evergreen students throughout their college journey.  

 

Emmett Reilly

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Image of Emmett Reilly, Graphics and Social Media Outreach Lead at TRiO Student Success

Graphics and Social Media Outreach Lead | He/Him

Emmett.A.Reilly@evergreen.edu

Emmett is a current TRiO student and has been working with TRiO since January 2021. A first-generation college student, Emmett has experienced the impact that TRiO can have and attributes much of his academic and personal success to the TRiO program. He loves being able to provide similar support to new students in his current role and hopes to be an approachable resource for those learning how to navigate higher education. Outside of work, Emmett enjoys cooking, ranting about obscure baseball facts, and writing bios in the third person.