Our Team2019-10-01T07:45:22-07:00


Dr. Debra Sullivan
Dr. Sullivan is the Founder of Ashé Preparatory Academy, a K-8 public charter school that will open in 2019 in Skyway, Washington. She is also Past President of the Seattle Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Seattle) where the primary focus of her work has been around implementing appropriate learning environments for Black children and working with families and communities to increase their advocacy for their children. The author of three books, Dr. Sullivan’s third book, Cultivating the Genius of Black Children, guides teachers in creating classrooms that support the learning needs of Black children and many other children with similar learning styles and preferences. One of Dr. Sullivan’s favorite past times is cooking and she owns (at least) 150 cookbooks representing a variety of countries, cooking techniques, and types of food. Give her some garlic, onions, and olive oil and prepare to feast! Dr. Sullivan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Seattle University, and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Champlain College in Vermont.
Jonthomas “JT” Williams
Jonthomas “JT” Williams is the Founding Community and Family Engagement Manager. He holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. JT has worked with youth and families for 16 years as a tutor, educational advocate and academic counselor. JT was raised in the Skyway/Rainier Beach area and currently serves on the Board for Skyway Solutions Community Development Association. When he is not working towards equity in education, JT likes to spend time with his son, explore the natural beauty of Washington and learn new skilled trades.
L Diana Robinson
L Diana Robinson is the Founding Office Coordinator. Diana worked for over 20 years in the banking industry before making the conscious decision to pursue work in the non-profit sector. She has over 10 years of experience in non-profit office management and administrative support. Diana is passionate about seeing all children and especially children of color excel in education and in life. She is the mother of two college graduates and a grandmother of two. She enjoys singing, cardmaking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. She is currently working towards her BA in English. Diana hopes to be a reading specialist when she grows up.