Who We Are
- Lower 48
Centered in Sitka
- Bryden Sweeney-Taylor (project lead) is a Deep Springs and Harvard College alumnus. Bryden returned to Deep Springs in 2015 to teach a course on the intersections of race and education. He is the co-founder of Matriculate and the CEO of College Access and Success at America Achieves, leading Bloomberg Philanthropies’ CollegePoint initiative. Both efforts aim to support high-achieving, lower-income students apply to, enroll in, and, ultimately, graduate from top-performing colleges and universities across the U.S.
- Cecilia Dumouchel is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she earned her B.A. in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. She attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for two years prior to transferring to Yale. She has worked as a research assistant at the Yale School of Public Health, where her work focused on tick-borne illness. Cecilia joined the principal team as a 2016-17 Sitka Winter Fellow and now works as project staff.
- Erin Slomski-Pritz is a graduate of Whitman College, where she earned a B.A. in English. Prior to attending Whitman, she spent her first two years of college at the University of Washington. Since graduating, she has worked in various community-based organizations, aiming to make education and healthcare more accessible to individuals from low-income socioeconomic backgrounds. She currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Bracken Magazine. Erin joined the core team as a Sitka Winter Fellow in January of 2018.
- Javier Botero is a film producer, writer, and software engineer. Javier coproduced the cyber warfare documentary Zero Days for Director Alex Gibney, which was short-listed for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary. He has led software development and communications for several tech start-ups. He and Jonathan, with others, co-founded the Sitka Fellows Program in 2012. Javier studied philosophy at Yale.
- Joe Weyhmiller grew up in Craig, Alaska and recently graduated from Boise State University with a B.A in History Secondary Education. He has taken up a variety of roles within schools, including working as a social studies teacher at Initial Point High School in Kuna, Idaho. Joe joined the principal team as a 2018-19 Alaska Fellow based in Sitka.
- Johnny Elliott was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and currently studies at Dartmouth College where he intends to graduate in 2019 with a B.A. in Physics. At Dartmouth, Johnny is involved in the men’s Ultimate Frisbee team (as the president) and a student group called Improve Dartmouth, which runs a website that centralizes dialogue of campus issues and endeavors to implement popular ideas for making Dartmouth a better place. He joined the Outer Coast core team in December of 2017.
- Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (founder, board chair) was born and raised in Sitka and represents Southeast Alaska in the Alaska Legislature. During and after his time studying at Yale, Jonathan created a number of programs in Alaska, including the Winter Fellows Program, Historical Restoration Interns program, Sitka Fellows Program, and Anchorage Urban Fellows Program. Jonathan began to explore creating a new institution of higher learning in Sitka summer 2014. In January 2015, he visited Deep Springs, where he met Will and offered him a Sitka Winter Fellows position to help work on the project.
- Sara Feinberg was a public defender in Brooklyn, New York, for seven years before becoming a screenwriter in Los Angeles. In New York, Sara co-founded Young New Yorkers, an arts-based diversion program for court-involved teens. Recently, Sara wrote for Tales, a TV series on BET, and is now working on original material. Sara holds a B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from Georgetown Law.
- Stephanie Gilardi has worked as a staffer in the Alaska Legislature and, previously, on Tlingit language revitalization projects at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Stephanie completed M.A. coursework focused on language ideologies and endangered language issues and holds a B.A. from Wellesley College.
- Terrell Carter took a year off between Deep Springs College and Yale University to help start Guizhou Forerunner College, in Southwest China, a program aiming to help local poor and blind students learn technology skills. At Yale, Terrell studied the history of technology. He first came to Sitka to help the Sitka Fine Arts Camp with marketing and to work on the restoration of the historic Sheldon Jackson Campus.
- Will Hunt is a graduate of Deep Springs College and a current student at Yale College, where he is pursuing a B.A. in computer science. Will took a gap year between Deep Springs and his final two years of undergrad in order to work full-time to bring Outer Coast into existence. He transferred to Yale in the fall of 2016 but continues to work on Outer Coast remotely, overseeing the accreditation process.