Who We Are

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Project Staff Team

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 graduate of Yale University, where she earned her B.A. in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. 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 the Program & Operations Lead.
  • Emma Burck is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies. After graduating, Emma worked as a communication coach and outdoor educator. She currently serves as the Director of Student Life at Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Emma joined the Outer Coast core team in December 2018 as the Program and Operations Alaska Fellow for 2018-2019.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 founded Alaska Fellows Program and Historical Restoration Interns program. Jonathan began to explore creating a new institution of higher education in Sitka summer 2014. In January 2015, he visited Deep Springs, and soon after made the decision to embark on the Outer Coast project.