Staff

The Washington Student Achievement Council - GEAR UP staff serve 27 school districts around the state of Washington.

Weiya Liang, Director
weiyal@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7884
General oversight of program. 

Marcie Sample, Associate Director for College Access & Support
marcies@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7788
General oversight of program. Provides direct support and technical assistance to school districts. 
 
Beth Kelly, Assistant Director for College Access and Support 
bethk@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7826
Leads professional development partnerships. Identifies, develops and distributes program resources and contents. Leads GEAR UP West conference planning. 

Katherine Kersten, Communications Specialist
katherinek@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7837
Manages the GEAR UP website, publications, updating of program materials, social media pages, incentives, creates GEAR UP West conference materials and vendor selection. 

Kelly Keeney, Program Specialist II
kellyk@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7838
Manages meeting and training logistics. Provides technical assistance to schools for data collection and reporting. Leads registration and logistics planning for GEAR UP West. 
  
Lori Vani, Program Manager
loriv@wsac.wa.gov
(360) 753-7789
Manages the contract reimbursement process and match documentation.

Christina Winstead, Program Associate for Outreach
christinaw@wsac.wa.gov
Manages the 12th Year Campaign and FAFSA completion portal outreach.