The Washington Student Achievement Council - GEAR UP staff serve 26 school districts around the state of Washington.

Weiya Liang, Director for College Access and Support

Legislative issues, program oversight.

360-753-7884 |                       


Marcie Sample, Associate Director for College Access & Support

Program implementation, technical assistance, lead liaison for school partnerships, contract, work plan, budget planning site visits, compliance monitoring, program evaluation, budget and work plan revision review and approval, field trip request review.



Beth Kelly, Assistant Director for College Access and Support

Professional development, resource development, campus visits, partnership management, social media outreach.  Publications, photographs and images, incentives, website management and access.



Christina Winstead, Assistant Director of Outreach

The 12th Year Campaign including the American College Application Campaign and the financial aid completion campaign.

360-753-7856 |                 


Kelly Keeney, Program Specialist

Data collection and data entry/portal assistance, GEAR UP student eligibility procedures, GEAR UP professional development logistics planning, RSVP management.

360-753-7838 |        


Buffy Hatcher, Fiscal Program Manager

A19 invoice reimbursement process, match documentation verification, travel guidance, expenditure allowability, budget revision review.

360-485-1067 |         


Annie Pocklington, Program Associate for Student Support Services 

Summer camp lead, postsecondary partnership development, and 7th-year transition program development and support. 

360-485-1064 |