OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Dustin Church, Director of Finance and Operations
Prior to starting at Catalyst, Dustin was the Director of Finance and Administration for Engineered Software in Lacey, WA. While at Engineered Software, Dustin focused on operational efficiency, policy and process improvement, business systems development, and financial analysis. In his time at Engineered Software, he implemented many new policies and practices to ensure compliance with state and federal laws as well as improve operational efficiency. Prior to Engineered Software, Dustin was an executive team leader of logistics and operations at Target. He helped develop new operational procedures for the logistics team, to help improve guest experience as well as overall operations of the business.
Dustin graduated in June of 2019 with an MBA in Finance from Washington State University. He also obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Saint Martin's University. In his free time, Dustin loves to spend time with his wife, 2 children, and 2 dogs, exploring the pacific northwest and traveling.
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Kyle Bobay, Coordinator: Special Projects
Kyle Bobay (he/him/his) is thrilled to be a member of the Catalyst team and is excited to continue watching Catalyst grow within the Kitsap community.
Kyle was born and raised in the Bay Area of California and came to Bremerton during the fall of 2017. He finished his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where he received a B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas, with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.
During his senior year of highschool, Kyle interned as an Artistic Director at Center Stage Performing Arts in Milpitas, CA. As an Artistic Director, he created and managed Broadway Babies, a theater company for children ages 4 to 8. This is where he sparked an interest in working as a leader and collaborator.
Kyle is currently studying Human Resource Management at Southern New Hampshire University. When Kyle is not at school, he is most likely spending time riding his skateboard, planning his next vacation, or finding new restaurants to eat because he loves food! He dreams of growing a family, traveling all around the world.
Tatiana Epanchin, Co-Founder
Prior to launching Catalyst Tatiana was the Head of Program at School Leader Lab, a school leadership development program, Tatiana was the Bay Area Regional Superintendent for Aspire Public Schools. As principal, her school increased its academic performance index by 150 points, more than three times the state average increase. She was awarded the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap, an honor bestowed upon only 1 out of over 9,600 schools in the state. She began her teaching career with Teach for America in New Orleans and has also served as a social worker in Contra Costa County working on intensive family preservation cases. She is driven by her passion for justice in our country and how we can make individual contributions to change in our local context. She believes we each have a critical role to play, and that anything is possible in Washington––a state full of innovation and creativity. In her free time, she loves exploring the Puget Sound region with her family.
Tatiana can be reached at .
Amanda Gardner, Co-Founder
Prior to launching Catalyst Amanda was the VP, Schools at Innovate Public Schools. In this role Amanda founded Innovate's World-Class Schools Fellowship, a year-long school design program helping to redesign and launch new, equity driven schools. Amanda also designed and launched Innovate's Charter School Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Before coming to Innovate, Amanda was the founding Principal of UP Academy Charter School of Boston, a highly successful turnaround school committed to improving educational outcomes for all students. In the school’s founding year, students at UP had the highest student growth percentiles in middle school math in the entire state of Massachusetts and, in 2014, was named a Commendation School by the Massachusetts Department of Education, an accolade reserved for schools that are beating the odds with students.
Amanda was also the Founding Principal of Boston Preparatory Charter Public School (BPCPS) in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. 100% of the school’s founding class earned proficient or advanced on all state required high school tests and students in the middle school have consistently outperformed students across the state in virtually all grade levels and content areas. In 2009, BPCPS was named as an EPIC Gold Gain school, a honor bestowed to 5 schools across the country.
Amanda can be reached at .
Tiffany Hye, Coordinator: Family + Community Engagement
Tiffany Bianca Hye is my name. I am a wife to Curtis Hye and the mother of two amazing boys, Zion 9, and Zephan 7 years old. I'm also an auntie to 4 nephews and 3 nieces.
My career started out as a Flight Attendant for American West Airlines. When the company downsized I then decided to move back home. I enrolled in Olympic College seeking a business degree. I became a stay at home mom with my first child and when he started Head Start I began to volunteer in my son's school. I helped out with programs such as Motherread/Fatherread. Three years later I obtained a job at Teletech as a customer service agent. When Teletech decided to relocate, I started to work for "WIC" (Women, Infant and Children). I worked as a clerk and then a certifier for six years.
I am presently writing and completing my book called "Growing up Church'', which is my experience from childhood to adulthood. Growing up at Emmanuel Church in Bremerton had a large impact and has influenced my life goals. As I attended Emmanuel Church I held the position as a children's church teacher for ages 5-11 years old, Baby Dedication Coordinator and I helped coordinate and was a speaker for many of our community outreach events. I enjoy working in the community by reaching out to people.
Brittini Troyer, Coordinator: Office + Operations
Brittni was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington.
She grew up in a military family. A 2009 graduate at Central Kitsap High School, she also went to Olympic college.
She has 12 years of customer service experience within Kitsap county community. She has worked with the state as a care provider for special needs and within the school districts through Americorps.
She loves to spend time with her family exploring the PNW and traveling. Brittni joined catalyst to make a difference within her community and help make the scholars be the best version of themselves.