Our Team

Our Team

Staff

Pamila Gant – Senior Program Officer

Pamila joined the MW staff in January 2008. In her role, she is responsible for providing training and technical assistance to mentoring organizations.  Pamila also has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education in college admissions, financial aid, and student development.  She has a wealth of experience working with youth from all backgrounds.   You will quickly learn she is an ardent advocate for developing strong, caring communities where all youth feel safe and are capable of making meaningful contributions to the world around them.

Pamila earned her bachelor degree in Urban Development from Western Washington University and has a certificate in Family History and Genealogy (her personal passion) from the University of Washington.

Victor Amabile – Project Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Loaned Executives

Tom Pennella – DCYF Partnership Director

Tom Pennella currently serves as the Deputy Director for MENTOR Washington, and is Mentoring Administrator for the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF).  Tom has worked for DCYF for the last 35 years, and has been with MENTOR Washington for the past 19 years. Tom is one of the founders of MENTOR Washington, and was inducted into the Mentoring Founders Circle in 2016. The majority of his career has been dedicated to supporting young people, especially those involved in the social service system, including youth in foster care, adjudicated youth, and youth with substance abuse and mental health issues. His most recent work has focused on dropout prevention and youth workforce mentoring. Tom serves as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Military Mentoring Program. In his spare time, he enjoys powerlifting and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.  He, his wife and two daughters live in Olympia.

Claude Green – Costco Corporate Engagement Director

Claude joined MENTOR Washington (MW) in 2016. He came to MW as a Loaned Executive from Costco Wholesale to provide strategic, operational, fundraising and marketing support needed to build MW’s profile. His primary focus is to pilot quality workforce development for local youth programs in Washington State. He is currently developing a corporate engagement strategy that encourages corporate mentoring and career pathway programs for at-risk youth through collaboration with businesses, state government and MW’s mentoring partners.

Prior to joining MW, Claude has spent 34 years working his way up the corporate ladder at Costco