Prevention Coalition Network Coordinator
Stephanie comes to HYCAN with diverse experience in youth prevention and intervention initiatives. She was the Founding Executive Director of Panels for Progress, a non-profit organization positively empowering adjudicated youth through the creation of public art. As a member of the start-up team for Seattle Community Court, she helped to reduce chronic use of the criminal justice system for misdemeanor offenders through a national problem-solving justice initiative. In the heyday of youth gangs, she worked in several prevention initiatives to provide positive alternatives to negative behavioral activities.
Stephanie also served in the past, as a Seattle Public Schools ReEntry/Intervention Specialist at South Lake Alternative High School. Active as a community volunteer, she is the longtime chair of the East Precinct Advisory Council and is a member of the Central Seattle Neighborhood District Council.
Interim Coalition Chair
Joanna Cullen, the Healthy Youth CAN Interim Coalition Chair has served the Central Seattle and King County community in many roles. As the parent of two daughters who attended neighborhood schools, she served on the school PTSAs and site councils and was elected President of the Seattle Council PTSA. She was the president of the Squire Park Community Council and remains a member. Joanna is also on the board of the East Precinct Advisory Council and the Central Area District Neighborhood Council. She is an active member of the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County and is the Chair of the Education Committee for Seattle-King County, as well as the treasurer for the League of Women Voters of Washington. Joanna is committed a strong, vital and diverse community that is accessible and safe for residents.Her career includes writing and editing, managing political campaigns and coordinating community non-profit efforts. Joanna and her husband enjoy reading, hiking and other outdoor activities, and the performing arts.
Teaching Artist DJ Sureal, also known as George Yasutake, is a talented and knowledgeable musicologist and DJ who can reference roots of most genres of music, and demonstrates detailed knowledge of the sources, histories and intentions of Hip-hop.
George is descended from African-American and Japanese ancestors who have impacted his strong ethnic and cultural identity and appreciation, which is evident in his life as an artist, family person and in his talents as a chef.
A Garfield High School graduate, George has deep, lifelong roots in Seattle’s Central District, and is a Teen Leader at Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Garfield Teen Life Center. George/DJ Surreal leads the HYCAN-facilitated Hip Hop 2 Prevent program.
Paris Randall is a Hip-Hop Recording Artist & Producer born and raised in Seattle. His passion for music has put him on the stages of Bumbershoot, Northwest Folk Life, and a whole host of other events. In 2010, He worked with Youngstown Records in a partnership with Arts Corp, to curate an exhibit at the Frye Art Museum, as well as a matching album, both entitled “I Wish I Knew Who I Was Before I Was Me.” The exhibit, album, and release party resulted in having him and his band mates go to the White House that year, where they all got to meet President Barack Obama and a whole host of other names at “A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement.” After that, he completed a degree in Associate of Applied Arts & Sciences for Music Technology: Merchandising at Shoreline Community College. His uncle is the late Taj Randall, also known in the Seattle Hip-Hop Community as Tizzy T.Currently, Paris is one of the Lead Teaching Artists at non-profit WAPI Community Services in Seattle. In a partnership with WAPI, he is now a part of H2P coursework with HYCAN. His experiences and skills he is able to share with the youth are things like, but not limited to: songwriting, recording vocals, basic engineering, performing onstage, music production, and event promotion.