Secret Charles-Ford

Independent Historian

Secret Charles-Ford, Ed.D, graduated from the School of Educational Leadership & Change at Fielding Graduate University (2014). Dr. Charles-Ford earned two master degrees while attending Antioch University, Seattle. Her first graduate degree was earned in the Environment & Community program (2004) with a second graduate degree earned in Education (2007). Dr. Charles-Ford earned her undergraduate degree through the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. She served on the Sacramento, California Environmental Commission (SEC) from 2014 to 2015. The SEC was created by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Sacramento City Council in 1988 with a broad charter to provide information, analysis, and advice to the elected officials on environmental issues, and to provide assistance and advice to the Environmental Management Department on environmental programs.

In 2012, Dr. Charles-Ford published her first book titled Vietnam, PTSD, and Therapy: Survived All That!. It is a book about one person’s account and experience as a military personal and a combat veteran. Vietnam, PTSD, and Therapy: Survived All That! is available for purchase at

Dawn Mason (1945- )

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Charles H. Mitchell (1940 – )

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Bruce Harrell (1958 – )

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Richard McIver (1941-2013)

Richard J. McIver was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the Seattle City Council in early 1997 and was subsequently reelected to three full four-year terms in 1997, 2001, and 2005. Councilmember McIver, was a fifth-generation Seattleite, was born on June 14, 1941 to Mildred Artis-McIver … Read MoreRichard McIver (1941-2013)

Warren Buck (1946 – )

Image Courtesy of the University of Washington Warren Buck was Chancellor (now Emeritus and professor) of the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB), from June 1999 through June 2005.  Dr. Buck was born on February 16, 1946 to Mr. & Mrs. Warren W. Buck, Jr., in … Read MoreWarren Buck (1946 – )

Raymond Merriwether (1924–2011)

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Yalonda Sinde (1963- )

Yalonda Sinde was born in Seattle Washington to working-class parents.  Her father was a steward with Amtrak for many years and her late mother was a hairdresser.  She is the oldest of three sisters.  Sinde’s father inspired much of her activism.  “Watching what my father … Read MoreYalonda Sinde (1963- )

Paul Chiles (1949- )

Paul Chiles is the youngest of three children, born to Ruth and Raymond Chiles in Spokane, Washington on April 11, 1949. Raised in Seattle, he graduated from Garfield High School. Chiles was drawn to civil rights at an early age and founded the Black Student … Read MorePaul Chiles (1949- )