Dr. Shema Hanebutte – Director of Partnership Development

Dr. Shema Hanebutte joins the Edge Foundation with a passion for partnerships that bring people together to create interventions that increase inclusivity and remove barriers for the underserved and individuals without voice.

As a college Dean, her work centered on counseling, access and disability services and workforce development.  She created educational opportunities together with community partners while in the college setting.  One such development was the vibrant partnership with Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP).  This nationally recognized partnership received an innovation award and has been sought for replication across the country.  While Shema is passionate about partnership development, she is equally enthusiastic about program development and evaluation.  She is a listener and storyteller.  Over the years she has facilitated and presented to many groups large and small, locally, and nationally.

Prior to the college, she expanded the scope of the Pierce County Health Services Council.  This dynamic partnership averted a local health care worker shortage by increasing the capacity of healthcare programs.

Shema has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington, Tacoma, a M.S.Ed in Marriage Family Therapy from California State, East Bay and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Shema’s education began after a successful career in the  United States Airforce – Serving in Europe, Asia, Desert Storm and state side.