Chair - The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

Phyllis J. Washington

Phyllis J. Peterson Washington, raised in Great Falls, Montana, received her B.A. in Education from the University of Montana in 1964. She taught elementary school in Missoula for several years, and later employed her talent as an interior decorator and antiquarian, owning PJ’s Interiors in Missoula.

Her current business, Phyllis Washington Antiques/Maison Felice, is located in Palm Desert, California, and is well known across the country for its 20,000 square feet of one-of-a-kind antiques. In addition to her strong support and service in support of education, Phyllis serves as chairperson of the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, as vice-chair of the National Committee for the Performing Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has been on the national board of Young Life since 2002. As a legacy of her lifelong support for education, Phyllis was instrumental in construction and subsequent addition to  The Phyllis J. Washington College of Education at the University of Montana, designed to train educators in the latest technologies and methods.