Betty has worked in public education for 31 years, first as a teacher of French and English literature and later as an elementary and secondary administrator. Her most recent role was at Somerset Elementary in the Bellevue School District. Betty is currently working part-time in the K-12 administrative preparation programs at Seattle University and the University of Washington. Betty has a passion for education and a strong affiliation with The Little School as her grandchildren, Drew and Zoe, are both alumni.
2016-17 Board Committees: Committee on Trustees
Chris is a long-time alumnus of The Little School with vivid memories and lifelong friendships of the school’s early years. He is happy to serve as a trustee of his alma mater. Chris is a REALTOR® as well as an accomplished musician, having attended the Berklee College of Music. He currently plays bass guitar in two blues bands and is an avid boater, hiker, skier and slalom skateboarder. Chris served as a trustee at the Puget Sound Community School and at the SYC Foundation prior to joining The Little School Board of Trustees.
2016-17 Board Committees: Alumni
Claudia holds an S.B. in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has more than 16 years of experience in business-process optimization and marketing in the financial, healthcare, high-tech, and non-profit sectors. She recently left facilitating the development of a multibillion-dollar international licensing program to improve enrollment forecasting and budget planning for schools. Her experience includes Intellectual Ventures, Boston Acoustics, Deloitte Consulting, The Andre Agassi Foundation, amazon.com and Washington Mutual. Claudia and her husband have two children currently attending The Little School. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, traveling and discovering new restaurants.
2016-17 Board Committees: Development, Diversity
The parent of a TLS alum, Dan has a bachelor of arts degrees in economics and history from Beloit College in Wisconsin. He previously served on the boards of local arts, environmental and open space non-profits. Dan brings marketing and strategic planning expertise to The Little School board. He owns his own marketing and communications consulting firm, Northwest Insight, as well as other small businesses. In his free time, Dan enjoys trivia, movies, amusing anecdotes, traveling and spending time with his family.
2016-17 Board Committees: Executive (Member at Large), Development (Chair)
Jenny is a Little School alumna, and loved her TLS experience so much she returned as an adult to serve as the school’s director of development and community relations for many years before leaving to devote more time to parenting. Previously, Jenny worked in the international non-profit sector and brings fundraising, marketing and board experience to her work on the board. Jenny enjoys keeping up with two active boys, walking their yellow lab, riding horses and traveling. She also holds volunteer roles with several other community organizations.
2016-17 Board Committees: Alumni, Committee on Trustees (Chair)
An alumni parent with twenty-five years of advertising production management, Judy considers herself a professional TLS volunteer. During the time her daughter, who is currently attending Kenyon College, was a student at The Little School, Judy served on the PAC as well as on a number of other committees before joining the board. Judy has been a volunteer for other groups in the education sector, but she has a special passion for Little School alumni. In her free time, she loves to read and work out, but not at the same time.
2016-17 Board Committees: Alumni (Chair)
The parent of three Little School students, Kelly is a consultant specializing in nonprofit organization management, particularly in the education and healthcare industries. Her focus has been providing visioning, process design, strategy, data analysis and business plan development for social enterprise start-ups. Prior to consulting, Kelly worked in leadership positions for various health and education organizations including Amaran Biotechnology, Community Health Plan of Washington, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the University of Denver High School.
2016-17 Board Committees: Diversity, Finance, Executive (Chair)
Kendra is a parent of a current Little School student and a recent alum. She is a strong advocate of progressive education, and is excited and proud to serve on the board to ensure The Little School's success for generations to come. Kendra started her career working domestically and internationally as a management consultant and software developer. After putting down roots in the Pacific Northwest, she received her Master in Teaching degree and worked as an elementary teacher. Kendra has been an active volunteer at The Little School in various roles such as PAC chair and treasurer, chair of the auction committee and room rep. She also serves as volunteer coordinator for several community organizations.
2016-17 Board Committees: Development
Lindsey is an alumna of The Little School, and her parents were both on staff as a teacher and administrative controller for the school. Lindsey continued her education at the University of Puget Sound, earning a B.A. in English literature and theatre arts. Her career has focused in the legal and executive management fields, and she is currently a paralegal at MicroVision, Inc. Growing up surrounded by the close community of students, teachers and staff of The Little School, Lindsey firmly believes in the unique approach and technique of learning that The Little School offers.
2016-17 Board Committees: Finance
Michael has a strong affinity for The Little School as the parent of an alumnus who outgrew in 2012. Michael earned his degree in American Culture from Northwestern University and currently serves as the Director of Brand Strategy at Microsoft. He brings a tremendous wealth of expertise and experience with marketing and branding to The Little School Board. When not at work, Michael enjoys bringing music to life as a successful songwriter and musician.
2016-17 Board Committees: Campus Planning
Noel is a parent of two Little School alumni – her daughter outgrew in 2014, and her son outgrew in 2012. As a former health care administrator and management consultant, Noel brings significant management experience to the board including operations improvement, financial planning, strategy and business development. In addition to board leadership, Noel's TLS volunteer experience includes Art Festival chair, room rep and former PAC chair. She serves in several other community volunteer and board capacities as well, and enjoys yoga and cooking in her spare time.
2016-17 Board Committees: Campus Planning (Chair), Executive (Past Chair)
The parent of a TLS alumna, Noelle earned her B.A. in business administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Washington. Noelle has served as a trustee at The Children’s Museum and the Institute of Management Accountants, Seattle Chapter. She firmly believes in The Little School and its approach to child education and development, and wants to contribute toward the school’s longevity and success. In her free time, Noelle enjoys running, swimming, skiing, cooking, traveling and spending time with her family.
2016-17 Board Committees: Finance (Chair), Executive (Treasurer)
2016-17 Board Committees: Campus Planning, Diversity, Finance, Executive (Head of School)
Bob is a current parent who joined The Little School community in 2013. As an attorney with Tierney & Blakney, Bob focuses on land-use, environmental law and litigation. Before entering law, he was an urban planner advising state and local officials. Bob has a JD from Marquette University and MPA from the La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His volunteer experience at TLS includes serving as PAC chair. Bob is passionate about the environment, education and the mission of The Little School. He enjoys the piano, coaching youth sports, skiing and hiking.
2016-17 Board Committees: Campus Planning, Development
Sam has served as middle school head at Eastside Preparatory School since 2009. He previously taught middle school in an Inupiaq Eskimo Village in arctic Alaska and at Seattle’s Northwest School. At the Northwest School, Sam also coordinated outdoor programs, and coached soccer and ultimate Frisbee. Sam is on the Planning Committee for the NWAIS Professional Growth Institute and is a past-chair of the Mountaineers Basic Climbing Course. He has a daughter and a son, and enjoys cycling, climbing, back country skiing and backpacking.
2016-17 Board Committees: Executive (Secretary)
Stephen has been a part of the Little School community since 1991, enjoying two and half decades of teaching and learning with young children. In addition, he has also taught in Japanese middle schools and Italian preschools. His two daughters, Maya and Josie, were Little School students from age 3 to 11, which made for quality carpool conversation. He graduated with a BA in religion from Kenyon College and earned his teaching certification from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Stephen enjoys spending his time coaching parents, tending vegetables, cooking, reading print books and magazines, playing ultimate, traveling and puttering in the best way possible.
2016-17 Board Committees: Committee on Trustees, Diversity (Chair)
Sushma is the parent of two daughters – one a current student and one an alumna who outgrew in 2014. Sushma is a speech and language therapist with many years of experience in the public schools. She has served on various committees in the public schools that focused on advocating for children with special needs. Before joining the board, Sushma volunteered as the community service co-chair and served as PAC secretary. She enjoys reading in her spare time.
2016-17 Board Committees: Diversity
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