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Abhishek Dubey

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2017
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Abhishek Dubey

Trustee
amazonian@gmail.com

Abhishek is the parent of two current Little School students. He is a strong advocate of progressive education in general and the fantastic Little School community and campus in particular. Abhishek is trained as a computer scientist and has spent over a decade in the Pacific Northwest working for Amazon where he currently coaxes machines to pretend to be intelligent. He enjoys reading and tossing a ball with his two kids, cooking, playing the guitar and skiing with his family.

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Ada Duan

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2021
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Barbara Sullivan

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2021
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Barbara Sullivan

Trustee
barbsul@gmail.com

Barbara is a retired teacher who first taught at TLS in 1974 and who is honored to have spent 30 of her 40 career years at The Little School. She is passionate about child development and progressive education and is delighted to have the opportunity to be on the Board. Barbara enjoys spending time with her family, friends and communities, hiking, practicing yoga and traveling anywhere in the world that her feet or an airplane can take her. She also likes to bake cakes.

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Carrie Roberts

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2021
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Carrie Roberts

Trustee
1carrieroberts@gmail.com

Carrie is the founder and CEO of Sift Food Labels. Prior to starting her own company, her background was in consumer tech marketing, working in leadership positions at T-Mobile, Netlfix and Microsoft. She has two kids at The Little School and is passionate about progressive education and that impact that it can have on a child's social, emotional and academic future.

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Dan Westfahl

Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Dan Westfahl

Chair
dwestfahl@outlook.com

After graduating from Whitman College with a B.A. in Economics, Dan has accumulated years of experience in data analysis, accounting and financial planning in mid-sized technology companies. Today he works in service sales at Apptio, which delivers technology business management capabilities to some of the largest global companies. He and his wife Shannon are Bellevue natives who live in Sammamish with their three kids, dog Charlie and chickens. His family began their experience with The Little School when his daughter was a first grader. She has since outgrown, followed by her brothers, all of which benefitted from The Little School's engaging curriculum. When he is not working, Dan likes to get outside for a hike, play lacrosse or basketball with his kids, or fire up the BBQ.

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Davin Chin

Secretary
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Davin Chin

Secretary
dchin@chin-ip.com

Davin is a parent of two Little School alums. Professionally, Davin is a patent attorney and managing member of a law firm that assists a variety of high-tech companies in protecting their innovations. Prior to law, Davin was an electrical engineer developing wireless communication systems. In his free time, he enjoys skiing and learning about different cultures. 

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Julie Kalmus

Head of School
Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Julie Kalmus

Head of School
juliek@thelittleschool.org

Julie is the Head of School at The Little School and is honored to steward the school’s culture of curiosity and collaboration. She is a passionate educator, leader and designer committed to fostering excellence. With a deep commitment to innovative progressive education, Julie has worked in independent schools and higher education for over 25 years. She has led the design and launch of multiple initiatives, including an international school in Mumbai and a graduate school of education in Seattle. Being nestled in the forest is the perfect setting for Julie. Throughout the year, she and her family spend time in the outdoors hiking, skiing and relishing in nature.

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Kelly Chang

Past Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2014
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Kelly Chang

Past Chair
kellmch@gmail.com

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.

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Ken Wong

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Ken Wong

Trustee
wongk@bsd405.org

Ken has a MSW from the University of Washington and has been directly and indirectly supporting youth on the Eastside for more than 25 years. He currently works for the Bellevue School District as the Supervisor of Equity and Student Success. In this role he supports staff who work with students, especially students of color, be successful. Ken believes in the work around equity and social justice that The Little School is doing. When he is not working he likes the outdoors especially being at the beach and when he can out fishing and hiking. 

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Kendra Petkau

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2016
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Kendra Petkau

Trustee
kpetkau@gmail.com

Kendra is a parent of a two Little School alums. 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.

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Kristin Condit

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2020
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Kristin Condit

Trustee
kcondit@gmail.com

Kristin is the parent of three children at The Little School. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Kristin holds bachelor's and master's degrees from MIT in electrical engineering. She has over 15 years of experience leading product and engineering teams in the tech industry and currently works at Microsoft. In her free time, she enjoys enlisting her children in wacky culinary experiments and is especially passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Laura Machado de Wright

Vice-chair
Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Laura Machado de Wright

Vice-chair
ldelhy@comcast.net

Laura is the parent of two Little School alums and has a deep appreciation for the opportunities education can provide and the importance of community. An alum from the United World College of the Atlantic and University of Washington, Laura has served as a member of the US Selection Committee for the United World Colleges and as a board member for the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students at the University of Washington. She also mentors a girl in Kenya that is pursuing educational opportunities through the Global Give Back Circle. Professionally, Laura is a Principal PM Manager for Enterprise Protection and Detection in Microsoft's Cloud & AI Security Group, her most recent position in her nearly 20 years at Microsoft.

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Lisa Decker

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Lisa Decker

Trustee
lisadecker@mac.com

Lisa is the parent of an alumna who attended The Little School from age three through outgrowing in the Class of 2018. She is a passionate advocate of progressive education and has deep knowledge of child development. Lisa has a BA in English from Vassar College and is a writer and poet. She runs a small pet care business, Dogwood Dogs, and spends her work days hiking in the forest with a pack of dogs. Lisa believes deeply in the power of children’s ideas and and is working with her daughter, Stella, to create an art advocacy platform to help kids amplify their voices and work together to create positive change in the world. In her free time she enjoys hiking, backpacking, cooking and live music.

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Mike Murphy

Board Ex-officio, Classroom Continuity Liaison
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Pamela Kessler

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2021
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Steve Franklin

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Steve Franklin

Trustee
swfranklinseattle@gmail.com

Steve spent 25 years in strategic planning, account management and business management roles at leading national and global advertising and marketing agencies including Publics Groupe, McCann Worldgroup, and FCB. Currently he is a global industry marketing lead at Microsoft. A fifth generation Seattle native, Steve graduated from the University of Washington and now lives in Sammamish with his wife, Pamela and their two teenage sons. He is passionate about child development, mentorship and education, and is extremely excited to serve on The Little School Board of Trustees.

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Tina Knutson

Treasurer
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Tina Knutson

Treasurer
tinak@dli.com

Tina is a parent of a Little School alumna who outgrew in 2020. She believe strongly in the benefits of a progressive education and and is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the TLS Board. Professionally, Tina is the President and CEO of a Bellevue-based business consulting company. Tina has a degree in economics and history from Claremont McKenna College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and dogs, gardening, cooking and crafting.

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Zarry Tavakkol

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Zarry Tavakkol

Trustee
zarryt@gmail.com

Zarry has watched all three of her children bloom at The Little School over the last few years. She has one son who is a current TLS student and two sons who have outgrown. She is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist, practicing in Everett, Washington. She is passionate about progressive education and an advocate for TLS. In her free time, she like to cook, run, ski and spend time with her family.