Abhishek is the parent of a current Little School student. 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.
2017-18 Board Committee: Diversity
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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Development and Diversity (Co-chair)
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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Development (Co-chair) and Executive
Davin is a parent of two children who currently attend The Little School and the current chair of the Parent/Guardian Association. 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.
2017-18 Board Committee: Campus Planning
Ellen Kaspi has been associated with The Little School since 1999. She attended a parent information night and fell in love with everything about the school. As a credentialed physical education teacher who owned a dance/gymnastics studio on the Sammamish Plateau at the time, Ellen said out loud that she would teach P.E. again at a school like this. She registered both of her children as students at the school and two years later became the movement specialist. Her children are both TLS alumni and successful young adults. Ellen taught at The Little School for 15 years and has now retired to a quieter life on Anderson Island where she walks and does yoga on the beach, works as an education specialist for the think tank One Community and serves as a commissioner on the Pierce County Art Commission.
2017-18 Board Committee: Alumni
Francisco (Frank) Grijalva, Ed.D., has been an educator for 43 years, most recently as the head of school at The Overlake School in Redmond from 1995-2012. Prior to Overlake Frank was the headmaster at The American International School of Florence, Italy (5 years), and Saint Rose Academy in San Francisco (3 years). Frank has a degree in music from San Francisco State University, an MA in education from Stanford University, and an Ed.D. in private school administration from the University of San Francisco. Now retired, Frank spends his time serving on school boards in San Francisco and Seattle, and playing trombone in several swing bands. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two grown children and their first grandchild.
2017-18 Board Committees: Campus Planning and Development
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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Alumni (Co-chair) and 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.
2017-18 Board Committee: Alumni (Co-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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Diversity, Executive (Chair) and Finance
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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Committee on Trustees and Development (Co-chair)
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.
2017-18 Board Committee: Finance
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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Campus Planning (Chair) and Executive (Past Chair)
Paul has worked as an architect in the Seattle area for the past 25 years. He has worked around the country on custom residential projects and locally on projects such as the Casey Family Programs Headquarters, the Thompson Hotel and two Seattle Art Museum remodels in downtown Seattle. Paul’s wife, Kathleen, has been an educator/administrator in Seattle and Bellevue for the past 20 years. Both of Paul’s daughters attend high school and are avid students of the Northwest’s rich cultural and arts offerings. He's known as a collaborator and creative thinker and is thrilled to be involved with The Little School community.
2017-18 Board Committees: Campus Planning, Development, Diversity, Executive and Finance
Phil Brandt was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs (go White Sox!) and attended college at Purdue University where he earned degrees in accounting and management. He worked for a mid-sized CPA firm in Chicago for three years before moving to Seattle in 2012. Locally, he's worked in both public and private accounting and serves currently as controller of Vinum Wine Importing and Distributing in SoDo. He lives in Queen Anne with his girlfriend and enjoys engaging with the community and using his Sounders season tickets.
2017-18 Board Committees: Executive (Treasurer) and Finance (Chair)
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.
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.
2017-18 Board Committee: 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.
2017-18 Board Committees: Committee on Trustees and Diversity (Co-chair)
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