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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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Chris Little

Ex-officio, AAB Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Claudia Hung

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2016
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Claudia Hung

Trustee
cyhung71@gmail.com

Claudia holds an S.B. in electrical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She has more than 20 years of experience in business-process optimization and marketing in the financial, healthcare, high-tech and non-profit sectors. Claudia and her husband have two children, a current student and a recent graduate from The Little School. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, skiing and discovering new cuisines and restaurants.

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Dan Klusman

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2013
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Dan Klusman

Trustee
danklusman@me.com

Dan is the parent of a TLS alum – his son outgrew in 2015. He has previously served on the boards of local arts, environmental and open space non-profits. Dan has a B.A. in Economics and brings 30 years of marketing and strategic planning expertise to The Little School board. He has owned a successful consulting business and is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications for DigiPen Institute of Technology. In his free time, Dan enjoys trivia, horror movies, traveling and spending time with his family and three dogs.

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Daniel Westfahl

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Daniel Westfahl

Trustee
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 is a principal consultant at Apptio delivering technology business management software to Fortune 500 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 and is attending Forest Ridge, while his two boys go to The Little School and race each other from the parking lot to their classrooms each morning. 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

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Davin Chin

Trustee
dchin@chin-ip.com

Davin is a parent of two children who currently attend The Little School. 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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Ellen Kaspi

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2017
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Ellen Kaspi

Trustee
ellenkdance@aol.com

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 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, and is working on her Ph.D. dissertation on Early Childhood Education.

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Francisco Grijalva

Secretary
Joined TLS Board: 2017
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Francisco Grijalva

Secretary
fgrijalva2012@gmail.com

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 three grandchildren.

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Jenny Steen

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2014
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Jenny Steen

Trustee
jennys@thelittleschool.org

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.

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Judy Shedd

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2013
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Judy Shedd

Trustee
jlshedd@comcast.net

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.

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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

Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2014
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Kelly Chang

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

Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Ken Wong

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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Laura Machado de Wright

Joined TLS Board: 2019
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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, Teaching Assistant
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Monique Bloch

Trustee
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Monique Bloch

Trustee
blochmonique@gmail.com

Monique is an alumna of The Little School, and her parents are both past trustees on the board. Monique continued her education at the University of Oregon, earning a B.S. in planning, public policy and management. Her career has been focused in assisting in commercial and residential real estate as well as commercial lease database software implementation and management. She is currently an executive assistant at Kimco Realty. The Little School taught her the excitement of learning through discovery and exploration of one’s passions. She enjoys reading, singing, movies and spending time with family in her free time. One of her favorite memories is learning to juggle with apples from a tree in The Little School’s Big Field.  

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Noel Murphy

Past Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2009
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Noel Murphy

Past Chair
noelnjeff@msn.com

Noel is a parent of two Little School alumni – her daughter outgrew in 2014, and her son outgrew in 2012. As a former management consultant in the healthcare industry, Noel brings management experience including operations improvement, financial planning, marketing, strategy and business development. Noel serves in several other community volunteer and board capacities as well, and enjoys yoga, hiking and cooking in her spare time.

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Steve Franklin

Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Steve Franklin

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

Board Ex-officio, PGA Chair
Joined TLS Board: 2018
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Tina Knutson

Board Ex-officio, PGA Chair
tinak@dli.com

Tina is a parent of one child who currently attends The Little School and the current chair of the Parent/Guardian Association. 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 playing Minecraft and Roblox with her daughter, and spending a lot of time keeping her two Australian Shepherds busy.

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Zarry Tavakkol

Joined TLS Board: 2019
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Zarry Tavakkol

zarryt@gmail.com

Zarry has a bachelor's degree from Kansas State University and a MD from the University of Michigan. She is a board certified dermatologist and Dermatopathologist, practicing in Everett. She has three sons; two currently attending The Little School, and one who outgrew in 2019. She has become very passionate about The Little School and progressive education because of the outstanding experience her children have had at TLS. In her free time, she loves to cook, ski, run races, and spend time with her husband and three kids.