2015-2016 Board of Directors

Tracy Bennett

Tracy Bennett

Head of School, Seattle Waldorf School

Constituency: AWSNA
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2018

 

Al Falkner

Al Falkner

President, Gonzaga Preparatory School

Constituency: CATH
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2018

 

Sherrie Gibelyou

Sherrie Gibelyou

Assistant Principal, Concordia Lutheran Schools

Constituency: LUTH
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2019

Sherri L. Goetze

Sherri L. Goetze

Principal, Pullman Christian School

Constituency: ACSI
Region: Eastern Washington
Term Expires: 2018

Barbara Hutton

Barbara Hutton

Head of School, NOVA School

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2017

 

Holly Leach

Holly Leach

Superintendent, Northshore Christian Schools

Constituency: ACSI
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2018

 

Craig Mattson (PAST-CHAIR)

Craig Mattson (PAST-CHAIR)

Principal, Northwest Christian School

Constituency: SDA
Region: Western Washington
Term Expires: 2017

Matt Neely

Matt Neely

Head of School, Epiphany School

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2017

 

Mike Prato

Mike Prato

Principal, Kennedy Catholic High School

Constituency: CATH
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2019 (2)

Dr. Duane F. Schafer (Chair)

Dr. Duane F. Schafer (Chair)

Superintendent, Spokane Diocese

Constituency: CATH
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2017

Charis Sharp

Charis Sharp

Head of School, Cedar River Montessori School

Constituency: MONT
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2016

Eric Thuau

Eric Thuau

Head of School, French American School of Puget Sound

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2019

John Winslow

John Winslow

Principal, Upper Columbia Academy

Constituency: SDA
Region: Eastern Washington
Term Expires: 2017 (2)

Ex Officio Members

Loyal Hanrahan

Loyal Hanrahan

Manager, Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences

School Safety Advisory Comittee

Dee Hirsch

Dee Hirsch

Director, Discovery Montessori

Private Schools Representative
Early Learning Advisory Committee

Ross Hjelseth

Ross Hjelseth

Superintendent, Life Christian Academy

Private Schools Representative
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

Judy Jennings

Judy Jennings

State Board of Education

Private Schools Representative
Washington State Board of Education

Don Johnson

Don Johnson

Superintendent, Cascade Christian Schools

Chair, Private School Advisory Committee

Jon Kellett

Jon Kellett

High School Principal, Life Christian Academy

Private Schools Representative
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

WFIS Staff

Suzie Hanson

Suzie Hanson

Executive Director

Suzie Hanson joined WFIS in 2010 after being an active member for many years. She worked in private education for sixteen years as a teacher, an administrator, and an outreach coordinator. Suzie is driven by the belief that diversity in education is vital to the well-being of children, families and educators. She enjoys her work with schools throughout the State and in Olympia fighting for independence for our schools.

Sharon Ricci

Sharon Ricci

Membership and Outreach Manager

Sharon Ricci joined WFIS in 2015.  She draws in participants from across the diverse educational community of WA State to build strong community relationships, establish new programming and collaborative opportunities, and cultivate clear communication for private school advocacy.  She develops, maintains and promotes positive and professional outreach for WFIS to engage member schools, state agencies and ESD’s, sponsors, media and the general public.