2022-2023 Board of Directors

Aimee Allen

Aimee Allen

Head of School, Harbor Montessori School

Constituency: MONT
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2025

Paul Bootsma

Paul Bootsma

Superintendent, Lynden Christian School

Constituency: CSI
Region: Western WA
2nd Term Expires: 2023

 

Patrick Carruth

Patrick Carruth

President & Headmaster, The Bear Creek School

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2023

 

OPEN

OPEN

Constituency: 
Region: 
Term Expires: 

Peter Fackenthall

Peter Fackenthall

Principal, Auburn Adventist Academy

Constituency: SDA
Region: Western WA
2nd Term Expires: 2023

Angela Flores

Angela Flores

Principal, Evergreen Christian School

Constituency:  ACSI
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2023

Connor Geraghty

Connor Geraghty

Assistant Superintendent for Mission & Catholic Identity, Seattle Archdiocese

Constituency: Catholic
Region: Statewide
2nd Term Expires: 2025

OPEN

OPEN

Lutheran

Constituency: LUTH
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2025

Brian Harris

Brian Harris

Vice President for Education, Upper Columbia Conference, SDA

Constituency: SDA    
Region: Eastern WA
2nd Term Expires: 2023

 

Erin Hart

Erin Hart

Superintendent, Three Rivers Christian Schools

Constituency: ACSI
Region: Statewide
2nd Term Expires: 2025

 

TJ Romano

TJ Romano

Principal at Assumption Parish Catholic School

Constituency: CATH
Region: Eastern WA
Term Expires: 2022

Patrick Russell

Patrick Russell

Principal, Mount Vernon Christian School

Constituency: CSI
Region: Statewide
2nd Term Expires: 2023

Cecil Swetland

Cecil Swetland

Senior Director, Western Division ACSI

Constituency: ACSI
Region: Statewide
Term Expires: 2025

 

Jamie Tender

Jamie Tender

Head of School, Saint George’s School (WFIS Board Chair)

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
2nd Term Expires: 2024

Open

Open

Constituency: NWAIS
Region: Statewide
Term Expires:

 

David Zimand

David Zimand

Head of School, Seattle Jewish Community School

Constituency: Jewish
Region: Western WA
Term Expires: 2025

Ex Officio Members

Jan Brown

Jan Brown

State Board of Education

Private Schools Representative
Washington State Board of Education

Debbie Schindler

Debbie Schindler

Superintendent, Pacific Christian Academy

Chair, Private School Advisory Committee

Mark DeJonge

Mark DeJonge

Director of Athletics, Bellevue Christian School

Private Schools Representative
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association

Mike Patello

Mike Patello

Facilities and Maintenance Manager, Christ the King School

OSPI School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee

April Shiosaki

April Shiosaki

Head of School, Blossoming Hill Montessori

Private Schools Representative
Early Learning Advisory Council – DCYF

David Mayer

David Mayer

Director of Early Childhood Education, Office of Catholic Schools, Seattle Archdiocese

Private Schools Representative
Fair Start for Children Subcommittee

Dee Hirsch

Dee Hirsch

Head of School, Discovery Montessori School

Private Schools Representative
Provider Supports Subcommittee – DCYF

Jon Kellett

Jon Kellett

High School Principal, Life Christian Academy

Private Schools Representative
Washington Association of Secondary School Principals

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 Communications Manager

 

Sharon Ricci has over 20 years of experience in community outreach, project management, membership engagement, and facilitation of learning opportunities. Sharon builds connections across the diverse educational landscape of Washington State to advance shared priorities of success for every student.  She has developed a robust website and communication network that promotes positive and professional outreach to engage private K12 schools, state agencies, sponsors, media, and families.  Her effort has yielded highly effective training programs and sponsorship relationships that advance the strategic needs of independent schools.  She serves as the private schools’ liaison with the nine regional ESDs, point of contact for local health jurisdictions, and appointing agent for private school educators on Professional Educator Advisory Boards