Board of Directors
Dr. Becky Berg, Superintendent
Marysville School District
Dr. Becky Berg is the Superintendent for the Marysville School District, which serves over 11,000 children from Marysville and Tulalip. Dr. Berg is current past President of the National ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) organization, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Dr. Berg is in her third year serving as Superintendent in Marysville. She has spent countless hours engaging with community members, school staff, and students through school, district and neighborhood meetings. Dr. Berg is a member of Rotary and the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Berg is passionate about education and feels that we must attend to the needs of the whole child, not just their achievement in math and language arts. “Every student we serve deserves to feel safe, healthy, supported, engaged, and challenged,” says Dr. Berg. She and her husband, Grant, reside in Marysville.
Rebecca Miner, Superintendent
Shoreline Public Schools
Rebecca has worked in K-12 education since 1992. Previously, she taught English, Social Studies, Spanish and Special Education at the secondary level for nine years. Additionally, she has served as an assistant principal and special services administrator in Vancouver Public Schools, assistant superintendent in the Washougal School District and the superintendent in the White Pass School District prior to becoming the superintendent in Shoreline Public Schools. Rebecca earned her B.A. in English at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She earned her Masters in Teaching at Willamette University. Her superintendent credential is from Washington State University, where she is now completing her doctorate in educational leadership. A native Washingtonian, she was raised in Vancouver.
Dr. Calvin J. Watts, Superintendent
Kent School District
Dr. Calvin J. Watts began serving as superintendent in Kent in June 2015. Formerly, Dr. Watts served as an assistant superintendent in Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) in Suwanee, Georgia, the 13th largest school district in the United States. His results-oriented leadership practices contributed to GCPS receiving the Broad Prize for Urban Education (awarded to urban school districts that significantly narrow achievement gaps among underrepresented student populations) in 2010 and 2014. Under his leadership, 100 percent of general education schools in his administrative area met or exceeded state performance standards. He has also worked in Seattle Public Schools, Atlanta Public Schools, Carrollton City Schools (GA), and the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Dr. Watts holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University and received his teaching certification at Western Washington University. His master’s degree in educational administration and supervision is from the University of West Georgia, and he earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University in Atlanta. He enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and both watching and playing sports. Dr. Watts is happily married to his wife, Robbye, and they are the proud parents of one son.
Dr. Fredrika Smith, Superintendent
Monroe Public Schools
Dr. Smith joined Monroe Public Schools as superintendent in 2015 after serving as a Chief Academic Officer for the Puyallup schools. Dr. Smith started her career as a Special Education teacher in the Marysville and has served as an assistant superintendent, director, principal and assistant principal in Stanwood-Camano, Meridian and Mukilteo school districts. She has been a leader in starting innovative programs to meet the ever-evolving needs of children and their learning. A UW Bothell alumni, she continues her work there in the Leadership Development for Educators program – a program she helped to develop. Her career includes many leadership roles in educational programs including the Washington Association of School Administrators and University of Washington School of Education. Dr. Smith earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2012 from the University of Washington – Seattle where she also earned her superintendent’s credential. Her Master’s degree was completed in 2001 at Western Washington University in the area of Exceptional Children. Dr. Smith was one of the first graduating classes from the University of Washington – Bothell completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 in Comparative U.S. Studies. She has a longtime association with Snohomish County as a graduate of Lynnwood High School. Dr. Smith is married with three grown children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Gary Cohn, Superintendent
Everett Public Schools
Dr. Gary Cohn was selected superintendent of Everett Public Schools in 2009. Dr. Cohn served as superintendent of the Port Angeles School District for eight years before coming to Everett. He was vice president at Lake
Washington Technical College, where he was also appointed interim president. He taught marketing and business education for Northshore School District and was recently inducted into the Washington DECA Hall of Fame. Dr. Cohn has led a group of superintendents creating a superintendent evaluation model that mirrors the growth-focused evaluation used to evaluate and foster professional growth of Washington teachers and principals. Dr. Cohn serves on the boards of United Way and YMCA of Snohomish County, Snohomish County Health Alliance, Washington Alliance for Better Schools, and the Governor’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation at the invitation of Governor Inslee. Cohn and his wife Sue serve as Co-Chairs for the Tocqueville Society of the United Way. Dr. Cohn completed a Ph.D in education at the University of Washington, earned a MBA at Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree with majors in economics and business administration from the University of Puget Sound.
Bob Drewel, Senior Advisor to the President
Washington State University
Bob Drewel is the Senior Advisor to WSU Interim President Dan Bernardo. Drewel works in close partnership with Dean Paul Pitre at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett (WSU NPSE) to oversee the management and expansion of WSU NPSE, lead academic affairs and build external relationships. They are particularly pleased to announce the building of a new WSU NPSE building in North Everett. Additionally, WSU NPSE will be adding two new degree programs in 2016: Software Engineering and Data Analytics. Mr. Drewel previously served for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The PSRC was formed in 1991 by the local governments in the central Puget Sound region as a forum for making key decisions on regional growth and transportation issues. Mr. Drewel completed his third and last term as Snohomish County Executive in December 31, 2003. He was first elected to that position in November 1991. Bob is well known for his leadership in promoting regional solutions to the many challenges facing the Northwest, including economic development, effective land-‐use regulation, transportation, and environmental enhancement. Within Snohomish County, he has helped build community partnerships as a board member of the Economic Development Council, Healthy Communities Initiative, United Way, Snohomish County Tomorrow, Snohomish County Needs Assessment Project, Economic Investment Plan, SnoNet and City/County Task Force on Criminal Justice. Bob is former chairman of Sound Transit, and former president and chief executive officer of Everett Community College. Bob is a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington. He lives in Arlington with his wife, Cheryl. They have two grown daughters.
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent
Highline School District
A former high school teacher, Dr. Susan Enfield joined Highline Public Schools in 2012. Previously, she served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools. She also held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Superintendent Susan Enfield, the district is implementing a bold, four-year strategic plan that calls for at least 19 out of 20 students being proficient by third grade, passing Algebra by ninth grade and graduating bilingual, biliterate and tech-savvy, tech-literate. Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Brian Gill, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Scientist
As the CTO and Chief Scientist for Hotwire and Expedia Inc., Mr. Gill oversees Web, Native and platform technologies, as well as the data warehouses and data centers that operate Hotwire. He also runs Hotwire’s Data Science team, which uses cutting-‐edge technique in machine learning for sorting, selection, search, and pricing algorithms. He joined Expedia in 2005 and has been responsible for the lodging and package inventory, shopping and booking systems, payments systems, loyalty programs, as well as new search systems such as natural language processing and geography. Brian got his early start building digital image databases for H. W. Wilson in New York and has been working in technology for 20 years. Prior to Expedia, Brian worked for the startup company GiftCertificates.com building everything from e-‐commerce sites to factory floors. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys hiking, fly fishing and camping in the Cascades and cruising the Puget Sound with his wife and two children.
Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent
Mukilteo School District
Dr. Larsen has served as Superintendent of the Mukilteo School District since July 2003. Prior to that, she spent three years as Executive Director of Teaching & Learning. From 1996 to 2000, she served as a Central Office Director responsible for curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology and staff development in the South Kitsap School District. Her first ten years of administrative positions, from 1986 to 1996, were in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, primarily as a building principal. Dr. Larsen spent her first six years in education as a teacher in the Edmonds School District. Dr. Larsen graduated from the University of Washington with a Doctor of Education Degree in Leadership and Policy Studies in 1995. Her minor area of study was Curriculum and Instruction with an “outside of education” area of study in Business Administration. In 1985, she completed her Master’s Degree in School Administration at Western Washington University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education, with a minor in Speech Pathology and Audiology.
Dr. Kris McDuffy, Superintendent
Edmonds School District
Dr. McDuffy has served 33 years in public education and has served as Superintendent of the Edmonds School District since 2016. McDuffy was superintendent of Arlington Public Schools from 2008 to 2016 and is a well-known and respected educational leader in Snohomish County. She previously served as Director of Educational Administration Programs at Western Washington University and between 1989-2003 was Superintendent of the Lakewood School District. Dr. McDuffy earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Western Washington University and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. She started her career as a business teacher and later became an assistant principal, principal, and superintendent. She is a Snohomish County native, having attended Edmonds Community College before going to Western Washington University. In addition, she completed her student teaching at Lynnwood High School.
Dr. Larry Nyland, Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools
Dr. Larry Nyland was appointed by the Seattle School Board as the Interim Superintendent in August 2014 and was hired as the permanent Superintendent in January 2015. He leads Washington State’s largest K-12 school district, with 8,000 employees and 52,000 students. Dr. Nyland retired in June 2013 after nine years as the Marysville School District Superintendent. He also served as Interim Superintendent for the Shoreline School District in 1997. Before that, he was the Chief Academic Officer and Human Resources Director for six years at Highline Public Schools, and served as Director of the Superintendent Program at Seattle Pacific University, where he also served as an adjunct professor from 1997-2013. He started his career as a high school teacher in Gig Harbor, spent time as a principal and Superintendent in Alaska, and then returned to Washington to become the Superintendent of the Pasco School District from 1982-1992. A 1966 Roosevelt High School graduate, Dr. Nyland received his Bachelor of Arts, Master’s degree and Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Washington. He also served on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the UW from 2009-2011.
Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District
Dr. Traci Pierce became Lake Washington School District’s 11th superintendent in 2012. She leads the district’s strategic efforts to make Every Student Future Ready, with a focus on effective teaching, standards-based assessment and reporting systems, and continuous improvement efforts focused on results. Dr. Pierce began her career in the Lake Washington School District in 1994. She taught Language Arts, Social Studies, and Leadership at Inglewood Junior High. She then served as an assistant principal and principal at the junior high level. Dr. Pierce joined the central office administration team in 2005, where she first served as the district’s Coordinator of Instructional Technology and then as Director of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Pierce was named Chief Schools Officer in July 2007. She served as Deputy Superintendent, Instructional Services before being named superintendent. Dr. Pierce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from the University of Washington and a Master of Education degree and principal certification from City University. In 2009, she earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and superintendent certification from the University of Washington. Her doctoral studies centered on organizational capacity building and systems-level leadership.
Dr. Michelle Reid, Superintendent
Northshore School District
Dr. Michelle Reid has been superintendent of the Northshore School District since 2016. Dr. Reid was formerly the superintendent of South Kitsap School District. Prior to becoming South Kitsap’s superintendent, she served as deputy superintendent, district athletic director and high school principal in the Port Angeles School District. She is known regionally and nationally for instructional leadership and crafting sustainable systems for district support of the instructional core. She has been a conference keynote presenter, STEM panel participant, and has been a leadership facilitator at both the University of Washington Center for Educational Leadership and the Harvard Institute for School Leadership. Reid received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Washington, master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Washington, and her bachelor’s degree in Natural Science/Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound.
Harvey W. Smith, SVP Chief Experience Officer
Harvey Smith serves as Chief Customer Experience Officer for Providence Health & Services. In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies to achieve excellence in every customer touch point across the organization including 475 clinics, 34 hospitals, home health and digital services. Prior to joining Providence, Smith served as chief executive officer and president of Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) since 2002. PacMed, a not-‐for-‐profit multispecialty health care network, affiliated with Providence in May 2014. During his tenure, he positioned PacMed to achieve an outstanding record of customer satisfaction and has led community coalitions to improve access to care for the uninsured. Smith began his career in a Hawaii-‐based Fortune 500 oil company working mostly in organizational restructuring and start-‐ups. After 14 years in the oil industry, he joined Kapi’olani Hospital for Women and Children and spent the next 14 years building an integrated healthcare system based on the medical home model. Smith holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s in business administration, finance and mathematics from Western Carolina University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. Jill Wakefield, Chancellor
Dr. Jill Wakefield is a visionary leader recognized for developing strategic partnerships and innovative solutions and for the depth of her experience in higher education. She became chancellor of the Seattle College District in January 2009 after serving five years as president at South Seattle College, where she directed the development of leading-‐edge programs and an architecturally vibrant campus. During her 30-‐year career at South, she also served in a wide variety of positions. While she was president, the college was among the first in the state to offer an applied bachelor’s degree. As chancellor, she has championed more four-‐year degrees and led a district-‐wide initiative promoting green and sustainable curricula and programs. She has stimulated numerous grants and initiatives supporting student success and retention, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pathway to Completion and the City of Seattle’s Pathways to Careers grants. Wakefield is a community college graduate who earned her associate degree from Centralia College, bachelor’s degree in education from Central Washington University, master’s degree in public administration/public policy from the University of Washington, and doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University. She has taught as a part-‐time faculty member at Washington State University, Seattle University and Centralia College and served as a regional accreditor for the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities. Her research, presentations and publications have focused on business and college partnerships that lead to more effective training and fund development.
Elizabeth J. Warman, Director of Global Corporate Citizenship, NW Region, Retired
The Boeing Company
Elizabeth (Liz) Warman has served as Director of Global Corporate Citizenship – NW Region since April of 2010, managing charitable giving and employee engagement. Prior to that Warman was Manager, State and Local Government Relations – NW Region since January of 1986. Warman received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University, Edward R. Morrow School of Communication, with a degree in Public Relations in 1979 and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evan’s School -‐ University of Washington in 2009. Warman has served as a board member and chair on numerous business and philanthropic organizations. She currently serves on the boards of the Workforce Development Council of King County, the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle, the Evans School of Public Affairs Advisory Committee and Philanthropy NW. During time away from Boeing, in 2001-‐2003, Warman planned and completed a successful sailing trip to Central and South America, studying new cultures and history. She traveled both inland and water routes in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Peru, totaling over 12,000 nautical miles. In El Salvador Warman built houses for Habitat for Humanity.