Board of Directors
as of September 1, 2017
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. 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.
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.
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.
Dr. David Beyer, President
Everett Community College
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.
Joel Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships
Providence St. Joseph Health
As a member of the executive team at Providence, Joel Gilbertson leads work to advance public and private partnerships, in alignment with community investments and activities, to create healthier communities. He oversees system-level programs for advocacy, community investment and development, philanthropy, international health and environmental stewardship. In an earlier role, Joel served as vice president of government and public affairs, developing and advancing the advocacy goals of the organization. He began at Providence in 2005 as chief strategy and administrative officer for the system’s Alaska Region. Prior to joining Providence, Joel served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the state’s largest agency. Before moving to Alaska, Joel was legislative director and chief counsel for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C. Raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Joel holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and a M.P.H. from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He also holds a B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters.
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. Rebecca Miner, Superintendent
Shoreline Public Schools
Dr. Miner 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. 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 over 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. Damien Pattenaude, Superintendent
Renton School District
Dr. Damien Pattenaude, a product of the Renton School District, grew up in the Skyway neighborhood, where he graduated from Renton High School. He went on to obtain three degrees from Washington State University: a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership, M.Ed in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Over the past fifteen years, he has served the Renton School District as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, chief academic officer, and assistant superintendent of learning and teaching. In July 2017, Dr. Pattenaude assumed the role of Superintendent, where he will continue his focus on improving student achievement for every child.
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.
Dr. Mia Tuan, Dean
University of Washington College of Education
A respected scholar and long-time academic leader, Dr. Mia Tuan assumed the deanship of the University of Washington College of Education on July 1, 2015. She previously served as associate dean of UO’s Graduate School, director of its Center on Diversity & Community, and director of the sociology department’s honors program. Dr. Tuan joined UO’s sociology faculty in 1996, and in 2007 joined the College of Education. Dr. Tuan has won numerous academic awards, including the 2012 Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and Education Testing Services (ETS) Award for Excellence and Innovation, for Diversifying Graduate Education in STEM Disciplines. Dr. Tuan’s research focuses on racial and ethnic identity development, Asian transracial adoption, and majority/minority relations. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and three books, Choosing Ethnicity, Negotiating Race: Korean Adoptees in America; Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute; and Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? The Contemporary Asian Ethnic Experience. Tuan received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s and doctorate in sociology from UCLA.