as of October 23, 2020
King County Co-Chair
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.
Snohomish County Co-Chair
Jason Thompson, Superintendent
Marysville School District
Jason Thompson is currently serving as Interim Superintendent in the Marysville School District, which serves nearly 11,000 students in the communities of Marysville and Tulalip. He has worked in Marysville since 2013, serving as Executive Director of Human Resources and then as Deputy Superintendent until 2018 when he was named Interim Superintendent. Mr. Thompson received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and completed his Superintendent Certification at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He is a member of the Marysville Rotary Club and the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Thompson also serves on the Executive Board of the Washington Schools Risk Management Pool, as well as on the Board of Directors for the Washington School Personnel Association.
Dr. Ian Saltzman, Superintendent
Everett Public Schools
Dr. Ian Saltzman has been the Superintendent of Everett Public Schools since July 2019. He was the regional superintendent of The School District of Palm Beach County since 2016. Prior to that, he was the area superintendent of area 1 and 5, superintendent of Transformation Schools, and director of School Accountability. He has served as a principal of elementary, middle and high schools, and taught middle school special education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University, and a Specialists and Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Secretary – Treasurer
Elizabeth J. Warman, Community Leader
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. 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. Gustavo Balderas, Superintendent
Edmonds School District
Dr. Gustavo Balderas began his life as the child of migrant farm workers in eastern Oregon and developed his love of learning and passion for education in Oregon public schools. His career highlights a focus on improving equity and cultural proficiency in K-12 instruction.
Dr. Balderas joined the Edmonds School District in 2020. He has been a dedicated educator for over 25 years. Before returning to Oregon, he briefly taught in Texas, served as the superintendent of Madera Unified School District in Madera, California, then became the superintendent of Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Balderas served as the superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon since 2015. He was appointed to work on the Oregon State Board of Education in 2018.
Community engagement is important to Dr. Balderas. Dr. Balderas is a volunteer consulting superintendent for the Educational Research and Development Institute and the Suburban School Superintendents national organizations. He is a founding member and past president of the Oregon Association of Latino Administrators. He also serves as the NW regional representative and treasurer for the national Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. He collaborates with other government agencies, area businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the highest quality of education and care for students. Dr. Balderas holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership at the University of Oregon.
Stephanie Bowman, President
Port of Seattle Commission
Stephanie Bowman currently serves as President of the Port of Seattle Commission. She’s also the Executive Director of Washington ABC, a statewide non-profit organization promoting policies and programs to help economically-disadvantaged communities build assets through investments in education, homeownership, savings, and small business development.
Stephanie has more than 18 years of experience working in the areas of transportation and economic development on the local, state and federal levels, including at the Port of Tacoma and Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie has been active with the American Association of Port Authorities, the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors and the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association. Locally she has served on the Boards of the Plymouth Housing Group and the Rainier Valley Food Bank. In 2007, Stephanie was selected as a Fellow with the American Marshall Memorial Foundation. Raised in Hilo, Hawaii, Stephanie moved to Seattle in 1991. She lives in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in south Seattle and is an avid windsurfer.
Dr. Alison Brynelson, Superintendent
Mukilteo School District
Alison Brynelson began serving the Mukilteo School District as Superintendent on January 1, 2020. Mukilteo School District serves a diverse population of about 15,000 students living in the cities of Mukilteo, Everett, Lynnwood, and Edmonds. The District has 21 schools, including two comprehensive high schools, one alternative high school, Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center, four middle schools, 12 elementary schools, and Pathfinder Kindergarten Center.
Dr. Brynelson’s work in the District spans 22 years and several different positions including Explorer Middle School Assistant Principal, Voyager Middle School Principal, Director of Student Services, Executive Director of Secondary Education, Assistant Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent from 2016 to 2019. She began her career in education as a middle school social studies and English teacher in the Bethel School District. Dr. Brynelson has a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, a master’s degree from University of Puget Sound, completed her superintendent’s certificate in 2005 and earned a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership from Seattle Pacific University in 2014. She has been a steady guiding force in the District’s equity work and the most recent teacher negotiations. Dr. Brynelson was raised on a small island in Southeast Alaska. She moved to Washington to attend Western and has remained a resident ever since.
Cheryl Chamberlain, Chief Administrative Officer
As CAO, Cheryl leads McKinstry’s “Enterprise Partners” team, consisting of the HR, technology, corporate facilities, brand and communications, and business and executive service teams. This group’s work focuses on the infrastructure supporting the employee experience and enables the efficient and scalable operations of the company’s many business units. Since joining the company in July 2010, Cheryl has provided leadership to fulfill McKinstry’s vision for “great people growing and staying with us” to serve each other and our clients. During her tenure, McKinstry has transformed and expanded its people-centric approach and leadership development to attain record levels of engagement of our people and in leader effectiveness.
Cheryl’s background includes leadership positions in retail, banking, philanthropy, consumer marketing, and non-profits, winning regional and national recognition in each for leadership and results obtained. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication from Eastern Washington University and holds certifications in public relations and executive coaching. But most of what she’s learned comes from the great people she has served.
Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent
Highline Public Schools
Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public Schools. Under the leadership of Susan Enfield the district is delivering on this promise by implementing a bold strategic plan committed to ensuring that students graduate bilingual, biliterate with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future they choose. A former high school English, journalism, and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
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.
Joel Gilbertson, Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships
Providence St. Joseph Health
Joel leads the community partnerships division for Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest not-for-profit health system in the country. In this role, he oversees national and local advocacy for the system, as well as community health investment efforts that deliver $1.6 billion of community benefit into its service areas. These efforts are focused on transforming lives, while building healthy and thriving communities. 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. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
Lake Washington School District
Dr. Jon Holmen serves as 13th Superintendent for the Lake Washington School District. He is a skilled education leader with 21 years of experience in public education. Dr. Holmen began his career as a third grade teacher in Lake Washington School District. He has continued to serve his community as Assistant to the Principal, Principal, Associate Director of Special Services, and Director of School Support for the Redmond Learning Community. Since 2014, Dr. Holmen has served as Associate Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, as a member of the Executive Cabinet. During those six years, Dr. Holmen provided executive oversight for Special Education, Intervention Services, School Support, Human Resources, Student Services, Technology Operations, Communications, and Data, Research & Accountability.
Dr. Holmen holds a doctoral degree in Education and master’s in Educational Leadership from Seattle Pacific University. Additionally, he has a master’s degree in Teaching from City University. He is an active community member in Lake Washington School District, where he lives with his family. He believes in the value of serving the community he lives in and is committed to ensuring continued organizational growth and development to meet the needs of each student.
Denise Juneau, Superintendent
Seattle Public Schools
Denise Juneau leads Seattle Public Schools, Washington state’s largest K-12 school district, a vibrant and diverse community of over 53,000 scholars. Denise Juneau has spent her adult life ensuring that young people have access to a quality education that can open the doors to a better future. Her work in public schools and leading Montana’s state education agency meant increased opportunities for students and a collective boost to the state’s economy. Denise’s story takes her from Head Start to Harvard. After graduating from Browning High School, Denise received her bachelor’s degree in English from Montana State University. She continued her education and earned a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After teaching in North Dakota and Montana and working at the state education agency, Denise set her sights on the legal profession and received her juris doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law.
Denise is an enrolled member of the Mandan Hidatsa Tribes, a descendant of the Blackfeet Tribe, and the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. In 2008, she became the first American Indian woman in the country ever elected to an executive statewide office. In 2012, she was re-elected to a second term as Montana’s superintendent of public instruction.
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. She earned her superintendent credential and doctorate in educational leadership from Washington State University. A native Washingtonian, she was raised in Vancouver.
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.
Carla Santorno, Superintendent
Tacoma Public Schools
Carla Santorno, a national award-winning superintendent, has led an academic improvement effort that has increased the Tacoma Public Schools graduation to 89.3 percent for the class of 2018. That’s up from 55 percent when she joined the district in 2009 as deputy superintendent. AASA, the School Superintendent’s Association, named Carla the winner of its national 2016 Women in School Leadership Award. Carla serves as Superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools, a district serving over 30,000 students.
Pat Schirmer, VP Enterprise Engineering Strategy & Operations, ET&T
The Boeing Company
Pat Schirmer was named Vice President of Enterprise Engineering Strategy & Operations, ET&T in 2020. In his previous role, as Vice President of Airplane Programs Engineering, he was responsible for the engineering teams directly supporting the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787 programs, including non-recurring product development efforts (737 MAX and 777X). He worked with these teams to prioritize statement of work to ensure product definition and to help meet program schedules and the long-range business plan for Commercial Airplanes. Schirmer also provides strategic direction to the Engineering team for use of common processes and tools and drives integration across programs, people and business units.
Before assuming his current assignment, Schirmer was Vice President of Customer Support, responsible for ensuring the health of the world’s largest fleet of commercial jetliners – more than 14,000 airplanes. Prior to that assignment, Schirmer led a Customer Support Engineering team, with responsibility for the resolution of customers’ in-service engineering issues for the 737, 747, 757, 767 and 777 fleets. A graduate of the University of Washington, Schirmer received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as a Master of Business Administration participating in the Executive MBA program. In addition, Schirmer is a graduate from the Seattle University Executive Leadership Program
Katina Thornock, Vice President, Senior Corporate Counsel-Litigation Providence Health and Services
Katina C. Thornock serves as Director, Managing Corporate Counsel, Litigation at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, Washington. She leads the team responsible for complex commercial, real estate, intellectual property, general liability and Americans with Disabilities Act litigation on behalf of Starbucks. Ms. Thornock serves as a key advisor to internal business units at Starbucks, including the company’s Global Retail Operations, Safety and Security, Risk Management, Store Development and Supply Chain Operations groups. Prior to joining Starbucks, Ms. Thornock gained extensive litigation experience working at the Reed McClure and Cozen O’Connor law firms. She began her career in the Prosecuting Attorneys Offices of King and Pierce Counties, Washington where she guided misdemeanor and felony prosecutions through trial. She is a past Co-Chair of the Starbucks Law and Corporate Affairs Diversity Committee and a 2014 Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”) Fellow. Ms. Thornock has also served on the Board of Directors of New Beginnings, Seattle Central College and Disability Rights Advocates. She graduated from the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.
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.