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Dr. Alan Burke

Olympia
Appointed
April, 2017
Term expires January, 2022
  • Position 5

Dr. Alan Burke retired from a 42-year career in public education in August 2016.  Most recently (2014-2016) he served as executive director of the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA), the organization that supports and advocates for the 1477 elected school board members in the state.

Previously, he was deputy superintendent for K-12 education at OSPI (2009-2014), with line supervisory responsibility for numerous agency divisions including teaching and learning, school improvement, assessment and student records, career and technical education, student support, and federal programs and accountability.  He was a member of Superintendent Randy Dorn’s executive cabinet and spent considerable time on legislative matters and advocacy.

Prior to moving to OSPI, Alan was superintendent of schools in Yelm (1998-2009), a district with 5,300 students and ten schools.  While there, he also was deputy superintendent and principal of two buildings. Before coming to Yelm in 1991, he held principalships in the Orting and Central Kitsap School Districts.  He taught for nine years (mostly social studies at the middle school level) and coached extensively.  He earned an Ed.D from the University of Washington in 1990, focusing his research work on identifying effective programs and practices at the middle school level.

Alan lives in Olympia with his wife Pam (a retired elementary school principal) and has several family members who are active in the K-12 system.  He enjoys hiking, mountain climbing (a dozen ascents of Mt. Rainier in addition to several high altitude climbs in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia), foreign travel and spending time with his granddaughters.  His other hobby is following developments in state and federal K-12 educational policy—especially efforts to assure equity and access for all students to a world class education.

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Kevin Laverty

Mukilteo
Re-elected
December, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
  • Western WA - Region 3

Kevin Laverty has an extensive background in public education. He was appointed to the Central Valley School District board in February 1993 and served there until moving to Mukilteo in late 1994. In 1999, Laverty was elected to the Mukilteo School District board and served for three terms. He also served on the WSSDA board of directors 2000-02 and was elected WSSDA president in 2010.

In addition to his school board experience, Laverty spent 28 years with Verizon and its predecessor company, GTE, in public relations. He managed the company’s Northwest philanthropy for six years which was heavily weighted toward K-20 education. He has been a member of the education funders group of Philanthropy Northwest, a member of the Partnership for Learning steering committee, board member and chair of the Digital Learning Commons, advisory board member for the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest and a board member and secretary of the Greater Trinity Learning Academy in Everett. He is a past president of the Mukilteo Schools Foundation.

Laverty and his wife, Tomoko, have two grown daughters and reside in Mukilteo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Masters in Communication – Digital Media from the University of Washington.

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Judy Jennings

Bonney Lake
Elected
December, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
  • Private Schools Representative

After serving as a language Arts, history, physical education instructor and coach in the Puyallup School District for thirteen years, Judy Jennings left public education to design and implement the Junior High program and curriculum for Puyallup Valley Christian School (now Cascade Christian Schools) in 1982.

In 1988, Judy became the Secondary Principal for Seattle Christian Schools and served in that capacity until 1992 when she became Superintendent. During her tenure there she led the effort in receiving the schools’ first accreditation through NAAS/ ACSI, built a new campus, and strengthened the curriculum to include both special education and AP classes. Upon retiring from SCS in 2005, Mrs. Jennings became the Executive Director of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, where she had served as a Board member representing ACSI schools for 9 years prior to her appointment. In her capacity as Executive Director, Judy also represented the private schools of Washington to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) lobbying in both Washington D. C. and Olympia.

During her educational career, Judy also served in many professional capacities. She was a member of the ACSI Accreditation Commission, President of the Nisqually League 89-92, Representative to WCD 3 for the Nisqually League from 1990-2005 and its president in 94-95, WIAA Board Member from 1995-2005 and President in 96-97. Judy also served as a board member of National Federation of High School Associations from 2001-2005 representing 11 western states. Judy has also been a long time member of Rotary International, serving as president of her club from 96-97.

Mrs. Jennings holds an undergraduate degree in education as well as a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership, both from Pacific Lutheran University. She is also a certified administrator for the Association of Christian Schools International.

Mrs. Jennings lives in Bonney Lake and has been married to her husband, Fran, for 46 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Connie Fletcher

Issaquah
Appointed
January, 2012
Term expires January, 2019
  • Position 3

Ms. Connie Fletcher has served on the Washington State Board of Education since 2009. Prior to this she served on the Issaquah School Board for 16 years and as WSSDA President and other officer positions from 2000 through 2003. She was honored for her service with the WSPTA Educator of the Year, the Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple and by the Issaquah Community as Community Volunteer of the Year.

Professionally, she served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and school districts in governance, planning and major gifts fundraising. She also served as a human services planner and administrator for the City of Seattle and for two United Way organizations.

Connie is a native of Minnesota, earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in political science and completing graduate studies in public administration from Mankato State University. She is a Carver Policy Governance Academy graduate.

Fletcher has served on the Washington State Learning First Alliance, the National Association of State Boards of Education Governmental Affairs Committee, the Washington State Army Advisory Board, the Issaquah Kiwanis Club and the boards of several other child welfare and social service organizations.

Connie lives in Issaquah, has four children and three grandchildren.

Peter Maier

Peter Maier J.D.

Seattle
Re-elected
December, 2018
Term expires January, 2022
  • Western WA - Region 5

Peter Maier has been on the Board since May 2013. He worked on K-12 education policy issues for many years. He lives in Seattle, where he attended Seattle Public Schools as did both of his children. He was deeply involved in their schools’ PTSAs and was twice awarded a PTSA Golden Acorn.

Peter was active in the I-728 initiative campaign (personally collecting over 1000 signatures). He then began working on school levy campaigns and twice led successful levy campaigns in Seattle, serving as President of Schools First Coalition (Seattle’s levy campaign committee) from 2002 to 2007.

Peter was elected to the Seattle School Board in 2007 and served a full term until 2011. While on the Seattle School Board he was the board representative to WSSDA and often advocated on behalf of schools in Olympia as the board’s legislative liaison.

In 2012 Peter returned to Schools First Coalition as Treasurer for the successful February 2013 Seattle levy campaign.

Peter’s day job is an attorney in private practice with his own law firm. He specializes in representing individual consumers in Lemon Law claims and represents small businesses and non-profits. He has taught classes in law at Edmonds Community College and has been repeatedly recognized by his legal peers as one of Washington State’s “Superlawyers”.

At home Peter enjoys jogging, struggling with crosswords, cooking, and spending time with his wife of 35 years Liz Tennant. Both of their children are now adults.

Peter’s formal education after graduating from Seattle Public Schools was at Oberlin College (B.A. with highest honors in economics, 1974) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1981).

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Harium Martin-Morris

Seattle
Appointed
March, 2018
Term expires January, 2021
  • Position 1

Harium Martin-Morris has a unique blend of classroom teaching experience, education policy development, school district governance and management expertise.  In 2015, he retired from The Boeing Company after 17 years in software development.  He was elected twice to Seattle School Board serving from 2007 to 2015. During his tenure on the Seattle School Board, he served on the Council of Great City Schools board of directors and the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) steering committee as its vice-chair.  While a member of the Seattle School Board, he led the effort to end the out of school suspensions of elementary students with the aid of undergraduate students from the University of Washington.  That work led to a resolution and actions that passed unanimously.  And in the two years since its passage hundreds of students remained in school getting an education instead of falling further behind their fellow students.  His ability to listen, build coalitions and create conscience has made him a successful advocate for public education.

After his retirement from The Boeing Company, Harium started a consulting group with a focus on school district communication, equity and school improvement.  Currently, Harium serves on two non-profit boards, the Equity in Education Coalition and the Boeing Employees Flying Association. 

Harium and his wife, Linda, have two children. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Cortland, and Master of Business Administration from Babson College as well as a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate.

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Ricardo Sanchez

Seattle
Appointed
December, 2016
Term expires January, 2021
  • Position 2

Gov. Inslee appointed Seattle resident Ricardo Sanchez to the State Board of Education in 2016. Ricardo Sánchez has been involved in education in Washington state for more than 25 years.

In 1989-1996, Ricardo was director of communications for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. This included serving as the superintendent’s chief speechwriter and a senior policy advisor.

In 1998, Ricardo founded the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), a statewide non-profit organization aimed at improving academic achievement of Latino students in Washington State. LEAP was instrumental in convincing the state legislature to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition for college (2003), and to qualify for state-funded financial aid for college (2014).

In 2006-2009, Ricardo served as associate director in academic affairs for the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). He also served as state director of GEAR UP, a federally funded project administered by the HECB that helps low-income students prepare for college.

Between September 2009 and December 2016, Ricardo was vice president for Communications and Educational Services at Sea Mar Community Health Centers.

Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Montana State University—Billings, and did graduate work in business administration at Portland State University and public administration at Seattle University.

In 1999, Ricardo received the American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award for his communications and advocacy work on behalf of farm workers in Washington State. He received the Faces of Courage Award in 2000 from The Seattle Times and Coalition for Human Dignity for the same efforts, which led to significant public funding for safe and sanitary farm-worker housing. Several Latino community organizations have recognized Ricardo’s service, including the Washington State Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, UW MEChA student organization, and League of United Latin American Citizens.

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MJ Bolt

Spokane Valley
Elected
January, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
  • Eastern WA - Region 1

MJ Bolt is an elected Eastern Washington representative to the Washington State Board of Education. She is passionate about high-quality education for all Washington students and for an equitable education system to help fully equip achievers for tomorrow.

Elected to the Central Valley School Board in Spokane Valley in November 2011, Bolt served as President of the Board in 2015. She served on the WSSDA Legislative Committee, building strong relationships with fellow school directors across the state. Bolt co-founded a local outreach program to help students who are homeless or in temporary and/or transitional housing, Council HEART in Hand Outreach, and co-founded the Greater Valley Support Network, bringing awareness and solutions for the most needy in her community. Bolt has been active in several local school and district Parent Teacher Associations, including serving two years as a service specialist for Washington State PTA Region 15 and co-chairing her district’s Citizen Levy Campaign. She received the 2010 Central Valley School District Meritorious Award.

MJ attended the University of Iowa and Eastern Washington University on golf scholarships, and now lives in Spokane Valley with her husband and two children.

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Patty Wood

Kelso
Elected
January, 2017
Term expires January, 2021
  • Western WA - Region 4

Patty Wood was recently elected to the State Board of Education after she had served over 13 years on her local Kelso School Board.  She also serves on the board of Education Northwest.

During her local board tenure she served in numerous roles ranging from a LAP volunteer to multiple committee memberships and two terms as Board Chair. She continues to serve her local district through her work on the Budget Advisory Committee, Levy Committee, Teaching at Outdoor School and as a Cross Country Coach at the High School.

Patty began her leadership role within WSSDA as a graduate of Leadership WSSDA.   She then served two terms on the Legislative Committee and Chair of the FRN committee, Board Standards Taskforce, Technical Advisory Group, Trust Lands Task Force and was elected to the WSSDA board in 2011.  She has also served on behalf of WSSDA on the ESSA Effective Educator Workgroup and the Teacher Shortage Grant Workgroup.  However, her favorite activities are legislative advocacy, presenting at conferences and working with boards—whether it is essential board skills or a Finance 101 class. 

Wood is a graduate of Enumclaw High School, received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Central Washington University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

Patty enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters enjoying the outdoors, whether it is running, skiing, hiking, or kayaking.  Ending the day with a good book in hand is also a norm.

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Ryan Brault

Pasco
Elected
March, 2017
Term expires January, 2022
  • Eastern WA - Position 2

Ryan Brault has a passion for education and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to succeed and live up to their individual potential. 

Elected to the Pasco School Board in 2011, Brault served as Vice President of the Board in 2014 and as President in 2015. In addition, Ryan is a graduate of Leadership WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association) and is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities, Class XV.  Ryan is also a Past President of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Columbia Basin Badger Club. In addition, Ryan is a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Pasco Chamber & Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International.  In 2010 Ryan also received the Community Leadership Award from SEWASA (South Eastern Washington Association of School Administrators).

He was actively involved involved in the Pasco School District for years.  Ryan was a PEAK (Partners in Educating All Kids) Partner for several years from the inception of the program. He has also served for many years on the Pasco Vocational Building Committee which oversees a program where high school students build a house each year and profits are used to provide scholarships for students involved in the program.  In addition, Ryan has been actively involved for several years in Pasco Citizens for Better Schools working on local bond and levy campaigns.

Ryan and his wife Jamie have been actively involved in efforts to combat human trafficking for more than a decade volunteering with International Justice Mission which is now the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. Ryan is also a Co-Founder of Faith Justice Network and was also a founding board member of Mirror Ministries focused primarily on local human trafficking issues in the Tri-Cities Area. 

Ryan received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. 
He runs his own office as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and is a Limited Partner with the firm.  Ryan has also studied through the College for Financial Planning to obtain several professional certifications including his CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). 

In his free time, Ryan loves spending time with his wife and his two young children and enjoys wake-boarding, snowboarding, running, and biking.  In addition, he is currently in the process of obtaining his private pilot's license.

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Jeff Estes

Richland
Appointed
January, 2014
Term expires January, 2022
  • Position 7

Jeffrey C. Estes, MEd, recently retired after 42 years working in education in formal/informal settings and through school/business/community partnerships.  Most recently he served as Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. At PNNL, he was responsible for strategy execution and evaluation of the Laboratory’s efforts to 1) strengthen and advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Washington State; 2) improve the Laboratory’s education programs for students, faculty and K-12 teachers; 3) deliver against the STEM education expectations of the U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Science; and 4) connect PNNL to Battelle’s Education and STEM Learning Initiative.

At PNNL, he managed professional development, outreach and technical assistance activities that linked the human, technical and financial resources of the Laboratory with schools in ways that helped improve the learning and teaching of science/STEM.  Examples of this work include:  1) Stewarding a PNNL program that provided thousands of Laboratory internships, fellowships and other opportunities for students, graduates and faculty; 2) leading a PNNL project to design, implement, and mature a local STEM education collaboration zone, called the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory (Collaboratory) – a model for amplifying and accelerating progress in addressing our STEM education and workforce challenges; 3) co-directing the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Partnership – a collaborative model for catalyzing and sustaining science education reform across Washington State; and 4) helping to conceptualize, design and launch Delta High School – a STEM-focused high school jointly operated by the Pasco, Kennewick and Richland School Districts with support from Tri-Cities business and community organizations.

Before joining PNNL, he was a K-12 classroom teacher and museum educator.

Jeff holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as K-12 teaching certification from Western Washington University.

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Holly Koon MEd, NBCT

Deming
Appointed
January, 2014
Term expires January, 2022
  • Position 4

Holly Koon is a National Board Certified science (biology/chemistry) and CTE agriculture teacher at Mt. Baker Senior High, a rural, high poverty, high performing school. In two decades of teaching, she has taught an academically diverse population of students; including those in sheltered, at-risk programs.

Recently, Holly has served at both the district and state levels as a lead facilitator for National Board Certification, as the coordinator for her district’s transition to the new teacher/principal evaluation model (TPEP), and as the lead negotiator for her district’s interest-based collective bargaining process. Over her career, Holly’s love for students and teaching has inspired her to become a passionate, multi-venue advocate for standards-based accomplished teaching in all subject areas, STEM education, CTE, closing the achievement gap, and assuring that schools have sufficient resources to provide every child an equitable opportunity to achieve their potential. Holly’s advocacy has been dedicated to helping craft common sense approaches to blending all the above imperatives into best-practice models that are viable and sustainable at the school level.

Holly is married to Max Duncan, a National Board Certified special education teacher at Kendall Elementary. Holly and Max live in Maple Falls with their son, Aidan, who attends school in the district where his parents teach. 

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Janis Avery

Seattle
Appointed
January, 2015
Term expires January, 2019
  • Position 6

Janis Avery has led Treehouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit, since 1995. Janis devotes her time to promoting educational equity for youth in foster care through advocacy for systems change, ensuring integrated strategy and accountability, maximizing community collaboration, and resource development.

Janis serves as an advisor to the DSHS Assistant Secretary of Children’s Administration as a member of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Youth Action Plan Task Force, which sets King County’s priorities for youth services. She represents Treehouse on the Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition, Youth Development Executives of King County and the Road Map Project. In the past she served on the Children’s Alliance Public Policy Council, and co-chaired Washington’s Educational Oversight Committee for Children and Youth in Foster Care.

Janis has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2008 and by Senator Maria Cantwell as a Woman of Valor in 2010. Janis holds a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Washington. She has dedicated her life to improving the circumstances of children in foster care, both in her professional capacity as a social worker and in her own home, as the adoptive parent of two children from foster care.

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Chris Reykdal

Superintendent
  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Elected statewide to Superintendent position 2016

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a teaching certificate, and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He coached both youth and adult soccer for several years, he volunteered as a local city planning commissioner, and he had the honor of serving as a trustee for the College Spark Washington Foundation for six years.

Chris leads a team at OSPI that is committed to opening up multiple pathways to high school graduation beyond the “university for all” approach. To do this and truly embrace all students, Chris is leading the charge to expand technical education opportunities and to decrease our reliance on standardized tests that label our students. Additionally, he is building broad coalitions that are working to close opportunity gaps through critical policy and budget changes.

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Joseph Hofman

Everett
Selected
May, 2017
Term expires May, 2019
  • Western WA - Student Representative

Joe is the western Washington student Board representative. A junior at Cascade High School, Joe has always been compelled to do well in school and to serve his community. One of the highlights of Joe's year is participating in his school's annual food drive. This year, Cascade students collected over 70,000 cans of food, 800 gifts, and $18,000 which they donated to families in their area.

Joe loves being busy and involved in school. He serves as the ASB secretary at his high school, and enjoys playing on the varsity tennis, swim/dive, and track teams. He is also part of the lnterAct club, Bruins Against Cancer Club, National Honor society, and Wind Ensemble at Cascade. Outside of school, he participates in club diving with DiveSeattle and club volleyball with Space Needle Volleyball Foundation.

Joe is honored to have this opportunity to serve students around the state. Joe hopes to facilitate communication between the students and the administrators in order to build strong relationships for means of future change.

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Lindsey Salinas

Wellpinit
Selected
May, 2016
Term expires May, 2018
  • Eastern WA - Student Representative

Lindsey is the eastern Washington student board representative. She is a junior at Wellpinit High School on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Lindsey values practices to preserve her culture, including beading traditional jewelry and conversing in Spokane-Salish. She hunts, fishes, cuts and smokes wild game meat, digs for brown and white camas root, collects moss, and picks huckleberries for the elders’ traditional dinner during cultural week.

Lindsey has always had a passion for leadership. She is Associated Student Body President of her high school, participates in JROTC, captains the varsity volleyball team, serves on the safety committee, and mentors children at Back to the Earth STEM Camp and the local youth center.