The Board has four principal responsibilities:
- To organize and manage itself so as to fulfill its duties to the school
- To plan, develop, and establish policy and to assess the school’s performance
- To oversee the school’s financial condition and physical plant
- To select the head of school and work cooperatively with that person
A guiding document of the Board is the Strategic Plan, which sets the long term direction for this work. In 2018, Perkins updated it’s Strategic Plan. You can see the full text of it by clicking: The Perkins School Strategic Plan
To contact the Board of Trustees with questions about governance or the Strategic Plan, email BOT@theperkinsschool.org
2019-2020 Board of Trustees
Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. She also enjoys volunteering for Perkins field trips and events that involve her sons, John and Will. Her business background is in Human Resources and Executive Coaching. She’s been in and around the high-tech community for over 20 years from start ups to large organizations. She has a Psychology degree and Communications minor from University of San Diego. Sarah is a native Washingtonian and enjoys road trips with her husband Ed and their boys.
Nikhil is father to a Perkins student, Aahna, and joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. Nikhil holds M.S. in Computer Engineering from University of Florida and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. He has spent most of his career in Corporate Finance function in Technology industry. When not working, Nikhil loves to travel with family and enjoys playing tennis.
Colin is father to a Perkins student, Celia, and joinedthe Board of Trustees in 2018. Colinearned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington andan M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has spent nearly his entire career in technology startups, includingserving as CEO of Ozone International and President of FarmSaver.com. Colin is co-founder of rateBridge, a SaaSstartup focused on price list management. When not working, Colin and his wife Jennifer love exploring art museumsand watching contemporary ballet.
Gaby’s son Avi has attended Perkins since kindergarten. Gaby has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Since 2004, Gaby has worked for the King County Prosecutor’s Office where she is currently a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with a focus on cases that intersect with behavioral health issues. In addition to Perkins, Gaby also serves on her synagogue’s board where she held various leadership positions and currently serves as chair of the Development Committee. Gaby joined the Perkins board in the summer of 2018. When not lawyering, wrangling kids (Avi’s little sister looks forward to also attending Perkins one day), or volunteering, Gaby feeds her not-so-secret desire to be the Jewish Martha Stewart by being crafty.
James Cardo is an educator with twenty years of experience primarily in independent schools. Currently, he directs AIE, a non-profit career college specializing in animation, visual effects, programming, and virtual reality. For five years James led The Harbor School, a K-8 independent school on Vashon Island, where he also taught middle school English and other subjects for a decade before shifting fully to administration. The NWAIS is familiar territory for James, as he sat on their Standards & Practices committee for two years, as well as serving on a number of accreditation visiting teams. James joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in 2018 because he is drawn to the school’s experiential model and close-knit structure (not to mention Bunny and Ollie!) He also hopes to contribute as Perkins sets forth its next goals after its many recent achievements.
Rumeena had two daughters who love being students at Perkins. She has been on the board since 2019. A film maker, health coach and physician with over 15 years’ experience in health education and behaviour change, Rumeena specialises in making complex medical information accessible through films and coaching. Rumeena moved to Seattle from London, England with her family in 2015. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, tap dance and sing jazz.
Shani joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in 2019. She is originally from San Francisco and moved to Seattle in 2009. Shani is a high risk obstetrician at the University of Washington Medical Center. She is also an educator for the UW medical school and Ob/Gyn residency, as well as the associate director of the UW high risk obstetrics fellowship program. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for the Ob/Gyn Department at UW Medicine. Her daughter, Yael, started at Perkins in 2017 (little brother, Ari, can’t wait to come to Perkins as well.) When not delivering babies in the middle of the night, Shani can be found hiking and camping around the Pacific Northwest with her family.
Tom joined the Board in the fall of 2018. Stella and Hallie are his two girls, both migrated into Perkins in the 3rd and 1st grades. Tom grew up in the Bay Area of California and northern Virginia. The University of Washington brought him to the PNW for a landscape architecture degree, where he met his wife, Kelly. As a family, they enjoy exploring the Pacifc Northwest and playing with our big furry dog, Bingo.
2018-2019 Ex-Officio (non-voting):
Barry Wright – Head of School
Shana Reiss de Reyes – Assistant Head of School
Angie Gianelli – Business Manager/Admissions Director
Kady Shumway – Fourth/Fifth Grade Grade Teacher