Governance

The Board of an independent school has the ultimate responsibility for the institution. School heads and trustees come and go: only the Board is permanent. The Board is responsible for the integrity of the school, the standing and reputation built by its founders and those who have labored over the years. The Board holds in trust the school’s future as well as its present; the Board’s collective judgment will affect how the institution can serve constituencies to come.

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 2014, 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

2016-2017 Board of Trustees

Becky Kaufman

Becky Kaufman

Chair

Becky is past Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) President 2008-2010 and joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in Summer of 2010, currently serving as the Board Chair. Becky served on the board of the Seattle Genealogical Society, and Seattle Acrobatics and New Circus Arts school. She is mom to Perkins alumna Taj (Class of ’12) and Isaac, graduate of UCDS, Billings Middle School, and Nova High School. Becky has a Certificate from Yale University in Theatrical Costuming. She owned and managed an international professional costuming business, Period Corsets, for almost 20 years. She currently works part-time at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue, to fund her art quilt habit.

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Vice Chair

Jennifer is the mother of two wonderful daughters who love Perkins. She joined the board of trustees in February 2016. Her background is in nonprofit management and program design with a specialty in grant writing. She has worked for several nonprofits in the Puget Sound region, including Friends of Youth, Hopelink and WithinReach, as well as working as an independent fundraising consultant to small nonprofits. Jennifer has a B.S. in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Laura Souyoultzis

Laura Souyoultzis

Secretary

Laura joined the Board of Trustees in Fall 2016 after having been a member of the Perkins Parent Association for three years and serving as President for two of those years. Her son, Aiden, has been attending Perkins since Kindergarten. Laura is an active volunteer in her community with the University District Food Bank, PEPS, and Pottery Northwest. Her past career experience is in banking and investments at Bank of America. She has a degree in Art and Art History from the University of Washington.

Duncan Linn

Duncan Linn

Treasurer

Duncan joined the Board of Trustees in fall 2016 and has worked in public accounting since graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He earned his CPA in 2015 and hopes to assist the Perkins finance team as much as possible. Duncan grew up playing soccer year round, but currently enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee in his spare time with Seattle Sockeye and the Seattle Cascades. Although he does earn money playing Ultimate with the Cascades, Duncan plans to continue his day job working in the audit department of Bader Martin P.S.

Ewa Davison

Ewa Davison

Ewa is an attorney specializing in life sciences patent litigation. She earned her A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT, and her J.D. from the University of Washington. Ewa joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in 2017 after serving on the Perkins Parents Association. Both of her children, Emeline and Zander, have attended Perkins since Kindergarten.

Gabe Licka

Gabe Licka

Gabe is father to Perkins student, Gavin, and joined the board of trustees in the summer of 2015. Gabe earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at University of Washington and has worked in the clinical laboratory industry for twenty years. Gabe currently works as a business director for a northwest clinical laboratory that manages several outpatient joint venture programs for multiple hospital systems such as Providence Health Systems, Evergreen Health, Overlake Medical Center, Valley Medical, and Franciscan Health. Gabe is involved with several medical boards that range from biotechnology development to population health.

Gary Lin

Gary Lin

Gary is the father of four, two of whom attend Perkins. He is currently a real estate developer of high-rise office, hotel, and multi-family properties and has been a real estate professional in Seattle for the last 12 years. Gary is actively involved with the nonprofit organization Construction for Change, training and mentoring volunteers that design and build much-needed facilities for other nonprofit organizations around the world. He earned a B.S. in Construction Management with a Minor in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington. Gary joined the board of trustees in 2017.

Mian Rice

Mian Rice

Mian joined the Board in 2016. He brings a background of leadership in both private and public markets. With degrees in Construction, Transportation and Surveying, a passion for Social Justice, and experience in Public Policy, his experiences are varied. He currently runs the Port of Seattle’s small business program and sits on several boards, including the Strategic Education Center Board and the Advisory Board for Ovation Technology. His son, Sekoy, has been a student at Perkins since Kindergarten.

Petra Schindler-Carter

Petra Schindler-Carter

Petra joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in Summer 2016. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz (Germany) and has been a Lecturer at the University of Michigan. Her 20-year career in technology has included strategy and ecommerce consulting across Retail, Entertainment, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Financial Services. She joined Amazon.com in 2003 and currently serves as General Manager of the Amazon Business Marketplace, a role in which she directs the product development and go-to-market strategy for Amazon’s third-party B2B business. Her daughter Sonya has been attending Perkins since 2013.

Annelliott Willis

Annelliott Willis

Annelliott is mom to Perkins student, Calder, and joined the Board of Trustees in Fall 2015. Annelliott earned her B.A. in Art History and Political Science at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her Masters of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been a parent and a teacher at various Seattle independent and public schools. Currently she spends her time schlepping kids to and from their various activities. When not in the car, she’s on the tennis court or reading a book.

2015-2016 Ex-Officio (non-voting):

Barry Wright – Head of School
Shana Reiss de Reyes – Assistant Head of School
Angie Gianelli – Business Manager/Admissions Director
Emily Bond – First Grade Grade Teacher

The Perkins School is an accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools


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