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 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

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

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.
Ewa Davison

Ewa Davison

Vice-Chair

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.
Sarah Kuerner

Sarah Kuerner

Secretary

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 Haldavnekar

Nikhil Haldavnekar

Treasurer

Bio coming soon

Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman

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 Charlton

Gaby Charlton

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

James Cardo

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.

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.
Rumeena Bhalla

Rumeena Bhalla

Bio coming soon

Shani Delaney

Shani Delaney

Bio coming soon

Tom Early

Tom Early

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

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


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