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, joined the Perkins Board of Trustees in Summer of 2010, and currently serves as the Board Chair. Becky served on the board of the Seattle Genealogical Society, and she is currently the Vice-Chair of Seattle Acrobatics and New Circus Arts school Board of Directors and has served on the board since 2006. Becky is mom to Perkins alumna Taj (Class of ’12) who is now attending Billings Middle School. She is also mom to 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 a very successful international professional costuming business, Period Corsets, for almost 20 years. She currently works part-time at Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue, WA, 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.

Anna Lea Dieringer

Anna Lea Dieringer

Secretary

Anna Lea joined the Board of Trustees in Summer 2015 and currently serves as the Board’s Secretary. Anna-Lea earned her B.A. (Honors) in Sociology and Health Sciences from Queen’s University at Kingston and is a global Project Management Institute-certified project manager. A Seattle-based marketing operations consultant working with a variety of corporate and nonprofit clients, she has worked with organizations including Canadian and U.S. NBA and NHL franchises, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global asset manager Russell Investments, national commercial real estate owner and operator Unico Properties, and local global health nonprofit PATH. Anna-Lea has two children at Perkins – Lucy and Ruby.

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.

Daniel Clark

Daniel Clark

Dan is the father of Perkins’ graduates Joey (class of 2013) and Jason (class of 2015) and joined the Board of Trustees in Winter 2014. Dan earned his B.A. in American Studies and Political Science at Tufts University and his J.D. at the UCLA School of Law. Dan joined the King County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996, and has handled a wide variety of felony trials and appeals in the office. Dan is currently the Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy and also serves as the Managing Attorney for the Maleng Regional Justice Center.

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.

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.

Jill Sandnes

Jill Sandnes

Jill is mom to two Perkins-inspired children and joined the Board of Trustees in February 2016. As an actively involved parent, she has been a member of the Perkins Parent Association as social coordinator and an auction volunteer. Jill currently works as a sales, marketing and regulatory compliance manager in the agriculture industry. Previously, she worked as a public relations and marketing professional in Seattle for over 12 years across a range of market types including architecture, healthcare, higher education, transportation and technology. Jill earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Minor in Political Science from the Pacific Lutheran University.

Laura Souyoultzis

Laura Souyoultzis

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.

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 – 2nd/3rd Grade Teacher

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


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