The Board of Trustees actively promotes and supports Bright Water Waldorf School’s mission. They are knowledgeable about the school’s goals, operations, and issues. Trustees are not involved in management, personnel, or curricular issues. They guard against conflicts of interest, whether business-related or personal. Trustees contribute to the fund development program of the school, including financial support and active involvement in annual and capital giving. The Board has three committees: Development and Marketing, Board Operations, and Finance.
What We Look For in Our Trustees
We seek trustees who have the background and ability to bring a broad perspective, passion, and interest in the long-term growth of the school. They should bring expertise in board experience, board operations, development, marketing, facilities planning, or law. They are able to provide access to community leaders and new potential donors. Above all, they should be able to communicate our vision and mission to others.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Doug joined the Bright Water Waldorf School Board of Trustees in June 2012. He currently serves as Board Secretary. Doug is a librarian, and has been the Coordinator of Library Technology at Seattle University since 2006. He has Master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, and Education from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining Seattle University, Doug worked as a librarian in public and private schools with students from Kindergarten through the eighth grade. Doug and his family enjoy living in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, home to Bright Water Waldorf School, Seattle University, and all their favorite bookstores, restaurants, parks, and more.
Mia comes from a family where entrepreneurial pursuits were highly valued. Her father was an adventurous, industrious individual who valued doing his own thing and brought his daughters along for the ride. His 100 year-old family woolen mill was founded on the banks of the Illinois River in 1865 by his great-grandfather, who had migrated from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mia taught herself to sew when she was eight and it has been a passion of hers since. Her family moved to Colorado after the sale of the mill in 1970, where Mia spent her formative years skiing, horseback riding, and experiencing the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art with a degree in Advertising Design, she worked in advertising and also had her own business. In 1989, she moved to the Northwest and started a family. Mia has two grown daughters, both of whom attended Waldorf schools; one was in the first graduating class of Bright Water School.
In 2003, Mia became a certified Waldorf teacher. She taught for eight years at Bright Water Waldorf School, leading one class from Grade Four through Grade Eight and took another from Grade Six through Grade Eight.
Mia is once again working as a clothing designer. She continues to keep her interest in Waldorf education alive by periodically substituting at BWWS, and by teaching painting at Sound Circle Teacher Training.
Jody works as a consultant for Asymmetric Advantage Capital Management, LLC. For the past 15 years, she has worked as an executive sales and marketing management consultant for a variety of companies – Corbis, Vitessa, Active Network, and others. Her professional career includes serving as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Modus Media, Stream and R. R. Donnelley and Sons. She managed a global workforce of 225 employees, earning unparalleled profits and creating expanded operations for all these corporations.
Jody has served on numerous Boards over the past decade. She spent 12 years on the Seattle Children’s Theatre Board as President, Vice-President, and Committee Chairs for Development/Board Operations. She has also served on the Boards of the Polyclinic Community Health Foundation, and the Northwest Girl Choir. She is the mother of two – Paloma, a Yale graduate working in New York for Bain Consulting, and Nick, a Bright Water Waldorf School alum. She is married to Paul Pineda, CEO of AACM.
Brooks joined the Board of Trustees in June 2014. She is a Seattle native who holds a PhD in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, where she focused on autonomy, specifically the nature of choice perceived and explored from the first-person perspective. She discovered Waldorf education as an extension of her philosophical interests as well as her approach to parenting. She and her husband Justin have four children, all of whom are students at Bright Water Waldorf School where they have been a grateful part of the community since 2004. Brooks currently works as a birth doula while she completes prerequisites for her application to Midwifery school. She enjoys time in the woods, study, photography, movement, and people.
Scott is an attorney at K&L Gates LLP. Scott’s practice is principally focused on public finance and municipal law. Scott works with a wide variety of the municipal clients in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, California, and Florida; including cities, counties, boroughs, school districts, port districts, public utility districts, and other special districts. Scott also practices in the areas of education law, as well as data security, corporate, and litigation work. With the education practice group, Scott works with a variety of school districts, special purpose districts, and municipal clients on public policy issues.
Scott received his B.A. from the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School. Scott has two boys in or near grade school and they enjoy all the mad-cap adventures offered by the intersection of boys and the Pacific Northwest.
John Healy, father of a Bright Water Waldorf School graduate, has been involved with the school as a parent, volunteer, coach, and board member since 2004. He re-joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 after serving two three-year terms that concluded in 2012.
John brings a variety of experiences and interests to his work at Bright Water Waldorf School. Trained in journalism and government at the University of Colorado, he worked for a decade in New England as a daily news reporter and editor before moving to Seattle and taking on senior management roles at digital media businesses including Outside magazine, ESPN.com, and ABCNews.com. He has worked in strategic communications at both progressive non-profit organizations and the City of Seattle. He is currently a principal in a small investment firm.
John is a guitar player, singer, and member of two rock ’n roll bands. Incongruent as it seems, he is also a lifelong hockey player who skates with the same group he latched onto upon moving to Seattle in 1993. You will quite often find him pedaling a bicycle or skiing. And in spring and fall, you can count on his coaching the Bright Water Waldorf School Ultimate Frisbee teams.
John and his family share their Madrona home with a veritable zoo: two dogs, two cats, and a flock of chickens that thankfully stays in the back yard.
Sam Blackman is a physician-scientist trained in pediatric hematology-oncology and pediatric neuro-oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston. For the past 8 years he has been focused on the early clinical development of novel cancer therapeutics and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. In his present role at Juno Therapeutics he is the Senior Medical Director, and is responsible for clinical development of novel immunotherapeutics for cancer, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies and high-affinity T cell receptor (TCR) therapies. In addition, he is a strong advocate for science education. He was a faculty member at Columbia College Chicago for 3 years, and continues to lecture regularly to college, graduate, and lay audiences on a variety of scientific topics related to oncology and drug development. Dr. Blackman is a graduate of the pediatric residency program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He received his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and Department of Pharmacology, and his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
Elizabeth began serving as Holy Names Academy’s Head of School in 1995. She has been with the institution since 1975, teaching mathematics and physics for 10 years before joining the administration. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry – as well as a M.A. in Library Science – at the University of Washington. Elizabeth has been the recipient of several notable awards, including the “Women of Influence Award” from the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2012. Beyond professional life, her interests include equestrian sports, hiking, gardening (especially roses), travel, and science.
Catherine grew up in Portsmouth, RI as the eldest of 8 children who attended a variety of public, parochial, and boarding schools. After 17 years working for educational nonprofit agencies and theaters in New York City, she moved to Seattle in 1996 with husband Tom Curry, then a political reporter for Redmond-based MSNBC, and two small children John Curry (BWWS ’07) and Ghislaine Pagès (BWWS ’11).
Experience at a Waldorf-inspired coop preschool in Mt. Baker led the family to join the fledgling Bright Water School in 1999. Twelve years of family involvement with the growing school included a wide selection of volunteer roles, from substitute teaching to a variety of fundraising and community-building efforts. In addition to staffing temporary assignments at Seattle nonprofits such as United Way of King County, The Children’s Alliance, and The Freedom Project, Catherine has volunteered for the Northwest School, Seattle Public Schools, and St. Therese Catholic Academy. She currently coordinates the homeless shelter and edits the weekly bulletin for St. Therese Parish.
Jon Gonzalez, a partner at Deloitte, has 14+ years of experience there. He has served a mixture of private and public companies in various industries including technology, life sciences, and retail.
He is a graduate of Seattle University’s Business School with a BA in Business Administration. Jon has held a number of leadership roles – and advanced his credentials – in the years since. These include serving as the Former Vice Chair and Finance Chair for America SCORES Seattle, being a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Washington, and leading efforts at Deloitte in Recruiting, Diversity and Inclusion, and Innovation.
He is also a valuable member of organizations such as the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Jon is a BWWS parent of three boys. He enjoys traveling, running, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.