Board of Trustees
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt grew up in the Boston area but has lived in the Seattle for many years. His roots are now in the Pacific Northwest, though he remains a lifelong Red Sox fan. Matt is a software engineer with over twenty-five years of experience at companies ranging from Microsoft to various startups. He currently works for Google, managing teams building contact management tools and infrastructure. Outside of work, Matt enjoys cycling, softball, reading, fiddling with computers and spending time with his family: wife Susie and children Jonah and Audrey, both of whom attended Bright Water. Matt attended Yale University and also received an MBA at the University of Washington.
Pa Ousman is an Investment Associate at Silver Creek Capital. He earned his BA in Business Administration from Seattle University with a major in Finance and a minor in Economics. While in college, Pa Ousman served in various organizations including as the Student Body President at both Highline College and Seattle University. He was part of the inaugural cohort of the Alfie Scholars program—a program aimed at training and educating scholars to foster civility in the workforce. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate award at Seattle University. Pa Ousman has developed experience in cross cultural leadership and engagement especially in diversity and inclusive excellence.
Pa Ousman enjoys connecting with people and celebrating diversity. His passions include playing and watching soccer, reading, watching movies and deconstructing the plot, and exploring the outdoors. Social justice and equitable treatment of people and resources is central to his core. He can always be found advocating for building a more free and civil society especially for marginalized and oppressed groups.