* Executive Committee Members
Ms. Muñoz-Colón is the K-12 Investments Manager for the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning, where she also co-chairs the English Language Learner working group for the South King County Road Map Project. She has worked at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as the Director of Financial Policy and Research, where she was lead staff to the Quality Educational Council.
Isabel has a master’s degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame.
Kevin Laverty has an extensive background in public education. He was appointed to the Central Valley School District board in February 1993 and served there until moving to Mukilteo in late 1994. In 1999, Laverty was elected to the Mukilteo School District board and served for three terms. He also served on the WSSDA board of directors 2000-02 and was elected WSSDA president in 2010.
In addition to his school board experience, Laverty spent 28 years with Verizon and its predecessor company, GTE, in public relations. He managed the company’s Northwest philanthropy for six years which was heavily weighted toward K-20 education. He has been a member of the education funders group of Philanthropy Northwest, a member of the Partnership for Learning steering committee, board member and chair of the Digital Learning Commons, advisory board member for the Coalition of Essential Schools Northwest and a board member and secretary of the Greater Trinity Learning Academy in Everett. He is a past president of the Mukilteo Schools Foundation.
Laverty and his wife, Tomoko, have two grown daughters and reside in Mukilteo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Santa Barbara, and a Masters in Communication – Digital Media from the University of Washington.
After serving as a language Arts, history, physical education instructor and coach in the Puyallup School District for thirteen years, Judy Jennings left public education to design and implement the Junior High program and curriculum for Puyallup Valley Christian School (now Cascade Christian Schools) in 1982.
In 1988, Judy became the Secondary Principal for Seattle Christian Schools and served in that capacity until 1992 when she became Superintendent. During her tenure there she led the effort in receiving the schools’ first accreditation through NAAS/ ACSI, built a new campus, and strengthened the curriculum to include both special education and AP classes. Upon retiring from SCS in 2005, Mrs. Jennings became the Executive Director of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools, where she had served as a Board member representing ACSI schools for 9 years prior to her appointment. In her capacity as Executive Director, Judy also represented the private schools of Washington to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) lobbying in both Washington D. C. and Olympia.
During her educational career, Judy also served in many professional capacities. She was a member of the ACSI Accreditation Commission, President of the Nisqually League 89-92, Representative to WCD 3 for the Nisqually League from 1990-2005 and its president in 94-95, WIAA Board Member from 1995-2005 and President in 96-97. Judy also served as a board member of National Federation of High School Associations from 2001-2005 representing 11 western states. Judy has also been a long time member of Rotary International, serving as president of her club from 96-97.
Mrs. Jennings holds an undergraduate degree in education as well as a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership, both from Pacific Lutheran University. She is also a certified administrator for the Association of Christian Schools International.
Mrs. Jennings lives in Bonney Lake and has been married to her husband, Fran, for 46 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Ms. Connie Fletcher has served on the Washington State Board of Education since 2009. Prior to this she served on the Issaquah School Board for 16 years and as WSSDA President and other officer positions from 2000 through 2003. She was honored for her service with the WSPTA Educator of the Year, the Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple and by the Issaquah Community as Community Volunteer of the Year.
Professionally, she served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and school districts in governance, planning and major gifts fundraising. She also served as a human services planner and administrator for the City of Seattle and for two United Way organizations.
Connie is a native of Minnesota, earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in political science and completing graduate studies in public administration from Mankato State University. She is a Carver Policy Governance Academy graduate.
Fletcher has served on the Washington State Learning First Alliance, the National Association of State Boards of Education Governmental Affairs Committee, the Washington State Army Advisory Board, the Issaquah Kiwanis Club and the boards of several other child welfare and social service organizations.
Connie lives in Issaquah, has four children and three grandchildren.
Peter Maier has been on the Board since May 2013. He worked on K-12 education policy issues for many years. He lives in Seattle, where he attended Seattle Public Schools as did both of his children. He was deeply involved in their schools’ PTSAs and was twice awarded a PTSA Golden Acorn.
Peter was active in the I-728 initiative campaign (personally collecting over 1000 signatures). He then began working on school levy campaigns and twice led successful levy campaigns in Seattle, serving as President of Schools First Coalition (Seattle’s levy campaign committee) from 2002 to 2007.
Peter was elected to the Seattle School Board in 2007 and served a full term until 2011. While on the Seattle School Board he was the board representative to WSSDA and often advocated on behalf of schools in Olympia as the board’s legislative liaison.
In 2012 Peter returned to Schools First Coalition as Treasurer for the successful February 2013 Seattle levy campaign.
Peter’s day job is an attorney in private practice with his own law firm. He specializes in representing individual consumers in Lemon Law claims and represents small businesses and non-profits. He has taught classes in law at Edmonds Community College and has been repeatedly recognized by his legal peers as one of Washington State’s “Superlawyers”.
At home Peter enjoys jogging, struggling with crosswords, cooking, and spending time with his wife of 35 years Liz Tennant. Both of their children are now adults.
Peter’s formal education after graduating from Seattle Public Schools was at Oberlin College (B.A. with highest honors in economics, 1974) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1981).
In her thirty-two year career in public education, Mona Bailey has worked to promote equity and excellence for all students, especially for underachieving students. She has served as a junior and high school science teacher, high school counselor, Middle School Principal, Personnel Administrator and Assistant and Deputy Superintendent in Seattle Public Schools, and as Assistant State Superintendent in the Washington State Office of Public Instruction. Immediately after retiring, she served as a Senior Associate with the Institute of Educational Inquiry, a nonprofit Seattle-based organization focusing on educational renewal in partnership with the National Network for Educational Renewal. She continues to play a role in education as an educational consultant and as a volunteer with advocacy groups to reform education for K-12 students.
Bailey co-chaired the HB2722 State Advisory Committee to Close the Achievement Gap of African American Students in the State of Washington. She currently serves on the Pacific Science Center Board of Directors and chairs its Science Education Advisory Committee; the Seattle Art Museum's Education and Community Advisory Committee; United Way of King County’s Community Building Committee; the Seattle YWCA's Communities of Color Advisory Committee; and the Black Education Strategy Roundtable Board of Directors. She is a founding member of School Board Leaders for the Future.
She has received many awards. The MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) State Board established the annual Mona Bailey MESA Teacher Award in 2003 in honor of her services to the State MESA Program from its beginning in the 1980s. She has been recognized by the Johnson Publishing Company as one of the 100 influential Black Americans and is listed in Who's Who Among Women and Who's Who Among Black Americans. Florida A&M University awarded her the Meritorious Achievement Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority honored her with the highest award bestowed upon its members, the Mary Church Terrell Award. In 2014, Therapeutic Health Services of Washington awarded her its annual Alvirita Little Award.
Bailey has a BS Degree in Chemistry from Florida A&M University and a MS in Science Education from Oregon State University. She was a candidate for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and Administration at the University of Washington.
Mona Bailey and her husband, William Peter Bailey, have two sons: Col. Peter Govan Bailey, United States Air Force and Christopher Evans Bailey, Founder and CEO of the Seattle based company, Mindseekers; two grandsons, Tre and Taylor; and two granddaughters, Grace and Addysen.
Before retirement, Mr. Hughes worked for The Boeing Corporation in Seattle, spending the last ten years there as the Corporate Director of Education Relations. This position contributed to Mr. Hughes' passion for education, and he found the work at Boeing both professionally and personally rewarding.
Mr. Hughes has extensive experience working on behalf of students in Washington State, including 29 years with the Lake Washington School Board, six years on the Governor's Council on Advanced Technology in Schools, nine years with the Washington Roundtable's Working Committee on Education Reform, and six years as a member of the WSSDA Board of Directors.
Mr. Hughes graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in economics. He and his wife Linda have two children and four grandchildren.
MJ Bolt is an elected Eastern Washington representative to the Washington State Board of Education. She is passionate about high-quality education for all Washington students and for an equitable education system to help fully equip achievers for tomorrow.
Elected to the Central Valley School Board in Spokane Valley in November 2011, Bolt served as President of the Board in 2015. She served on the WSSDA Legislative Committee, building strong relationships with fellow school directors across the state. Bolt co-founded a local outreach program to help students who are homeless or in temporary and/or transitional housing, Council HEART in Hand Outreach, and co-founded the Greater Valley Support Network, bringing awareness and solutions for the most needy in her community. Bolt has been active in several local school and district Parent Teacher Associations, including serving two years as a service specialist for Washington State PTA Region 15 and co-chairing her district’s Citizen Levy Campaign. She received the 2010 Central Valley School District Meritorious Award.
MJ attended the University of Iowa and Eastern Washington University on golf scholarships, and now lives in Spokane Valley with her husband and two children.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Dr. Daniel L. Plung earned his MA and Doctor of Arts degrees in English at Idaho State University. Prior to that he completed his BA in English at the City College of New York, and attended the Bronx High School of Science, a nationally recognized school and a forerunner of current A-STEM programs.
Dan has taught as an adjunct at the University of South Carolina business school and in the Liberal Arts programs at Washington State University - Tri-Cities, and at Idaho State University—including courses taught on the nearby Indian Reservation.
Dan is currently Director of Project Services for a $2.7 Billion remediation project at the Hanford nuclear site. Responsible for the business, administrative, and infrastructure programs (e.g., Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Labor Relations, Contract Management, Procurement, and Facility Services and Leases), he is also charged with development of business and contract strategies.
He is currently a member of the board of Columbia Industries, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing the work skills of people with disabilities and the Hanford Concerns Council, an independent forum for resolving Hanford employee safety, health, and environmental concerns. Previously he served on the Corporate Advisory Board for the communication program at New Mexico Tech, the board of the Aiken County United Way, and was a founding board member of the first charter school in Aiken County, South Carolina.
Dan lives in West Richland. He is married and has two sons, both of whom live in the Tri-Cities.
Jeffrey C. Estes, MEd, is the Director, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is responsible for strategy execution and evaluation of the Laboratory’s efforts to 1) strengthen and advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Washington State; 2) improve the Laboratory’s education programs for students, faculty and K-12 teachers; 3) deliver against the STEM education expectations of the U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Science; and 4) connect PNNL to Battelle’s Education and STEM Learning Initiative.
Before joining PNNL, he was a classroom teacher and museum educator. Currently, he is leading a PNNL project to design, implement, and mature a local STEM education collaboration zone, called the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory (Collaboratory). The Collaboratory highlights the power of PNNL and Battelle to impact the educational ecosystem and serve as a model for amplifying and accelerating progress in addressing our STEM education and workforce challenges.
Estes serves as Co-Director of the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Partnership, a 2013 KCTS-TV Golden Apple Award winning program. LASER is a collaborative model for catalyzing and sustaining science education reform. Using Battelle and Department of Energy resources, he manages a set of professional development, outreach and technical assistance activities, provided by PNNL, that enable LASER efforts to improve the learning and teaching of science, K-12.
Prior to focusing his efforts on STEM education and outreach, Estes was the steward for a PNNL program that provided hundreds of internships, fellowships and other opportunities for students, graduates and faculty. These include technical and business positions for high-school students through post-graduate research associates. Finally, he represents PNNL as part of Battelle’s Education and STEM Learning Initiative at Battelle-managed laboratories across the nation. This includes Laboratory participation in the STEMx Network, a multi-state network which includes Washington state.
Jeff holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as K-12 teaching certification from Western Washington University.
Holly Koon is a National Board Certified science (biology/chemistry) and CTE agriculture teacher at Mt. Baker Senior High, a rural, high poverty, high performing school. In two decades of teaching, she has taught an academically diverse population of students; including those in sheltered, at-risk programs.
Recently, Holly has served at both the district and state levels as a lead facilitator for National Board Certification, as the coordinator for her district’s transition to the new teacher/principal evaluation model (TPEP), and as the lead negotiator for her district’s interest-based collective bargaining process. Over her career, Holly’s love for students and teaching has inspired her to become a passionate, multi-venue advocate for standards-based accomplished teaching in all subject areas, STEM education, CTE, closing the achievement gap, and assuring that schools have sufficient resources to provide every child an equitable opportunity to achieve their potential. Holly’s advocacy has been dedicated to helping craft common sense approaches to blending all the above imperatives into best-practice models that are viable and sustainable at the school level.
Holly is married to Max Duncan, a National Board Certified special education teacher at Kendall Elementary. Holly and Max live in Maple Falls with their son, Aidan, who attends school in the district where his parents teach.
Janis Avery has led Treehouse, a Seattle-based nonprofit, since 1995. Janis devotes her time to promoting educational equity for youth in foster care through advocacy for systems change, ensuring integrated strategy and accountability, maximizing community collaboration, and resource development.
Janis serves as an advisor to the DSHS Assistant Secretary of Children’s Administration as a member of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Youth Action Plan Task Force, which sets King County’s priorities for youth services. She represents Treehouse on the Child Welfare Advocacy Coalition, Youth Development Executives of King County and the Road Map Project. In the past she served on the Children’s Alliance Public Policy Council, and co-chaired Washington’s Educational Oversight Committee for Children and Youth in Foster Care.
Janis has been recognized as a Puget Sound Business Journal Woman of Influence in 2008 and by Senator Maria Cantwell as a Woman of Valor in 2010. Janis holds a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Washington. She has dedicated her life to improving the circumstances of children in foster care, both in her professional capacity as a social worker and in her own home, as the adoptive parent of two children from foster care.
A lifelong resident of Washington state, Randy Dorn has been an elementary and middle school teacher, a principal and a legislator. For nine years he was executive director of Public School Employees of Washington, the second largest educational employee’s organization in Washington state.
In 2008, Dorn was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction. In his years as state superintendent, he has replaced the existing state assessment system with a shorter system, argued successfully against cuts to education funding, expanded early learning opportunities for all students and championed an updated teacher and principal evaluation system. He also established partnerships with major businesses, including Microsoft and Boeing, to help students gain real world skills they can apply to the job market or the classroom.
Dorn and his wife, Kaye, live in Eatonville and have three grown sons.
Baxter is the western Washington student Board representative. A junior at Gig Harbor High school, one of Baxter’s earliest desires was public service, and he has been serving his student body in many capacities since the fourth grade. Baxter has always sought means of improvement in education and is honored for this opportunity to serve the students of Washington State. One of his greatest strengths is bridging the gap between his peers and educational administrators. He enjoys playing football, hanging out with friends, spending time in the outdoors, and giving back to his community.
Baxter served as president of The Kopachuck Student Body in 2012-13 and has held numerous student government positions throughout his education. One of his most inspiring ventures was a cultural and linguistic outreach to Nicaragua. There he spent time teaching children English and life skills. He has a passion for foreign language and has immersed himself in both Spanish and Mexican culture. As a proud member of the class of 2017, Baxter hopes to not only leave a positive impact on his fellow students, but a lasting change to his community.
Lindsey is the eastern Washington student board representative. She is a sophomore at Wellpinit High School on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Lindsey values practices to preserve her culture, including beading traditional jewelry and conversing in Spokane-Salish. She hunts, fishes, cuts and smokes wild game meat, digs for brown and white camas root, collects moss, and picks huckleberries for the elders’ traditional dinner during cultural week.
Lindsey has always had a passion for leadership. She is Associated Student Body President of her high school, participates in JROTC, captains the varsity volleyball team, serves on the safety committee, and mentors children at Back to the Earth STEM Camp and the local youth center.
Before his election in 2014, Peter Maier finished the term vacated first by Warren Smith and then Tre Maxie.