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Bill Kallappa II

February, 2019
Term expires January, 2023
Chair, Position 3

Gov. Inslee appointed Tumwater resident Bill S. Kallappa II to the State Board of Education in 2019. Bill has a combined 25 years’ experience working in public education, Parks and Recreation Youth Programs, Tribal Youth Programs and is currently the Education Liaison for the Nisqually Tribe. In this capacity, Bill does Educational outreach to local K-12 school districts and institutions of Higher Education, promoting and sharing local tribal history and knowledge.

Bill recently worked to establish the Nisqually Youth Council, a governing youth body that engages tribal youth in addressing issues that concern them. The Nisqually Youth Council is designed to imitate Tribal Council and is a legitimate organization complete with a resolution, constitution and bylaws. They have elected officials and a voting body that give a voice to Tribal Youth.

Bill is also proud to be a co-founder of the Inter Tribal League. The ITL is a tribal youth sports league that was established in 2009 that gives Tribal Youth access to playing youth sports. The ITL serves Boys and Girls in grades 3-12 in sports such as basketball, softball, flag football and soccer. The ITL has partnered with the Seattle Storm over the past 6 years to provide an annual youth basketball camp for Tribal youth.

Bill serves as a Parks Commissioner for the city of Tumwater. He is also a member of the Washington State Indian Education Association the National Indian Education Association and serves on the Tribal Leaders Congress for Education. He is also the representative from the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs to the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.

Kallappa is a graduate of The Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s in interdiciplinary studies. Bill enjoys spending time with his wife Maia Bellon and teenage daughter Talia.

Harium Martin-Morris

March, 2018
Term expires January, 2025
Vice Chair, Position 1

Harium Martin-Morris has a unique blend of classroom teaching experience, education policy development, school district governance and management expertise.  In 2015, he retired from The Boeing Company after 17 years in software development.  He was elected twice to Seattle School Board serving from 2007 to 2015. During his tenure on the Seattle School Board, he served on the Council of Great City Schools board of directors and the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) steering committee as its vice-chair.  While a member of the Seattle School Board, he led the effort to end the out of school suspensions of elementary students with the aid of undergraduate students from the University of Washington.  That work led to a resolution and actions that passed unanimously.  And in the two years since its passage hundreds of students remained in school getting an education instead of falling further behind their fellow students.  His ability to listen, build coalitions and create conscience has made him a successful advocate for public education.

After his retirement from The Boeing Company, Harium started a consulting group with a focus on school district communication, equity and school improvement.  Currently, Harium serves on two non-profit boards, the Equity in Education Coalition and the Boeing Employees Flying Association. 

Harium and his wife, Linda, have two children. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Cortland, and Master of Business Administration from Babson College as well as a Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate.

Mary Fertakis, M.Ed.

January, 2020
Term expires January, 2024
Executive Committee Member, Western WA - Region 3

Mary Fertakis, M.Ed. is the CEO of her own consulting business, specializing in P-12 education and equity issues, and the intersection of education with housing, transportation, workforce, health, and human services policies. She is a Consultant with the National School Boards Association Equity Department, and a member of the WSSDA Leadership Consultant Cadre, which provides training to school boards.

She served on the Tukwila School Board for 22 years, representing a school district that has been called the most ethnically-diverse in the United States, and was the 2012 President of the WSSDA, chaired the Association’s Nominating Committee. She served on WSSDA’s Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force, Urban Issues Committee, and Diversity & Multicultural Action Team. She is a founder of the Tukwila Children’s Foundation, which helps meet the unmet needs of children in the Tukwila community, serves on the Board of Still Waters, a non-profit serving homeless families in Tukwila, and on the board of the National Center for Restorative Justice.

Mary is an original member of the Racial Equity Policy Design Team of the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), and serves on the Leadership Tomorrow Curriculum Committee, co-designing the Education Challenge Day for emerging leaders. In addition, she serves on the Community Leadership Team (CLT) of the Road Map Project (RMP), a regional, cradle-to-career initiative involving seven school districts, with the goal of doubling the number of post-secondary degrees earned by students in South King County by 2030.

Kevin Wang

May, 2020
Term expires January, 2025
Executive Committee Member, Position 2

Kevin is a lifelong educator, engineer, and social entrepreneur who has dedicated his life to STEM education access, and equity while bridging technology and education. He taught high school Computer Science (CS) after completing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Later, as a graduate student, he served as a Teaching Fellow for introductory CS classes and taught an afterschool programming class.

After a few years as an engineer launching Microsoft Office 365, Kevin founded the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS program which he led for the past decade that helped 1,000+ high schools across the country build and grow successful, sustainable, and diverse CS programs. Over half of the schools in the program are Title I, the students served are majority people of color, 40 percent female, and one fifth from rural areas. In Washington, TEALS students have accounted for half of the AP CS A exams in the state for many years.

His work has been featured in the NY Times, CNN, USA Today, and has published award winning peer reviewed papers on topics in CS education. He has advocated for CS education before the United States House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology as well as elected officials and community leaders across the country. 

Kevin and his family moved to the U.S. from Shanghai when he was in the 4th grade. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He considers it an absolute honor to be able to serve Washington schools and students as a member of the State Board of Education. Find Kevin on LinkedIn.

Patty Wood

January, 2017
Term expires January, 2025
Executive Committee Member, Western WA - Region 4

Patty Wood was elected to the State Board of Education in 2016 after serving over 13 years on her local School Board in Kelso. She has served as chair of the Education Northwest Board of Directors and is currently the CEO. 

On the State Board, Wood has served as Chair of the SBE Legislative Committee and Equity committee and two years on the Executive Committee. During her local board tenure she served on multiple board committees and two terms as Board Chair. She continues to serve her local district through her work on the Budget Advisory Committee, Levy Committee, and as a Cross Country Coach at the High School. Wood began her leadership role within WSSDA as a graduate of Leadership WSSDA. She served on the Legislative Committee and Chair of the FRN committee, Board Standards Taskforce, Technical Advisory Group, Trust Lands Task Force and was elected to the WSSDA board in 2011. She enjoys legislative advocacy and developing strong leadership teams through her consulting work with local school board leadership teams. 

Wood is a graduate of Enumclaw High School, received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Central Washington University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters enjoying the outdoors, whether it is running, skiing, hiking, or kayaking.

Peter Maier

December, 2018
Term expires January, 2022
Outgoing Board Chair, 2019 - Present, Western WA - Region 5

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 41 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).

Jan Brown

January, 2020
Term expires January, 2024
Private Schools Representative

Jan Brown began her educational career in the public schools with a BA in Education, 4-12 English/Language Arts from Washington State University. After completing a K-12 Music Endorsement, she continued as a K-9 choral and general music instructor at Cascade Christian Schools.

The opportunity to work as a specialist across grades advancing students’ skills and deepening connections within the school community eventually led to a M.A. in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification. Jan worked as an elementary principal and then on to district administration which led to her experience in K-12 Creative Arts Curriculum alignment with learning targets and comprehensive Human Resource policies and procedures. She led and collaborated with others to successfully launch a north Tacoma Classical, Christian Elementary School with an emphasis on the Arts.

From there, Jan worked in higher education for 13 years at Seattle Pacific University’s (SPU) Center for Professional Education. During her time at SPU, a generous grant from the Murdock Foundation provided Jan the opportunity to once again work with private school educators. The grant allowed several large and smaller private schools to creatively implement Professional Learning Communities.

MJ Bolt

Spokane Valley
January, 2016
Term expires January, 2024
Eastern WA - Region 1

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.

Bolt has made many State and National connections over the past four years and was elected as New Board Representative to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Board in 2016, and serves on multiple NASBE committees. She also has served on the previously legislated Expanded Learning Opportunities Committee. 

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.

Dr. Susana Reyes

March, 2019
Term expires January, 2022
Position 5

Dr. Susana Reyes is a first-generation college graduate. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Dr. Reyes began her public school experience as a 1st grader in the Wapato School District. Both of her parents and their children worked in the fields throughout the Yakima Valley. She graduated from Wapato High School and then attended Washington State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and her Master’s degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She also holds the Principal and Superintendent Certifications.

Dr. Susana Reyes is currently the Superintendent of Shoreline Schools. She was recently, the Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Pasco School District. She also served 4 years as Assistant Superintendent for the Mead School District Special Services and 7 years for the Pullman School District, overseeing all of the district’s teaching and learning programs. Before moving to Pullman, Dr. Reyes served as a school principal, assistant principal, and elementary school teacher for the Wapato School District.

Dr. Reyes is passionate about contributing to efforts that support students and their educational experiences. Until June 2019, she served as a citizen member on the Washington Student Achievement Council to which she was appointed by Governor Inslee in 2013. Dr. Reyes has been an adjunct professor for WSU-Pullman and WSU-Spokane teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses. She was also an ESL Instructor for Yakima Valley Community College for several years during her tenure with the Wapato School District.

Dr. Reyes is the Past-President for the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA). She is a member of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) and a past board member of the Washington Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. And, more recently, Dr. Reyes has been collaborating with a team of colleagues from around the state to establish the soon-to-be Washington Association of Latino/a Administrators (WALA) which will be a state-affiliate of the national Association of Latino/a Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).

Dr. Reyes is married to Lupe González, also an immigrant from México and WSU graduate. He is a Civil Engineer on the Hanford site. They enjoy running, going to the movies, traveling, spending time with family.

Ryan Brault

March, 2017
Term expires January, 2027
Eastern WA - Position 2

Ryan Brault has a passion for education and ensuring that all students have the opportunity to succeed and live up to their individual potential. 

Elected to the Pasco School Board in 2011, Brault served as Vice President of the Board in 2014 and as President in 2015. In addition, Ryan is a graduate of Leadership WSSDA (Washington State School Directors Association) and is a graduate of Leadership Tri-Cities, Class XV.  Ryan is also a Past President of the Pasco Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of the Columbia Basin Badger Club. In addition, Ryan is a member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Pasco Chamber & Tri-Cities Sunrise Rotary where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International.  In 2010 Ryan also received the Community Leadership Award from SEWASA (South Eastern Washington Association of School Administrators).

He was actively involved involved in the Pasco School District for years.  Ryan was a PEAK (Partners in Educating All Kids) Partner for several years from the inception of the program. He has also served for many years on the Pasco Vocational Building Committee which oversees a program where high school students build a house each year and profits are used to provide scholarships for students involved in the program.  In addition, Ryan has been actively involved for several years in Pasco Citizens for Better Schools working on local bond and levy campaigns.

Ryan and his wife Jamie have been actively involved in efforts to combat human trafficking for more than a decade volunteering with International Justice Mission which is now the largest anti-slavery organization in the world. Ryan is also a Co-Founder of Faith Justice Network and was also a founding board member of Mirror Ministries focused primarily on local human trafficking issues in the Tri-Cities Area. 

Ryan received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University. 
He runs his own office as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and is a Limited Partner with the firm.  Ryan has also studied through the College for Financial Planning to obtain several professional certifications including his CFP® (Certified Financial Planner). 

In his free time, Ryan loves spending time with his wife and his two young children and enjoys wake-boarding, snowboarding, running, and biking.  In addition, he is currently in the process of obtaining his private pilot's license.

Jeff Estes

January, 2014
Term expires January, 2022
Position 7

Jeffrey C. Estes, is serving his second term as a gubernatorial appointee to the State Board of Education (SBE).  In 2017, he retired from Battelle, operators of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, after 28 years of working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Prior to working for Battelle, he was a museum educator and classroom teacher with experiences at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He currently serves on the Governor’s STEM Education Innovation Alliance, the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Advisory Committee and the Washington State Next Generation STEM Teacher Preparation Project Leadership Team.

He brings a broad and varied perspective to the work of the SBE having been both a private- and public-school teacher, a manager of K-16 education programs for students, faculty/teachers and principals, and a leader responsible for designing, executing, overseeing and evaluating school/business/community partnerships at the local and state level.  

Examples of his work include:

  • working in a variety of classroom environments (e.g., gifted education, science specialist, self-contained classroom teacher);
  • conducting museum outreach programs in central Washington;
  • stewarding a program that provided thousands of Laboratory internships, fellowships and other opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and faculty;
  • leading a project to design, implement, and mature a local STEM education collaboration zone, called the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory (Collaboratory) – a model for amplifying and accelerating progress in addressing our STEM education and workforce challenges;
  • co-directing the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Partnership – a collaborative model for catalyzing and sustaining science education reform across Washington State; and
  • helping to conceptualize, design and launch Delta High School – a STEM-focused high school jointly operated by the Pasco, Kennewick and Richland School Districts with support from Tri-Cities business and community organizations.

During his career, Battelle and he received awards from multiple organizations including the KCTS-TV Golden Apple Award, Mid-Columbia Crystal Apple Award, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Education Association of Washington, Benton Franklin Workforce Development Council, Employment Management Association Foundation, Kennewick School District, Washington Association of School Administrators/Association of Washington School Principals (WASA/AWSP), Washington Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA), and the Washington Science Teachers Association (WSTA).

Jeff holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as K-12 teaching certification from Western Washington University. He and his wife, Peggy, have two grown children.  

Holly Koon MEd, NBCT

January, 2014
Term expires January, 2022
Position 4

Holly Koon is a National Board Certified science (biology/chemistry) and CTE agriculture teacher at rural Mt. Baker Senior High School.  In over 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 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 spent his K-12 years in the district where his parents teach. 

Dr. Paul Pitre

September, 2018
Term expires January, 2023
Position 6

Paul Pitre is Chancellor for Washington State University's Everett campus. Dr. Pitre became Chancellor in September 2016, after serving as Academic Dean of the campus from 2011- 2016.  Dr. Pitre is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU. Prior to accepting a faculty position at WSU, he was a member of the Auburn University faculty. Pitre has worked in Public Affairs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and as a Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. He has also held several administrative posts in higher education. His research interests center on P-20 education policy, leadership and governance in higher education, and college access and choice. Pitre received his doctorate in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland. He also received his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University and his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Western Washington University.

Chris Reykdal

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Re-elected statewide to Superintendent position 2020

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a teaching certificate, and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He coached both youth and adult soccer for several years, he volunteered as a local city planning commissioner, and he had the honor of serving as a trustee for the College Spark Washington Foundation for six years.

Chris leads a team at OSPI that is committed to opening up multiple pathways to high school graduation beyond the “university for all” approach. To do this and truly embrace all students, Chris is leading the charge to expand technical education opportunities and to decrease our reliance on standardized tests that label our students. Additionally, he is building broad coalitions that are working to close opportunity gaps through critical policy and budget changes.

Pavan Venkatakrishnan

June, 2021
Term expires June, 2023
Western WA - Student Representative

Pavan is a sophomore at Interlake High School. He's currently a member of student government at his school and a clarinet player with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Pavan loves politics, and is an alum of several political campaigns, including most recently, President Joe Biden's. As a former 12 year resident of Louisville, Kentucky, he's also a fan of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!). 

McKenna Roberts

July, 2020
Term expires June, 2022
Eastern WA - Student Representative

McKenna is a junior at Okanogan High School in Okanogan. She was elected president of key club, and is a member of FBLA and National Honor Society. She is a member of Youth Leadership Council through Room One in Twisp, which is group of young people from Okanogan County fighting for teen rights and promoting healthy relationships.

She plays varsity soccer, and loves traveling, photography, music, and hiking. Of her position on the Board, she noted, "I am incredibly honored to be selected for this position, and I am thrilled to give voice to the issues that rural communities across the state face, as well as advocate for the kids from rural communities like myself, the kids that often feel forgotten in regards to education policy. I have been passionate about advocating for the health and well-being of young people for my entire life, and I am beyond excited to work on the State Board of Education to insure that every student, regardless of economic status or geographic location, has an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential."

Summary of Board Member Terms

Name Position Type Position Number Term Years Term Number
MJ Bolt Elected Region #1 Jan. 2016 - Jan. 2024 Second Term
Ryan Brault Elected Region #2 Jan. 2022 - Jan. 2027 Second Term 
Mary Fertakis Elected Region #3 Jan. 2020 - Jan. 2024 First Term
Patty Wood Elected Region #4 Jan. 2017 - Jan. 2025 Second Term
Peter Maier Elected Region #5 Jan. 2014 - Jan. 2022 Second Term
Harium Martin-Morris Appointed Position #1 March 2018 - Jan. 2025 First Full Term (filled an unexpired term beginning March 2018)
Kevin Wang Appointed  Position #2 May 2020 - Jan. 2025 First Full Term (filled an unexpired term beginning May 2020) 
Bill Kallappa II Appointed  Position #3 Feb. 2019 - Jan. 2023 First Term
Holly Koon Appointed  Position #4 Feb. 2018 - Jan. 2022 Second Term (First term started in 2014)
Susana Reyes Appointed  Position #5 March 2019 - Jan. 2022 First Term 
Paul Pitre Appointed Position #6 Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2023 First Full Term (filled an unexpired term beginning September 2018)
Jeff Estes Appointed Position #7 March 2014 - Jan. 2022 Second Term
Jan Brown Private Schools   Jan. 2020 - Jan. 2024 First Term 
Chris Reykdal Superintendent   Jan. 2017 - Jan. 2024 Second Term as Superintendent
Pavan Venkatakrishnan Student   July 2021 - June 2023 First Term
McKenna Roberts Student   July 2020 - June 2022 Second Term

Note: Board member terms begin/end 2nd Monday in January for both elected and appointed Members. Elections occur the year before a term ends. Student Board member terms begin in July and end in June.