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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 Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the Pasco School District. Previously, Dr. Reyes 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, and spoiling their cat, Luna Girl.

Kevin Laverty

December, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
Western WA - Region 3

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.

Judy Jennings

Bonney Lake
December, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
Private Schools Representative

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.

Bill Kallappa II

February, 2019
Term expires January, 2023
Executive Committee Member at Large, 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.

Peter Maier

December, 2018
Term expires January, 2022
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).

Harium Martin-Morris

March, 2018
Term expires January, 2021
Executive Committee Member at Large, 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.

Ricardo Sanchez

December, 2016
Term expires January, 2021
Position 2

Gov. Inslee appointed Seattle resident Ricardo Sanchez to the State Board of Education in 2016. Ricardo Sánchez has been involved in education in Washington state for more than 25 years.

In 1989-1996, Ricardo was director of communications for Washington State’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. This included serving as the superintendent’s chief speechwriter and a senior policy advisor.

In 1998, Ricardo founded the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project (LEAP), a statewide non-profit organization aimed at improving academic achievement of Latino students in Washington State. LEAP was instrumental in convincing the state legislature to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition for college (2003), and to qualify for state-funded financial aid for college (2014).

In 2006-2009, Ricardo served as associate director in academic affairs for the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). He also served as state director of GEAR UP, a federally funded project administered by the HECB that helps low-income students prepare for college.

Between September 2009 and December 2016, Ricardo was vice president for Communications and Educational Services at Sea Mar Community Health Centers.

Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Montana State University—Billings, and did graduate work in business administration at Portland State University and public administration at Seattle University.

In 1999, Ricardo received the American Institute for Public Service’s Jefferson Award for his communications and advocacy work on behalf of farm workers in Washington State. He received the Faces of Courage Award in 2000 from The Seattle Times and Coalition for Human Dignity for the same efforts, which led to significant public funding for safe and sanitary farm-worker housing. Several Latino community organizations have recognized Ricardo’s service, including the Washington State Hispanic Bar Association, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, UW MEChA student organization, and League of United Latin American Citizens.

MJ Bolt

Spokane Valley
January, 2016
Term expires January, 2020
Vice Chair, 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.

Patty Wood

January, 2017
Term expires January, 2021
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 was their Acting CEO in 2019. 

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. Patty 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.

Ryan Brault

March, 2017
Term expires January, 2022
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
Executive Committee Member at Large, 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, Elected statewide to Superintendent position 2016

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.

Margarita Amezcua

May, 2019
Term expires May, 2021
Western WA - Student Representative

Margarita is a sophomore at Auburn Riverside High School. Before high school, she attended North Tapps Middle School where she had an opportunity to take a Leadership class. The class gave her the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone for the first time. It showed her that the actions we all take daily, whether positive or negative, have a lasting impact on our surroundings. She also learned about Servant Leadership and the importance of being a person who is willing to sacrifice for the greater good. She chooses to believe that the reason she has come to have this opportunity to serve on the SBE is because of the seed that Leadership class planted in her.

Margarita enjoys being active in her community. Serving as sophomore class president, public relations officer of her schools’ band program, and being a member of the National Honor Society keeps her busy. 

Margarita is humbled to have the opportunity to be a voice for her community through this position. She is passionate about loving all, serving all, and accepting all. It is because of this that she believes that all students deserve a quality education system suited to each individual’s needs. Talents and gifts are everywhere, but sometimes opportunities are limited, therefore Margarita hopes her service on the SBE will increase opportunities for all students across the state.

Autymn Wilde

Spokane Valley
May, 2018
Term expires May, 2020
Eastern WA - Student Representative

Autymn Wilde is the Eastern Washington Student Board Representative and a senior at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley.

Autymn serves as an Association of Washington Student Leaders Student Voice and Advocacy Board member, 2019 Chase Youth Award for Social Advocacy recipient regarding her work with mental health awareness, and 2016 Partners Advancing Character Education Student of the Year recipient. In the past three years that Autymn has attended Central Valley High School, she has been a part of National Honor Society, Leadership Team, and is the founder of Diabetics Club 1&2, in response to the lack of emotional supports she received as a type one diabetic. Autymn is a multiple spontaneous pneumothorax (lung collapses) survivor and she continues to follow her passion of singing despite many setbacks.  

Autymn is honored to be chosen for this position and hopes to use this opportunity to help reform the K-12 education system so it fully supports the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all students.

Summary of Board Member Terms

Name Position Type Position Number Term Years Term Number
MJ Bolt Elected Region #1 2016-2023 Second Term
Ryan Brault Elected Region #2 2017-2021 First Term (First term started in 2018, 2017 was finishing a vacated term)
Kevin Laverty Elected Region #3 2012-2019 Second Term - Mary Fertakis was elected to fill this position January 2020.
Patty Wood Elected Region #4 2017-2020 First Term
Peter Maier Elected Region #5 2014-2021 Second Term
Harium Martin-Morris Appointed Position #1 2017-2020 Finishing Vacated Term
Ricardo Sanchez Appointed  Position #2 2017-2020 First Term 
Bill Kallappa II Appointed  Position #3 2019-2022 First Term
Holly Koon Appointed  Position #4 2014-2021 Second Term
Susana Reyes Appointed  Position #5 2019-2021 First Term 
Paul Pitre Appointed Position #6 2018-2022 First Term (First term started in 2019, 2018 was finishing a vacated term)
Jeff Estes Appointed Position #7 2014-2021 Second Term
Judy Jennings Private Schools   2012-2019 First Term (First term started in 2016, 2012-2015 was finishing a vacated term) - Jan Brown was elected to fill this position January 2020
Chris Reykdal Superintendent   2017-2020 First Term
Margarita Amezcua Student   2019-2021 First Term
Autymn Wilde Student   2018-2020 First Term

Note: Board member terms begin/end 2nd Monday in January. Student Board member terms begin/end in May.