GUIDED BY THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT EDUCATION
As an independent school and 501©3 not-for-profit organization, SCDS is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Most board members are current parents, parents of alumni, or alumni, though membership can include those from the wider community.
The Board is responsible for the strategic direction of the school. It oversees SCDS’s financial and fiscal health and hires and evaluates the Head of School. Standing committees include Communications; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Executive; Facilities; Finance; and Governance. The Board meets approximately eight times each year.
- Ryan Schofield, Board President
- Sandra Jerez, Board Vice President
- Danna Redmond, Board Secretary
- Catherine Burns Humbert '91, Board Treasurer
- Sue Belcher, Board Member
- Brent Binge, Board Member
- Kirsten Camp, Board Member
- John Cerqui, Board Member
- Janet Frink, Board Member
- Andrew Hwangbo, Board Member
- Bharathi Jagadeesh, Board Member
- Michael Lapin, Board Member
- Sarah Leung '90, Board Member
- Edward Petersen '85, Board Member
- Tsering Yuthok Short, Board Member
- Zahlen Titcomb '96, Board Member
- Jarvis Weld, Board Member
- Kimberly A. Zaidberg, Ex Officio Member
Ryan was born in Hawaii and raised in Bellevue. He graduated from the Bush School during the grunge era and went to Bucknell University. He is the Founder/Owner of Aedifex, Inc., a real-estate development and construction firm. Ryan was Co-Chair of the SCDS Annual Fund 2015-2016 and coaches the 5th and 8th grade girls basketball teams. He has two girls at SCDS '18 and '21. He lives in Seattle, and can be found, when not at work or SCDS, golfing, skiing, or attempting to keep up with his wife and girls.
Sandra received her BA in American History from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. She’s also served for nine years as Chief Strategy Officer of MDLinx, a DC-based Internet healthcare company that was acquired in 2006 by M3 USA, a publicly traded eHealthcare company. Over the past ten years, Sandra has focused on raising her children and volunteering at their schools. She chaired three benefit auctions and volunteered as PTA Vice President at her children’s schools in Boston. She also served as the Parent Council president at SCDS for two years. She lives in Queen Anne with her husband Patrick and their three children '18, '20, and '24, all who attend SCDS.
Danna Redmond is a start-up advisor and strategy consultant with Mohair Consulting. Danna is an entrepreneur at heart, having started multiple companies after a 17-year career at Microsoft spanning a variety of leadership roles in Online Advertising, Customer Services and Support, Information Technology and Human Resources. Danna is mom to an SCDS alumnus, Cole '20. She has been active in the SCDS community as chair of the 2017 “World of Pure Imagination” Auction, a parent grade representative, member of the leadership council for the Annual Fund, chair for the Book Swap, and coached FLL (First Lego League) teams for two years. Danna’s non-profit involvement includes serving as board chair and board secretary for Home Step, now part of Compass Housing, and serving on a Children’s Hospital guild. Danna currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Chi Omega Foundation, is on the national alumnae connections team for Chi Omega, and is an advisor to the collegiate chapter at University of Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Utah State University and an MBA from Seattle University.
Catherine Burns Humbert ’91 is an alumna of SCDS and Lakeside School. She received a BA in Economics from Pomona College. While studying abroad in Strasbourg, France, she attended the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and met her husband Olivier. They are the parents of two SCDS students, ‘22 and ‘26. Together Catherine and Olivier chaired the SCDS Annual Fund in 2018-2019. Catherine has been a longtime member of the Investment Committee for the Seattle / King County YWCA and several Advisory Boards for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Catherine is Vice President at Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management. She holds the designations of Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner.
Sue Belcher is the founding head of The Downtown School: A Lakeside School. She led the research and development of this innovative high school that uniquely equips students to ask important questions, generate creative solutions, and act from a sense of agency to implement their ideas – all key skills to attaining goals in education and in life. With a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sue has teaching and administrative leadership experience in independent, public, and international schools. Originally from the midwest, Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in Library and Information Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, Joe, and her two elementary-aged children, Brody and Charlie.
Brent is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Steelhead Partners, LLC, an investment adviser and private fund manager. Prior to joining Steelhead, he was a director in the legal department of BlackRock, Inc. (formerly Quellos Group LLC), where he started as an associate general counsel in 2004. He began his legal career at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, where he focused on securities and investment adviser regulatory advice, private placements, and corporate legal matters. Brent graduated from the University of Puget Sound and received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. For SCDS, he co-chaired the Crazy Carnival in 2017 and 2018. He lives in the Eastlake neighborhood in Seattle with his wife Tara and their daughter Hadley '22.
Kirsten has served in almost every independent school role from teacher to administrator to student to parent to volunteer, and continues to synthesize her prior experience and apply it to SCDS. Kirsten spent her K-12 school years in two independent schools. She was graduated from Brown University with a dual concentration in educational studies and philosophy. She holds an MEd in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College of Education in New York and a permanent New York State Teacher Certification for preschool through 6th grade. Kirsten worked at her alma mater, The Chapin School, as an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher (three years) and later as a Head Kindergarten Teacher (four years). While at Chapin, she also spent two years as Director of Lower School Admissions. She is currently the Managing Director of Harvard Avenue School (a local preschool), where she has worked from July 2007-present. Kirsten has been an active SCDS parent volunteer for the past 11 years. In addition to volunteering often at the classroom level, she chaired the New Family Committee for several years and was Parent Council President for two years. Kirsten was the Board Vice President for the 2017-2018 school year, chaired the Advancement Committee for 2 years and co-Chaired the Head of School Search Committee. Kirsten's daughters are SCDS graduates from the class of '17 and the class of '19.
A native of Seattle, Washington and current resident of Queen Anne, John majored in business at Pepperdine University before obtaining a law degree from Fordham University and a Master’s in Tax Law (an LL.M.) from New York University. After clerking for a judge and working in the private sector at a Seattle law firm, he joined the in-house legal department at Seattle Public Schools in 1997. In his role as Deputy General Counsel, he is responsible for advising the School Board, superintendent, and administrative staff on a range of educational and administrative issues, including budget, curriculum adoption, department reviews, employment matters, student discipline, facilities and operations, contracts, and litigation management. He has also been elected to other non-profit boards, most recently the Network for Excellence in Washington School Board, the group that coordinated the landmark lawsuit against the State of Washington for underfunding public education. John is the parent of a SCDS graduate (Andrew ’17) and served as the chair and co-chair of the SCDS Adopt-A-Street Committee for three years.
Janet Frink graduated from Colgate University with degrees in political science and sociology. Janet spent 15 years in the field of marketing. She began at a New York law firm then spent five years with a national public relations firm in Los Angeles marketing consumer products from fashion to packaged food to automobiles. She transitioned to technical marketing joining Microsoft in Seattle in 1994, leading the MSN marketing team prior to her departure. Janet has been an active community and school volunteer over the years. She has chaired benefit auctions for the Seattle Aquarium and her children’s former school. She has been on multiple non-profit boards and was responsible for fundraising, design, and community education for the renovation of the Madison Park Playground. Janet joined the SCDS community in 2010 when her oldest child '15 joined in the 4th grade. The family moved the other three children, '17 and twins '21, shortly thereafter. Janet joined the SCDS Board in 2012. With four children having experienced all grades of SCDS, Janet has a great perspective into the wide variety of issues facing the SCDS community.
Andrew Hwangbo received his MS in Civil Engineering and his MBA from the University of Washington and Seattle University respectively. Andrew spent the last 17 years with the Microsoft Corporation and currently leads a technical PM team in Azure. He has served, with his wife Yoo-Lee, as class representatives for our Annual Fund for multiple years. The Hwangbo family lives in Madison Park with their children AJ, '21, and Alex, '25.
Bharathi Jagadeesh is a neuroscientist by training. She completed her undergraduate education at Caltech, earning a BS in biology, and then went on to complete a PhD in neuroscience at Northwestern University, where her research topic was the neural basis of visual processing. After a post-doctoral fellowship at the NIMH, in Bethesda, Maryland, she headed her own laboratory at the University of Washington, studying the brain circuits that underlie visual decision making and memory. Since leaving the university, Bharathi has served on the Seattle Public Schools Textbook Advisory Committee, and for SCDS on the last Strategic Planning Initiative and on the advisory group for the Endowment Feasibility Study. She has managed Destination Imagination teams and led Girl Scouts for her children. Recently she has developed an interest in what our growing knowledge of the brain can tell us about how we learn and how this research can enhance education. Bharathi has been part of the SCDS community since her first child entered SCDS in kindergarten. Both her children attended SCDS through the 8th grade, graduating in 2018 and 2015. Bharathi's own educational horizons were expanded by attending high school at an independent school, Columbus School for Girls, in Columbus, Ohio.
Michael is a Seattle native but grew up in Tacoma. He spent 14 years at Charles Wright Academy (preschool through 12th grade) and has been a donor for almost 30 years. Michael graduated from Williams College (Williams has the oldest alumni association in the world, and Michael has been donating to Williams for almost 25 years) in 1993 with a degree in philosophy. Michael graduated from UVA law school in 1996 and also holds an LLM in taxation from the University of Washington, where he met his wife, Karri. He worked for a couple of years at Arthur Andersen in Seattle; then at Graham & Dunn; followed by Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland where he practiced a mix of tax and business law. In January 2005, Michael joined Philips and has been working with them in Bothell ever since.
Michael and Karri’s son Ethan '19 started at SCDS in kindergarten as did their daughter Willa '21. Michael coached Ethan’s soccer team from K-2nd and Willa’s from 1st-5th (so far). Michael has also coached the Ultimate team in grades 3 and 4 for Ethan and 3 and 4 for Willa, as well as a couple of SCDS Spring Jam teams. Michael and Karri served as Annual Fund Chairs (2016-17), setting records for both dollars raised as well as participation. Michael previously served on the Leadership Council for the Annual Fund and helped start and run the SCDS Book Swap. He and Karri are also devoted auction attendees—never having missed one!
Sarah Leung '90 is an alumna of SCDS, a current parent of two SCDS students, '26 and '21, and is in her fifth year as a Trustee of SCDS, formerly serving as Board Vice President. She chairs the Board Trusteeship Committee, and served on the Board Strategic Planning Update Committee and Head of School Search Committee. She is also a member of the SCDS Alumni Council. Previously, Sarah served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Denise Louie Education Center, a multicultural early learning and family support organization for low-income families. She is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Big Fish Games, Inc., and received her JD from Duke University School of Law in 2001 and her BA in American Studies from Williams College in 1998.
Ed Petersen, an alumnus ’85, is a parent of two current SCDS students, ’21 and ’22. He is the co-founder and CEO of Wrench, Inc. and is a classic serial entrepreneur, having founded multiple companies. Both he and his wife Jennifer have been involved with the school in a variety of capacities, including the Parent Council, chairing the Annual Fund, and chairing the school’s Crazy Carnival. Ed also has served on the Board of Trustees for Whittier College and currently he and Jennifer sponsor a scholarship that funds undergrad students over the summer months, allowing them to participate in unpaid internships in international studies. Ed graduated from Whittier College, with degrees in Business Administration and History.
Tsering Yuthok Short received her BA in English literature from the University of Washington, and a JD and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University College of Law. For over 20 years, she has been a practicing attorney, as well as a women's lacrosse referee for NCAA/college and high school games. She is also actively involved in school and community issues, including PTSA and her children's Tibetan Language and Culture Class. Before children, she was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pierce County's Felony Division. Tsering has served on the boards of the Tibetan Association of Washington (TAW), Washington Women's Lacrosse Officials Association (WWLOA), and within organizations such as the Mercer Island Food Revolution, Scouts BSA, and a Scouts for Equality Pack of Cub Scouts. Additionally, she enjoys assisting individuals within the Tibetan community and nonprofit organizations with pro bono legal services. She currently serves on the WWLOA board as Chair. Tsering and her husband Floyd, also an attorney, have one child in the Class of 2022 at SCDS. Their two older children are proud SCDS alums.
Zahlen '96 is an SCDS alumnus and possesses degrees from the University of Chicago in Economics, Italian Literature, and International Studies. After a brief stint in finance and healthcare consulting in Beijing, he and his siblings founded Five Ultimate, a sports apparel company serving the ultimate frisbee community. The siblings later started several other businesses in the ultimate sphere, including The All-Star Ultimate Tour (a series of matches across North America to highlight female athletes), the Seattle Cascades (a professional team playing at Memorial Stadium), and ARIA Discs (a championship-level disc company for ultimate), where Zahlen currently serves as CEO. Outside of all-day, every-day ultimate, he has served on the board of several foundations and has completed studies at THNK.org, the Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership.
Jarvis Weld graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in government and Russian. She received her MBA from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. She served U.S. Senator Patty Murray on her initial campaign and then in her Seattle office on foreign policy issues and constituent service. Jarvis worked in high tech marketing and product management at Microsoft and Visio. Her nonprofit involvement includes serving on the board of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, as Co-Chair of the Parent Association at Seattle Preparatory School, and in many roles at the Tilden School and SCDS including Parent Council and the Auction. She is the mother of two SCDS graduates, '15 and '17, and a current student '22.
For seven years, Ms. Zaidberg served as Head of School at Rockland Country Day School, a Pre-K-12 school in the Hudson Valley of New York. Some of her many accomplishments included the launch of a gifted and talented program; the introduction of project-based learning; completion of a curriculum alignment process; and the construction of a campus STEAM Lab. Prior to Rockland Country Day, Ms. Zaidberg was the principal of two middle schools for girls in New York City. Her early career was spent leading after-school programs with a focus on educational enrichment, remediation, and social-emotional development. With over 25 years in education, she began her career as an educator teaching English and History at St. Joseph High School, her alma mater, on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She received her BA in Sociology from Oberlin College and her EdM in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Zaidberg is excited to bring her passion for program development and educating children to Seattle Country Day School.
Teamwork is crucial to raise the next generation of listeners, thinkers, and problem solvers—those who will enrich our society's narrative.Kirsten Camp, Board MEMBer