The Role of the Board of Trustees: A View from 30,000 Feet
Our board serves as the guardian of our mission and the strategic steward of the school. Trustees work in partnership with the head of school to ensure Evergreen’s long-term development and financial sustainability. These dedicated volunteers care deeply about our school and spend countless hours championing the fulfillment of our mission on behalf of students today as well as the students of tomorrow.
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Max Kleinman, Chair
Max and his wife are proud Evergreen parents of two current Evergreen students. Previously Max was a partner at Accenture, a global technology and consulting firm, where he spent over 20 years leading multi-year transformations and new business launches for clients in the communications, retail and software industries. Prior to leaving Accenture, he was the firm’s software industry lead and ran corporate strategy for their communications and high tech industry in North America. Max is a native of Texas and graduated from Duke University with degrees in physics and political science.
Danielle Ruthfield, Vice Chair
Danielle Ruthfield is a managing partner of Northwest Family Therapy and a practicing marriage and family therapist. Her previous experience includes nonprofit development, process and program management at Amazon.com, and university admissions. She holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Seattle Pacific University, a master's in student development administration from Seattle University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound. Danielle, who is the parent of two Evergreen students, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2011, including serving as chair from 2017 to 2019.
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Aimée Huff, Treasurer
Aimée is an Evergreen alumna herself and an independent financial advisor for over a decade. Currently with MyICON, she guides families through comprehensive financial planning and investment management. Prior to that, Aimée oversaw $100 million as portfolio manager and analyst for a large-cap U.S. equity portfolio. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Seattle University. Aimée and her husband Tom have two boys, one attending Evergreen and one a recent alum.
Kristine Takamiya, Secretary
Kristine Takamiya is a University of Washington School of Nursing clinical associate professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Kris earned her doctoral and master’s degrees at Columbia University School of Nursing and has held graduate faculty positions since 2006, including at Columbia and the University of Washington. Currently, Kris also maintains her clinical focus practicing internal medicine at The Everett Clinic. In addition, she has held numerous volunteer roles at Evergreen, including leading admission tours and co-chairing our auction. Kris and her husband Eddie Kung have two daughters at Evergreen.
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Born and raised in Ghana, Ibrahim Ali works at PATH, a Seattle-based nonprofit global health organization. Outside of his professional career, Ibrahim's volunteer roles range from conducting admission tours and serving on the Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee at Evergreen, to mentoring recent African immigrants and college graduates through the African Bridge Network and to coaching soccer. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Ghana, and master's degrees in both global public health and social work from the University of Washington. Ibrahim and his wife are the parents of two Evergreen students.
Richard Au is the head of content acquisition at Amazon Video Channels, leading the U.S. content acquisition team for Amazon's third-party video subscriptions business and other new video initiatives. Rich previously led the worldwide business development team for Kindle supporting devices and reading app; prior to Amazon, he led business and corporate development at Creative Labs and worked as a corporate securities attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Rich received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He and his wife Jennifer have three children at Evergreen.
Tere Carral has over 20 years of international marketing experience and is the founder and CEO of Bridge Latino, a Seattle-based multicultural marketing agency. Tere began her career with Procter & Gamble Mexico, going on to manage global strategy at their headquarters, and later worked and consulted for companies including Cranium, E. & J. Gallo Winery and Discovery Bay Games. She holds a bachelor's degree in actuarial science from the Anahuac University and a master's in business administration from IPADE University, both in Mexico City. Tere and her husband Jaja have two children, one currently attending Evergreen.
Kristin Church is a parent coach and faculty instructor at North Seattle College. Previously, she spent over 10 years at a diverse nonprofit serving children and families in the International District and Rainier Valley. Prior to that, Kristin worked for the State of Oregon in Columbia County and for Providence Health Systems. A graduate of George Fox University, she is also an active board member of the Stillborn, Still Loved Guild though Seattle Children's Hospital and volunteers to support Seattle-based GAPPS (Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth). Kristin and her husband are the parents of three children who attend Evergreen.
Nick Echelbarger is a real estate developer and investor and founder of Echelbarger Fund Management. An Evergreen alum himself, Nick attended Lakeside and then earned his bachelor's degree from Amherst College. He is also the president of the Edmonds Community College Foundation. Nick and his wife Caitlin reside in Woodway with their two young children, one currently at Evergreen.
Joe Ferguson is co-founder and principal at Lake Union Partners, a commercial real estate development firm specializing in projects in urban areas of Seattle, Portland and Salt Lake City. Joe leads the firm’s investment strategy, site acquisition and capital development efforts. He has been an instructor at the University of Washington's commercial real estate certificate program since 2007 and is a former Associate Fellow of the university's Runstad Department of Real Estate. He also serves on the International Advisory Board for the University of Colorado Real Estate Center in the Leeds School of Business. Joe and his wife Miya's daughter attends Evergreen.
Hanson Hosein earned law and journalism degrees in Montreal, Paris and New York City and then produced award-winning stories for NBC News in regions of conflict, pioneering "backpack" journalism for both NBC and CBC in the Middle East as a solo TV war correspondent. Hanson created HRH Media Group with his wife Heather Hughes, directing two award-winning "Independent America" feature documentaries. He now shares his story-centric methodology as director of the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington. Hanson and Heather have two Evergreen children.
Haven is the senior director of program strategy at Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company founded by Melinda Gates in 2015. She previously served as senior advisor to the co-chair at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and also as a senior program officer in the Global Development Program. Haven is a trustee at the International Center of Research on Women and on the advisory council of the Boyer's Children's Clinic. She earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's in gender and economic development from the London School of Economics. She and her husband Will Wilson have two children at Evergreen.
Keith is director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation legal department, overseeing Global Development and Global Growth & Opportunity divisions. He was previously an attorney at O'Melveny & Myers and at the African Development Bank. Keith holds a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. Keith and his wife Natalie's son attends Evergreen.
Mike McGill, head of The Northwest School, brings a wealth of independent school management experience to the board. He began his career teaching French, English and comparative literature before transitioning to independent school administration in 1988. Before joining The Northwest School, he spent 12 years as the upper school principal at The Park School of Baltimore, a kindergarten through 12th grade independent school with 900 students.
Shehzad Mevawalla has three children at Evergreen. He has worked at Amazon.com since 2007 in a variety of roles, including director of intelligent sourcing, director of marketplace trust and risk, and director of business intelligence. He earned both his bachelor’s degree in computer science and his master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Southern California. Shehzad's business and financial acumen is an asset to the board.
John O'Brien has worked as an investment analyst at BMGI since moving to Seattle in 2002. John earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College. He serves as an advisor to the Investment Committee of the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and is also an associate board member of the Financial Economics Institute at his alma mater. John and his wife Jenée's son and daughter attend Evergreen.
Nick is a corporate vice president at Microsoft responsible for Consumer and Device Sales, including commercial devices and the Internet of Things. He has held several senior leadership positions since he joined Microsoft in 2000. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nick worked in Europe at Research Machines and Visio. He resides in Seattle with his wife Brooke, a family doctor, and they are proud parents of two daughters who attend Evergreen.
Kate joins the board after serving as an Evergreen PGA vice president. She has been a full-time mom since 2008, and is currently a board member and coordinator for Pacific Little League and an FLL robotics coach. Kate holds a bachelor's degree from Seattle University and a master's from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She has worked as a defense analyst and volunteered for Missionaries of Charity in India and Peace Corps in Thailand. Kate and her husband Jonathan are the parents of three current Evergreen students.
Neda Sedghi is a former assistant deputy prosecuting attorney for both King County and the City of Everett. Since 2005, she has worked with nonprofit organizations on strategy and advocacy, including developing a grant management process within the Global Development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served as an external affairs representative concerned with the ongoing relationship between the Baha'i World Centre in Haifa, Israel and the Israeli government. Neda is the proud parent of two Evergreen students.
Dana Soong has two sons, one is a recent alumnus and the other currently attends Evergreen. She is formerly a partner and is currently of counsel to a San Francisco based law firm. Her practice emphasis is public entity defense, civil rights litigation and appellate work, with a specific focus on the representation of counties, cities, school districts, community colleges, and police departments in state and federal courts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington and her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco. She holds licenses to practice law in California and Hawaii.
Yonnie runs business development and operations at Shelf Engine, a tech start-up that focuses on reducing waste at food production companies. Previously she has worked at Bain & Company, Cryptography Research (acquired by Rambus: RMBS) and Western Athletic Clubs. In recent years, she has been extensively involved in supporting nonprofit organizations and school fundraising in Seattle, including co-chairing the 2017 Evergreen School auction. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and she and her husband Brian have two children at Evergreen.