Board of Trustees

Parents are welcome to attend meetings of the Spruce Street School Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for the strategic, financial, and legal well-being of the school. The Board includes current parents, alumni-parents, staff, and community members. Board members are elected for three-year terms. Download our Annual Report.


Allen Murray and his wife, Amy Arnold, are parents of four kids: two in college, one who currently attends Spruce Street School and another who is an alumnus and currently attends Billings Middle School. Allen is Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Take-Two Interactive where he oversees the design and production of video games and digital entertainment. He has been a game developer for many years with credits on the Halo, Destiny and Plants vs. Zombies franchises among others. He enjoys playing music, skateboarding and baking.

Alexa Carver (Vice Chair) is a parent to three children, one of whom currently attends Spruce Street School. Her alumnae children currently attend Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Northwest School. Alexa has her Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and works as a consultant with nonprofit organizations. In addition to Spruce Street School, Alexa currently sits on the board of More Than Me, a girls’ education project in Liberia. A native New Yorker, Alexa enjoys hiking, skiing and running.

Barbara Frailey and her husband Danny Kaufman are newcomers to Seattle, having moved here in 2014. They have two daughters who attend Spruce Street School. Barbara has been an educator for 20 years in both public and independent schools, and is currently Assistant Head of School at Seattle Girls’ School. She is an avid reader, knitter, and hiker, and she’s still trying to become a runner.

Bonnie Cheung and her husband John Chau are the parents of one current Spruce Street School and one alumni student. She moved from Hong Kong to Seattle 15 years ago and continues her profession in finance and accounting in the US. She currently works at one of Electronic Arts’ studios, PopCap Games, located in the Belltown area. Bonnie enjoys movies, paintings and playing squash and badminton.

Brian Leslie and his wife, Anna, are the parents of two current Spruce Street School students, one in the mid-level and one in the oldest-level. Brian is a Partner at Camber Collective, a strategy consulting firm that works with organizations in the social impact and healthcare sectors. In his free time, Brian enjoys soccer, cheering on the Sounders, running, skiing, and occasionally golfing. Brian and his family live with their two boys and dog, Roscoe, in the Mt Baker neighborhood.

Erin Bernau (Ex-officio Parent Association representative) is the parent of two Spruce Street School students, in the oldest and mid-levels. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and loves working as a parent coach and as a parent educator at Seattle Central College’s Parent/Child Center and at North Seattle College’s cooperative preschools. She has lived in California and on the East Coast, but loves raising her own family in Seattle.

Geoff.Harris.webGeoff Harris (Chair) is the parent of two daughters, both currently at Spruce Street School. Geoff is co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Partners, an early stage venture capital fund headquartered in Seattle. A graduate of Brown University and a native of Boston, Geoff spent 15 years at Microsoft in roles spanning Digital Media, Mobile and Natural User Interfaces. He lives with his wife Erin on Capitol Hill.

Jason Mallon.webJason Mallon (Treasurer) is the Chief Financial Officer at the Eton School located in Bellevue.  Jason is a licensed CPA that graduated from Western Washington University. When he is not crunching numbers he enjoys golfing, chess, and goofing around with his wife Jamie and son Avery.


Lauri Conner is a parent of a recent alumna.  Conner is the Head of Upper School and an English teacher at Seattle Academy.  Conner has been teaching for over 20 years and her work focuses on curriculum and instruction and how to support kids. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Lisa Haselby moved to Seattle in 1998 to work at Prior to that, she worked at the Ann Arbor Mediation Center and Mediation Training and Consultation Institute for over 6 years. In addition to serving on the Spruce Street School board, Lisa is a founding board member of Soccer4Change. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and enjoys poetry, photography, design, gardening, and Pilates. Her son, a Spruce Street School graduate, is now at The Northwest School.

Marney Zellers and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of 25-year-old son, Peyton, and Spruce Street School oldest level student, Savannah.  Marney is an advisory manager at Peterson Sullivan CPAs and Business Advisors where she provides financial analysis and business consulting.  She is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Hospitality Management BAS program at South Seattle College.  Marney and Douglas are also part owners of Ray’s Boathouse and Café in Ballard where the family resides.

Meaghan Darling (Secretary) is a parent to two alumni students, one in high school and one in middle school, after nine lovely years as a Spruce Street School parent. She is currently working as Production Associate at ACT Theatre and is so happy to be back for another year of serving on the Board of Trustees and on the board of The 14/48 Projects. She previously served on the Executive Committee for the revived Seattle Fringe Festival, which helped to bring the festival back to Seattle.

sharron.starling.webSharron Starling is the parent of two Spruce Street School alums. One is a 2013 grad of Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, and currently in the MFA Design program at the UW.  The younger daughter is a 2015 grad of the NWS and is a current Bennington College student. Both attended Billings Middle School where her husband Stephen is a past board president.  Sharron has worked in higher education for 25 years and is currently the Director of Admission at Cornish College of the Arts.