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.

 

Alexa Carver  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.


Allen Murray and his wife, Amy Arnold, are parents of four kids: two post-college and two Spruce street alumni currently attending Billings Middle School and The Northwest School. Allen is Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Private Division 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.


Barbara Frailey (Vice–Chair) and her husband Danny Kaufman have two daughters, one in the oldest level at Spruce Street School and one recent alum. 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 to two alumni students graduated from 2016 and 2018. She moved from Hong Kong to Seattle 17 years ago and continues her profession in finance and accounting in the US. She currently works at one of Electronic Arts’ studios. Bonnie enjoys movies, paintings and playing squash and badminton.


Donna Cochener is mom to two Spruce Street School students, on in the oldest level and one in the youngest level. She has been practicing as a corporate lawyer in Seattle since 1999 and is currently Deputy General Counsel at HomeStreet. She is also Chairman of the Board of Cochener Garvey Capital Partners. Donna serves on the board of the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and is a board member and past president of the Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMA Seattle). When she has spare time, she usually uses it to go to plays and live music, travel, read, knit a little, and enjoy the outdoors.


Erin Becker and her husband Jon are the parents of two boys, one in the youngest level and the other a recent alumnus now at The Northwest School. Erin has been a prosecutor in Seattle for 20 years, and is currently an Assistant United States Attorney. Her work focuses on gun and gang violence, and she collaborates with law enforcement on crime prevention strategies in addition to her casework. In her free time, Erin would rather travel with her family than do almost anything else.


Erin Bernau (Ex-officio Parent Association representative) is the parent of a current Spruce Street School student and a Spruce Street alumnus. She is a licensed clinical social worker, working both as a psychotherapist at Northwest Family Therapy and as a parent educator through 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, on currently at Spruce Street School and one alumna. 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.


Jeff Davis has dedicated his career to public service. After receiving his MBA, he moved from Ohio to the Pacific Northwest. Shortly after, he began his 20+ years with the City of Seattle. Jeff is currently the Executive Director of the City’s pension system. Jeff and Sara Levin’s daughter is a current Spruce Street School student.

 


Lauri Conner is a parent of a recent alumna. Conner is the Assistant Head of 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 Amazon.com. 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 (Treasurer) and her husband, Douglas, are the parents of two including one Spruce Street School student. Marney is the CFO at Chow Foods, a local restaurant company. 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 now in high school and middle school after nine lovely years as a Spruce Street School parent. She is currently working as Production Associate at ACT Theatre and is 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.