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 is a parent to three children, one of whom currently attends Spruce Street School. Her alumnae children currently attend Seattle Girls School 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.


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 students, one in the mid-level and one in the oldest-level. Brian is a Partner and co-Founder 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 in the Mt Baker neighborhood.


Elham Kazemi (Vice-chair) and her husband Mark Purcell are the parents of two former Spruce Street School students now in 7th grade. Elham is professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington. She studies designs for professional education that support children’s mathematical learning. She enjoys exploring the northwest and watches a ton of soccer.


Emily Henry (Ex-officio Parent Association representative) has a daughter, Sabine, who is currently in the oldest level.  Emily is from Colorado, is a graduate of Bowdoin college, studied Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado, and moved to Seattle five years ago by way of Los Angeles where she worked as a set decorator in the film business.  Emily is excited to join the board as the PA representative. Emily enjoys photography, hiking, camping, cooking and skiing.


Geoff.Harris.webGeoff Harris (Chair) is the parent of two daughters, both currently at Spruce Street School. 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. Since retiring from Microsoft Geoff has become active in the angel investing community in Seattle including serving as fund manager for the Seattle Angel Conference and being an investor and mentor in TechStars.


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 and her wife Leja Wright are the parents of a current oldest level student.  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 Amazon.com. Prior to that, she worked at the Ann Arbor Mediation Center and Mediation Training and Consultation Institute for over 6 years. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and enjoys poetry, photography, design, gardening, and Pilates. Her son graduated from Spruce Street School and is now a 7th grader at The Northwest School.


Matthew.reidschwartz.webMatthew Reid-Schwartz  (Secretary) and his wife Sara Nickerson are parents of two Spruce Street School alums. Matthew is a musician and a member of the Seattle band Kinski. He has his MSW from the University of Washington and currently works as a preschool teacher. He has served on the board of FamilyWorks, a family resource center and food bank in Wallingford. He enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and reading the newspaper on Sunday mornings.


Meaghan Darling is in her ninth year as a Spruce Street School parent. She was previously Operations Director for a small internet publishing company. She 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 back the festival to Seattle.


ned.jursek.webNed Jursek and his wife Brita are the parents of two girls, Ella and Kaja who are both Spruce Street School alumnae. Ned is a former State Prosecutor who recently opened his own solo criminal defense practice. He enjoys backpacking and skiing. Ned is a former board member of Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, a non-profit that focused on providing meals to homeless youths.


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.