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 Strategic Plan and Annual Report.

Alexa Carver

Alexa Carver

Vice Chair

Alexa is a parent to three children who attended Spruce Street School. Two of her children currently attend Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, while her oldest is a freshman in college. Alexa has her Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and works as a consultant with nonprofit organizations. She began her career as a teacher and administrator in independent schools.  A native New Yorker, Alexa enjoys hiking, skiing and running.

Anne Szeto-Millstone

Anne Szeto-Millstone

Chair

Anne and her partner, Marc Szeto-Millstone are the parents of an oldest level kid at Spruce Street School. Anne leads Strategic Recruiting and Academic Relations at Amazon where she focuses on building innovative, interdisciplinary teams, programs and partnerships. Anne and Marc moved to Seattle over ten years ago from New York. Outside of work, Anne likes to travel, run, ski and rescue plants from the sale bins at Swanson's.

Barbara Frailey

Barbara Frailey

Barbara and her husband Danny Kaufman have two Spruce Street alum daughters, now both in middle school. Barbara has been an educator for over 20 years in both public and independent schools, and is currently Head of School at Explorer West Middle School in West Seattle. She is an avid reader, knitter, and hiker, and she’s still trying to become a runner.

Donna Cochener

Donna Cochener

Donna is mom to two boys. Her oldest is a recent alum, and her youngest is in the mid-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. She is an avid swimmer, loves to hike, and also enjoys plays, concerts, traveling and reading.

Erin Becker

Erin Becker

Erin and her husband Jon are the parents of two boys. Her younger son is currently in the oldest level and her oldest son, a recent alumnus, attends 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 violent crime, especially anything to do with guns, gangs, arson, or explosives. In her free time, Erin would rather travel with her family than do almost anything else; maybe someday she will get to do that again.

Geoff Harris

Geoff Harris

Geoff is the parent of two daughters, both who have moved on to middle 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.

Jessica Ross

Jessica Ross

Jessica and her wife are the parents of two Spruce Street School students—a son in the oldest level and a daughter in the mid-level. Jessica has her Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University and works as a consultant for local nonprofit organizations. Jessica believes that through partnership we can all foster connections and investments in our community, and is excited about working to expand our school's community of support. Jessica has lived in Seattle for over 20 years, and outside of work she likes to travel, knit, and spend time with family and friends.

 

 

Lisa Haselby

Lisa Haselby

Lisa 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 was 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 is a Spruce Street School alumnus.

Mark Ruffo

Mark Ruffo

Mark and his husband are the parents of one daughter who is an alumna of Spruce Street School. A graduate of Georgetown University, Mark came to Seattle to pursue graduate studies in neuroscience and business at the University of Washington. However, he quickly left the laboratory behind and is now the Chief Development Officer at Landesa, a global development organization based here in Seattle. Mark and his family enjoy their garden, globe-trotting, and their two adorable dogs.

Marney Zellers

Marney Zellers

Treasurer

Marney and her husband Douglas are the parents of two, including one Spruce Street School alumna. Marney is the Chief Financial Officer of CHOW Food Management, 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

Meaghan Darling 

Secretary

Meaghan is parent to two alumni students after nine lovely years as a Spruce Street School parent. She most recently worked as Associate Production Manager at ACT Theatre and is happy to be back for another year of serving on the Board of Trustees.

Paul Bruene

Paul Bruene

Paul is an alumnus of Spruce Street School, having attended third to fifth grade here from 1998-2001. He is now a litigator for a multinational law firm where he primarily works on intellectual property and other complex commercial disputes, and he represents companies in various technology industries. Paul was born and raised in Seattle, and in his spare time he likes reading, old movies, and watching basketball and soccer.

Sarah Lukacs

Sarah Lukacs

Ex Officio Family Association Representative

Sarah and her husband are the parents of a mid-level child at Spruce Street School.  Sarah has spent her career in sales account management at several Seattle-area software companies, nurturing and growing their largest customer relationships. A New Orleans native, Sarah enjoys running, Pilates, baking, browsing bookstores and camping. Her greatest passion is exploring other countries with her family and she cannot wait for the three of them to be able to get back out there.

Sharron Starling

Sharron Starling

Sharron is the parent of two Spruce Street School alumni. Her older daughter is a 2013 grad of Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, and earned an MFA in Lighting Design from UW. Her younger daughter is a 2015 grad of The Northwest School and a 2019 grad of Bennington College. Both attended Billings Middle School where her husband Stephen is a past board president. Sharron has worked in higher education for 30 years and is currently the Director of Admission at Cornish College of the Arts.

Tim Ford

Tim Ford

Tim and his husband Kevin are parents to a youngest level child. Tim began his career as an urban planner, and for the last decade has played a much different role—President and CEO of LRG, a full-service public relations firm based in Washington, DC and Seattle that provides communication support to government and nonprofit organizations. A semi-recent transplant to Seattle, Tim also serves as the President of the Seattle Public Theater Board of Directors and in his spare time enjoys working on their Green Lake home and planning interesting travel adventures for the family.