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

Chair

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

Amy Mills

Amy Mills

Ex-officio Parent Association representative

Amy is a parent to two Spruce Street School students—a daughter in the oldest level and a son in the mid-level. Amy is an intellectual property attorney, currently serving as a consultant to clients in the fields of biotechnology and cancer therapy. She previously served as vice president of intellectual property for a Seattle-based cancer therapy company, and worked at a number of multi-national law firms, representing various biotechnology, academic, and pharmaceutical clients. Amy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, traveling, writing, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Anne Szeto-Millstone

Anne Szeto-Millstone

Vice Chair

Anne and her partner, Marc Szeto-Millstone are the parents of a mid-level child 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 an alum and a student 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 CochenerGarvey Capital Partners. Donna serves on the board of the Seattle Repertory Theatre. 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

Erin Becker

Erin Erin Becker and her husband Jon are the parents of two boys, one in the mid-level and the other an 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.

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.

Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis

Jeff 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 awesome daughter is in the oldest level.

 

 

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 Jared are the parents of one daughter in the oldest level at 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 in Seattle. Mark serves on the board of the Wellspring Family Services, a local organization that helps families avoid homelessness. 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 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

Meaghan Darling 

Secretary

Meaghan 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.

Paul Bruene

Paul Bruene

Paul Bruene is an alumnus of Spruce Street School, having attended 3rd to 5th 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.

Sharron Starling

Sharron Starling

Sharron is the parent of two Spruce Street School alumni. Her oldest is a 2013 graduate of Bennington College who recently earned her MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Washington.  Her younger daughter is a 2015 graduate of The Northwest School who completed her undergraduate studies at Bennington College in 2019. Both of her daughters attended Billings Middle School where her husband Stephen served as board president.  Sharron has worked in higher education for 30 years and is currently the Director of Admission at Cornish College of the Arts.