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 (Chair) 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 (Ex-officio Parent Association representative) is a parent to two Spruce Street School students, one in the mid-level and one in the youngest 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 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 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 and her husband Danny Kaufman have two daughters, one in the oldest level at Spruce Street School and one alum who is currently attending Seattle Girls’ School. Barbara has been an educator for 20 years in both public and independent schools, and is the new Head of School at Explorer West Middle School. She is an avid reader, knitter, hiker, and is still trying to become a runner.

Bonnie Cheung and her husband John Chau are the parents to two alumni students who graduated from Spruce Street School in 2016 and 2018. She relocated from Hong Kong to Seattle in 2000 and to continue her work in finance and accounting. 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 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.webGeoff Harris (Vice 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 an alumna. Conner is the Assistant Head of Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. 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.

Mark Ruffo 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 (Treasurer) 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 (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 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.