BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The purpose of the Marylhurst Board of Directors is to offer guidance and direction in maintaining and perpetuating the Marylhurst tradition. The Board addresses issues that affect the quality and growth of this excellent school.

Board meetings are held monthly and the public is welcome to attend with advance notice to the Board President. Agendas are in the office before the meeting. Board meeting minutes are also published and available in the office. Due to space availability, please contact the Board President at least 48 hours before the meeting in order to place an item on the agenda.

Board Staff

President

Jeanette Williams retired from University Prep, an independent 6-12 grade school in Seattle. She has over 30 year of teaching and educational administration that spans 6th grade through university level, covering all the language arts; writing, reading, speaking and performance. Prior to her retirement, she served on many boards ranging from the Seattle Arts Commission to the Ellensburg Public Library Board, while providing training in leadership and Board development.  When diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease in 2005, she organized a community support group for those with PD. Jeanette has a Master of Arts in Speech Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Education, both from the University of Washington. “Being able to volunteer in a Progressive school with dedicated teachers and a small but amazing administration is a gift. Every time I walk in the front door I get goosebumps from the strong community feeling that pervades every inch of Marylhurst.” Jeanette’s interests include needlecrafts, reading, cooking –Italians cook!, photography and theatre arts.

Vice President

Vacant

Treasurer

Brent Hunsberger has served as treasurer since 2014 and has children in Marylhurst’s primary school. In his time on the board, the school has expanded into middle-school grades, added directors and started the accreditation process. He has a B.S. in journalism and sociology from Indiana University and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner at Silver Oak Advisory Group in Portland.

Secretary

Meighan Swakon has a BA in Political Science from Florida International University and an MA in Special Education with a focus on language-based disabilities from Florida State University. While living in Miami, FL, Meighan taught Pre-K through 8th-grade students in both public and private settings and in tutoring programs for high-risk students with the Florida Department of Education. In 2012, Meighan and her family moved to Oregon, and they are thrilled to have found Marylhurst in 2014. In her free time, Meighan enjoys gardening, running, and reading.

Facilities

Joshua Anderson joined the Marylhurst School Board as Facilities Committee Chair during the 2016-2017 school year and has been involved in the community as a parent and volunteer since 2013. Josh grew up in the midwest where he attended the University of Minnesota for Psychology and Political Science. He next completed a 5-year Electrical Apprenticeship. In 2005 Josh moved to Portland and in 2010 started JLA Enterprises, an Electrical Contracting and Facility Maintenance company. Josh hopes to put his construction background to good use assisting around the current and future school facilities.

Advancement

Rachael Fredricks is a Cordon Bleu trained chef, graduating from Western Culinary Institute in Portland in 2000.  She worked downtown Portland cooking and teaching cooking classes for 8 years. Since becoming a mother, Rachel primarily focused her culinary skills on her family and making appearances on local morning TV news programs.  Finding the Marylhurst community, and valuing the experience her children enjoy, inspired Rachel to enroll at Clackamas Community College in Early Childhood Education. As an Advancement Advisor of the Board, Rachel is passionate about sharing her love and appreciation of The Marylhurst School and all of it’s benefits for children and community.

Hayley Hendrickson has spent most of her professional career working in the nonprofit sector on 1) forest and orangutan conservation issues in Indonesia, and 2) strategic coordination and development at an international nonprofit in the States. She has a BA from Linfield College and an MA in Anthropology and International Development from The George Washington School in DC. Her position on the board focuses on securing grants for The Marylhurst School, where her own two apes attend.

Alumni

Erica Fry previously served on the Marylhurst School board as our volunteer liaison and fundraising chair over three years ago. She is happy to be returning to the board to further her work on our alumni development. Erica has a BA in Elementary Education where she taught kindergarten and an MS in Family Therapy. Prior to becoming a parent and moving to Oregon, Erica was a high school therapist working with children ages 14-18 and their families. She has also served as president of the Oswego Playschool’s board of directors. In her free time, Erica enjoys gardening, baking, and ballet.

Parent Liaison

Jim Thomas has been a part of the Marylhurst family since 2008, with two children currently attending.  Jim has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College and extensive post-graduate training in early childhood development. He has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, school-based, private practice, and corrections. In his spare time, he enjoys doing anything outdoors with his family; camping, hiking, canoeing etc…

At Large

Jasmine Fullman is the owner/founder and CEO of Tai Tai Design LLC – a multimillion-dollar fashion design, production and brand management company.  She holds a degree in education from the University of Portland and teaching certifications for K-8th grades.  She has experience living and teaching overseas in multiple countries and has always been an active parent leader assisting with fundraising efforts and teaching Art Lit.  Her now teenage children are both alumni to The Marylhurst School where Jasmine was also a founding member of the “outlaws” parenting group.  She is passionate about her family, community, education, travel, art, nature, “thinking outside the box”, her beloved basset hound Wilbur and the irreplaceable Ann Brown.

Sandy Kohl is a mother of two adult children and a proud grandparent of two children that attend The Marylhurst School. She’s been married for 36 years, relocating from San Diego, California to Oregon in 1992. Sandy was in the banking industry in the capacity of Branch Manager before opening her Mortgage Company 1997. She currently works for a major builder as Marketing Director and HOA Liaison. Sandy serves as president of 11 boards and is very happy to be a part of the Marylhurst board and looks forward to being part of the Finance and Site Committees.

Deb Pearson

Bio coming soon.

K-8 Faculty Representative – Britta Daubersmith

Britta Daubersmith’s bio

Preschool Faculty Representative – Nancy Downes-Le Guin

Nancy Downes-Le Guin

Preschool Parent Advisor

Sara Solly has a deep passion for the performing arts, which started when she stepped into her first dance class at age twelve. Sara has developed dance programs, taught dance at performing arts schools, launched a local dance studio and coached high school dance teams. In her free time, she loves traveling with her husband and two young children, cooking and teaching fitness classes.  Sara has been a part of the Marylhurst community since 2014 and this is her first year on the board. Sara is thrilled to represent the children and parents of the preschool classes and continue to build upon the legacy from which The Marylhurst School began.

Immediate Past President

Melissa Dubal has a BA in Education and an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Wichita State University and has worked with adults and children with traumatic brain injuries as well as a speech therapist and autism specialist with local school districts. She has served on The Marylhurst School’s Board of Directors since 2013 as Secretary (2013-14) and President (2014-2017). Melissa’s two children currently attend The Marylhurst School in the Primary and Middle School programs.