BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Clare Meeker, Chair
Clare is an award-winning author of 12 books for children. She received a BA from Boston University and a JD from Hofstra University in New York. She moved to Mercer Island in 1989, and her two children graduated from the Mercer Island schools. A former Board Member of Legal Voice, she is also a founding member of the singing group, The Righteous Mothers.
|Tom Wright, Vice Chair
Tom is a filmmaker who has lived on Mercer Island since 1989 (son Matthew is an MIHS grad). He oversees the Wright Education Fund; is a Trustee for the Seattle Repertory Theater; and on the Board of Advisers, Team Jesse. Since joining the SADSF board in 2013, he has worked to expand community outreach and to establish a permanent endowment fund.
|Susie Rosenstein, Treasurer
Susie earned an MBA from the University of Washington, and her three children attended Mercer Island schools. Certified as a personal trainer, she works at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. She is a former member of the Board of Mercer Island Farmer’s Market, and currently volunteers for the Senior Social Class at the Mercer Island Community Center.
|Melissa Ballou, Secretary
Melissa is the Director of Programs for the Corvias Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships, mentoring, and internship opportunities to children and spouses of active-duty service members. She is also a member of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), and Lake Stevens Veterans Commission.
Maxine earned a degree in Sociology and Elementary Education from the University of Washington, and specialized in methods for teaching children with language disabilities. She is now retired after 30 years in the Bellevue and Renton School Districts. Maxine and Stanley Ann were close friends and graduated from Mercer Island High School together.
Stan has lived on Mercer Island since 1973, and his two children attended the Mercer Island schools. He is a former Board Member of Big Brothers, Seattle Mental Health and Earth Corps. A navy veteran, he earned his BA and MBA at Harvard.
Author of over 25 children’s books, Barbara is a substitute teacher and the short film curator for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. She earned degrees from: University of Pennsylvania (BA), Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD), and Seattle University (Masters in Teaching). Her two children attended the Mercer Island schools.
Julie grew up on Mercer Island and has been the full-time art teacher at Islander Middle School for 15 years. She served on the Selection Committee choosing last year’s Dunham scholars and also serves on the Diversity Committee for the Mercer Island School District.
Gray Pedersen, a 1964 graduate of MIHS, earned a BA from Reed College and a Masters in Teaching from Wesleyan University. From 1978 through 2009 he was a teacher, department head, and college counselor at Lakeside School. He is a founding member and former academic dean at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, D.C.
Naomi is one of our 2015 SADSF Scholars. She is now pursuing a psychology degree at Seattle Central Community College. During high school, she was a member of the Mercer Island Library’s Teen Advisory Council; in that role she created and moderated community discussions of social justice issues.
Maya Soetoro-Ng, Stanley Ann Dunham’s daughter, professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; co-creator, national curriculum, “Ceeds of Peace”
Tony Nugent, Emeritus, founding Board member
Iona Stenhouse, Emeritous, founding Board member, friend and classmate of Stanley Ann Dunham
Lowell Ericcson, Emeritus, founding Board member