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 an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and non-fiction author 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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Seattle International Film Festival. 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.
Tracy earned her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. at the University of Puget Sound. She has lived on Mercer Island since 1986 and her four sons graduated from Mercer Island schools. Tracy was part of the group that started the Mercer Island Farmers Market and was its Board President in 2010. She also volunteers with the Mercer Island Guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
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.
Eileen has been an attorney, mediator and arbitrator and a lifelong advocate for women’s rights and civil rights. She has served as President of the King County Bar Association, a Delegate to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence, and Vice-President of Washington Women Lawyers among many other posts. She also serves on the boards of Refugee Women’s Alliance, the Irish Heritage Immigrant Support Group, and Mercer Island Women’s Club.
Donte Felder is an award-winning teacher at Orca K-8 in the Seattle Public Schools since 1998. A community leader and organizer, he founded the Orca Drama Club and has created extracurricular writing, theater, and film programs for children of all ages. His passion is bringing students together with local nonprofit organizations to provide access to opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable. In 2005, Mr. Felder was awarded Washington Education Association’s Humanitarian Award for his own play, the First Day, a science fiction allegory about Brown versus the Board of Education that explored race relations. Donte is also on the board of directors of Hugo House, ArtsCorp, the advisory board of the Seattle Rep, and leads restorative justice workshops for the Seattle Art Museum and Creative Advantage.
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