The Board of Trustees actively promotes and supports the school’s mission. They are knowledgeable about the school’s goals, operations, and issues. Trustees are not involved in management, personnel, or curricular issues. They guard against conflicts of interest, whether business-related or personal. Trustees contribute to the fund development program of the school, including financial support and active involvement in annual and capital giving. The Board has three committees: Development and Marketing, Board Operations, and Finance.
What We Look For in Our Trustees
We seek trustees who have the background and ability to bring a broad perspective, passion, and interest in the long-term strength of the school. They should be able to lead committees, and potentially the board. They should bring expertise in board experience, board operations, development, marketing, facilities planning, or law. They are able to provide access to community leaders and new potential donors. Above all, they should be able to communicate our vision and mission to others.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Doug joined the Bright Water School Board of Trustees in June 2012. He currently serves as Board Secretary. Doug is a librarian, and has been the Coordinator of Library Technology at Seattle University since 2006. He has Master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington, and Education from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining Seattle University, Doug worked as a librarian in public and private schools with students from Kindergarten through the eighth grade. Doug and his family enjoy living in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, home to Bright Water School, Seattle University, and all their favorite bookstores, restaurants, parks, and more.
Mia comes from a family where entrepreneurial pursuits were highly valued. Her father was an adventurous, industrious individual who valued doing his own thing and brought his daughters along for the ride. His 100 year-old family woolen mill was founded on the banks of the Illinois River in 1865 by his great-grandfather, who had migrated from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mia taught herself to sew when she was eight and it has been a passion of hers since. Her family moved to Colorado after the sale of the mill in 1970, where Mia spent her formative years skiing, horseback riding, and experiencing the Rocky Mountains. After graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art with a degree in Advertising Design, she worked in advertising and also had her own business. In 1989, she moved to the Northwest and started a family. Mia has two grown daughters, both of whom attended Waldorf schools; one was in the first graduating class of Bright Water School.
In 2003, Mia became a certified Waldorf teacher. She taught for eight years at Bright Water School leading one class from Grade Four through Grade Eight and took another from Grade Six through Grade Eight.
Mia is once again working as a clothing designer. She continues to keep her interest in Waldorf education alive by periodically substituting at BWS, and by teaching painting at Sound Circle Teacher Training.
Jody works as a consultant for Asymmetric Advantage Capital Management, LLC. For the past 15 years, she has worked as an executive sales and marketing management consultant for a variety of companies – Corbis, Vitessa, Active Network and others. Her professional career included serving as the Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for Modus Media, Stream and R. R. Donnelley and Sons. She managed a global workforce of 225 employees, earning unparalleled profits and creating expanded operations for all these corporations.
Jody has served on numerous Boards over the past decade. She spent 12 years on the Seattle Children’s Theatre Board as President, Vice-President, and Committee Chairs for Development/Board Operations. She has also served on the Boards of the Polyclinic Community Health Foundation, and the Northwest Girl Choir. She is the mother of two – Paloma, a Yale graduate working in New York for Bain Consulting, and Nick, a Bright Water School alum and currently a high school senior. She is married to Paul Pineda, CEO of AACM.
Kim currently works for Infosys Ltd as a Global Alliance Manager. This recent role is allowing Kim the opportunity to manage business on a global scale, which is both exciting and challenging. Her previous position was a Partner with CSC. She has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Kim’s focus has been on sales, delivery, operations with P&L responsibility, and relationship management throughout her career. She has led sales & operations and business strategy with Infosys, CSC and Fujitsu Consulting. She has built trusted client relationships through her leadership and problem solving expertise in the Hi- Tech, Telco and Retail industries. Prior to Kim’s CSC position, she was a Vice President for the US Trading Area of Fujitsu Consulting.
Out of the office, Kim is a proud mother of two awesome boys who both attended Bright Water School. The family enjoys skiing, baseball, hiking, and being anywhere around the ocean. Kim graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BSC in Computer Science.
Ann recently retired as a Colonel in the United States Army where she served as a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development at the Army War College, and on the faculty and as a dean at the Joint Forces Staff College. Additionally, Ann worked in the international containerized shipping industry, and also has strategic planning and accreditation experience. Ann holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University; an M.A. in International Relations from the Fletcher School; and an M.A. from the U.S. Navy War College. Along with being the mom of a teenage son, Ann enjoys ski instructing in the winter and swimming in Lake Washington in the summer.
John Zmolek began his association with Bright Water School as a parent in 2001. He served on the Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007. During that time, Bright Water School moved to its current location. He also served as President of the Board for 2 years. John returned to the BWS Board in the fall of 2011. John currently is the Executive Vice President of Verity Credit Union. In this role he is also president of CU Home Mortgage Solutions, which provides quality mortgage services to Verity members and other Washington credit unions. John received his BS in Economics from Iowa State University and his MS from University of California- Davis. He and his spouse, Jerry, have two sons, both veterans of Waldorf education. With a new electric plug-in car and a love of bicycling, he is working on reducing his carbon footprint.
Brooks joined the Board of Trustees in June 2014. She is a Seattle native who holds a PhD in Philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, where she focused on autonomy, specifically the nature of choice perceived and explored from the first-person perspective. She discovered Waldorf education as an extension of her philosophical interests as well as her approach to parenting. She and her husband Justin have four children, all of whom are students at Bright Water School where they have been a grateful part of the community since 2004. Brooks currently works as a birth doula while she completes prerequisites for her application to Midwifery school. She enjoys time in the woods, study, photography, movement, and people.