Last week, the Seattle Girls’ School Board of Trustees welcomed a slate of new leaders to join our volunteer Board. This fantastic group of SGS community members bring a diverse set of perspectives and skills to help propel us into the future. Read more about them below!
We also want to thank the five outgoing trustees for their leadership and dedication to our school. We are so grateful for all you’ve done for our community: Joan Beauregard, Jeffrey Coopersmith, Jennifer Divine, Daniel Lieberman, and Christine Philipps. Thank you for your years of service!
Likewise, we are grateful for the leadership of our Board Chair, Sarah Ewart, and Immediate Past Chair, Simone Davis, who will step down from these leadership positions (but thankfully, remain on the board) after guiding us through the completion our new home and the development of our next strategic plan. Their tireless efforts, along with the rest of our amazing trustees, have put SGS in a position of strength and stability going forward. Liz Marzolf will step into the role of Board Chair.
Jason Chien, MD MS
Jason is a physician scientist with a passion for education and developing future leaders. He’s also the father of two budding scientists, both alumni of SGS. Jason is the Global Head of Respiratory Infections R&D and Global Head of Infectious Diseases Clinical Translational Research at Janssen Biopharma, a Johnson & Johnson company. In this role, he steers diverse R&D teams to advance preventive and therapeutic strategies across multiple platforms. Before Janssen, Jason worked was the Respiratory Lead at Gilead Sciences. Prior to his pharmaceutical industry journey, he was an Associate Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington and an Associate Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Jason obtained his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, his MD from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and his MS in Genetic Epidemiology from University of Washington. His post-graduate training includes Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Washington.
Katie is the proud parent of an SGS alumna. She started volunteering with the SGS mock trial program before her daughter was a student. Katie has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University. She is an employment litigator at Davis Wright Tremaine. She has a passion for serving and supporting causes that advance women and girls and has served on many boards in the Seattle area.
Kayla Kerr '08
Kayla is a proud SGS alum and third generation Seattleite. She joined the Finance Committee in 2021 and became a Board member in 2022. Kayla holds a BA in Economics from Seattle University and is currently a Private Banker at JP Morgan. In her role, Kayla works closely with institutions and endowments, as well as private individuals and families to build out investment portfolios that align with their goals. As a trustee, Kayla brings her skills in steering resources in an effective way to help implement strategies to ultimately drive the mission of the school. Kayla is passionate about supporting girl’s education, opportunities, and confidence. She is eager to help develop the next generation of community and business leaders.
Liz is the parent of a 2013 SGS alum and joined the board in 2022. She is currently the Director of Corporate Finance at the Port of Seattle where she has served for over 25 years. Her work includes long range financial planning and capital market access for SeaTac Airport and maritime facilities as well as developing financial policies that support the Port’s economic development goals. She brings experience applying financial sustainability tools to support a non-finance mission. Liz also serves on the Advisory Board of Seattle University Economics Department. She has a BA in history from the College of Wooster, and MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins and an MBA from Northwestern.
Lyn is the parent of a current SGS student but her passion for our school when she served as an SGS mentor 17 years ago; she has been an Annual Luncheon enthusiast ever since. The power of collective learning and action has always been a focus of Lyn’s career and community work. She is currently the Director of Regional Strategies & Networks at Philanthropy Northwest where she focuses on catalyzing collective action through networks, such as building a movement of anti-hate and anti-violence funding. She currently serves on the board of the Seattle Parks Foundation and as a joyful Girl Scout troop leader. She was formerly at the United Way of King County and served on the boards of Sound Childcare Solutions, Conflict Resolution Institute, and local chapter co-chair of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Puget Sound. Lyn is honored to help guide SGS as we inspire our future leaders to boldly create an anti-racist and equitable world.
Stephanie is the proud parent of a 2020 SGS alum. She holds a BA in History from Spelman College, an MAT from Tufts University, and a PhD in History from Rutgers University. Stephanie is currently the Upper Division Head at The Evergreen School. Beginning July 2022, she will be the Director of Programs at Rainier Scholars, Tacoma. Passionate about all things related to education and empowerment, Stephanie has facilitated leadership retreats for Rainier Scholars and volunteers with the Sewing Circle, producing feminine hygiene products for school aged girls in Cameroon. She has also co-organized an independent school fair (School Daze) to introduce families of color to independent school options in the greater Seattle area. A school leader with a proven ability to lead teams and see the big picture, Stephanie has spent the last 20 years teaching students at every level from upper elementary through college. She brings to SGS her enthusiasm for our school and mission as well as a deep knowledge of independent schools and best practices in middle and high schools.
Tim and his family are new to the SGS community and their daughter is a current SGS student. Tim earned his BS degree in Marketing from San Diego State University, an M.Ed. degree in Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri–Columbia. After serving in a variety of administrative and adjunct faculty roles at Seattle University, the University of Vermont, and Willamette University, Tim currently serves as the Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell. As a trustee, Tim brings his experience in assessment, DEI work, and educational administration to the Board.
Tonya Peck is the Executive Director at Dress for Success Seattle, the Washington affiliate of the only women focused global workforce development organization. Tonya was recruited in the fall of 2019 to come onboard as the Interim Executive Director to grow the organization’s capacity to scale for the increasing number of women living in poverty in our region. Five months later, the pandemic hit and ignited a health and economic crisis which disproportionately impacted women. Tonya was asked to stay on as the Executive Director where she’s led the organization through this crisis while growing, strengthening, and expanding its capacity to serve more women through this challenging time. Tonya’s background is a blend of global technology, design, and organization development. She has extensive experience building teams, leaders, and organizations at Fortune 500 companies. Beyond her day job, she’s civically active on local and national levels, with a strong focus on empowering women, creating inclusive environments, and preparing organizations for the future.