Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors:

Led by a diverse board, WA Charters provides key charter public school resources and support to member schools, educators, and parents, with an overarching mission to support and develop a high-quality charter public school sector that meets the needs of historically underserved students and communities.


 

Kathy Binder

Kathy Binder serves as the board chairperson of a Kent-based high-tech manufacturing company while dedicating herself to providing underserved children the best education possible. Kathy…

Kathy Binder serves as the board chairperson of a Kent-based high-tech manufacturing company while dedicating herself to providing underserved children the best education possible. Kathy served on the board of directors of the League of Education Voters Foundation and Stand for Children. She is a founding board member of the Washington State Charter Schools Association and served as a founding board member of one of the first local charter schools to open in the state of Washington. Kathy serves as an advisory board member for the Seattle Urban Academy, a high school for some of the highest risk children in the greater Seattle area. All of these nonprofit organizations organize their work around the principle that underserved and at-risk students deserve an equal opportunity for success in education. Kathy’s grandfather had to end his education when he was in eighth grade because his family needed him to work. He left her with a legacy founded on the following philosophy: “they can take everything else away from you, but they cannot take away your education.” This philosophy has inspired her passion and dedication as she works to provide all children in our state the opportunity of attaining a high-quality education.

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Dr. Joel Domingo

Dr. Joel Domingo is Associate Professor and Academic Program Director in the School of Applied Leadership at City University of Seattle. He has a long…

Dr. Joel Domingo is Associate Professor and Academic Program Director in the School of Applied Leadership at City University of Seattle. He has a long history of leadership and teaching in several education, community, and civic organizations.  His work focuses on exploring issues of leadership, developing strong ties between schools and communities, and creating socially transformative practices.

Dr. Domingo completed a fellowship at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability examining the impact of disability on the family and coordinated efforts to bring greater collaboration among medical professionals, schools, service providers and parents of children with disabilities. He also served in the Washington State Governor’s Office developing community leadership capacity in diverse and underrepresented communities across the state and did extensive policy and academic research on the effects of school, family and community partnerships.

Dr. Domingo has served on several nonprofit boards and committees including the Seattle Special Education PTSA, the UW Center on Human Development and Disability, the Washington State Family and Community Engagement Trust, the Seattle Public Schools Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Committee, and the Experimental Education Unit at the University of Washington’s Haring Center. He regularly volunteers at both his children’s’ schools as well as the local children’s hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in theology, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

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Travis Franklin

Travis has been an educator for the past 11 years and currently serves as the CEO for Spokane International Academy, a K-8 charter school in…

Travis has been an educator for the past 11 years and currently serves as the CEO for Spokane International Academy, a K-8 charter school in Spokane, WA. He has a B.A. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Education Media Design and Technology, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and Washington state principal certification. Travis’ current professional focus is on the intentional incorporation of student data to improve outcomes for all students and working with teachers to design curriculum to develop global competence in students at SIA.

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Natalie Hester

Natalie is Co-founder and Director of Operations and Engagement for Impact Public Schools. A charter parent and advocate, Natalie also has over 20 years of experience…

Natalie is Co-founder and Director of Operations and Engagement for Impact Public Schools. A charter parent and advocate, Natalie also has over 20 years of experience working in commercial, mortgage and consumer lending with several major banks and credit unions. From 2015-2017, Natalie served at the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund, where she is responsible for business technical assistance, outreach and business loan originations. In her previous role at HomeSight, Natalie was the Director of Homeownership. Natalie has worked with HUD and other federal agencies in community and economic development in underserved communities for over 15 years, and she offers invaluable experience with data collection and reporting for local and federal funders. Natalie has spent many years volunteering in Rainier Valley and has deep roots in the local community with residents, businesses and local nonprofits. Natalie is also the proud parent of two daughters: one attends a district public school and the other attends Summit Sierra charter public high school in Seattle.

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Lindsay Hill

Lindsay Hill joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2015. In addition to her national education strategy work, she co-leads the foundation’s efforts…

Lindsay Hill joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer in 2015. In addition to her national education strategy work, she co-leads the foundation’s efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion. Prior to joining the Raikes Foundation, Lindsay spent four years as the founding executive director of Teach For America – Washington. She began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Brooklyn through Teach For America and later worked as a program director, supporting new teachers in three of New York City’s boroughs. Lindsay has also served as the director of training and support for the “I Have a Dream” Foundation, and she sits on the board of directors for the Bureau of Fearless Ideas, a Seattle-based nonprofit. She holds a joint bachelor’s degree in sociology and public policy from Pomona College and a master’s degree in teaching from Pace University.

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Chris Korsmo

Chris is CEO of the League of Education Voters. As a first-generation college graduate, Chris knows firsthand the transformative power of education to lift families…

Chris is CEO of the League of Education Voters. As a first-generation college graduate, Chris knows firsthand the transformative power of education to lift families out of poverty. While in college, she earned a double major in education and sociology and spent the early years of her professional life teaching high school social studies and coaching girls’ sports. Prior to joining LEV, Chris spent 15 years in the reproductive rights movement. Chris values personal choice, which is why she wants to build a public education system that gives students the foundation they need to make their own choices about their future. Through her work, Chris is working to help provide parents with high quality options for their kids’ education and believes every child should be prepared for postsecondary education if they choose—and the system should be built to make that possible.

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Lisa Macfarlane

A tireless advocate for high-quality public schools, Lisa has dedicated more than two decades to working to get Washington’s public schools the resources and reforms they need. In…

A tireless advocate for high-quality public schools, Lisa has dedicated more than two decades to working to get Washington’s public schools the resources and reforms they need. In 2016, Lisa retired from her post as the Washington State Director of Democrats for Education Reform.  Lisa co-founded the League of Education Voters and LEV Foundation, sponsored two statewide education funding initiatives, and helped lead the successful 2007 simple majority and 2012 charter school campaigns. She is also a board member and past president of Schools First, Seattle’s ongoing school levy and bond committee. The first 15 years of Lisa’s professional career were spent working in the juvenile justice system. She started as a VISTA volunteer in a maximum-security juvenile correctional facility in Columbia, S.C., and she finished up as a public defender in juvenile court in Seattle. In between, she staffed wagon trains and wilderness camps for court referred youth. Lisa received her BA from Bowdoin College and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Steve Mullin

Steve is president of the Washington Roundtable, a public policy research and advocacy group comprised of senior executives from major Washington state companies. Prior to…

Steve is president of the Washington Roundtable, a public policy research and advocacy group comprised of senior executives from major Washington state companies. Prior to being named president in 2004, Steve served as the Roundtable’s vice president, and in that capacity he coordinated the organization’s extensive work on K–12 standards, assessments and accountability. He also served as the primary liaison between the business community and state policymakers on education reform issues. Prior to joining the Roundtable, Steve was the founding executive director of Partnership for Learning, a business-supported nonprofit organization dedicated to building public awareness and understanding about the need to better prepare students for college and work. He also worked for several local public affairs consulting firms, as a U.S. Senate staff member in Washington, DC, and as a legislative staff member in Olympia. Steve graduated from Middlebury College and the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

 

Importantly, Steve advocated in Olympia for charter legislation from the mid-1990s to 2004, culminating in the successful passage of a charter law that ultimately was overturned via referendum.  Steve is one of the original board members of WA Charters.

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Marta Reyes-Newberry

Marta is founder and CEO of Reyes-Newberry & Associates, a consulting firm creating sustainable, smart educational learning systems. Marta has been active in the school…

Marta is founder and CEO of Reyes-Newberry & Associates, a consulting firm creating sustainable, smart educational learning systems. Marta has been active in the school reform effort for over 20 years. From 2003 through 2007, she was the first state director of the Charter Schools Division for California. Within three years, the Division was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national leader for its work to support, promote and oversee the creation of high-quality charter schools throughout California. Marta was founder and executive director of the first county-sponsored charter school for the El Dorado County Office of Education in California. She also served as a board member and president of the board of the California Network of Charter Schools. Reyes received her Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University and received a fellowship to pursue a federally funded Masters in Educational Leadership for Entrepreneurs at Arizona State University.

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Jill Riemer

Jill is the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for Summit Public Schools. Jill is a tireless advocate for public schools and all students in…

Jill is the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for Summit Public Schools. Jill is a tireless advocate for public schools and all students in them. Prior to joining Summit, she served as the founding executive director of the Georgia Afterschool network for nearly a decade. Her earlier work in education policy and family engagement while in Washington DC helped her spearhead and/or nurture several national education efforts including the creation of the GEAR UP program, Pathways to College Network and serve the team that supported the growth of the 21st Community Learning Centers program while working for President Clinton’s administration and US Secretary of Education, Dick Riley. At Summit, Jill is building support for three schools in WA (Summit Atlas, Summit Olympus and Summit Sierra) by strengthening partnerships, facilitating the work of their WA Board of Directors, overseeing compliance, and fund development. Jill holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University.

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Jim Spady

Jim is the volunteer president of the Washington Charter School Resource Center (WCSRC), a small Seattle nonprofit created by Jim and his wife Fawn to…

Jim is the volunteer president of the Washington Charter School Resource Center (WCSRC), a small Seattle nonprofit created by Jim and his wife Fawn to advocate for charter public schools in Washington state. In 1999, Jim was nominated to serve on the “A+ Commission,” where he served for six years, helping to make the state’s K–12 educational system more accountable and effective. In 2012, Jim was involved with the successful Initiative 1240, when a majority of voters approved high-quality charter public schools in Washington state. Jim graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1983, magna cum laude.

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Peter Thorp

Peter’s 41 years in education cover a variety of venues and programs. For 18 years, he worked as a history teacher, coach and administrator in…

Peter’s 41 years in education cover a variety of venues and programs. For 18 years, he worked as a history teacher, coach and administrator in Colorado Springs and then was headmaster at Cate School outside Santa Barbara for five years.

In 1998, Peter moved to San Francisco to be the founding principal of Gateway High School, a public charter college preparatory school with a focus on supporting students with learning disabilities.

During his time in the California charter schools movement, Peter leveraged his nonprofit experience as a consultant to many other charter schools, focusing especially on nonprofit governance. Peter was the founding board chair of the California Charter Schools Association, later switching roles to become the Chief of Staff to CEO Caprice Young.

In 2010, Peter moved to Rwanda for is second “start up,” the Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology. Peter remained in Rwanda until October 2014, seeing the first class to graduation and hiring and training his Rwandan successor.

Peter now lives in Seattle, where he serves as the Executive Director of the 501 (c) (3) Rwanda Girls Initiative which sponsors the school. In that role, he returns to Rwanda three times a year.

Peter graduated from Williams College with a degree in art history, has a Masters of Education from Boston State College, and has done advanced study at the University of Colorado and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Following Williams, Peter was a Watson Fellow studying city planning in Europe, and he was a Fulbright Fellow in China in the summer of 1983. During the summers from 1970-1975, he worked on the archeological dig at Psalmodi in the south of France. Peter has two daughters, Elyssa and Amy, and is now a proud grandfather.

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