Gabe Castillo is a VP and branch manager for HomeStreet Bank and brings 33 years of banking experience to the Billings Board. He is also on the Board of Directors for Seafair. He comes from a family of educators having his parents, wife, and youngest daughter in the education field. He studied Structural Drafting and Building Design and holds a degree in Graphic Design from Burnley School of Professional Arts. He grew up in the Greenlake neighborhood and is a life-long Seattleite. He is an avid cyclist, a member of Cascade Bicycle Club and started Gruppetto Cycling Club over 20 years ago.
Christina Chang (William '13) brings 15 years in higher education to the Billings Board and Finance Committee. She is currently the Director of Finance and Administration for University of Washington Advancement and has also served as a Policy Analyst for the Office of Planning and Budgeting at UW and as Associate Director of Finance and Administration at American University.
Erin Gustafson (Anna 2017) started her career as an English teacher in Costa Rica with Harvard’s Institute for International Studies World Teach program after graduating from Pomona College. . She then taught 5th and 6th grade at a high-poverty school in Vallejo, CA for six years before moving back to Seattle and having her own children. In 2011 she co-founded and was Policy Director for a non-profit called Teachers United, an organization dedicated to bringing high-performing teachers together to research and advocate for student-centered policy change at the state and local level. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Masters in Education Policy program and has switched careers from non-profit work to owning and operating The Fixit Sisters, a home remodeling and repair business with her sister. In her free time Erin likes to camp, travel and hike with her family, garden, read, and fix and remodel her own home.
Monnix Jelinek (Finn ’14, Zoe ’16) is the Founder and President of Seven Simple Machines (7sm) a consulting group whose sole focus is to help clients get the most from technology. 7sm works with big and small companies, both for-‐profit and non-‐profit, across such diverse industries as healthcare, education, child advocacy, human resources, finance, commercial aviation, and commercial real estate, our team is able to go the extra step, analyzing business requirements and designing an efficient, adaptable, and seamless solution. Monnix brings a background as both an artist and an engineer, along with a deep love of analytics, to the Board.
Howard Steven Klein brings to the Billings Board a commitment to supporting our mission through joyful, fearless fundraising. Howie and his wife Eileen served as co-chairs of Billings Class of 2012 annual fund participation campaign, achieving 100% participation, while encouraging leadership gifts. Howie previously served as Board President the Seattle Jewish Community School (SJCS).
Michael Martin (Fiona '13) is a Seattle-based education consultant working on innovative school projects throughout the region. He has been a strategist and project director for The Lincoln Center/Lincoln High School Project in Tacoma and has served as an instructional coach in the Clover Park School District. He began his work in school reform with The Small Schools Project, working as a coach on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation school redesign initiatives.
Dr. Melinda Moree (Aden '14) is a strategic global health leader. She spent 2 1/2 years as CEO of BIO Ventures for Global Health. Prior to that, Dr. Moree developed and directed PATH’s team in advancing malaria vaccine development. She previously led business development for MVI and helped define the financial and non-financial basis for public-private development efforts. An earlier association with PATH included 2 years as an international health consultant and liaison between PATH and USAID. Dr. Moree received her Ph.D. in medical microbiology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
John Neeleman (Jack '18) is a shareholder in the law firm Lane Powell PC, and he spends his days working as a trial lawyer in tall buildings in downtown Seattle. He also represents indigent death row inmates pro bono in Louisiana and Texas. John's avocation is novelist, and his novel Logos, which Kirkus Reviews called "a staggeringly impressive feat", won an Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal and the Utah Book Award for fiction. John has served on various for profit and non-profit boards prior to Billings, including the Seattle Youth Symphony, for which he served as board president. John earned his B.A. degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from Georgetown University.
Patti Pearce (Colin, '08) has returned for her second stint on the Billings Board. She was Board Treasurer from 2007 - 2013. Asked why she wanted to return to the board, Patti said, “This is a really special time for Billings Middle School. I hold this school dear to my heart, and want to continue to support the school’s mission.” Owner of Cast On Accounting Services and a consulting & interim CFO/Controller with CFO Selections, Patti specializes in supporting nonprofit organizations with transitions and special projects. Prior to opening her consulting business, Patti held senior financial positions at several fast-growing Washington nonprofits, including Director of Global Accounting Services for PATH, Director of Finance for the Hope Heart Institute, and Chief Financial Officer for the Northwest AIDS Foundation. Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts Business (Accounting) degree from Seattle Pacific University. She is both a licensed CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Carrie Delaney Rhodes (Dani '10) attended Scripps College & Pace University’s Leinhard School of Nursing. During her high school and college years she became interested in philanthropic pursuits guided by her grandparents, Dr. E.C. “Buster” & Nancy Alvord. She began volunteering for the organization Amigos de las Americas, an international, non-profit organization. Carrie now owns CDR Farms, dedicated to breeding, raising and training future world champion performance horses managed by Rhodes River Ranch. Carrie is also a founding member of the Seattle UNICEF Advisory Circle. She serves on UNICEF’s National Development Committee and on the Board of Trustees for the Northwest Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Heidi Robinson (Hannah '16) is Chief Product Officer at Varsity Tutors, a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction. Prior to Varsity Tutors Heidi used her program and product management skills to build new teams, new experiences, and new businesses at companies such as Amazon.com, Nordstrom, and Pro.com. Heidi is passionate about the power of one-to-one connections in learning and the Billings mission to "stretch, support, and inspire early adolescent learners." She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a minor in Publishing & Printing Arts from Pacific Lutheran University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Dino Tukes (Maya '17 and Kai '19) is married to Yuko Mizukami-Tukes. Apart from being on the Diversity & Equity Committee, he is a Volunteer Recruitment Parent for the Rainier Scholars Program, a partner in Admissions and Advancement, for Billings. An Atlanta native, he has lived in Seattle for 25 year. After 16 years he retired from Automotive Sales & Management and is now focused on his two Billings middle-schoolers and his wife's small business.
Stacey Turner currently works as the Assistant Head of School and Admission Director for Hamlin Robinson School in Seattle. He has over 17 years experience working with and teaching students who struggle in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math. He owned and ran Turner Learning Specialists from 2001-‐2007. Stacey holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Education from Antioch University.
Meagan Walker (Max '15) currently serves as the Executive Director of College Relations at Cascadia College in Bothell, where she oversees the college's student recruiting, communications, marketing, community and government outreach, and public information. She has developed an extensive knowledge of media, communications, and public relations throughout more than two decades of developing and executing strategic projects for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Meagan has won numerous national and international awards for producing, writing, and directing documentaries and corporate videos.
Paula Wesley (Arthur '13, Lucas '15) grew up in Alaska. She has an MS from UW in Speech-Language Pathology, and a BA from Willamette University (German and English). She lived in Germany from 1988-1991. As a Speech-Language Pathologist she has worked on elementary and preschool inclusion teams and also on hospital multi-disciplinary teams. She feels passionate about helping people of all ages and abilities communicate and feel connected.
Shannon Woods (Levi, 2017) is a native Seattleite and holds a degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Seattle. She currently works as an Apparel Developer for Brooks Sports Inc. and has over 15 years of design experience with Eddie Bauer and Cutter & Buck. Her work within the fashion industry has included extensive travel throughout Asia, Europe, and South America working collaboratively in multi-cultural settings. Shannon is a long-time independent school parent, and is passionate about supporting progressive, innovative, and transformative education.