TRUSTEE BIOS

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.

 
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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). 

 
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Amelia Marckworth (2003) is a Seattle-based nonprofit professional committed to advancing the missions of organizations that promote social justice, equity, and empowerment. Amelia works at Seattle University managing the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which provides experiential learning opportunities to students that benefit the local Central-area community. Amelia recently earned her Master of Nonprofit Leadership as well as a Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Leadership at Seattle University.
 

 
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Michelle Martin (Amelia 2017) became the Beverly Cleary Endowed Professor in Children and Youth Services in the Information School at the University of Washington in September 2016. From 2011-2016, she was the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of Brown Gold: Milestones of African-American Children’s Picture Books, 1845-2002 (Routledge, 2004) and co-editor (with Claudia Nelson) of Sexual Pedagogies: Sex Education in Britain, Australia, and America, 1879-2000 (Palgrave, 2003). Her current project, Dream Keepers for Children of the Sun, is a book-length critical analysis of the collaborative and individual works that Langston Hughes and Arna Bontemps wrote for children during their 40-year friendship and collaborative working relationship.

 
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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.  

 

 
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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.

 
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Tom Parkhurst has worked as an Investment Advisor for more than 25 years, primarily serving institutional pension plans. Currently, Tom is the CCO of AltraVue Capital. He was previously a senior vice president and principal at GW Capital. Tom believes strongly in education and has volunteered his time and effort serving on various school boards working with their finance and investment committees. 

 

 
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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.

 

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. 

 
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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.

 
 
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Jim Wallen (Bailey 2015) is a retired general contractor and architect of 30 years, from the San Francisco Bay Area.  He relocated to Seattle with his wife and daughter in 2011.  Jim joined the Billings Middle School family in 2015 as a member of the Finance Committee, and the Billings Board in 2016. He has also been a co-chair of the Facilities Task Force since 2016.  Previously, Jim was an active member of an advisory committee for a small private school in San Francisco, and a member of a parental advisory council for Kaiser Permanente, Jim hopes to assist in the continued growth and excellence of Billings Middle School, now, and into the future.