Summit Public Schools is pleased to announce a new six-member Washington state board of directors to help ensure students will be prepared to succeed in a four-year college or university, regardless of their previous academic preparation or background. The board members represent the diverse communities that Summit serves in Seattle, Tacoma and White Center.
The board members will be charged with the governance of Summit’s schools in Washington state. These duties include adopting policies, approving budgets and ensuring the schools meet the needs of the communities they serve.
After almost three years of hard work and dedication to Summit’s students and families, Summit Washington’s founding board will transition to an advisory role to ensure a stable and smooth transition for Summit’s faculty, students and families, as new board members adapt to their role.
“I want to thank our founding board members for their leadership in developing a solid foundation and strategic plan for our schools,” said Jen Wickens, Chief Regional Officer at Summit Public Schools Washington. “Their knowledge of the organization will compliment our new board’s deep connections to the communities we serve. This partnership will set us up for success as we continue to provide a high-quality, personalized education to our students.”
Learn more about our new board members below.
Kathi is a passionate education advocate and community builder. Ms Littmann is currently the CEO of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, an organization supporting Pierce County through charitable giving, grant making, and collaborative leadership. Ms Littmann spent 2 years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading a redesign of professional learning for educators and piloting the program with 23,000 teachers. Since 2002, she has worked closely with charter networks in the areas of strategic planning and model design. She lives in the Tacoma area near Summit Olympus.
Amy joins from a professional background spanning external and industry relations, grant management, and consulting. Ms. Liu is the past Policy Director for the League of Education Voters (LEV), holds a JD from University of Michigan Law School, as well as a B.A. in Political Science. She is transitioning from her role at LEV and embarking on the next phase of her career. She lives in Seattle.
Dr. Deanna Sands
Dr. Sands’ career spans many roles in education, as a teacher, scholar, and leader. She is deeply dedicated to diversity and inclusive education, and has devoted much of her career to enhancing educational opportunities for people with disabilities. In her leadership roles, she has worked closely with community partners, enhanced faculty mentorship initiatives, forged ongoing partnerships with school districts and has led and supported initiatives to develop or refine doctoral programs in the area of leadership for educational equity. Dr. Sands holds an Ed.D., Special Education Research and Administration from the University of Alabama and an M.A., Special Education, University of Michigan.
Omar is an attorney at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, with a practice in corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. Omar has experience advising education-related nonprofits, ed tech startups, and charter schools. Prior to law school, Omar taught AP Calculus for six years in Arizona through Teach for America, and he continues to serve as an active alumnus of the Washington region of Teach for America. Omar holds a JD from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School. He lives in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, near the Summit Sierra campus.
Stefan has an extensive background in technology and business. Mr. Weitz joined Microsoft in 2002, leading diverse projects across strategy, education partnerships, and engineering. He has served on advisory boards for many startups, ranging from biometrics to advertising to virtualization. Mr. Weitz is currently the CPO of Radial and holds an M.A. in Political Science and Physics from Gonzaga University. He lives in Seattle.
As a longtime resident of Seattle and the mother of three children, including a student at Rainier Prep, Shirline has come to the Summit Public School Board to join the visionaries who believe that a sustainable world class education system in the Pacific Northwest is critical to the advancement of our goals to significantly narrow the Opportunity and Achievement Gap. A 20 year career spanning Accounting, Information Technology, Business Continuity, Organizational Change and Transformative leadership grounds her in her advocacy for innovation in the education system. When not working tirelessly for kids and families, she enjoys camping, hiking, board games and family time.