Board of Trustees
I joined the board because I have 3 young children who will attend Cathcart Elementary, Valley View Middle School and eventually Glacier Peak High School. I wanted to be involved in helping the students of the district. I also wanted to be involved with a group of people who care deeply about kids and about their community. I grew up in South Seattle and graduated from University of WA in 1999. My wife grew up in Spokane and graduated from the University of WA in 2003. I joined the SEF board in 2014 and currently serve as Treasurer. I am a CPA and employed with Moss Adams.
My parents were educators and most of my extended family as well. My parents and their siblings were the first in our family history to attend college. It was well understood that education was our critical success differentiator and allowed us to exit poverty into the middle class. I experience great joy when I observe our programs grow to reach more kids and made a difference in their lives. I derive great personal satisfaction from improving awareness in our community for what we do and why we do it. This is why I serve. In the years I worked at Microsoft, Bill Gates taught me that it is our fundamental duty to give back part of the bounty we are given so that others can have the opportunities we had that made all the difference. Certainly that comes as a financial obligation and it also demands our time and attention. My wife, Christine, and I enjoy seven children, the five youngest were raised in the Snohomish School District and we have two grandchildren and hope to have many more. I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1983.
I was an original board member when SEF was formed in 1986. I helped in forming SEF to help make our schools stronger and more effective by supporting programs and the students in our district. Our funding emphasizes special programs, learning opportunities and scholarships for Snohomish School District students and teachers. I currently serve on the Sponsorship and Endowment Committees. I grew up in Montana and graduated from Montana State University and I have been retired for 4 years. My wife and I have two daughters who are both teachers.
Tanya has been a licensed real estate agent since
2004 and is currently a ManagingBroker with Windermere
Real Estate in Snohomish. Tanya is connected to the
Snohomish communitythrough a strong network of clients
and local business owners. She brings her skills in
marketing andcommunity involvement. Tanya’s primaryand
proudest role is as a mother to two children who are both
involved insports, academics, the arts and dance.
Dr. Tom Paulson
I joined the board to “give back”. I am appreciative of the many blessings my family and I have received from being part of the Snohomish community. I am grateful for the contributions that educators, coaches, administrators in public and private schools have had in helping me in my life and career. I have a great appreciation of the role that a strong education system contributes to both the financial and physical vitality of this community. SEF is a logical manner to “give back” to both the community and to education. I am a father of a 14 year old freshman at Snohomish High School. My wife, Julie, and I have been married for 27 years. I have spent over 20 years of my life receiving formal education and life-long learning is a core value of our family. I graduated from Federal Way High School, Western WA University, Medical College of Wisconsin and University of California, Irvine. My wife taught primary grade level in the Snohomish School District and I am a Physician Executive.
As a former teacher, education is a priority for me. After raising my boys, I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in my community. I joined the SEF board in 2012 and enjoy the dedicated people and believe in the Foundation’s mission. I attended High School in Milwaukie, OR and then graduated from Oregon State University in 1982. I have been married to my husband Matt, for 33 years and we have 3 boys, 1 daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren. We moved from Oregon to Snohomish in 1994. I enjoy knitting, hiking, playing cards, water sports and fly-fishing.
J. Steven Thomas
Strong schools are the gateway to a strong community. I became involved in SEF in 1996 because I believe education is truly the key to helping our students become productive citizens. All of the Foundation’s programs help to enrich the lives of students, “one student at a time... one gift at a time.” Imagine how much more we can do with your help. I am currently involved in the Classroom Grant program which supports innovative and creative ideas in the classroom that expand opportunities for students in all of our schools in grades K-12. I attended WA State University and graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1972. I currently own a law practice here in Snohomish.
I believe in education and felt this Foundation was a wonderful place to continue my volunteer work. My goal is to help make the Snohomish community a great place to raise your children. I joined the board in 2010. I attended Lake WA High School. My husband and I have been married for 29 years and have lived in the area for 32 years. Our 2 children attended school in the Snohomish School District and are currently in college. I currently serve as President of the Board and serve on the Auction, Breakfast and Finance Committees.
I was raised and attended school in the Snohomish School District, my family lives here, my business is located here and I support education. It seems a natural fit to be serving on the SEF board. I joined the board in November, 2015. I have served as a Board member for Little Red Schoolhouse, Snohomish Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member and Chair of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Western, WA. My husband, Stephen, and I have 2 children in the Snohomish School Distract and Stephen is Assistant Principal at Snohomish High School. I graduated from Snohomish High School and then graduated from Whitworth College. I currently am Vice President/Owner of Corstone Contractors here in Snohomish. I look forward to supporting and working with the SEF board in their mission to expand opportunities for Snohomish School District Students.