Board and Staff

  • Executive Director Ken Hammond

    Ken and his wife, Rochele have lived in Snohomish since 2005. Their three boys all attended Riverview Elementary, Centennial Middle School, and graduated from Snohomish High School before attending the University of Washington and Western Washington University. Ken has a bachelors degree in Journalism from Seattle University and is a 20-year retired U.S. Army First Sergeant. Ken is a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Snohomish, and a former member of the South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club. For many years, he coached baseball for the North Snohomish Little League and basketball for the Snohomish Junior Athletic Association. He enjoys golf, ping pong, gardening, and following Husky and Seahawk football.

  • Executive Assistant Josie O'Neill

    Josie is a double-degree holder in both Business Management and the Culinary Arts. A graduate of Skyline High School in Issaquah, she has over 20 years of customer support experience and has worked with local companies such as SiP in Issaquah, Salt Blade, Holland America Line, and major hotels. Along with her work experience, she has worked during Halloween as a professional “Creepie” at Maris Farms in Buckley. As a Washington native, Josie has lived in the Seattle area her whole life and enjoys being with nature or by the sea when she can. She and her husband (plus 2 cats) currently reside in Renton.

Board of Trustees

  • Dustin Birashk

    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. My oldest is currently at Cathcart. 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 in a family of educators and graduated from University of Washington in 1999. I joined the SEF board in 2014 and currently serve as Treasurer. I am a CPA and employed with Moss Adams.

  • 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.

  • Janette Johnson

    For the past five years, Janette Johnson has been the owner of Spark Hot Yoga in Snohomish. While running a small business has its challenges, it is all worth it to her when she steps on her mat and gets to share her passion and love of yoga. When she’s not teaching classes at her studio, she can be found driving her two teenage boys to and from their practices and activities. Both Snohomish School District students, her boys have been a constant source of inspiration for her to be involved not only their education, but the community her family lives in. Janette and her husband Bryan enjoy spending time in Eastern Washington where they keep ‘busy’ fishing, hiking and paddle boarding.

  • 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.

  • Kay Ditzenberger

    Kay and her family moved to Snohomish in 2008. The family quickly grew to love the school and community as they watched her son, Ike, flourish under the leadership of administrators, teachers, coaches and students at Snohomish High School.
    The family lived in Woodinville for 27 years before coming to Snohomish. Kay lives with her husband Steve, sons Josh, Jacob and Ike, daughter-in-law Danielle and granddaughter Braelyn. Her family has given her the title of professional student because she earned a BA in Speech Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, a BA in Biology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a certificate in technical writing from the University of Washington, an MBA from Northwest University and a PhD from Gonzaga University. She promised the family NO MORE SCHOOL!
    Kay’s passion is leadership and specifically servant leadership. She believes that when service precedes leadership everyone involved learns, grows and flourishes. She enjoys all things associated with the family and the community and loves to read, write and knit.

  • Keely Reinhard

    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.

  • Mal Harding

    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.

  • Mary Waggoner

    I joined the SEF Board in April, 2017. I believe that public education is the cornerstone of our democracy. Such a complex and critical system will succeed best when supported by the entire community.I have been a resident of Snohomish since 1996 and retired in 2016 from Everett Public Schools. I am a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado and was a high school English teacher for 10 years. During my career, I have worked in private industry in retail and recreational public relations and communications. 20+ years of my career have been with K-12 public education in Washington state.

  • Merle Kirkley

    Bio coming soon.

  • Patty Venema

    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.

  • Robin Stefanson

    Bio coming soon.

  • Sam Janke

    I have been a fulltime resident of Snohomish for the past 10 years. Prior to this I taught and coached for 40 years in various schools in the state of Washington and overseas. Presently I enjoy gardening, biking, golfing and pottery. I like to keep in touch with the local schools, teachers and students by occasionally guest teaching at Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools primarily in science.

  • Emily Guildner

    I decided to join the board in 2022 to continue supporting the schools I attended growing up. My family moved to Snohomish in the early 90’s. My siblings and I grew up attending Dutch Hill Elementary, Centennial Middle School, the Freshman Campus, and Snohomish High School. I graduated in 2007 went on to become an attorney representing government agencies and moved my family back to the Snohomish School District so that my kids can be a part of the same great community I grew up in. My family has sponsored a scholarship through SEF since 2008 and it has always been a pleasure working with them. I am excited to have the opportunity to support our schools and continue to be a thriving district.

  • Jen Bogdan

    My name is Jennifer Bogdan. I am strong in my Christian faith, a wife of 17 years, and mom of 4 children who are all currently enrolled in the Snohomish School District. I also own and operate a small business. I was born and raised in Hawaii and moved to Washington entering my 7th grade year. I attended Valley View Middle School, was Class of 2000 at Snohomish High School and graduated from Everett Community College in 2002. I have been involved in my children’s school and extracurricular activities ever since our oldest son Adam started kindergarten. He is now a senior at Glacier Peak HS. Son Taylor is a freshman, Natalie is a 5th grader, and Harper is in 1st grade. I enjoyed serving on the Mill Creek elementary PTA and as an art docent for every one of my children’s classes. I also taught Junior Achievement for 4 years for both of my sons’ classes at Mill Creek Elementary. I am currently coaching 3 of our 4 children’s soccer teams, help on the Silverlake Soccer board, and serve as a mentor mom at my Church’s MOPS group. It’s an incredibly busy but intriguingly fun and rewarding schedule because I believe in making a difference! I am honored to be suggested and accepted for this board position. I look forward to the next 3 years of learning and working together with the members of this Board. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve our kids and our community.

  • Dawn Ipsen

    I believe strength in education of all levels leads to strong, healthy, and prosperous communities. It is because of the Snohomish School District’s reputation and the tangible work of the Snohomish Education Foundation that my husband and I chose to live in this community and raise our wonderful family. We saw early on how community support can further enhance education and opportunities in youth. Furthermore, I am connected to the Snohomish community as the local pharmacist and owner of Kusler’s Compounding Pharmacy. My personal mission is supporting a healthy community however that path might lead. I’m honored to serve as a board member of the Snohomish Education Foundation. I look forward to contributing towards the SEF mission of fostering learning and expanding opportunities for all Snohomish students.