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.

  • Susan Cedergreen

    I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in history and a teaching certificate. My master’s degree is from Seattle University, and my administrative credential is from Western Washington University. My first teaching job was in the Monroe School District where I taught for two years. I then came to Snohomish High School where I worked for the next 30 years. Since I retired in 2001, I have served on the SEF Scholarship Committee. I am married to Jay Cedergreen, a lifelong resident of Snohomish, graduate of SHS, and early SEF board member. We have two daughters who also are SHS graduates and eight grandchildren.

  • 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.

  • Mark Myers

    I am a husband of 22 years to my amazing wife, Shannon and father to my incredible daughters, Marissa and Kendall. I’m a Microsoft Sr Program Manager, working for the Chief Technology Officer in Cyber Security & Strategy. Community and education have always been at the top of my family’s priority list. We chose Snohomish because we wanted an amazing education and a small town feel with big town resources. The people in this community have made it truly a blessing in every way. We built a house and moved into the Dutch Hill area just about 2 years ago, after living 12 years in the Seattle Hill Elementary service area. A strong and healthy educational environment is critical to the continued success of this amazing community. The love we all have for this community is founded in our passion for our youth and helping them to grow into amazing adults. We need to continue to drive that Snohomish passion and keep our educational foundation healthy and strong. We build this community through that charter. Our family passions are grounded in our faith, our love for travel and our love for networking with great people. I am a huge sports fan and amateur photographer, and love to get out and golf any chance I can. Following in my dad’s hall of fame footsteps, I officiated high school basketball for 27 years and even refereed a football for another 5 years. Shannon and I are active members in the local Young Life Committee, serving the Snohomish and Monroe communities. I served on the Snohomish School District’s Community Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) this past bond cycle. I have also chaired a fundraising campaign through Microsoft for, raising funds to help the advancement of gene therapy /replacement. In my spare time, I am also on our Homeowner’s Association board. I am humbled and excited to be a board member for the Snohomish Education Foundation (SEF). There is no doubt that we can work within our community to continue to drive amazing opportunities for our students. If we can provide a path to education, we can build a foundation to the future.

  • 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.