Board and Staff

  • Ken Hammond

    Executive Director

  • Amanda Leipfert

    Office Assistant

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. 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.

  • Jonathan Doney

    Jon and his wife, Tracy have lived in the Clearview area with their family since 1999. Three of their four children attended Glacier Peak HS and their youngest son attends Valley View MS. Tracy’s great grandparents raised their children in Snohomish and her grandmother graduated from Snohomish High School in the 1930s. Jon has worked in K-12 education for nearly 20 years with firms that include Apple, Pearson and Renaissance Learning. Most recently he was the SVP of sales with School Improvement Network, and helped lead that company through a successful acquisition. Jon has a degree in business from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in education from Boise State University. He has coached youth basketball in Snohomish for many years and has served in various positions with the Boy Scouts of America. He loves to hike, fly fish, bike and eat good food.

  • Nate Foster

    Being involved in the Snohomish Education Foundation is Nate’s opportunity to not only support the students and teachers in the community, but also pay it forward for those that supported his academic endeavors. Nate was raised in the Pacific Northwest and attended school in the Marysville School District. While enrolled at Western Washington University, Nate received a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2004) and a Master of Business Administration (2006) and met his amazing wife. Having a history teacher wife and a young son in the Snohomish School District, has only confirmed his belief in the value of education and the importance of supporting all students to receive the best educational opportunities available. When not working as the Senior Manager of Associate and Labor Relation at Macy’s Inc., Nate also volunteers his time coaching youth sports at the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club. 

  • Mona Gedney

    Mona is Vice President –Community Banking Manager for Heritage Bank, Mill Creek branch. Mona has been in banking since 1996 and currently oversees multiple branches within her market with a background in Retail Operations, Sales Development and Management.

  • Louise Hanson

    Louise hasbeen in public accounting since 1999 and is aCPA and Partner with MossAdams. She brings a strongbackgroundin finance and financial management. Louiselives in Snohomish with her husband and two children.

  • 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.

  • Merle Kirkley

    Bio coming soon.

  • Tanya Mock

    Tanya has been a licensed real estate agent since 2004 and is currently a Managing Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Snohomish. Tanya is connected to the Snohomish community through a strong network of clients and local business owners. She brings her skills in marketing and community involvement. Tanya’s primary and proudest role is as a mother to two children who are both involved in sports, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. She is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Achaogen, a biotech company in San Francisco.

  • Carol Robinson

    Bio coming soon.

  • Robin Stefanson

    Bio coming soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Erin VerHoeven

    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.

  • 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.