Board of Trustees
The Valley School Board of Trustees
Upholding the school's mission and purpose, and establishing strategic plans to ensure the school's effectiveness in achieving its mission
Ensuring that the necessary financial, staffing, governance and community resources are available to the school
Providing oversight to protect the assets of the school, maintain financial stability, mitigate risks and ensure ethical integrity
Hiring, supporting and evaluating the Head of School
Scot Partlow, President
Now in his second term as a Trustee, Scot is beyond excited to be leading the Board of Trustees through this amazing time and all the possibilities that a new Strategic Plan, as well as the transition to a new Head of School, bring to our community. He is passionate about The Valley School, serving on the FUNdraising (auction) and Philanthropy committees, as an Admission Ambassador, and has been an active Trustee supporting the accreditation process and membership/governance activities. He is a co-owner and operator of a small baking company in Seattle and is grateful that this small business survived the global pandemic (despite not having a contingency for that in his business plan). He and his family (husband and rising 8th grader/Valley School alum son) enjoy gardening, gaming, eating, traveling, and spending time in the mountains.
Megan is the proud mom of two boys. Wyatt, who is currently in Fifth Grade, and Mason who is a Valley alum. She is a practicing attorney with her own firm, with a focus on estate planning. On the side, she helps her husband John with the Taco Bell restaurants they own and operate in Eastern Washington. They are proud that their company was recently awarded a good neighbor award at the state level for the community outreach program that they developed to support the local communities where their restaurants are located. From 2017-2020, Megan served on the leadership committee the Community Alliance of Parents (now called Families at Valley). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement and is a lecturer for the annual PEPS parent lecture series. Megan grew up locally, went to St. Mary’s School of California for undergrad, where she studied the classics and ran Division I cross-country, and then came back home for law school at Seattle University and has stayed ever since.
Seth started kindergarten at Valley in 1993 and has fond memories of building forts and playing on the playground. His mother Connie taught first grade at Valley for nearly 20 years and instilled in him a passion for learning and play. Seth attended The Bush School and Whitman College, recently completing an MBA and MPA at the University of Washington. He pursued his passion for education after college as a Watson and Fulbright fellow, researching children's games and teaching English in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Seth has since worked in global development and politics and is now a strategy consultant for the tech sector. Remaining true to his roots, he's excited to return and contribute to the school that gave him his start!
Tuney is a long time educator with 20 years experience at the Northwest School as a teacher, Middle School Director and Assistant Head of School. She also previously served on the board of Meridian School for six years. She recently left NWS and is taking a break from paid work (although she has lined up some consulting gigs that are keeping her busy). Tuney has a good grasp of Valley's mission, values and educational philosophy and they align with her values as an educator. In her spare time Tuney plays soccer and spends as much time in the mountains as she can.
Thea is a parent of three current Valley students, Elias, Dashiell, and Sidney. Thea is the Vice President of Tax at Zillow Group where she leads a team focused on helping the company solve its customers’ real estate needs. Thea earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Yale University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law, and Master of Laws in Taxation from NYU Law School. Thea is also a board member of the Women’s Justice Initiative, which seeks to combat gender based violence and inequality amongst indigenous women in Central America.
Giselle has been a student, teacher, advisor, coach, administrator, and consultant in independent schools for over twenty years and currently serves as the Associate Head of School at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) in Seattle, Washington. With experience in both day and boarding schools at the middle and high school levels, she has held a variety of roles, but none treasured more than the time she spent as a teacher of Latin and Ancient Greek and as a basketball coach. Growing up as a first-generation American has shaped Giselle’s intellectual habits as a creative systems thinker and builder of partnerships. She has the experience of an educator who has participated in and led groups at the curricular and strategic levels of organizational change and is committed to modeling daily the inquiry practices of bias resistance, skills of cultural competence, and ethos of service. Giselle is most passionate about embedding the values of vigorous collaboration, expansive listening, and ongoing reflection as a means for growth in organizations big and small. She lives with her fellow educator husband, rollicking pre-schooler, and rescue pup Hector.
Feliza is a parent of two Valley students. A licensed clinical psychologist, she was a staff psychologist and associate director of Seattle University's Counseling and Psychological Services for 14 years. She previously served as a board member and president of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals, Puget Sound Chapter. As the current president of the Board of Directors for Central Branch Preschool in the Mt. Baker neighborhood, Feliza works passionately to support families of color and families of all economic backgrounds. She loves learning and seeing the world from a different perspective, and she finds that beginning snowboarding (especially all of the falling!) accomplishes both. Feliza also enjoys learning to play the ukelele.
Todd is the father of one current Valley student and one Valley graduate. For the past 12 years, Todd worked at the Seneca Group as a real estate consultant and advisor for clients including Amazon and Mary’s Place. Todd is currently pivoting his career into mission-driven and non-profit work. Todd is the Treasurer of the Seattle Center Foundation Board and is passionate about supporting public spaces that foster community, arts and culture. Todd received his BA in International Relations and played soccer at Stanford University and received an MBA from the University of Arizona. Todd loves soccer and coaching and has enjoyed introducing soccer to his kids and many Valley students over the years.
Shavette has worked in the education field, both in higher education at Seattle University, Lewis & Clark College, and Western Washington University and, for the last eight years, in independent school education at University Prep as the Director of Diversity and Community and currently as the Director of Enrollment Management. Shavette is a proud Army brat who went to four high schools in three states and two countries. She received her BA from Washington State University and her M.Ed. from Western Washington University. She has two children: a daughter at UPrep and a son, Kamden, at Valley. Thanks to her experience in Pre-K at Valley, she is now the proud mom of three hermit crabs. Shavette loves to travel and is an extreme Disney fanatic.
Ladd with his spouse Susan are the parents of a Valley alum, a current Valley Upper School student, and an incoming student. This means they will likely be Valley parents for 15 consecutive years. They have both been actively involved in supporting the Valley School. Ladd has co-chaired the Cama Beach family weekend, served as a FAV class social rep, been a member of the Philanthropy Committee and participated in the most recent strategic planning process. Prior to having children and joining the Valley community Ladd grew up in Seattle and moved to Massachusetts where he met his spouse in college at Holy Cross. Ladd has worked in campaign politics, State government, wealth management and has spent the last 15 years helping to run Uresco Construction Materials. Ladd loves skiing, duck hunting, live music and social gatherings with his friends and family. Ladd believes the Valley community can support our kids and families in a life changing way that makes us all better together.
Kathi is lucky to parent two girls, and the youngest, Kestrel, is a Valley alumna. She is honored to care for many other children through her work as a pediatrician. After putting herself through college, Kathi started her career as an engineer working on medical devices. Over time, the desire to care directly for patients drove her to become a pediatrician. These days, when not caring for children, both her own and others, Kathi tries to keep active through (very slowly) running and rock climbing. Her favorite times are adventuring in the mountains with her family. Kathi is excited to support The Valley School’s incredible mission.
Kate has two Valley School alumni who are now in middle and high school. She is an employment attorney at Microsoft and was a member of the Families at Valley leadership team. Kate also serves on the board of the American Justice & Equity Group, a non-profit working to provide visibility into criminal justice data. If you can't find Kate in the city, check the Methow where she and the family can often be found (hiding) hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and lounging by the river.
Melinda is mom to Stella, class of 2019, and Derek, class of 2021. Melinda has co-chaired the Valley FUNdraising (auction) committee for four years and currently sits on the Philanthropy Committee. Melinda is a principal and Director of Client Development at branding and marketing firm Doubleknot Creative. When she's not running events or new business meetings, Melinda spends her time reading, labeling bins and such in her house, and planning the next adventure with her husband Mike and the kiddos.
Megan is the Managing Director of Programs and Strategy at the Bezos Family Foundation where she oversees early childhood grant making and programs. As the Foundation's first hire in 2008, Megan has worked closely with its leadership to build a team and increase impact through funding and Foundation-led initiatives. Prior to her role at Bezos, she spent seven years at the Robin Hood Foundation, a poverty-fighting organization in New York City. She is also the mom of two curious and energetic Valley School boys.