Board of Trustees
Hamlin Robinson School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees. Trustees are volunteers; they include current parents, alumni parents, professional educators, community members and friends of the school.
- Christina Brinker, Board President
- Alice Ikeda, Board Vice President
- Crystal Lockwood, Board Treasurer
- Barbara McKinstry Barrilleaux, Board Secretary
- Winston Addis
- Massimo Backus
- Shad Bris
- David Brannon-Cirone
- Asha Dean
- Susan Griesse
- Sarah Pan
- Luckisha Phillips
- Alan Robinson
- Russell Smith
- Katherine Sullivan
- Asa Tate
- Mia Wise
- Ozy Zebarjadi
- Stacy Turner, Head of School
Christina Brinker is the parent of an alum and served two years as the HRS Family Association Chair. Christina was an active member of the capital campaign leadership cabinet, and chaired the community phase of the campaign. She previously served on the board of trustees at the Bush School and as president of the Bush School Families Association.
Alice has over 25 years of experience in front and behind the camera and is an experienced team leader. Alice co-founded and is currently co-running a boutique production company Ikeda/Vanderburg Productions (IVP) specializing in story driven narratives for both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Alice has brought all these skills to play in various board roles – including serving as the immediate past board president for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, helping to bring one of the country’s largest youth orchestra programs to a new level of sustainability.
Crystal Lockwood is an Asset Allocation Analyst at Principal Financial Group in Seattle. She has a history of strategically analyzing investment strategies for funds with more than $15 billion in assets. Her work includes researching market trends, staying current on regulatory changes, and evaluating economic indicators. She is adept at analyzing, planning for, and mitigating potential impacts to keep fund performance at optimal levels. Crystal is the parent of two recent graduates of HRS.
Barbara Barrilleaux is VP Legal & General Counsel at Brooks Running, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, she oversees all global legal functions for the company. She provides day-to-day advice and high level, strategic counseling on growing the business and navigating legal challenges. She served as a board member at Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle from 2019-2021. She is the current parent to a Level 6 student.
Winston has served on the Hamlin Robinson School board since 1989, including two terms as Board President. He is currently the Board Vice President. As Executive Director of the Slingerland Institute, Winston was instrumental in the founding of the school in 1983 and has observed the amazing benefits the school has provided for children and their families over the past 30 years. Winston holds a BA in Mathematics, an MA in Secondary School Administration and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa. Winston retired in 2006 from his position as Vice-President of City University, preceded by a long career in education, serving as math teacher, high school principal and superintendent. Winston enjoys classical music, travel, reading, hiking and family.
Massimo Backus is a facilitator, speaker, and leadership coach with a focus on assisting leaders to grow high performing teams. He has experience as a consultant driving development and implementation for employee hiring, performance management, on-boarding, team-building, and strong client relationships. He blends leadership management, behavioral science, and talent development strategies to help leaders establish sustainable businesses. As a student, Massimo struggled with his own dyslexia, an aspect that has proven both a strength and positive differentiator is his career path. He believes every student wants to excel, but may not know or understand their own strengths.
Shad Bris is a current parent of two students at HRS, one in the lower school and one in the middle school. He serves on the HRS Finance Committee and is committed to bringing DEIB to the forefront. Shad is a U.S. Bank Vice President: leading the Seattle/Portland Deposit & Payments Commercial Real Estate Department. He’s an experienced leader with a proven track record over two decades of business banking sales. He has a passion for empowering and developing others. His personal purpose statement is: “To add value and positive influence to every interaction with family, friends, clients and colleagues.”
David Brannon-Cirone is a parent of an HRS alumna, and has extensive experience in non-profit board management, academic advising, and volunteer coordination. He most recently served as chair of the Development Advisory Committee at University Child Development School (UCDS), where he established and managed working groups focused on elevating advancement and community engagement efforts. He was a member of the HRS Elevating our Impact capital campaign cabinet cultivating donors and generating community participation and previously served on the HRS development advisory committee.
Asha is a current HRS parent and an enrollment management specialist with over 14 years of experience in education, athletics, and community engagement. She has served countless students through her work in developing student programs and enrollment management. She is currently serving in her third year as Director of Enrollment Management at Seattle Girls' School.
Susan is an alumni parent with dual US and UK citizenship. In 2007, she moved to Seattle from London, England. Prior to this, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years. Susan is the CFO/COO of the French American School of Puget Sound, located on Mercer Island, where she lives. Previously, she held various roles in finance and logistics at Amazon, Webvan, Clorox and Federal Express. She earned a BA in Business from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Susan volunteers both within the independent school community and with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington organization.
Sarah Pan is the current parent to a Level 3 student at HRS. She is Senior Director of Finance at Microsoft, has held various leadership positions, over the past 17 years, including CFO of Microsoft Business Operations and CFO of Microsoft China. Sarah serves on the HRS Finance Committee and she is passionate about using technology as a platform to enable every child to reach their full potential.
Luckisha Phillips joined the board in June of 2019. She is a Washington native and has lived in the Federal Way area for 10 years with her husband and four children. Luckisha has over 20 years of experience that centers on children and families. She is a working mom, currently teaching in local community colleges and is a member of the Federal Way Public Schools Board of Directors. She has worked mostly in the nonprofit sector with direct service agencies like The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA Children’s Crisis Team, and YWCA Reentry and Reunification. She has also been a teacher in early childhood education classrooms, birth-to-three centers, and special needs classrooms.
Alan has been on the board of Hamlin Robinson School since its inception in 1983. Alan has been involved in two-way radio and wireless communication systems his entire life and for the past 30 years has owned or managed companies involved in installing and maintaining communication systems. Alan holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University. Outside of work, Alan’s interests include hiking, boating, scuba diving, computers, music, wine, scotch whisky, travelling, geology, wildlife and pets. He is a member of the Tacoma Yacht Club, The Point Defiance Zoo Society, The Washington State Historical Society and the Tacoma Glass Museum.
Dr. Russell Smith joined the HRS Board in 2018. Russell grew up in South Florida and received a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Miami. He subsequently earned his Ph.D. in History from Arizona State University. He has been the Head of School at Eton School in Bellevue since 2012, and Russell serves as the Immediate Past President for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
Katherine is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, with a unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise. As the proud parent of an HRS alumnus, Katherine's journey has been shaped by her firsthand experience with dyslexia, igniting her fervent commitment to championing diversity in all its forms. With a distinguished career as a Customer Success Executive at Salesforce, Katherine thrives in the dynamic tech industry and leverages her family experience with dyslexia to drive positive change. She sees her role as an opportunity and platform to foster transformation within Salesforce itself and among its valued employees and customers.
Asa Tate is the parent of an HRS Middle School student and serves as Chief Development Officer for Wellspring Family Services. She has 27 years of results-driven, ethical fundraising and leadership experience. Asa is passionate about advancing social justice by addressing systemic inequities. Asa is actively involved in the community by serving on the Board of Leave10.org and the Advisory Board of the University of Washington Certificate in Non-profit Management. Asa is a past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Advancement Northwest Chapter and an alumnus of Leadership Tomorrow Seattle.
As the Chief Medical Officer for Kinwell Medical Group, Dr. Mia Wise is responsible for the clinical program, care management, and population health strategies as well as strategic partnerships across the network and business operations. She has more than 15 years' experience as a physician, medical director, and medical officer.
Ozy has over a decade of executive leadership experience in nonprofit healthcare and has supported a variety of services, including primary care, pediatrics, and surgical specialties. She is a hands-on leader driving the deployment of progressive programs and services throughout the Seattle area. Ozy is currently the Vice President of Operations at the 47th Avenue Foundation. Her desire to serve our community, foster development opportunities for children with dyslexia, motivated her to become a board member.
Stacy Turner has served as Head of School at HRS since 2018 and on the school’s senior leadership team since 2009. With over 24 years' experience in the field of education with a focus on dyslexia and other language-based learning differences, he works to build and enhance programs that meet the educational needs of students who struggle with reading, writing, math, and oral language. He has been a member of the International Dyslexia Association since 1994 and has served as WABIDA Board President, Treasurer, and Secretary. He has also served on the Branch Council Executive Committee as the Western Region Representative, mentoring seven IDA branch presidents. He has a strong commitment to IDA and effective structured literacy instruction for all students. Stacy’s background in education, commitment to the mission of the school, experience on various not-for-profit boards, and dedication to the students and families of Hamlin Robinson School, ensure the continued success of the school and its legacy.