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.
- Susan Griesse, Board President
- Winston Addis, Board Vice President
- Geir Hansen, Board Treasurer
- Alice Ikeda, Board Secretary
- Scott Cunningham
- Mark Fordham
- Beth Golde
- Greg Headrick
- Simon Hindocha-Daniels
- Rachel Keen
- Craig Mitchell
- Luckisha Phillips
- Alan Robinson
- Mary Seifred
- Russell Smith
- Lizanne Vaughn
- Stacy Turner, Head of 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.
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.
Geir joined the Hamlin Robinson School board in 2010, is the current Treasurer, and served as Board President from 2011 to 2013. Geir holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University. Geir is a Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank.
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.
Scott joined the Hamlin Robinson School board in 2013. Now retired, Scott was involved in store planning and construction project management for 20 years, with Associated Grocers, Nordstrom, and REI. Scott holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Scott served on the board of St. Thomas School in Medina, and his interests include golf, travel, grandchildren, volunteering at a local food bank and home construction projects.
Mark joined the board in 2011. He holds a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Washington and a JD from Columbia Law School. Mark is Vice President, Assistant General Counsel with Starbucks. He is a past President of the King County Bar Association and has served on the boards of the ACLU of Washington, Advancing Justice/Asian American Justice Center and Confucius Institute of Washington.
Beth joined the board in 2015, the year her son graduated from Hamlin Robinson School. Beth holds a BA degree in History as well as a Master’s Degree in Education with a Special Education endorsement from the University of Washington. Beth taught third grade in the Northshore School District in an integrated classroom for several years and has a passion for working with children of all learning styles. Growing up in East Africa and South East Asia Beth has a strong sense of wanderlust and spends her free time planning adventures for her husband and two children. She also enjoys knitting and gardening.
Greg is the parent of two graduates of Hamlin Robinson School. He's served as a board member since 2014 and on the Finance Committee since 2013. Greg is Managing Partner at Northwest Asset Management, based on Mercer Island. In addition to his service to HRS, Greg serves on the board of University Child Development School as the Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Investment Committee Member.
Simon joined the board in 2012, and previously served as Chair of the Governance Committee. As the parent of a Hamlin Robinson School alum, Simon has observed the life changing benefits the school’s programs have had for his own daughter. Simon manages the Microsoft typography team responsible for providing fonts and typographic guidance to all of Microsoft’s product teams. Simon previously served on the Spruce Street School Board, and is currently on the board of the Association Typographique Internationale. Simon holds a BA in Typography & Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, UK.
Rachel joined the HRS board in 2016 and serves as the Audit Committee Chair and member of the Finance Committee. Prior to joining the Board, Rachel served as a finance committee member. Rachel holds a BA in Business Administration with an accounting focus from the University of Washington and is a Certified Public Accountant. Rachel is the Corporate Controller of Green Diamond Resource Company.
Craig joined the board in 2011, and is chair of the marketing and development committee. Craig is the parent of a current Hamlin Robinson School student and was an active volunteer prior to bringing his marketing and consulting talents to the board. He is owner of Harvard Bell Legal Video and Nonosi LLC. Craig’s personal interests include photography, arts, travel and community volunteering.
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.
Mary Seifred is the parent of a Hamlin Robinson School alumnus. She joined the board in 2018. Mary holds a BA from University of Washington and is currently an educational consultant with Madrona Education Partners. She recently served as Parent Association Co-Chair at the Northwest School, was Committee of Trustees chair, and Believe in Bertschi chair at the Bertschi School. She served on the Bertschi Board for four years and has also been involved with the University of Washington’s Haring Center for Inclusive Education. Mary’s personal interests include her two children, travel, tennis, paddle boarding, family and friends.
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 current Board President for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS).
Lizanne is the parent of a Hamlin Robinson School alumnae. She joined the board in 2013 after serving as a Parent Association class representative. Lizanne holds a JD from Villanova University and a BS in Construction Management from Spring Garden College (Pennsylvania), and is currently Vice President and Corporate Counsel at Getty Images. Lizanne has volunteered with the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Greenwood Elementary and SMARTgirls (Science and Math at the Right Time for Girls). Lizanne’s personal interests include her two very active kids, art, photography, pottery, cooking, family and friends.
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.