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
- Winston Addis, Board Vice President
- Rachel Keen, Board Treasurer
- Alice Ikeda, Board Secretary
- Massimo Backus
- Scott Cunningham
- Hadyn Daugs
- Mark Fordham
- Susan Griesse
- Craig Mitchell
- Luckisha Phillips
- Alan Robinson
- Russell Smith
- Katherine Sullivan
- Lizanne Vaughn
- Stacy Turner, Head of School
Christina Brinker is currently serving her second year as the HRS Family Association Chair. Her daughter, Quinn, is a student in Level 8 for the 2020-21 school year. Christina served on the capital campaign leadership cabinet, and is chair of the community phase of the campaign. She has served on the board of trustees at the Bush School, and just completed her term as president of the Bush School Families Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hadyn Daugs is an alumnae of HRS. She went on to graduate with a BA in Public Relations and Advertising before completing her MBA. Hadyn currently works for Edelman as a Project manager for Assembly Media on the Microsoft account. She uses strong leadership and relationship skills to design, organize and execute effective campaigns. Hadyn is serving as the chair of the alum committee for the community phase of the capital campaign. She serves on the board of trustees for Wasatch Academy.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sullivan is the parent of an HRS alumnus. As a customer success executive, she's focused on delivering excellence to all customers by providing personalized, easy to access, and timely solutions effortlessly through a blend of digital and human engagements. This is accomplished through leveraging technology and precise data to maximize customer experience and reduce friction to optimize annual recurring revenue and identify highly qualified leads. She is currently a Senior Vice President, Customer Support at Salesforce.
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.