MEET OUR BOARD
Kim is an alumni of Arlington High School. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1993 with a BS in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Child Development. In 1998, she completed a Masters in Special Education. She has taught for the Arlington School District since 1993. Her favorite past time includes cheering on and being "Team Mom" to her 4 children! She enjoys volunteering for many local organizations & all levels of PTA. AEF board member since Nov. 2015.
Alan has been in education 30+ years, and is in his 21st year with Arlington Public Schools. He graduated from Washington State University in 1987, and earned a masters in education from Eastern Washington University in 1998. He has served on AEF’s board since fall of 2016. His own children have attended Arlington Public Schools, and he is passionate about programs that benefit large numbers of children in our schools. He enjoys the outdoors- camping, hiking and WSU football!
Sherri Ballew is a National Board Certified Teacher with a master's degree in teacher leadership. She has taught fourth grade and kindergarten. Her passions include literacy, reading and writing. Sherri has two young children.
Allena lives in Arlington, Washington with her husband, Jeff, and three energetic children. She loves fall, football, family, and friends. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2004, and was employed by a local bank where my knowledge of personal and small business finance, credit, and lending was fine-tuned. She then became a financial analyst for a municipality where I was able to utilize my degree in economics. She now owns her own bookkeeping business.
Mark Ehrhardt has worked in public education for 40 years in Illinois, Oregon, Germany and Washington. He graduated from Illinois State University in 1978 with a Master's degree in Special Education. He and his wife, Brenda, have lived in Arlington for 19 years and raised 3 boys, all graduates from Arlington High School. Mark has served on the AEF board since 2012 and is currently the Secretary. He has a passion for engaging students in hands-on activities in the arts, technology, and robotics.
Dave was born and raised in Arlington. He is a fourth generation resident. In 1971, he received his bachelors degree in pre-law from Washington State University, and graduated with a JD degree from University of Idaho in 1974. After graduation he and his wife Kay moved back to Arlington and raised two sons. Dave practiced law in Arlington until he retired in 2015. He has been on the AEF board since 2009. From 2013 to 2017 he was board president.
Cindy is one of the three original founders of the Arlington Education Foundation. She served as President for 12 years. Cindy and her husband Jeff moved to Arlington in 1988 and have three adult children. From 1998 to 2001 she served as co-chair of the Citizen’s Committee to pass the bond that funded construction of Arlington High School. She was one of the leaders that raised the funds o complete the Byrnes Performing Arts Center. Currently she is the manager of Eagle Family Dental.
Chrys has lived in Arlington since July 2016. Her passionate calling to serve in public education stretches over 30 years in a variety of positions including teacher assistant, teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, principal, special services executive director, assistant superintendent, and currently as proud superintendent for Arlington Public Schools.
Originally from Snohomish, WA, Kevin has a degree from Washington State University in Construction Management. He is a senior project manager for a commercial electrical construction contractor headquartered in Everett. Kevin and his family have lived in Arlington since 2014, where they feel blessed to be involved in a thriving community with such a devotion to quality educational programs for all children. He has been on the AEF board since December 2018.
Vickie & her husband Bob moved to Arlington in 1987 and have two adult children that attended K-12 in the Arlington School District. Her daughter was the last graduating class from the “old” AHS and her son was the first class to attend all 4 years at the new AHS. Through their school years, she was very involved in volunteering & very involved with the bond campaigns to build the new high school, Pioneer, and Presidents. She now volunteers at Pioneer in her granddaughter's Kindergarten class.
Dave Sweeting has lived in Arlington since 2016. He is a retired educator with a background in special education.
Melonique Simpson: wife and mother of three children. Ahayla is 13, Cyrus is 3 and Willow is 1 years old. My husband Mike and have owned the Arlington Grocery Outlet for 5 years this November and have been blessed to be a part of the community of Arlington for most of our lives. We look forward to many more years serving the community of Arlington.
Arlington Education Foundation includes an Executive Committee composed of the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer, with one or more additional directors elected to the board of directors. The Board of Directors shall be composed of not less than three, nor more than twenty-five persons.
The term of office of each director will be staggered on a two-year basis. Half of the directors would change one year and the other half the next year.
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AEF Board Member Qualities:
A potential AEF Board member is community minded and interested in improving the educational experience of Arlington School District students. An ideal Board member enjoys working with others in a team environment, is comfortable with fundraising activities and requesting donations of businesses and individuals. Serving for AEF requires specific skills in these areas: organizing and conducting fundraisers, business experience, and financial acumen, contacting individuals or businesses for financial donations. A Board member has the ability to consistently attend the regular meetings.