Kim Deisher-Allen - Vice President
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.
Sherri Ballew
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 Steele - Treasurer
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
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 Duskin
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 Huleatt
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.
Linda Byrnes
Mary Levesque
Mary joined the AEF board in 2015. Mary has enjoyed raising her six children in the city or Arlington since 2005. She loves to volunteer in the community and in schools. She works part time at Cascade Valley Hospital and Stillaguamish Athletic Club. Her passion is for making the world better for her kids and many other kids. She ran her first marathon last year and has been a part time student for a few years. Her goal is to graduate from college if it’s the last thing she does.
Dr. Chrys Sweeting
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.
Alan Boatman
Alan has been in education 30 years, and is in his 20th 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!
Angela Kuhn - Public Relations
Angela Kuhn is an active member of the Arlington community, a mom with four children, and local business owner with her husband Chris. She's lived in Arlington since 2013 and loves its people, hometown spirit, scenery and schools. She has a bachelor's degree in Arts/Media/Culture from the University of Washington Tacoma, rows for Lake Stevens Rowing Club, and represents Arlington when she competes in distance longboard races around the U.S.
Alison Brand
Kevin Ess
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.
David Sweeting

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. 

Are you interested in becoming part of our board?

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.

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