President Joshua Lyons Josh was a social studies teacher in the Kent School District for the first 10 years of his professional career. During that time he gained an appreciation for the work that is done in our public schools with extraordinarily limited resources. The “technology revolution” that we have been experiencing for the past 30 years has been particularly difficult for schools to keep up with financially. Students are typically learning on technology that is several years behind what many of them have access to at home. This creates a considerable disadvantage for students who rely on our schools for access to technology, and jeopardizes their prospects of being Future Ready as they move on to higher learning or into the workforce. The Tahoma Schools Foundation is an organization that is dedicated to bridging these types of gaps in education funding. Now a local business owner, Josh is excited to have been part of this organization for the past six years and looks forward to leading its continued growth as president. His goals for the organization over the next two years are to continue to recruit more community members into volunteering, and to continue to find sustainable sources of revenue so that the foundation can meet the needs and requests of the incredibly talented students, teachers, and administrators of the Tahoma School District.
Treasurer Sue Boyd After moving to Maple Valley in 2009, Sue began looking for ways to connect with her new community. She began volunteering on various committees within the PTA of the elementary school her children attended. During the 4 years her children were in middle school/junior high, Sue was PTA President at their schools. The experience gained from working in that capacity has given Sue a strong background that is beneficial in moving TSF forward. Sue has also had the privilege of serving on numerous committees for the district as a representative of the parent voice. She is a long-time substitute teacher for Tahoma and her children are students at Tahoma High School. Since joining the board in 2018, Sue considers it a privilege to be able to work with an organization that continues to help fill the gaps in educational funding in order to create rich experiences for all the students of the Tahoma School District.
Vice President Hope Reyes Hope was born and raised in Washington state and is a proud University of Washington Alumni. Go Dawgs! Hope and her family landed in Maple Valley in 2015 when their first child was born. Since then, she has enjoyed getting to know the community, the school system, and finding ways to give back locally. Hope has always had a passion for her community, taking a vested interest in helping those in need; whether it be giving back to local food banks, supporting the dream of college bound high school students, or helping women and children thrive. Hope joined the Tahoma Schools Foundation in 2018 with the mission to help make a difference where it has the greatest impact — with our students. Her interest in making meaningful connections and giving back aligns with her role at KeyBank, where she has worked with the community for nearly the past decade. Hope, her husband Kevin, and their two young children enjoy spending time outdoors, watching wildlife on their property, and going on family adventures visiting National Parks and scenic hiking spots across the country.
Secretary Barbara Kennedy Barb has been dedicated to improving and supporting Tahoma Schools and the community for more than four decades. Barb began volunteering for the library when she moved to Maple Valley after college. She was influential in establishing PTAs in Tahoma’s schools, and served as a PTA president for several years. Barb previously served as a Tahoma School Board member. She is a Maple Valley Citizen of the Year recipient. Since 1995, Barb has overseen fundraising for Tahoma High School’s We the People team, which participates in a national constitutional debate competition. She was a board member for the Maple Valley Community Center, and was on the board for Communities that Care. Barb co-chaired Voice of Tahoma Education (VOTE) Committee. Currently she is a family advocate with the Tahoma School District. Although her three children have long since graduated from Tahoma High School, her strong commitment to supporting Tahoma Schools and the community remains.
Board Member Dan Nielsen Dan Neilsen has been a resident of Maple Valley since 2009. After more than 10 years as an attorney in the energy and utilities industry in Columbus, Ohio and in Seattle, Dan started his own law office in Maple Valley in 2013. He concentrates on wills and trusts, contract negotiation, business formation and non-profit formation and governance. Dan has formed several non-profit and tax exempt entities for his clients. He also co-founded and serves on the board of the organization Always Brothers, which helps veterans and families of fallen U.S. Marines and Corpsmen. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Navy League, having served as secretary and president; and volunteers with the Greater Maple Valley Veterans Memorial Foundation. Dan has three children, all of whom are either students or graduates of the Tahoma School District. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps (1991-1995), graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College and from the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.
Board Member Mary Jane Glaser Mary Jane served as a member of the Tahoma School District Board of Directors from 1998 through November 2019. She is happy to continue her service to the students and staff of the Tahoma School District through her participation on the Tahoma Schools Foundation Board of Directors. Mary Jane has been a member of the foundation board for more than 15 years, and is glad that new energy has been infused into the foundation. She has a background in the arts, and helped establish art docent programs in Tahoma schools. Mary Jane was an active member of the PTA and PTA Roundtable. She founded the non-profit Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, and is a charter board member of the non-profit Maple Valley Farmers Market, as well as the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission, and is a current board member of the non-profit Shadow Lake Nature Preserve. She was honored to receive recognition from: Communities That Care; Golden Maple Leaf from the City of Maple Valley; Community First Award from the Greater Maple Valley Community Center; Key to the City of Maple Valley; and Golden Acorn and Educator of the Year from PTA.
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Board Member Raffi Peltekian Raffi grew up in the Maple Valley area with the dream of working at a sandwich shop. Now working at Jersey Mike’s Subs in Covington and Maple Valley, he is thankful every day for the opportunities for giving that come from running these sandwich shops. Raffi has a great enthusiasm for giving within the community and loves to contribute to this wonderful, close community. Giving back to his neighbors is the true passion of his heart. He has a wife and two children, who are also excited to be a part of Tahoma Schools Foundation. Raffi loves to meet his neighbors, so be sure to say hello and introduce yourself if you see him around town.
Board Member currently on Leave of Absence Grifan Cayce Grifan Cayce is a K-12 Tahoma Alumni. Raised in Tahoma schools, her parents instilled the value of giving back to Tahoma at a young age. Grifan’s father helped found this foundation, and her mother spent many election cycles dedicated to the VOTE (Voice of Tahoma Education) Committee. She is an attorney in town, practicing law with her local firm, Cayce & Grove Law Offices. In addition to her work the foundation, Grifan is a member of the Executive Board for the VOTE Committee and President Elect of the Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.