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2021-2022 Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is entrusted with the responsibility to forward the mission of the school and to sustain the existence of The Bush School with an emphasis on generative and strategic considerations. Always keeping the school's mission as the basis for all major decisions, Trustees offer their time, effort, knowledge, and judgment in support of the school’s objectives. In return, Trustees contribute to the advancement of the school, gain a deeper engagement with the Bush community, and have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
The Board of Trustees is a volunteer governing body with four principal responsibilities:
  • Organizing and managing itself so as to fulfill its duties to the school.
  • Planning, developing, and establishing policy and assessing the school's performance.
  • The school's financial condition and physical plant.
  • Selecting and working cooperatively with the head of school.

Spotlight: Get to Know The Newest Board of Trustees

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  • Maneesh Batra '90

    The Bush School’s Board is made up of twenty-five volunteer Trustees that oversee governance of the school. The board is the guardian of the school’s mission. It is the board’s responsibility to ensure that the mission is relevant and vital to the community it serves and to monitor the success of the school in fulfilling its mission. The Board meets monthly during the school year.
    This spring, we are highlighting the newest members of the Board of Trustees. We have asked our new Trustees a series of questions to help the community get to know them a bit better. First up, is new Board member and Bush alum Maneesh Batra '90.

    Name: Maneesh Batra '90
    Occupation: Physician in the Newborn ICU (Interim Chief Neonatology
    Seattle Children's Hospital)
    Why do you serve on The Bush School Board of Trustees?
    “I believe in the mission and leadership of the school. Being an alum, and now with two children of my own attending the school, I care deeply about the experience for students and families.”
    What are some of your goals as a member of the Board?
    “To work towards supporting the school's efforts to be anti-racist and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).”
    How Bush has changed your life or the life of your family?
    “I learned to learn, to write, and to follow my interests along with being a contributing member of a community at Bush.”
    What are you most passionate about at Bush?
    “The approach to experiential education, and making space for all students to experiment, learn, fail, connect, and grow.”
    How would your kids describe you? 
    “Busy, organized, likes to cook, and has really bad jokes.”
    Current favorite show or series?
    “Colin in Black and White.”
    Favorite spot on the Bush campus and why?
    “Urban Courtyard, where everyone seems to hang out.”
    Favorite spot in Washington?
    “Orcas Island.”
    What is something people may not know about you?
    “I love magic tricks!”

Board Members

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  • Steve Rosen '84

  • Lisa Carroll

    Vice President
  • Irene Fisher

  • Chris Chickadel '93

  • Emily Alhadeff '94

  • Kevin Baker

  • Atul Bali

  • Steve Banks '94

  • Craige Blackmore

  • Maneesh Batra

  • Steven Caplow

  • Sergio Chin-Ley

  • Amy Fernandes

  • Maggie Finch

  • Salone Habibuddin

  • Allison Harr

  • Patti Hearn

  • Karim Lessard

  • Kathy O'Kelley

  • Julie Okerstrom

  • Daniel Pak

  • Ian Sands

  • Jennifer Schorsch

  • Quentin Streets

  • Judi Yates

Ex-Officio Board Members

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  • Percy L. Abram, Ph.D.

    Head of School
  • Alison Behnke

    Families Association President
  • Mary "Sis" Pease '41

    Lifetime Trustee

Faculty Board Representatives

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  • Cathy Hamblet

    Lower School
    Lower School Department Chair
    Fourth Grade Teacher
  • Sarah Cohen

    Middle School
    Eighth Grade - Grade Level Coordinator
    Eighth Grade English Teacher
  • Christine Miller

    Upper School
    Math Department Chair
    Upper School Math Teacher