Staff and board


CPPS of Seattle builds a foundation of support for parents and volunteers. No one else fosters engagement like we do. Where others recruit volunteers, we mentor them. Where others teach parents, we pull up their insight and expertise.

Are you looking to make a difference? Get involved!”


Ayan Mohammed, Parent Volunteer Mentorship
Ayan has worked with CPPS for several years as a translator and coach to engage Somali families.  In 2015,  she joined the Parent Volunteer Mentorship program as a site co-leader at Roxhill Elementary in Southwest Seattle. She has two grown children.

Bienshirni Cholas (BJ), Parent Volunteer Mentorship
BJ is a mother of four, a graduate of our first Parent Volunteer Mentorship co-hort at Dearborn Park International, a budding community activist, and now a site leader for our Southeast Seattle cohort.

Susana Lopez, Parent Volunteer Mentorship
Susana has been an active Roxhill Elementary parent of two girls and serves in the school’s Parent Leader program; she helped launch our Parent Volunteer Mentorship site at Roxhill.

Trang Nguye, Parent Volunteer Mentorship
Trang is a Dearborn Park graduate of our Parent Volunteer Mentorship program, a community leader and facilitator for the Peace Coalition, and a now a Parent Volunteer Mentorship coordinator for Southeast Seattle. She has two daughters.

Board of Directors

Stephanie Jones, co-president
Stephanie is a former middle school teacher who has also worked as a consultant doing school improvement planning and program evaluation. She has been an active parent leader, including two stints as PTA president, and she currently serves as a parent representative on a Building Leadership Team.  She earned her doctorate in Human Development and Social Policy (Education Policy) from Northwestern University. Stephanie has three children, one at Garfield High School and another at Washington Middle School; her eldest daughter recently graduated from Seattle Public Schools.

Simone Marrion, co-president
Simone ran the Washington Reading Corps for 12 years, where she recruited, hired and trained AmeriCorps members and helped high needs schools implement successful early literacy programs. She is a former school librarian and English as a Second Language instructor. Currently she is a project director for the AARP Foundation.

Ramona Hattendorf, vice president
Ramona made the jump from journalism into advocacy and now works in policy and communications. She has served on state committees for implementing teacher and principal evaluations; aligning early learning to K-12; and boosting career education opportunities. Community work is a priority of hers, and she has served as president of the Seattle Council PTSA; worked for the Washington State PTA as its policy and legislative lead; and helped launch the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust. Currently she is the director of advocacy at The Arc of King County. She has a son and daughter at Ballard High School.

Julie Salathé, secretary
Julie has a background in nonprofit education program management — in the fields of arts, health, safety and transportation — as well as grant and fund development. Currently she is the grants and sponsorship manager at the Wing Luke Museum. Julie’s daughters attend Stevens Elementary and Washington Middle School.

Darrell Powell, treasurer
Darrel is a Garfield High School alum and chief finance officer at the College Success Foundation. He has a child at TOPS K-8, one of Seattle’s public alternative schools.

Melinda Mann, immediate president
Melinda is a nonprofit and political development consultant. A long-time resident of southeast Seattle, Melinda has been active in the PTSA for the last 10 years and has two children at Garfield High School.  In addition to serving on the Garfield High School PTSA Board, she serves on the Advisory Board of Schools First (the group that runs the school levy campaigns) and the Seward Park Environmental Learning Center.

The all-volunteer CPPS of Seattle Board of Directors meets monthly and is elected at our annual meeting. Directors serve two-year terms. The executive committee officers are elected from the board and serve one-year terms.


Advisory Board

Alicia Edgar
Alicia is one of our founders and a longtime board member of our national group, Parents for Public Schools.

Yalonda Gill-Masundire
Yalonda is a longtime community activist in Southeast Seattle and past president of CPPS of Seattle. She serves on several nonprofit boards and is passionate about pre-K through 12 education and social entrepreneurship. She is the proud grandmother of five students.

Kim Gould
Kim is a longtime CPPS of Seattle supporter and a past president. He works for the consulting firm Collinear Group, where he provides systems engineering consulting to commercial aviation clients. Kim is a Seattle native and graduate of Garfield High School, and now has a daughter at Garfield.

Jane Harvey
Jane is another founding board member. She’s a researcher at the Sightline Institute and serves on the Environment Collective Action Team at Social Venture Partners.

Lindsay Hill
Lindsay is a program officer with the Raikes Foundation. Formerly a teacher, she has also served as the executive director of Teach for America-Washington.

Cassandra Johnston
Cassandra is a past president of the Seattle Council PTSA and chair of the Seattle Tutoring Coalition.

Andrew Kwatinetz
Andrew is a longtime supporter and past board member. He is a screenwriter and serves on the board of TheFilmSchool.

Tara Lei Parker
Tara is a past board member. She’s a litigation strategies consultant for Prolumina.

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