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.

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Board of Directors

Nelrica Mosqueda, Co-President and Program Director — has and continues to be the cornerstone of family, community and school connections and engagement at South East Seattle Public PreK-12 Schools. As a previous SPS School Relations Coordinator and now CPPS Program Director, she has initiated and staffed multiple programs that welcome and engage the great South East Seattle diversity of families as volunteers in the schools and as “teachers” to their students at home. She’s established family and community events in five languages to ensure all families understand and can access the resources they need. Nelrica is deeply rooted in the community and draws on her many relationships to provide funding and resources that greatly benefit students, families and her school. She launched Dearborn’s first PTSA seven years ago which has grown from a membership of three to over 70 this year. She has been honored and awarded by her school and Seattle Public Schools and has received awards of recognition from Johns Hopkins for outstanding family engagement work. Rica is the proud mother of a Seattle Public Schools’ graduate who graduated with an undergraduate degree at the UW with plans to become a Seattle Public School Teacher.

Julie Salathé, Co-President — Julie has a background in non-profit education program management and college-level teaching. She currently works at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience as Grants and Sponsorships Manager. Previously, as Education Director at the Cascade Bicycle Club, she managed health and physical activity programs at many south-end schools, and before that taught undergraduates at Cornish College. She has served on the CPPS board for more than 4 years, following her commitment to improving public education for all. Julie’s daughters attend Washington Middle School and Garfield High School.

Dayna Provitt, Vice President — Dayna, a South Seattle resident, is a small business owner (Salt Consulting Group) with 22 years of experience in human resources. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, her MBA from Pepperdine and professional certifications from the Society for Human Resource Management (SPHR) and World at Work (CCP, Certified Compensation Professional). She is most proud of her 2 children who attend Orca K8 and Mercer Middle School. She has been a volunteer trainer at CPPS since 2011, has founded a summer literacy program (Seattle Summer Reading Club and countless elementary school volunteer and PTA roles.

Stephanie Alter Jones, Treasurer — Stephanie is a former middle school teacher who has also worked as an education consultant doing school improvement planning and program evaluation. She has been an active parent leader, including two stints as PTA president, and Building Leadership Team representative.  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 two recent SPS graduates. She has volunteered for CPPS in many roles, previously serving as Board President as well as Executive Director.

Kristopher Green, Secretary — Kris serves as staff at East African Community Services (EACS) after spending the last seven years in various youth education roles within Seattle Public Schools.  He started his career in youth education in Seattle in 2009 with the YMCA as an instructor with the Community Learning Center at West Seattle Elementary School located in the High Point neighborhood.  Since then he has worked in several different capacities within SPS ranging from Program Director to Student & Family Advocate. Directly before joining the staff of EACS Kris worked with Special Education students at Denny International Middle School. Kristopher has a passion and desire to see youth reach their highest level of emotional and academic growth and spends time working at Ryther Child Center with youth who have survived traumatic experiences in life.  Kristopher was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and finds the large East African community here in Seattle to be as warm and inviting as the ones he remembers back home. He studied English at the University of Detroit-Mercy and enjoys creative writing in his spare time.

Candace Versey, Board Member at large.

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.

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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