Huge Thank You!
We want to thank Wolter Korf, Tuvette McCroskey, and Alisha Steich for their service to the school and community. Their contributions to the board will be missed next year!
School Board Math
Historically, the School Board has been composed of 8-10 members--parents, past parents, alumni, grandparents, and/or friends of SCS. This school year we had 9 members serving. Three of those members have completed their three-year term--one will be up for re-election--and one member is stepping off the board for personal reasons. This means that we have up to 5 open spots on the board to fill for the 2016-2017 school year. Below are the nominees for you to consider. Voting will take place at the Society Meeting on May 16 @ 7:30 pm.
2016-2017 School Board Nominees
I went to college to become a CPA, but God had other plans. After working as Director of Finance for 7 years I was called to stay at home and be a mom of four kids. After homeschooling my children for ten years God redirected our path and brought us to Shoreline Christian.
My name is Joseph Filbrun. My wife, Debbie, and I have 5 children (one son and four daughters). Our son, Eesaia, is finishing his freshman year at SCS, and has had a great transition from several years of home schooling. We are members of Anchor Church in Seattle, where I served as an elder (volunteer) for four years. I work as a product manager for a software company that primarily serves the church market. When I’m not working, I’m usually at one of my kids' sporting events or doing something else fun with the family.
Violet Haddow was born and raised in Kenya; she is the middle child of a family of 14 children. She was born at home and grew up in a little village about 20 miles east of Lake Victoria, where they raised animals and grew pretty much all their food. As a child, she picked mangos, papaya, avocados, and coffee on my grandfather's farm, hauled water from the well a mile away, and had run-ins with leopards, hippopotamus, and other wildlife. Violet is very appreciative of the spiritual upbringing from her parents and grandparents. Both mom and grandmother set a great example of always leaning on the Lord in all/every situation in their life. There were so many occasions as teenager where she witnessed answered prayers, and it became very clear to her that there is no making it through life without God.
In addition to English, Violet speaks Swahili and her father's language (Luo). When she was 18 she moved to the capital city of Nairobi, where she attended the equivalent of junior college. She later applied for and actually won a US green card visa in an international lottery, and promptly moved to the USA to continue her education. She attended Shoreline Community College where she obtained general Business Admin degree (Associate of Arts and Sciences); from there she went on to Central Washington University where she later obtained Bachelor of Science with concentration in Finance.
Since finishing her education at Central Washington she has worked steadily in the Accounting & Finance field for a variety of tech companies in the region: Zango, Telecom Systems, Getty Images, Impinj and most recently at Zumobi, Inc.
She is a member of the North West Church where she has enjoyed meeting amazing sisters and brothers in Christ that have become part of her adopted family since her blood family and relatives live in another continent. At NW church she is part of meal ministry that provide meals for families/individual who are sick and temporarily out of commission and are not able to cook for themselves, or parents who has just welcomed a newborn in the family and need to get settled into a new routine. She also enjoys being part of children’s ministry, where she fills in for Sunday school teachers or as a teacher assistant.
What we love about Shoreline Christian School: For us SCS was an answered prayer that God led us to because he knew just what we needed. We love that SCS meets each student right where they are in life and helps walk alongside them, providing not only intellectual but also spiritual guidance to with the goal of help the student grow into well-rounded young people. We love the open, caring, and welcoming spirit within the SCS community. Also, Violet currently enjoys being part of the Finance Committee team and learning a lot about what it takes to financial operate the school.
I value personal connections. From 15 years of experience in the professional world and 20+ years in volunteer church ministry, I know that making meaningful connections always requires intentionality and authenticity; something I strive to bring to all of my relationships.
Meaningful relationships are also what my husband and I value most at SCS, ever since we joined the school 8 years ago, when our older daughter Lilli entered preschool. (Lilli is now a 5th grader, Leyni is in 3rd grade.) Even more than an education based on Christian values, we appreciate the relationships our kids get to build with their teachers and the larger school community. The fact that they are known and loved for who they are.
A detail-oriented and creative individual, I am an analytical and conceptual thinker with good communication skills. My background is in Marketing and Project Management but I have been a self-employed Jewelry Designer for the last 6 years. At our home church, Bethany Community Church, I have been serving as a leader in women’s Bible study for 3 years, facilitating small groups as well as teaching.
In making myself available to serve on the school board, I am hoping to not only contribute and give back to an organization that has become very meaningful to us, but also to invest – like so many others have faithfully done in the past – in the future of the school and the families who entrust their children to it.
Cheryl Parker’s love for dogs since childhood sent her soaring through the world to open up her own pet care business. With over 16 years experience as a business owner she was led into the world of finances, tax preparation, successful communication with clientele and lots of fun dog play. She also served on the COLA board (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas), handling donations and deposits. Prior, Cheryl was in retail management where she hired a team of 30 employees with almost no turnover, rewrote an employee manual, and trained employees on positive customer service strategies and techniques. She lives with her most amazing husband, Aaron and two really cool kids, Jordan in 4th grade and Luke in 1st grade. They all feel extremely blessed to be part of the SCS community.
My family and I have been at SCS since 2010, when our oldest started preschool. My three kids (Zach, Noelle and Corinne) are currently 3rd and 1st graders. We are thrilled and blessed to be involved with SCS family! I work as a Civil Engineer during the day, and am a member and Diaconal Assistant at Grace Church Seattle. In my free time, I chase after and cheer on my kids in their extracurricular activities and dream of traveling in Europe with my husband, Adam.