The Board of Trustees is a self-perpetuating body composed of past and current parents, alumnae, and members of the larger community who, as a collective body, holds the mission of Lake Washington Girls Middle School, and bears particular responsibility for the school’s fiduciary policies.
Douglas Greene P'17, ‘21
Doug Greene is the father of L-Dub graduate Sophie, ’17 and current student Darby ‘21, and husband of Barb Manning. While considering middle schools along with Sophie, Barb and Doug became true believers in the social and academic advantages of all-girls middle schools. L-Dub, in particular, felt just right for Sophie and the whole family. And were they ever right: Sophie codes. She acts. She writes poetry. She breaks boards in karate. She’s truly becoming strong in mind, body, and voice.
Outside of his family life, Doug leads the Securities and Governance Team at BakerHostetler, one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he defends securities litigation matters for public companies and individual directors and officers around the globe.
Doug is also on the Re-Member board. https://www.re-member.org/
Jennifer Bucher P'12
Jennifer Bucher has served on several nonprofit boards serving local youth, including Teens in Public Service and SMARTgirls. She received both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Washington, and currently works as Senior Corporate Counsel at Vulcan, Inc. Her prior work life included time as the Director of Operations at Personnel Management Systems, a 9 year in-house stint as Employment Counsel with Nordstrom, and as a partner with the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer. She is the proud mother of Maggie, a LWGMS Class of 2012 graduate, and son Luke, and is passionate about LWGMS’ mission.
Valerie Kampe co-founded Kaufman Kampe Advisors in 2007. A Chartered Financial Analyst since 1992, Valerie brings more than 20 years of expertise to Kaufman Kampe Advisors. Her experience ranges from pension consulting to money management to corporate finance. She is an active member of the CFA Society of Seattle and the Financial Planning Association.
Before co-founding Kaufman Kampe Advisors, Valerie was a Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager at several Seattle “buy side” firms, including Sirach Capital Management, Badgley Phelps, and The Harris. She has managed equity and balanced portfolios for private and corporate clients and mutual funds. Valerie also has developed quantitative models to support tax management strategies, multi-generation trust distribution policies, and to evaluate portfolio performance.
Prior to these portfolio management roles, Valerie spent seven years at Russell Investments, researching investment managers, consulting to large public and corporate pension plans, and rebuilding and enhancing quantitative tools. From 2000 to 2002, she left the investment industry to become the Chief Financial Officer of Rhodes Architectural Stone, an international manufacturing company based in Seattle.
Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with a specialization in Finance. Valerie is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Seattle Symphony Foundation, and the past Treasurer of the Seattle Academy Parent Association, the Board of Trustees of Spruce Street School, and the Board of Trustees of Green Tree Early Childhood Center. A fifth-generation Seattleite, Valerie practices yoga daily, and she studies and teaches martial arts.
Ben Wilson P'11, '14
Ben is the father of Deepika '11 and Savita '14, and has been an enthusiastic L-Dub volunteer (tech support, chaperone, driver, prop maker, handyman, pizza cook) since 2008. He is a Seattle native, born just a block away from L-Dub. He works as a Senior Technical Program Manager at Amazon.com. He currently serves on the board of Seattle United soccer club and formerly has held board positions for the India Association of Western Washington. He is a former PTA president for South Shore K-8. Ben has a B.S. from Washington State University.
Jennifer (Jen) Winter
Jen Winter is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Lenati. She has 25 years of experience in delivering solutions to help clients leverage their most important asset –customers. Her expertise is focused on creating customer experiences that drive acquisition and retention. She has worked with leading technology brands including Cisco, Adobe, Hitachi, Cadence, webtrends, Oracle, and Microsoft as well as a large cross section of PNW based companies.
Outside of work, Jen and her partner Renee have four amazing daughters – Grace – 19, Margo – 7, Brooke – 7, and Charlotte – 7. As a family, they love to spend time hiking, biking and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Diankha Linear P'21
Diankha is the General Counsel of one of Seattle's fastest growing tech startup companies. She brings over 20 years of legal and business experience with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, the military, not-for-profit organizations and law firms. She is a Seattle native and graduate of both the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the University of Washington. Diankha currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Rainier Scholars and also has served on a number of additional boards, including Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King County, Loren Miller Bar Association, Washington Women's Foundation and the Washington Leadership Institute. She is passionate about community leadership and giving back. Mostly, however, Diankha is simply grateful and thrilled to be the mother of her two young daughters, Nadia and Simone.
Jason Leong P'19
Jason is the proud dad of Hi'ilei '19 and son Makana, as well as the lucky husband to Keahi. If you were to ask Hi'ilei, Jason is the guy who studied accounting (boring), works at a bank (boring), and is the most embarrassing dad ever.
Jason is a Hawaii native, attended Kamehameha Schools, then decided he wanted a slightly cooler climate and got his BS in accounting from Boston College. He then went back to Hawaii and received his Masters in Accountancy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Jason is a CPA and began his career at Deloitte Haskins & Sells and along the way worked at Wizards of the Coast, which kind of means he has some gamer cred, although he would be clueless in Mr. E's D&D club. Jason has been in the financial services industry for almost 20 years in various accounting and finance roles.
During the times Jason is not being the biggest cheerleader at his kids' sporting events, he likes to bike or walk with what he calls his men's group therapy sessions on Saturday mornings.
Terra Vall-Spinosa P'20
Terra is the mother of Flora, ’20, and sons Steele and Bo. A University of Washington alumni, Terra completed both an undergraduate degree in Communications, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Foster School of Business. Terra has more than 20 years of experience in development, construction, management and leasing of office, public, and industrial project. Entering her career in the commercial real estate and development industry for six years with Opus Northwest, and followed that with a 13-year career at Panattoni Development Company as a Sr. Development Manager, overseeing all aspects of the process; from land purchase, finance, design, permitting, leasing, and the subsequent sale of each project.
As a past board member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) network, taking an active part in areas of interest has always been a driving passion. Even more important in her life is spending time with her family – husband Zach, her kids – and being active through snow and water skiing, philanthropy, golf, tennis, traveling, reading and rooting for the Huskies!
Christine Gardiner, P’20
Christy Gardiner runs operations for Adaptive Integration, a hardware and software solutions provider for large corporate clients on the west coast. For more than 20 years, Christy has provided legal, business, and marketing expertise to companies ranging from Washington Mutual to Nordstrom, and the Seattle Times. For years, she has volunteered with legal-based, foster-related, education, and athletic organizations including the Crisis Clinic, UW Law School, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, America SCORES Seattle, Treehouse, Childhaven, Hunger Intervention Program, Cascade Swim Club, Seattle United, and John Rogers PTA. Christy received both her bachelors and law degrees from the University of Washington. Her daughter is in the LWGMS class of 2020.
Hannah Keyes '08
Hannah Keyes is a graduate of Lake Washington Girls Middle School's Class of 2008. She serves as Secretary of the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board advocating for safe streets for people of all ages and abilities. She received an undergraduate degree in Community, Environment & Planning from the University of Washington and currently works as an urban planner for NBBJ. Hannah is an enthusiastic supporter of all-girls education having also attended an all-girls high school. She is inspired by LWGMS' focus on social justice and giving girls the confidence to use their voices to change the world.
Rachel Ligtenberg, P’18, ’21
Rachel Ligtenberg is vice president of retail at REI, where she oversees REI’s entire retail organization – the culmination of more than 25 years in leadership roles at REI. Rachel is also actively involved in the community, having served on the boards of YMCA Bold/Gold, Camp Fire (Puget Sound Council), Passages Northwest, and as a mentor for Camber (an outdoor industry women’s coalition). She also volunteers in the Seattle Public Schools and as a soccer coach. Rachel and her wife, Leanne, live in Seattle with their daughters Ella '18 and Piper'21. As a family, they love to play and learn together and take every opportunity to travel and explore the uniqueness of place, people, sound, taste, art and design. Their favorite outdoor activities are cycling, skiing, camping, swimming and yoga.