League of Education Voters Foundation

Board of Directors

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Dr. Tony Byrd, Chair

Dr. Tony Byrd entered the education sector as a Teach For America corps member in 1993, and his experience as a bilingual sixth grade teacher in a low-income school in Pasadena, California prompted him to pursue advanced degrees in education policy and education administration at Stanford University and to dedicate his life to public education. He has a doctoral degree from University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning Program and he has served as an adjunct lecturer at UW’s Leadership Development for Educators Program (current) and at Western Washington’s Principal Certification Program (2007-2012). He is also an Ambassador for UW’s College of Education (2016-2018).

Dr. Byrd has worked in Washington schools since 2002. He served 11 years as a principal and assistant superintendent at Edmond Public Schools, and completed his third year as associate superintendent of curriculum, assessment and special programs at Everett Public Schools before taking the role of Executive Director for TFA’s Washington region on July 1, 2016. As part of the Everett leadership team, Dr. Byrd led efforts to make Everett Public Schools the first district in Western Washington to have the AP Capstone Diploma program in each of its comprehensive high schools. He helped close the ethnic participation gap in advanced placement courses, expanded early learning programs, and supported the establishment of a PreK-12 computer science pipeline.


LeAnne Jones Wiles, Vice Chair

LeAnne is the Director of First Year Programs at the University of Washington focusing specifically on successful transitions for high school and transfer students entering the institution. She has held positions at various public and private universities and served as a board member for the YMCA, for NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and as a volunteer at the non-profit Treehouse. LeAnne is interested in connecting her experience with those focusing on the K-12 landscape to further align efforts supporting first-generation, low income, and underrepresented minority students. She earned her BA in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University and Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Delaware. She lives in Seattle with her partner, daughter, and foster son.


Betsy Johnson, Treasurer / Immediate Past Chair

Betsy Johnson has been active in education in Bellevue and Washington state for the past 13 years. She has been a PTSA volunteer, past PTSA and Bellevue Schools Foundation president, and Bellevue School Board member. She has been volunteering for Eastside Pathways on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading since its inception, currently serving as lead for the overall initiative and facilitating the Summer and Extended Learning collaborative. Betsy is a former Microsoft executive and current Director at Groopit. She has four children in the Bellevue schools in middle and high school.


Erica Hallock, Secretary

Erica Hallock serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for Start Early Washington and also represents other health and human services clients in Olympia. Erica sat on the State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission for eight years as a public member. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University Sacramento.

 


Yelias Bender

Yelias is an Illinois native with a passion for affordable housing and community development. He started his career in community development at the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco where he gained experience in single-family and multifamily affordable housing. After gaining finance experience at Sunrun, the nation’s leading residential solar provider, Yelias returned to community development finance at Union Bank. In 2017, Yelias moved with his wife to Seattle and joined the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing as a Project Manager before joining JPMorgan Chase’s Community Development Banking division. Yelias holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Cornell University and master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Accountancy from the University of Illinois and San Francisco State University, respectively. Yelias loves animals, and in his spare time enjoys live music, following his favorite sports teams, and traveling with friends and family.


Dr. Goldy Brown III

Dr. Goldy Brown III is the Director of Whitworth University‘s Education Administration Program. He has served as a former professor and routine guest speaker in college courses, where he has gained valuable experience leading college-level discussions on educational foundations and leadership. In addition, he has conducted seminars on “what principals look for when hiring a teacher.” He also has seven years of experience as a K-12 leader, serving as a principal. Schools that he led received four state recognition awards for closing the achievement gap between low-income and affluent students. Dr. Brown has also published five articles on school leadership.


Derek Morrison

Derek Morrison is a Communications professional currently based out of Seattle, but originally from Portland, Oregon.

With 15 years of experience, Derek now oversees communications and public relations as a VP at Davis Elen Advertising, where he works with a variety of brands; such as Toyota and 50-year client, McDonald’s USA. He began his career in the radio industry, which later led him to promotions, events, advertising, and PR.

Derek is the proud uncle of two elementary school students and is the son of a Danish immigrant mother, and a father born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In his spare time, he is actively involved in many nonprofits that focus on the youth, as well as LGBTQ+ communities. Most recently he has been appointed to the Advisory Board for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon.

Lastly, and most importantly, he has two small dogs, Patsy (12, CKCS) and Milo (10, Cairn Terrier) of whom he spends every night unsuccessfully attempting to kick out of his bed.


Dr. Marcus Pimpleton

Dr. Marcus J. Pimpleton is an award-winning teacher and instructional leader committed to ensuring that all students receive an exemplary education that prepares them for success in college, career, community, and life. He presently serves as Executive Director of Equity, Partnerships, and Student Engagement for the Yakima School District. Prior to that, he served two years as principal of Quincy High School and as a Superintendent Intern with the Quincy School District. As a co-facilitator of the Quincy School District’s Access, Opportunity, and Equity Coalition, Dr. Pimpleton was instrumental in facilitating much of the racial equity professional development for the diverse coalition of stakeholders that wrote the Quincy School District’s Race and Equity Policy. The end result was board adoption of one of the strongest-worded racial equity policies in the state, one that applies the University of Washington’s Leadership for Learning (L4L) leadership standards to the unique context of Quincy.

Dr. Pimpleton is the 2020 recipient of the Washington Association of School Administrator’s Howard M. Coble Scholarship, which honors underrepresented leaders preparing for central office roles. Additional honors he has received include a Washington State Golden Apple Award from KCTS and the Phillip B. Swain Excellence in Teaching Award from the A+ Alliance for Education. During the summer months, Dr. Pimpleton continues to serve as director and program administrator for the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band and on Husky game days an assistant director with the University of Washington Husky Athletic Bands.