Board and 

Committee Leaders

2023-2024 Board and Committee Leaders 

Chair (Officer) – Erin MacDougall

Erin has a 3rd grader at TC, a 5th grader at Hazel Wolf K-8, and a 3-year-old. She has served as Chair of TCPG since Fall of 2022. For the last few years, she has also supported the equity in education learning events at TC. She hugely values serving the TC community. She is passionate about her professional work at Public Health – Seattle & King County where she works to increase equitable access to health care through school-based health centers. She loves to garden, read, spend time in nature, poetry, and find joyful moments.

Vice Chair (Officer) – Jessica Knaster Wasse

Jessica is a parent of a 2nd grader and a 6th grader who is a TC graduate. She has served as TCPG Vice Chair since fall of 2022. She served previously as both a room parent and the lead room parent and on the Health and Safety committee. Jessica has honed her community leadership skills during her career in homeless health care at Public Health. – Seattle & King County. Weekends you will find her baking, attempting to stand up paddle board, taking long walks on the Burke with her adorable dog, or bribing her children to hike.

Treasurer (Officer) – Roddy Theobold

Roddy is the parent of a 3rd grade and 1st grade student at Thornton Creek and has served as TCPG treasurer since fall of 2021. He does education policy research for American Institutes for Research in Seattle.

Secretary (Officer) – Kristi Straus

Kristi is the parent of a 5th grader at Thornton Creek and a 7th grader who learned so much through K-5 at TC. Kristi has served as the TCPG secretary since fall of 2022 and found that she liked contributing her fast typing skills for note-taking at TC meetings. In her professional life, Kristi teaches sustainability and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington.

Fundraising Co-Chair (Board Member) – Sterling Maximo

Sterling is very excited to serve the TC community in a more active way this year! With a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and two younger kids who will one day walk the halls of TC, she’s very interested in the long-term success of the school. Her goal is to do everything she can to support a truly exceptional learning environment for every student that is sustainable year after year. She loves to play outside in the garden, build things and goof around with her family.

Volunteer Chair (Board Member) – Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey is the parent of three Thornton Creek students, one daughter in 4th grade and twin boys in 2nd grade. Kelsey has enjoyed working with parents/caregivers from the TC community to help organize, plan and support school events. She has served as the Volunteer Chair since fall of 2022 and is looking forward to continuing her role for the upcoming year.

Professionally, Kelsey co-owns Fairhaven Project Services which specializes in permit coordination and project management. In addition, she is a wedding coordinator, so event planning is one of her passions. You will also find her being a personal chauffeur to her three kids taking them to soccer, basketball, baseball, and a variety of playdates. On weekends, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and playing golf.

Communications Chair (Board Member) – Gavin Murphy

Gavin is the parent of a 1st grader and a preschooler at TC. This school year he has stepped into the role of Communications Chair. He is excited to become more involved, and the parent group is a great way to do that. If he’s not working or spending time with his family, he’s probably in search of his next favorite cheese (currently a Smoked Gruyere from Red Apple Cheese).

Committee Leaders

Yearbook Committee – Sarah Tien

Sarah is mom to 2 kiddos: a 9th grader (TC alum), and 5th grader. She’s been part of the yearbook crew for 5 years, leading it the last 3 years. This will be her final year at TC, so she is looking for parents to co-lead, in order to pass the torch to others who will carry on this beloved tradition after she’s gone. As a retired Pediatric Nurse, she is an established resource in the neighborhood for extracting play dough from a toddler’s nose. She likes to be in the know, so she volunteers a fair amount at various school activities, in particular our amazing library.

Facilities Co-Chair – Jana Dilley

Jana is the mom of a Thornton Creek 3rd grader and a TC graduate now in middle school. She is a certified arborist and professional urban forester who believes deeply in the power of urban nature as a positive force for childhood development. As Facilities co-chair since the fall of 2019, she has been working with parent volunteers and the District to care for the Thornton Creek landscape. She feels super lucky to have Sarah as a partner in landscape work and welcomes anyone who wants to join them on any level.

Facilities Co-Chair – Sarah Stempski

This will be my third year as facilities co-chair. I have been so fortunate to learn and work with Jana Dilley in this facilities role! I have a 1st grader at Thornton Creek. I appreciate having such amazing green space at school, and love how this work brings parents and families together to make connections and take acre of our beautiful school!

Fundraising Co-Chair – Robyn Hodges

Robyn has a 3rd and 5th grader at Thornton Creek. She has been a public school music teacher for the past 18 years. She is excited to work in the coming year on fundraising. She believes in the good faith effort which TC strives for and wants to help make it the best place for kids.