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Message from Allyson Brown, BSF's Executive Director

The Bainbridge Schools Foundation (BSF) was founded by a group of parents committed to strengthening our public schools in partnership with our school district. At a time when school funding was at an all-time low, private donations became imperative to providing a quality education for our children.

Today is no different. Decades later, our public schools remain underfunded. To help fill this gap, BSF continues to play a significant role in supporting academic pursuits and enrichment opportunities across our seven campuses. In the 2018/19 school year, BSF provided funds for our district to deliver a vast array of programs that enrich the educational experience of our students from kindergarten through graduation.

There is no question that our schools and students excel because we have an engaged community of parents, business leaders, educators and neighbors that are willing to invest in our children’s education and future. Our work together continues, year after year, as we strive to empower our children and enrich their academic lives, one student at a time.

We are inspired by our community’s tremendous investment in our schools and look forward to partnering with you again for another school year. Thank you for your commitment and generosity.

Get to know our Board President, Anna Steen

As a parent in the Bainbridge Island School District and a current board president of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation, I feel grateful to live in a community where so many people contribute time and resources to our schools.

It takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes. It also takes an island as dedicated and caring as Bainbridge to make quality public education for all students a reality.

Our district is known for its dedicated teachers, hard-working staff, and engaged parents. Why is Bainbridge Schools Foundation necessary? To be blunt, because state and federal funding does not meet the needs of all our families. It requires additional resources to ensure our schools meet the needs of every student, every day.

Through the generosity of our donors, BSF enhances education for students from kindergarten through graduation. BSF funds innovative programs like the STEM Lab, academic support for struggling students, the social emotional learning initiative, and training and professional development for educators. I have seen firsthand the positive impact BSF makes in our schools.

It takes an island to ensure our schools inspire and support all students. I truly believe that quality education is the base for ensuring the next generation creates a kinder, better world. Please join me in this mission.

Board of Directors

Anna Steen, President
Brian Livingston, Past President
Scott Covey, President Elect
Chris Cancialosi, Treasurer
Piper Thornburgh, Secretary


Peter Bang-Knudsen*
Jason Cheung
Jim Corsetti*
Bill Covert*
Mark Emerson*
Tara Hilgers
Mike Lewars
Tamar Lowell
Dave Manning
* ex-officio (non-voting)


Troy Niehaus
Kathyryn Oliver
Kathleen Phillips
Clint Ramsey
Joanie Ransom
Caroline Reed
Brad Schick
Lisa Timmins
Tamara Turner

Advisory Council

Former board members and major donors who are dedicated to staying connected to BSF and who contribute advice and wisdom to our organization.

Jennifer Kim, Chair
Vicky Marsing
Molly Nikunen
Anne Blair
Nicole Leiker
Karen Segerson

Julie Yunt
Marianne Lindsey
Rob Dalton
Sarah Bullock
Mendy Droke
Elizabeth Chambers

Jennifer Pells
Fred Pabst
Andrea Pickett
Juliet LeDorze
Rob Bernard
Amin Neghabat

Jennifer Solseng
Paul Greenawalt
Carleen Gosney
Louisa Barash
Dana Greenawalt
Teaque Lenahan


Elsa Watson
Development Associate


Allison Brock
Events Coordinator


Krista Tracy
Development Assistant



Musings on the importance of our mission from BSF board members.

Funding the future—

preparing students for lives

we cannot yet see.

Education needs

impactful dollars well spent,

changing students’ lives.

Each child a world of

possibility—let us

open every door.