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A message from our Executive Director, Mairead Shutt
Mairead Shutt, Executive Director

Welcome! I am honored to serve as the executive director of the Bainbridge Schools Foundation. I joined BSF in 2015 and I am grateful to be a part of the organization’s future. I continue to be struck by the energy, creativity, and generosity surrounding this incredible organization.

On a personal note, my oldest son will be a second grader at Wilkes this fall. My two younger children will be at Wilkes in a few years. Like many of you, I am thankful their educational journeys will happen here on Bainbridge Island, surrounded by devoted teachers and a supportive community.

Please reach out to me if you would like to learn more about BSF and how you can support our schools! I would love to hear from you.

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

Get to know our Board President, Sonja Fritts
Sonja Fritts, Board President

I became involved with BSF because: To make a difference. As the daughter of educators, recipient of an excellent education, and mother of four children, each with their own strengths and challenges, I am passionate about education. Providing all children with an excellent education is a fundamental value that I am committed to, and our community shares that value. Together, we can continue to support our schools and empower our children to grow, love learning, and discover their passions and strengths.

My vision for BSF’s future: I envision BSF championing an extraordinary education that inspires and lights up our children.  But not alone. BSF will collaborate with our families, businesses, community members, leaders, PTOs, and schools. I challenge every community member to participate in one way or another to support our children. Volunteering, attending community events, engaging in discussion, sharing ideas, and yes, donating. Please join me at our fall events, Coffee with the Superintendent, and our spring Innovation Grant Showcase. It takes each and every one of us to support our schools and students, provide an excellent education, and continue to grow and inspire. Join BSF, and make a difference!

“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”  – Marian Wright Edelman

Board of Directors

Sonja Fritts, President
Brian Livingston, President-elect
Peter Murchie, Past President
Liz Walters, Treasurer
Karen Hall, Secretary


Lisa Timmins
Craig Stauffer
Tamar Lowell
Chris Cancialosi
Brad Schick
Lindsay Clothier Browning
Anna Steen


Stacy Hemingway
Tina Pujolar
Walt McGraw
Elizabeth Sheldon
Julie Meyers
Jenna Hall
Mike Lewars
Elizabeth Bell

Ex Officio

Jim Corsetti
Peter Bang-Knudsen
Lisa Hale
Shelia Jakubik

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


Mairead Shutt, Executive Director

Kari Wright, Senior Development Associate

Elsa Watson, Development Associate


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.