About Us

Board of Trustees

Annie Wright Schools are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. The Board is made up of parents, grandparents, alumni and community members whose time and expertise contribute to the operation of the schools.

Board of Trustees

List of 21 members.

  • Photo of James "Jim" Defebaugh (Chair)

    James "Jim" Defebaugh (Chair) 

    Bio
  • Photo of Lisa Hoffman (Vice Chair)

    Lisa Hoffman (Vice Chair) 

    Bio
  • Photo of David Overton (Treasurer)

    David Overton (Treasurer) 

    Bio
  • Photo of Janelle Guirguis-Blake MD (Secretary)

    Janelle Guirguis-Blake MD (Secretary) 

    Bio
  • Photo of Michele Cannon Bessler (Past Chair)

    Michele Cannon Bessler (Past Chair) 

    Bio
  • Photo of Sally Atherton

    Sally Atherton 66

    Bio
  • Photo of Diane Bai MD

    Diane Bai MD 

    Bio
  • Photo of Tenley Cederstrand

    Tenley Cederstrand 

    Bio
  • Photo of Stephanie Cook

    Stephanie Cook 88

    Bio
  • Photo of Jeffrey Davis

    Jeffrey Davis 

    Bio
  • Photo of Laura Edman

    Laura Edman 

    Bio
  • Photo of Misa Furumoto

    Misa Furumoto 92

    Bio
  • Photo of Manuel La Rosa DDS

    Manuel La Rosa DDS 

    Bio
  • Photo of Martha Lantz

    Martha Lantz 

    Bio
  • Photo of Damani Leech

    Damani Leech 94

    Bio
  • Photo of Marjorie Oda-Burns

    Marjorie Oda-Burns 66

    Bio
  • Photo of John Parrott

    John Parrott 

    Bio
  • Photo of Merritt Pulliam

    Merritt Pulliam 92

    Bio
  • Photo of Kevin Sanders

    Kevin Sanders 

    Bio
  • Photo of Monica  Torrez-Pfister

    Monica  Torrez-Pfister 

    Bio
  • Photo of Aliya Merali Virani

    Aliya Merali Virani 96

    Bio

Ex-Officio Trustees

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Brian Prior

    Brian Prior 

    Bio
  • Photo of Dawn Turnipseed

    Dawn Turnipseed 

    Bio
  • Photo of Jake Guadnola

    Jake Guadnola 94

    Bio

The Board’s major responsibilities are to:

 
  • Hire and evaluate the schools' Head
  • Define the schools' mission and set policies
  • Set the vision and strategic direction of the schools
  • Ensure financial resources are available to the schools
  • Observe and monitor programs and services the schools provide

Strategic Plan 2016-2021

The 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, affirmed by the Board of Trustees in April, 2016, took nearly 18 months to develop, with input from more than 140 people in the community, including students. This vision statement informed their efforts: Annie Wright Schools will be internationally recognized as educational leaders where tradition meets innovation and every student is inspired to make a profound contribution in the world. Learn more about the Strategic Plan.

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.