Annual Philanthropy Report 2017-2018

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, alumni and professionals in the community whose time and talents contribute to the operation of the schools. The Board’s major responsibilities include the following:
  • Hire and evaluate the schools' Head
  • Define the schools' mission and set policies
  • Strategic oversight
  • Ensure financial resources are available to the schools
  • Observe and monitor programs and services the schools provide
2017-2018 Board of Trustees
John Parrott – President
Michele Cannon Bessler – Vice Chair
Thomas Hanly – Treasurer
Kelly Givens – Secretary
Percy L. Abram
Sally (Peterson) Atherton '66
Sarah (Kaiser) Brand '93
Catherine Close
Stephanie L. Cook ‘88
Bob Crist
James Defebaugh
Laura Edman
Tony Escobar
Judith (Yengling) Forkner '63
Suzanne Hattery
Lisa Hoffman
John Lantz
John Long
Marcia Moe
James M. Murray
Chris Sakas
Pamela Hyde Smith ‘63
Aliya (Merali) Virani ‘96
Ex Officio Members:
Ellen Seay Palmer, AWSPA President
Christian Sullivan, Head of Schools
Trustee Associates:
Jode Beauvais
Judy Dunn
Sara Long


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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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 co-ed 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.