Maria Elena Geyer,
Maria Elena Geyer is the executive director of the Bellevue Schools Foundation. Maria Elena has more than 25 years of progressive leadership experience in large and small non-profit community programs and services. Maria Elena began her career with Bloodworks Northwest and most recently led Cancer Partners in Palm Springs, California. She holds a BS from Jacksonville University and has been active throughout her career as a lecturer and trainer in nonprofit leadership and fundraising.
She has a proven track record of leading change and innovation, focusing on operational excellence, and is positioned to effectively work within our organization and community to further the mission of the Bellevue Schools Foundation. She is responsible for managing our board of directors, staff, and volunteers. Her responsibilities will include resource development, community relations, marketing, strategic planning, and administration. She started her adventure in Bellevue in May, 2020.
Colleen joined Bellevue Schools Foundation as Development Manager in February 2016. Since then, she has enthusiastically embraced her responsibilities of strengthening and expanding the organization’s fundraising initiatives and connecting donors to our mission. Before joining the Foundation, Colleen was a Loaned Executive with United Way of King County, where she launched employee giving campaigns at school districts and corporations.
Before transitioning to the nonprofit sector, Colleen had a successful sales career in the private sector, which included owning and managing a cruise travel agency, Cruise Holidays. After traveling all over the world, she is thrilled to be working in a diverse, international community.
Colleen has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington, an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
When she’s not working, you will find Colleen spearheading Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club projects, playing in her garden, or working up a sweat at the gym.
Christy has been a Bellevue School District employee for two decades and joined the BSF team in July 2016 as the BSD provided Executive Assistant. She grew up in the Tri-Cities and received her Bachelor’s degree from WSU studying International Relations. She then obtained a post-grad Para-Legal Certificate from the University of San Diego School of Law and worked as a litigation Para-Legal for 12 years before staring at BSD in 1999.
She has three children who attended BSD schools at Ardmore, Highland and Interlake. Her two oldest are now attorneys in Seattle and her youngest is attending WSU on an ROTC scholarship. She has been an active volunteer with PTSA, receiving a Golden Acorn for her work. She also volunteered for her three children’s Scout troops, and their sport teams. She has been very involved in volunteer work for the BSD, negotiating the AISP classified staff contract for 10 years and serving as a Bellevue Association of Education Office Professional board member or officer for the past 14 years.
Christy is so happy to be able to provide support to BSF to help them to transform education and support each & every BSD student.
Mindy Richardson, CPA,
Mindy grew up in Montana and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Carroll College, majoring in Accounting with minors in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Business Administration. She started her career in public accounting, doing both audit and tax work. She was fortunate to be able to spend many years at home with her five children. More recently, she transitioned to nonprofit accounting and serves as the accountant for the Bellevue Schools Foundation, as well as Pine Lake Covenant Church. She has also done some consulting for other local nonprofit foundations.
In her spare time, Mindy enjoys playing tennis, running, and attending her children's games and activities. Her oldest daughter Kathryn graduated from Baylor and is now an Air Force Pilot. Her daughter Mary Beth holds a teaching degree from Central Washington University. She is still busy with two high-schoolers at home. She has a strong appreciation for high-quality public education and is excited to support strong schools through her work at the Foundation
Nakisa Salashoor joins the Bellevue Schools Foundation as our Donor Relations Manager. She has been involved in her local PTSA Organizations and PTSA Councils for over 10 years and has received 3 Golden Acorn Awards for her volunteerism. Her passion has been Fundraising, managing Auctions and running events at all the schools her kids attended.
She also worked as a Communication Relations Manager for the Renton School District.
Nakisa has a son at Odle and a daughter at Sammamish and has always been an advocate for improving public education to ensure that all students have the best opportunity for success in life.
Nakisa graduated from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminology. She moved to Washington State after she got married in 1999. In her spare time, Nakisa enjoys gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her family and friends.
Nakisa is excited to support our schools through her work at the Foundation.
Communication & Business Relations Manager
Lori is a marketing communications strategist with 10+ years experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her focus has been on brand development strategy and marketing communications execution. Her passion is the empowerment of young people, the importance of public education and the inclusive attitude that is necessary for a thriving community. She has been involved in her local PTSA organizations since 2005 and has been a board member of the Monroe Public Schools Foundation for five years.
Lori graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science and recently received a Storytelling and Content Strategy Certificate from the U of W. She is also a founding member of Women in Digital.
In her spare time, Lori enjoys the three r’s; running, reading and riding horses. She is married and has 4 daughters. She also has a chocolate lab that is a certified reader dog with whom she spent time in her daughters elementary school, volunteering to help emergent readers in their classrooms.
Her firm belief is that every child can succeed in school and out when given opportunities to grow with support from their family, schools and community.
Web & Donor Database Administrator,
Radhika is a graduate in commerce and has a higher diploma in software engineering. She grew up in Chennai, southern part of India and moved to the United States in 2006. She has worked in both profit and non-profit organizations in the fields of administration and customer service.
She can speak five languages, enjoys camping and hiking with her family. Her favorite past-time is to read books, listen to music and cooking with her daughter.
Radhika is a recipient of the Golden Acorn Award for her contributions to the Cherry Crest PTSA and is also a BSF Ambassador at her daughter’s middle school. She also coaches her daughter’s Destination Imagination team.
Sheryl Schecter has been a professional writer in both the pubic and private sectors for a wide-range of clients including non-profits, political candidates, government agencies and architects. She is adept at preparing all forms of the written word including grants, brochures, speeches, and essays and works regularly with a number of editors polishing her craft.
A Los Angeles native, Sheryl moved to Seattle fifteen years ago seeking a less frenetic life and more grounded lifestyle for herself and her two daughters. She and her registered comfort dog, Poppy, are hospice volunteers as well as counselors at a summer bereavement camp for children who have lost a loved one. Sheryl is an avid traveler and has been to over forty countries. When at home, she spends time with her horses and maintains a regular meditation practice. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and attended the UCLA Graduate School Of Architecture and Urban Planning.