Former Development Director of the Issaquah Schools Foundation, Lynn was instrumental in helping to develop programs, innovations and management practices that are well-known and respected in the K-12 foundation arena. She not only brings a wealth of information, but lots of ideas for guiding Bellevue Schools Foundation to greater success and accomplishments.
“One of the things I value most about being part of a schools foundation,” she explains, “is being able to help play the role of equalizer and innovator. Schools foundations can put forth money to incubate ideas that can later become transformational. We can also ensure that students who attend schools in lower income pockets of our neighborhoods are able to access the same quality education as students who reside in more affluent areas.”
“As one of the oldest schools foundations in the state, Bellevue has done much to transform education and the education funding model. Bellevue has always had a contingent of visionary, forward-thinking people who recognize that the state only funds very basic education. They understand we need outside funding so kids can get the comprehensive education they need to succeed and thrive. As Executive Director, I look forward to building on this legacy.”
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.
Marian graduated from high school in Puerto Rico where she enjoyed spending as much time as possible on the beach. She attended the University of Rochester, Duke University and Rice University, immersing herself in field studies at sea, the deserts of Peru and the continent of Antarctica. Marian moved to the Seattle area in 1990 to work as a scientist and project and proposal manager for a large engineering firm. She became very involved with volunteer work and fundraising when her children enrolled in Bellevue’s public schools. This led her to the Bellevue Schools Foundation, first as a volunteer and later as staff, to support institutional giving and grant management for the organization. Marian continues to volunteer in schools as a VIBES mentor.
Christy has been a Bellevue School District employee for nearly two decades, most recently in the Transportation Department. As both a mother and district staffer, she has been very involved in volunteer work for the District. Her daughter attended Bellevue schools and now works as an attorney.
Christy speaks French and Farsi, and is active with her son’s Boy Scout Troop.
Shu-Fen grew up in Taiwan and came to the states for her higher education, completing graduate studies in Computer Science. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked in the IT world for 20+ years, and is passionate about education.
In her spare time, Shu-Fen likes to volunteer and spend time in her garden. She enjoys all kind of outdoor activities and water sports such as cycling, camping, kayaking and hiking with her daughter. Currently, she is a program coordinator at Tzu Chi Foundation. She believes that “Giving is better than receiving.”
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
Originally from Spokane, Jeanne is a long-time journalist and publishing professional, most recently at Patch.com on Seattle’s Eastside. Her daughter is a recent University of Washington graduate, and her son is a middle-schooler.
Jeanne believes strongly that making sure our students have the best education available helps make the world a place where we all can thrive.