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Mission Statement: Our mission is to gather the hearty support of all of its constituencies and provide Garfield High School with sustainable funding and resources that will assure and advance student achievement and school programs.

Vision Statement: We envision Garfield High School, an outstanding learning environment historically rich in cultural diversity and academic excellence, achieving the best results for every single student.

Bylaws: April 19, 2004, GHSF Bylaws [50Kb, Word]

Board of Directors
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Aaron Alhadeff '94
Pamela Banks
Jonathan Bridge '68 Co-CEO/General Counsel Ben Bridge Jewelers
Vice-President Mary Lou [Brandon] Flynn '70
PTSA Delegate Susan Cathcart
Levi Fisher '63
Preston Hampton '67
President Alexes Harris '93 Assistant Professor Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Miriam Hogley '93
Ted Howard '85 Principal Garfield High School
Sheila Johnson '69
Lyn [Johns] Keenan '67 Senior Planner Reid Middleton
GGG Delegate Joyce Konick '51
Treasurer Michael Silver '67 President Silver Financial Services
Ben Slivka '78 Trustee Wissner-Slivka Foundation
Secretary Leilani Taylor '96 Public Relations USPS
Individual Biographies
Aaron Alhadeff '94, ,

Pamela Banks, ,

Jonathan Bridge '68, Co-CEO/General Counsel, Ben Bridge Jewelers
Jonathan is a 1968 Garfield graduate and is Co-CEO and General Counsel for Ben Bridge Jewelers. He has been very active in his community, serving on the boards of over twenty different organizations, including the University of Washington Law School Foundation, Seattle Rotary Number 4, Center for Career Alternatives, Alliance for Education, KUOW, Seattle Police Foundation, and United Way of King County. Jon is married to retired Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge who is current CEO of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, and their son Don is a 1988 Bulldog. Jon and Bobbe also have a daughter and two granddaughters.

Mary Lou [Brandon] Flynn '70, ,

Susan Cathcart, ,
PTSA Delegate

Levi Fisher '63, ,

Preston Hampton '67, ,

Alexes Harris '93, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Alexes is a 1993 Garfield graduate, as are many of her family members: twin brother Daeman Harris '93, father Herbert Harris '48, uncle Robert Harris '44, and niece Alexandria Harris '02. Alexes earned her degrees from the University of Washington (BA) and UCLA (MA, PhD) and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Sociology. Her research and teaching focus in the areas of social stratification and inequality and the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Alexes currently resides in South Seattle with her husband (Eric) and daughter (Alana).

Miriam Hogley '93, ,

Ted Howard '85, Principal, Garfield High School

Sheila Johnson '69, ,

Lyn [Johns] Keenan '67, Senior Planner, Reid Middleton
Lyn is a 1967 Garfield graduate, her oldest son graduated in 2001, and her daughter graduated in 2002. Her youngest son is still in Middle School. Lyn has been active in PTSA activities in the elementary and middle schools and with the Post 84 Outdoor Program at Garfield. Lyn believes strongly in public education, education for all students, and maintaining schools' ties to their communities. Lyn recieved a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 1970, and has worked as an Urban Planner ever since.

Joyce Konick '51, ,
GGG Delegate

Michael Silver '67, President, Silver Financial Services
Michael graduated from Garfield in 1967 and obtained his BA in Business from the University of Washington in 1971. In 1975 he became a stock broker with Dean Witter in Seattle, and has been in the securities business ever since. He currently runs Silver Financial Services. Michael is pleased to lend support to The Garfield Foundation, as he sees it both as a means of providing much needed benefits to current and future GHS students, as well as a lightening rod for bringing together Garfield alumni and supporters for the betterment of our school and community.

Ben Slivka '78, Trustee, Wissner-Slivka Foundation
Ben is an 'angel' investor, philanthropist, and software engineer with a passion for education.

Ben previously served as Co-Founder and Chairman of DreamBox Learning (acquired by Charter Fund), a Director of TeachFirst (teacher training), Vizrea (photo sharing) and (online donations), and on the Advisory Board of UIEvolution (acquired by Square Enix).

Ben spent 14 years at Microsoft, where he worked on OS/2, MS-DOS 6, Windows 95, the Java VM, and MSN. He started the Internet Explorer team in 1994 and led it through the release of IE version 3.0 in 1996. IE 3.0 beat Netscape 3.0 in press reviews and achieved 30% market share by the time IE 4.0 released in 1997. Ben installed Microsoft's first production LAN in 1985, proposed the FAT32 file system in 1990, led the team that wrote the Win32 API specification in 1991, and started and led the team that created CAB software distribution files in 1993. His work at Microsoft resulted in 19 issued U.S. patents. Ben also worked brief stints at Amazon and IBM.

Ben and his wife Lisa created the Wissner-Slivka Foundation in 1997, primarily focused on supporting education. His non-profit engagements include Bellevue Schools Foundation, Garfield High School Foundation, and Social Venture Partners, where he was the lead partner for Seattle MESA.

Ben earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, where he has served as a Trustee since 1998.

Leilani Taylor '96, Public Relations, USPS
M. Leilani is a 1996 Garfield graduate; along with her sister Lisa '91 and brother Antonio '89. Leilani currently works for the United States Postal Service in Public Relations and has been with the Post Office since 1997. She enjoys volunteering for organizations and causes that are dear to her heart including the Youth Tutoring Program at New Holly, Fred Hutchinson, Kawabe House Retirement Home and Tabernacle of Praise Church. Leilani has one daughter and is enjoying looking at the world for the first time.... again

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