Leadership and Governance

2018 Officers

President – Blake Knoblauch
VP for Disbursements and Awards – Cathy Callahan
VP for Resource Development – Dorn Barr
VP for Resource Management – Bill Williams
Member at Large – Erik Naslund

The Board of Trustees meets the last Tuesdays of the month at the Gott Administration Center, except for July and December, at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Trustees

The North Thurston Education Foundation Board of Trustees is composed of business and civic leaders, parents, and educators.

Blake Knoblauch

A Thurston County native, Blake excels at customer service. With a background in Real Estate, he understands the importance of close community connections. Blake served as Associate Vice President for the Olympia Master Builders where he was recognized as Association of the Year through B.I.A.W. Blake is a former board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington. Blake is motivated and people oriented and excited to be part of the Chamber.

Dorn Barr

Dorn Barr

I began my teaching career in 1978 retiring from Timberline High School in 2012.  I left when I still loved it.  I continued in education subbing at the elementary school level the very next fall.  2017 -18 found me teaching 5th grade at Lakes Elementary which tells you I still love it.  All three of my children are graduates of the NTPS, one from North Thurston and two from Timberline.  Being in education for 40 years I have seen many changes in our community as it grows.  The biggest change is the increase in the number of students who are in need.  NTEF provides those needy students with increased opportunities while removing the barriers to their success.  I am pleased to be working for those students and their teachers who provide them with a quality education.

Carletta Garraway

Carletta Garraway

Carletta is the proud parent of a 2009 & 2011 graduate and future 2013 & 2015 THS graduate. She is a former director of The Miss Thurston County Pageant and currently works for GEAR UP program at The Evergreen State College, providing academic support and college preparation to high school students. She is the Co-founder/Executive Director of The Northwest Connection to Higher Education, a non-profit organization assisting students with college admission and scholarships, focusing with an emphasis on exploring Historically Black College & University admission opportunities.

Beth Utto-Galarneau


Beth is thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board.  She is the grateful parent of a 2015 and a future 2020 Timberline High School graduate.  Beth is a former elementary school teacher and currently serves as pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Lacey.  She feels honored to be on the board because of the amazing opportunities the NTEF provides for our students, teachers, staff and schools.

Bill Williams


Bill is a six term member of the North Thurston School Board and Former president of the Washington State School Directors Association. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the National School Boards’ Association and practiced law with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office for more than 30 years. He is currently Executive Director of the Washington State PTA.

Honorary Members

Gene Dolan

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Bio coming soon.

Jon Halvorson


Jon served on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2008.  Since there was a 9 year (3 term) limit, he went off the Board in 1999. In 2010 he accepted a one year appt. to fill in for someone who resigned their term early. He started the Partners for Kids luncheon fundraiser in 2002 and led the three year Endowment campaign which raised several thousand dollars during that period. His daughter and two granddaughters all graduated from NTHS.  He also co-chaired the successful 2010 NTPS school levy along with Ruth Weigelt.

Ken Parsons


Ken became an active supporter of NTPS since the day he moved into town in early 1973. Over the years, he has been active on Levys and Bonds and served on other committees. He also served for a number of years on the NTPS General Vocational Advisory Committee. He was also the founding General Advisory Chair for the Skills Center and was the Foundation’s first president and served as president for 3 years.

Sue Shannon, Ed.D.


Sue is a retired educator having served a total of 44 years in Washington’s schools and districts, 23 of which were in NTPS. She has been a teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent, and researcher. She is a University of Washington graduate and has two Masters degrees from Central Washington University and a doctorate from Washington State University. She was one of the founders of the North Thurston Education Foundation and served as volunteer executive director from when the Foundation was organized in 1988-1989 to 2016.

Judy Wilson

judy wilson

Judy was a member of the inaugural committee for the foundation and served on the board for nine years. She remains involved in the Foundation and the North Thurston Citizens For Schools. Her two sons graduated from Timberline High School.
Judy is a real estate broker and enjoys her four grandchildren.

Executive Director

Michael Jones

Michael Jones is a graduate of North Thurston High School. He has 2 daughters, both graduated from Timberline High School. He is a former investment banker and preschool teacher. He enjoys playing and watching sports. Go HAWKS!!