Meet the Cabinet
Superintendent, since July 2019. He was regional superintendent of The School District of Palm Beach County since 2016. Prior to that he was area superintendent of area 1 and 5, superintendent of Transformation Schools, and director of School Accountability. Dr. Saltzman has served as a principal of elementary, middle and high schools, and taught middle school special education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University, and a Specialists and Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Deputy Superintendent, since 2019. Peter served as associate superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning supervising south region schools, principal at Gateway Middle School, and assistant principal at Evergreen Middle. Dr. Scott began his career teaching special education and mathematics in Oakland, California and Boston, Massachusetts. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California at Davis, a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Washington. Teaching & Learning Regional Superintendent – South, since 2016. Larry supports south region schools. Larry formerly was principal at Evergreen Middle School and assistant principal at Cascade High School. He began his career in Vancouver, Washington, teaching biology, chemistry, and AP biology at the high school level, and oversaw a district magnet school program in science, math and technology. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, and is currently attending Graduate School at Washington State University.
Teaching & Learning Regional Superintendent – Central, since 2016. Sally supports the central region schools. Sally formerly was principal at Everett High School and Sequoia High School. She began her career as a teacher at Lowell Elementary teaching grades 2-5 and serving as the library media specialist. Dr. Lancaster also was an instructional technology specialist and started Everett's OnlineHS program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Washington University, a Master of Education from University of Washington, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Washington State University.
Teaching & Learning Regional Superintendent – North, since 2019. Jeanne supports north region schools. Jeanne served as director of College and Career Readiness and On-time Graduation, previously serving as an administrator for the district in instructional technology and curriculum and assessment. Dr. Willard began her teaching career in New York City as a middle school ELA teacher and later as a secondary literacy facilitator. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary History and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, a Master of Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts, Master of Science from Mercy College in New York, and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Washington State University. Executive Director of Special Services, since 2020. Kelley supports students that require some Special Services to gain an equitable education. Since 2013, Kelley served as a Special Education Director in the Bellevue School District primarily championing the work of inclusion for students with special needs. Prior to that, she worked in Seattle Schools for 16 years as a Special Education Supervisor, Consulting Teacher and a Special Education Teacher serving K-5 students. Kelley founded First Place, one of the first schools for homeless students in Seattle. Kelley received a BS in Biology and BA in Elementary Education from Washington State University, continuing her education at Antioch University earning a Master’s in Education. She completed Special Education Endorsement through Seattle Pacific University and obtained her Principal and Program Administrator credentials at City University.
Chief Strategist, Facilities and Operations, since 2009. Mike is responsible for facilities and planning, maintenance and operations, and community services. Mike also leads the district in its work to update the strategic plan/annual operating plan and report progress on their implementation to the school board. Before coming to the district, Mike worked 12 years in private architecture, construction, and engineering firms on commercial, retail and institutional projects. Mike holds a Washington State architect’s license and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Washington. Executive Director of Human Resources, since 2014. Before Everett, Debbie served North Thurston Public Schools in various human resources roles before becoming Executive Director of Human Resources. With a breadth of human resources knowledge, she brings statewide perspective of public education, having served the Association of Washington School Principals for 10 years before working with North Thurston. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, and is pursuing graduate studies in public administration. Chief Financial Officer, since 2009. Jeff is responsible for budget, finance, student transportation, and food service operations. He previously held director of finance for eight years and director of construction for 5 years. He is active in state associations and within our local community, currently is in his 10th year on the Everett City Council. Before joining the district, he was an associate partner in a local architecture firm where he was responsible for major school and hospital construction projects. Jeff holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Architecture from Washington State University. Chief Academic Officer, since 2020. Shelley has served students as a director of elementary schools and principal supervisor (Marysville School District), principal at Gateway Middle and Penny Creek Elementary Schools in Everett, and principal at English Crossing Elementary School in Lakewood, Washington. Dr. Boten’s teaching career started as a Kindergarten teacher before finishing as a 5th grade teacher in Lake Stevens. Shelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Michigan State University, a Master of Education from Seattle University and a Doctor of Education from the University of Washington. Chief Information Officer, since 2016. Brian leads the Learning and Information Technology Services Department and the work of the Integrated Technology Plan. Previously, Brian has been a high and middle school principal in the Arlington School District as well as the Evergreen Middle School assistant principal in Everett. He started out in education as a middle school ELA teacher and high school counselor. Brian holds Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Washington State University. He earned his principal and superintendent certifications at Western Washington University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the education administration program at Washington State University. Kathy Reeves Director of Communications, since 2018. Kathy has worked in healthcare and communications for over 20 years for Overlake Hospital, Valley General Hospital, DaVita Medical Group, and most recently as the associate administrator of marketing for The Everett Clinic. Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Linfield College in Oregon, and a master’s in executive business administration from the University of Washington. Sarah Mack General Counsel, since 2018. Sarah will provide legal advice and assistance to the District through its Board of Directors, administrators and the superintendent regarding legal affairs, public records, risk management, contracts, and board policies and procedures. Sarah is a former Career Law Clerk for Chief Judge Martinez in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and a former principal at the law firm of Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S. in Seattle. In 2002 she earned her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon and numerous federal District and Circuit Courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University. Director of Assessment and Research, since July 2012. Prior to that, she was a building principal in Everett Public Schools and the Lakewood School District, an assistant principal in the Granite Falls School district and began her career as high school science teacher. Catherine is passionate about the use of data and research in the school setting to improve student learning and ensure equitable access to high quality education for all students. Among her roles in Everett Public Schools, Dr. Matthews has served as Director of District Improvement and On Time Graduation. Dr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alaska, a Master’s in Education in Administration from Western Washington University and a Doctor of Educational Leadership from Washington State University.
Joi Odom Grant
Equity and Access Director, since August 2019. Joi was the Instructional Support Team Leader in the South Region of Palm Beach County School District. Over the years, she has demonstrated exceptional leadership as a teacher, specialist and administrator working with various diverse backgrounds and communities. Highlights of her experiences are working with school based and district administrators, resource teachers and academic coaches discussing standards-based teaching and learning to guide appropriate professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, a Master and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.