Our Board of Directors at Work
In governing their districts, school boards work with their administrators to make decisions and set policy regarding a number of matters, including bond and levy elections, budget adoption, facilities, curriculum adoption, fiscal planning and oversight, employee relations and transportation.
While boards are ultimately responsible for setting policy, they employ a professional staff of administrators to implement policies and manage the day-to-day functions in the district. The staff is led by the superintendent, who carries out the board’s vision and direction.
Peninsula School District has five board members and each individual donates their time and expertise to ensure a quality education for all students. The Board of Directors works in partnership with the administrative team to set the district’s direction. The school board’s governance responsibilities fall in four major areas:
The board focuses the work of the district and community on student achievement through a comprehensive strategic planning process.
The board governs the district through prudent financial planning and oversight and diligent and innovative policy making.
The board infuses all district programs and crucial policies with specific goals and a process for evaluating, reporting and recommending improvements.
The board champions public education at the local, state and federal levels.
Meet Our Board Members
Dora is involved in A.S.B. and leadership. This is her third year as an A.S.B. senator. Dora plays volleyball and is a member of the UNICEF Club and the Feminism Club. Outside of school, she volunteers at YMCA Camp Seymour year round through the Teen Leadership Development Program, as well as volunteering in the summer. Dora also volunteers for Kids Night Out through YMCA.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher was my middle school photography and yearbook teacher, Mr. Hunziker. He challenged me to always be my own best self. Better yet, he always believed in me. He taught me to do what you love and step outside of the box. Mr. Hunziker inspired me every day through his passion for photography and empowerment of every student.
He runs on the Varsity Cross Country and Track teams; participates in Speech and Debate; and is the volunteer coordinator the National Honor Society. Finlay joined the school board as a student representative in March 2017. Finlay is sharing the Board responsibilities with his brother, Keir.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher is Mrs. Kelly Indahl, leadership teacher at Gig Harbor High School. She has taught me much about planning, organizing, and developing projects. From her guidance, I have grown as a student and better understand the idea of the servant leadership.
Justin started the Interact Club at Henderson Bay High two years ago. In addition, he regularly attends Rotary meetings. Justin doesn’t have much time outside of school, so his main activity is his job. He works close to 40 hours a week at Papa Murphy’s as an assistant manager. He is training to manage his own store.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher is Henderson Bay teacher, Greg Brashear. No matter what, he will do whatever he can to make a difference in a kid’s day. If a kid has no one, he is always there for them. He has made a huge impact on myself, along with many others.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher: My favorite teacher is Mrs. Kelly Indahl, leadership teacher at Gig Harbor High School. Mrs. Indahl never fails to give every leadership event her full effort. Mrs. Indahl’s dedication to the class is extremely impressive.
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 884-4697
“Mrs. Harris has a BA in English from Kansas State University, a MBA from University of Puget Sound, and did Doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Mrs. Harris has 37 years of experience in public education, she represents Director District 1 which is approximately 85 percent of the Key Peninsula. Her dream is a Peninsula School District that provides a personalized and challenging educational program for every student. She feels the school board can help realize that dream by establishing strong and effective two-way communication links with the public and maintaining fiscal integrity and accountability.”
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMy fourth grade teacher, Lena Collins, was my favorite teacher. She loved all of her students (or at least we believed she did!). She introduced us to Laura Ingalls Wilder, reading us a chapter every day after lunch. She treated us like colleagues and friends and helped us stretch “a little further” with interesting and challenging arts and academic projects.
Term expires: 11/2017
Phone: (206) 484-1280
Mrs. Krishnadasan has a BA in Communications from Western Washington University. She worked at Microsoft, Visio and Burlington Resources, focusing on compensation and benefits, along with communication and integration planning. This is her first term as a Board Director, and she represents the upper Key Peninsula and parts of Gig Harbor North. Her desire to volunteer in her children’s classrooms and schools has grown into a passion to help provide a quality education for all PSD students. Deborah has served as Purdy PTA Treasurer, auction chair and room parent coordinator. She is also involved in the Franciscan Foundation and coaches’ Little League fast pitch.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMy favorite teacher was Mr. David Tate, my 10th grade Humanities’ teacher. He taught me to look within and accept myself and fully appreciate the differences and uniqueness of others. He later married my second favorite teacher, Ms. Cindy Elhers, who taught me to love art and inspired me to become a better athlete.
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 209-3370
Mr. Wilhelmsen has served on the Board since December 2010. He represents District 3 which includes the central, east and part of north Gig Harbor. As a past teacher, he is committed to making sure our students get the best education available. His passion is to help guide our District to achieve the honored status of best district in the state. Rand served on the District’s audit committee before being appointed to the school board. He has also served on several bank boards. Rand is a Senior Vice President in the investment department for West Coast Bank.
Fun Fact...Favorite Teacher:I had a great second grade teacher named Mrs. Ferguson whom I adored. She taught me to love learning and challenged me to be better each and every day.
Term expires: 11/2019
Phone: (253) 265-6977
This is Mrs. Harbaugh’s first term as a Board Director. Leslie has been involved as a volunteer in the Peninsula School District for the past 13 years. She has served in leadership positions within the Parent-Teacher Associations at Artondale Elementary, Kopachuck Middle School, and Gig Harbor High School; served on Artondale’s School Improvement Planning Team and Site Council; Parent District Council representative since 2007; and Co-Chair for Citizens for Peninsula Schools. Leslie represents District 4; the west side of Gig Harbor, including Fox Island.Leslie strongly supports approaching our students’ education by striving to address the “whole child” with a focus on learning mastery by providing a rigorous, enriched and personalized academic experience. She believes that in order to successfully provide effective and sustainable solutions for the future, collaboration and community engagement are key.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherEach of my teachers taught me valuable lessons throughout my childhood. They taught me how to dream, achieve, stretch myself, persevere, and most importantly, that what is happening now is not the end.
Term expires: 11/2017
Phone: (253) 678-4904
Mr. Olson was elected to the school board in November 2013. Mr. Olson represents District 5, the southern part of Gig Harbor which includes the Goodman and Harbor Heights areas. David is a retired US Navy officer and over the course of his military career lived in Korea, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Italy. His wife, Tonia, was a school teacher for the Department of Defense Education Activity. David has four children, three of which attended schools in the Peninsula School District. While in the Navy, he served as Pacific Northwest Director of the Drug Education for Youth Program and served on the Board the of the US Navy’s Community Service Council. He is passionate for helping children make healthy and positive life choices. David is also a Board member of the Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank. He is the branch manager for US Bank in downtown Tacoma.
Fun Fact...Favorite TeacherMrs. Dickson, my 12th grade Algebra II teacher. During my difficult teen years, she never gave up on me and always provided positive feedback and encouraged me to set high goals. I would not be where I am today without her mentorship. It proves that parent and teacher support are critical to a student’s education and life-skills.
The Board recognizes the value of public comment on District issues and the importance of involving members of the public in its meetings. In order to permit fair and orderly expression of such comment, the Board will provide time for public comment during each regular monthly Board meeting.
Audience members at a meeting wishing to speak to the Board concerning an item on the action agenda are asked to identify themselves for the record before addressing the Board. In the interest of fairness, there is a three-minute time limit.