About UsHistory of Enumclaw Schools Foundation (ESF)


A small group of community advocates and District Staff founded the Enumclaw Schools Foundation in 2004, with a mission to enhance and support academic and extracurricular programs in the Enumclaw School District. Working as a start-up nonprofit under the Enumclaw Chamber's Enumclaw Community Enhancement Foundation the ESF began seeking contributions. Led by President Linda Atkins, the ESF launched its first fundraiser, Finisterra and the Enumclaw Schools Strings Program benefit concert in March of 2005. Proceeds benefited the Strings Program.
Activities of the ESF were quietly dormant over the next few years, with limited fundraising efforts. From 2005 through 2008, the Foundation helped to underwrite expenses for the Enumclaw School District summer Literacy Camps and the community Day of Outreach efforts.
In 2009 severe state budget cuts forced the Enumclaw School District to reduce its premiere Full Day Kindergarten offering to all students free of charge, and return to a tuition based program. After six years of successful full day kindergarten strategies the community, parents and staff rallied at the 11th hour to fundraise for vital scholarships for the most needy children. The All Children, All Day, Find a Way!  advocates needed a channel to work through for their fundraising , and turned to the Enumclaw Schools Foundation.
Now our re-organized Enumclaw Schools Foundation board is increasing community membership, has attained its independent 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, has developed a new Mission and Vision, has three signature events to establish itself as an emerging philanthropic partner with the Enumclaw School District.
Amy Zuydhoek

Amy has always loved Enumclaw and convinced her husband, John, to move here in 2000. Her love of making lists and wanting to help wherever help is needed has led her to numerous volunteer opportunities and leadership roles in the community. She has always had a passion for education and would love to be a professional student. Amy received a degree in International Business and a degree in Foreign Language and Literature from Washington State University and worked for The Boeing Company until she found her real passion, being a mom to two sons, Jackson and Caden.

Nancy Merrill
Nancy Merrill
Enumclaw Community Representative
Enumclaw School Board

A founding ESF board member, and 19 year School Director, Nancy has made public education an important volunteer priority for her time. She is a 1975 graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California and maintained her Registered Dietitian status until retiring her license in 2004. Outside of public education promotion, Nancy currently chairs the board of Honor My Wishes, a unique non-profit organization focused on educating all adults on the stewardship of preparing for end of life. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Enumclaw in 1979, raised three children who graduated from EHS, and are delighted to have 2 grandchildren.

Mike Nelson
Mike Nelson
Ex-Officio Member
Superintendent, Enumclaw School District

Mike Nelson is beginning his sixth year as Superintendent of the Enumclaw School District where he has initiated innovative and progressive system changes as well as a transparent model of leadership. He is an Enumclaw School District native having been born and raised here, graduating from Enumclaw High School in 1981. Mike and his wife Britt have raised two graduates of Enumclaw High School (Hans & Anna)! Hans is a teacher in the Bethel School District and Anna is a junior at Chapman University in California.

Johna Thomson
Johna Thomson
Black Diamond Community Representative
Black Diamond

Johna Thomson is passionate about “building community.” She puts that passion to work through her volunteer efforts by serving on boards and committees in the communities of Black Diamond, Enumclaw and Maple Valley. Johna worked for twenty years in the non-profit sector, serving as an Executive Director for the last five years. Photography is Johna’s favorite hobby, and snow skiing with husband Dave and sons Teegan and Tristan is her family’s favorite activity together.

Shannon Campbell

Enumclaw is the only place Shannon has ever considered home. After pastry school she realized this small town was the only place to raise a family with husband Matt. She is well grounded having been raised in a home that taught her the importance of hard work and a strong sense of self. It wasn’t until Kendrick and Julia, ages 9 and 6, came into her life that she realized a bigger picture, one of community. Shannon donates her time and energy to local non-profits. She keeps her inner peace through baking, camping, crafting and spending time at the beach.

Bob Baer
Enumclaw Community Representative

Born and raised a New Yorker, Bob went to college and worked as a librarian in New Jersey for a time. He married wife Nancy in 1973 and after a while they were itching to leave the East Coast. They hopped in their VW bus and took off across the country where they settled near family in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn't long before Bob found employment at the Enumclaw City Library. After spending three decades at the library Bob retired in 2012. Now he enjoys traveling with his wife and all the other benefits of retirement.

Cathy Fallen-Mathews
STEM Committee Chair
Pacific Metallurgical Inc.

Cathy is the CEO of Pacific Metallurgical, a small family-owned business of 60 employees in the Kent Valley. She is passionate about promoting awareness of the variety of jobs in the manufacturing and supporting career pathways that provide the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. Cathy moved to Enumclaw in 1981, with her late husband. Her children, Derek, Shannon and Brooke, attended Enumclaw schools and graduated from EHS in the mid- 90’s. While raising her children she was involved in their many club activities, which included Cub Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, 4H, and swim team.

Brian McIntosh
Enumclaw Community Representative
Windermere Real Estate

Brian met a local girl, Danielle, at the King County Fair in 1997. They married two years later and there was no doubt where they wanted to live and raise a family. Their two girls are in elementary school in the Enumclaw School District. Brian has been a mortgage loan officer for 16 years. He worked for Mt. Rainier Bank for eight years and has been with HomeStreet Bank for six years. He enjoys fly fishing, sports, and spending time with his family.

Susan Arbury
Enumclaw Community Representative

Edward Hechter

Edward is a semi-retired technology executive who has called Enumclaw home since 1990. His two children attend school here in town. Edward and his wife Lisa have been active volunteers in the schools for over 10 years. He is an active leader with Boy Scouts, has served on the Enumclaw Economic Development Council, and currently serves as an advisory board member to several different regional northwest companies

Laura Thompson
Enumclaw Community Representative

Laura, who grew up in Southern California beach cities, is a busy wife and mother raising her 2 kids in the home her husband grew up in. She is currently a student studying Early Childhood Learning and is looking forward to working as a para educator in the school district. Laura serves on the board as vice president for the Kibler PTA and is a huge advocate for the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Backpack Program who provides weekend meals for families in need. Her and husband enjoy coaching their son’s tee-ball team, soon to be baseball, and encourage both kids to explore as many sports as possible. Laura is looking forward to the next 14 years in Enumclaw Schools! What a great journey ahead!

Merry Honda
Enumclaw Community Representative

Merry has lived in Enumclaw for over 13 years with her husband Marc, and their daughters Alena and Reiko. She loves being a 'work from home' mom and juggles running an online business with parenting and volunteering positions in the Enumclaw School District. Merry is committed to helping kids in any way possible and is very interested in the arts as an educational vehicle.

Sarah Gosnell
President Elect

Sarah is originally from Mercer Island, and moved to Enumclaw in 2013 for her new husband Adam, who was raised in Enumclaw, and his beautiful & spunky daughter Lauren. Now, as a new step-mom, she is excited to be getting involved in the community and school district she is thrilled to call home. Watching her parents closely for years in their volunteer efforts and work with non-profits, she has grown up with a servant’s heart wanting to give back wherever and whenever possible. She graduated with a BA in Interior Design from Seattle Pacific University in 2009, and now works as a Sales Associate and Administrative Professional for a Vendor Representative company.

Board Member Job Description

The mission of the Enumclaw Schools Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities for the students of the Enumclaw School District


The ESF board is, first and foremost, a working board.  Members are expected to attend meetings, participate in committee work and actively support the work of the foundation.


Board members are expected to:


  1.  Hold this agency to a high standard of performance and actively participate in making ESF an efficient, functioning organization.
  2.  Help keep the foundation responsive to the needs of students, teachers and the district.
  3.  Understand their roles and responsibilities and be sufficiently knowledgeable about our organization and the district to make informed decisions.
  4.  Listen carefully to other board members with an open mind and an objective perspective.
  5. Participate in exploring and evaluating a variety of opinions and options before voting.
  6. Support board decisions and respect the confidentiality of opinions expressed at meetings.


Our Mission


The Mission of the Enumclaw Schools Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities for all students of the Enumclaw School District.

Our Vision is to Advocate, Identify and Mobilze (AIM) on behalf of students.
Advocate - for solutions to identified need(s)Identify - potential needs, opportunities, funding, and activities
Mobilize - community, volunteers, funding and relevant resources


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Grant Information

A link to the 2015 Enrichment and Innovation Grant form is  available below. The completed forms must be returned to the district office by May 15th by 4:00 p.m.

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The Mission of the Enumclaw Schools Foundation is to enhance educational opportunities for students of the Enumclaw School District.
Email: enumclawschoolsfoundation@gmail.com
Post: P.O. Box 1361, Enumclaw WA, 98022
Phone: 360.802.7138