Our Leadership Team
Marc Brouillet, Superintendent, a lifelong Puyallup Valley resident and educator was appointed to the superintendent position in September 2019. He grew up in Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High School. Marc attended college in Hawaii and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in education leadership. He earned his superintendent credentials through Washington State University.
- Leah Nichols, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Chief Academic Officer
Jeannine Medvedich, CAO, joined the Leschi team in 2015 and returned again in 2019 to continue serving the CLS community. She received an Associate of Arts Degree from South Seattle Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree, double majoring in K-12 Special Education and K-8 Elementary Education from Central Washington University, and received a Master’s in Educational Leadership Principal Certification from City University. She has served over 25 years in education in a variety of roles including teacher, elementary and secondary building administrator, and numerous district director roles in districts including Olympia, Highline, Puyallup, and Chief Leschi. She is committed to providing Leschi students with the highest quality education for students asking the guiding question, “What would I want for my own child.” She spends her spare time dancing at recess, playing with her four kids, attending baseball games, and doing lots of laundries.
- Anne Martin, Teaching for Learning Executive Assistant
Director of Student Success and Culture
Director of Operations
William (Bill) Veliz, member of the Skokomish Indian Tribe and Director of Operations, has had a long career working for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. After he graduated from Central Washington University in 1989 with a Bachelor's Degree in Community Health Education, he was hired by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians as the Children's Court Counselor. He was promoted to the Director of the Children's Service Department where he oversaw the Child Protective Service Investigations and the Foster Care program. In 1995, he was promoted again to the Executive Director of Tribal Services. He helped develop social services programs and oversaw many of the Puyallup Tribe's social service departments until 2012. In 2015, he applied to be the Chief Leschi Grants Manager. Shortly after, his position changed, and was placed as the Director of Operations.
- Ron Manson, Operations Executive Assistant
Director of Instructional Technology
Don Brummett, Director of Instructional Technology, has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Washington State University. He is a diehard Coug and likes the smell of Play Doh. He loves spending time with his wife Kathy, son Holden, and his many dogs.
Director of Special Services
Melanie Helle, Director of Special Services, joined the Chief Leschi Leadership team in 2020. She received her Bachelor's Degree in K-8 Elementary Education with a minor in K-12 Special Education from Pacific Lutheran University, received her Master's Degree in Teaching from the Grand Canyon University, and received her Administrative Credential from Pacific Lutheran University. In her spare time, she likes to go on long walks with her dog.
- Tamara Romo, Executive Assistant to Special Services
Student Services Administrator
Willie Stewart, Student Services Administrator, joined the Chief Leschi team in 2019. He has over 30 year's experience in education in roles such as teacher, athletic coach, and administrator. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Spokane Community College, earned his Bachelor's Degree of Science from Boise State University, his Master's Degree in Curriculum from Gonzaga University, and his Administrative Credential from the City University of Seattle. Willie enjoys spending time with his wife, one child, and one grandchild.
Director of Career and Technical Education
Nancy Nelson, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE), joined the Chief Leschi leadership team in 2020. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Carleton College and her Master’s in Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University. She earned her teaching certificate at WSU and administrator’s credential at City University. She enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Director of Finance
Director of Athletics & Title IX
Scott Halasz, Director of Athletics and Title IX, join the Chief Leschi team in 2013 and since then has had many different positions. He has been a Para educator, teacher, coach, and now the Director of Athletics and Title IX. He received his Associate of Arts Degree from Pierce College, his Bachelor's Degree from the Evergreen State College where he played basketball, and his Master's in Sports Management from Drexel University. Scott is also an Air Force veteran. He enjoys all sporting events for the purity and life lessons of the moment they bestow upon our youth. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling around the country and watching his own kids play the sports they love. His favorite times are Auburn Tigers, Tampa Buccaneers, and the Chief Leschi Warriors.
Human Resources Manager
Kathy Herring, Human Resources Manager, has 16 years of experience working in public school's human resources departments. She started her career at Highline Public Schools as an HR Generalist in 2006. She is a member of the Washington School Personnel Association since 2007. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys cooking, crafts, and spending as much time as she can with her 2 grandsons.
Director of Transportation
Food and Nutritional Services Manager
Enrollment & Student Records Manager
Terri Williams, Enrollment and Student Records Manager and Puyallup Tribal member, began working at Chief Leschi in 1983. She is the daughter of Orville (Bunny) McCloud and Mildred Kalama Ikebe and granddaughter of George and Rose McCloud on her father's side; granddaughter of Peter and Alice Kalama on her mother's side. She graduated from Yelm High School before transferring to Evergreen State College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Jennifer Vasilez, Secondary Principal, member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians started her journey at Chief Leschi Schools when she was 18 years old. After Jennifer attended Pierce College, she transferred to Western Washington University to earn her teaching credential and taught English, Psychology, and Leadership at Chief Leschi. She then went on to earn her administrative credential and was the Dean of Students and interim middle school principal at Chief Leschi before accepting a position at Muckleshoot Tribal School serving as their elementary principal. She believes that every student matters, every day.
Secondary Assistant Principal
Kelsey May, a Tlingit tribal member, graduated from Central Washington University in Spanish Education and her Administrative Certification from the University of Washington. She started her career in education at Leschi teaching Spanish in 2012, and is excited to be back. Kelsey has spent most of her career working in tribal communities, from Puyallup, Muckleshoot, and Standing Rock. She has a passion for decolonizing educational practices and believes that community is paramount to our work.
In her spare time, Kelsey loves to cook healthy, vegan meals.
Elementary Assistant Principal
Jenifer Leavens, Elementary Assistant Principal, joined the Chief Leschi leadership team in 2020. She received her Masters of Education from Pacific Lutheran University with an emphasis in Special Education. Jenifer then attended City University – Seattle where she received her Administrative Credential. During her 10 years in education, she has been a teacher, coach, and Dean of Students. Originally from California Jenifer loves having fun in the sun with her 5 children and husband, doing yoga, and having family dinners.
Kathryn Yates, Member of the California Central Valley Band of Miwok’s. She joined the Chief Leschi Schools team in 2011 and has served our school in many roles. She has been an Elementary Principal since the 2020-2021 school year. Kathryn has an Associate Degree in Childhood and a Bachelors Degree in Human Development & Family Studies from American Public University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the City University of Seattle. She has worked in education for 30+ years and is a member of the California Central Valley Tribe of Miwoks. She believes it is important to be respectful of the history and a positive guide for the future of students, staff, families, and the community. Kathryn enjoys fishing, crafting, cooking, and spending time with her family.