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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

 

 

 

Leah Nichols

 

  • Leah NicholsExecutive Assistant to the Superintendent 

 

 

Binah McCloud

 

Binah McCloud

Director of Student Success and Culture

Bill Veliz

 

William Veliz

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. 

Don Brummett - Director of Instructional Technology

 

 

Don Brummett

Director of Instructional Technology

Don Brummett, Director of Instructional Technology, has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's in Educational Leadership, as well as a  Principal Certification from Washington State University. He is a diehard Coug and loves spending time with his wife Kathy, son Holden, and his many dogs.

Jenifer Leavens

 

Jenifer Leavens

Director of Special Services

Tamara Romo

 

Tamara Romo, Executive Assistant to Special Services

Nancy Nelson

 

Nancy Nelson

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.

 

Michelle Long

 

Michelle Long

Director of Finance

 

Scott Halasz

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. 

Terri Williams

Terri Williams

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. 
 

Kathy Herring

Kathy Herring 

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. 

Christi Cragle-Kindt

Christi Cragle-Kindt

Director of Transportation

Andrea Goodale

 

Andrea Goodale

Food and Nutritional Services Manager

Dave Marcus

Dave Marcus 

Facilities Manager

 

Willie Stewart

Willie Stewart

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. 

 

Kathryn Yates

Kathryn Yates

Elementary Principal 

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 Master 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. 

Curtis Patching

Curtis Patching

Secondary Principal

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Brandon Ervin

Secondary Assistant Principal