Board of Trustees
ALLISON WHERRY, Chair
B.A., Political Science, University of Washington
With over 25 years as a leader in the non-profit, human services, and educational fields, Allison Wherry is committed to improving the well-being of young people, families and communities by ensuring resources are available and by championing efforts that advance equity and social justice in policies and systems. Allison brings significant experience in both education and nonprofit leadership to the HATCH board. Allison began her career as an educator in the Highline School district and later served as a high school math classroom teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. Her nonprofit executive leadership background includes roles at Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC), Communities in Schools of Federal Way, and the YMCA of Greater Seattle. Allison currently serves as the Executive Director of the Seattle/King County region of the College Success Foundation.
ASHA DEAN, Vice Chair
B.A., Journalism, University of Arizona
Certificate Leadership in Enrollment Management,
USC Rossier School of Education
Asha Sundae Dean earned a degree in English and Journalism from The University of Arizona, and a Leadership in Enrollment Management certificate from the University of Southern California. An avid sports fan, she’s coached youth, high school, and college track and cross country for the last 18 years. It was during her tenure as a college coach in Arizona and Montana that she unknowingly began learning the ropes of school admissions while recruiting athletes to her track program. Asha has held various roles at Seattle area independent schools and is currently the Director of Enrollment Management at the Seattle Girls’ School, an independent 5-8 middle school. A Lakeside School Black Alumni mentor since fall of 2019, Asha lives in Seattle with her husband (Patrick) and three school-aged children (15, 9 and 5).
CHRISTINE PHILIPPS, Secretary
M.B.A., Finance, University of Texas (Dallas)
Christine is a First Vice President and Senior Portfolio Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and has served as trustee of the Seattle Girls School.
Christine holds an M.B.A. in Finance and a Masters in International Management from the University of Texas (Dallas) and a Bachelors of Arts from Carroll College.
KAUSTUBH DEO, Treasurer
B.S., Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., International Studies, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Kaustubh is President of Blooma Tree Experts, a Seattle-based tree service. Before moving back home to Seattle to run Blooma, he was an institutional investor in NYC & Boston focused on private equity and special situations lending. He has been a board observer for a variety of businesses and served on the Board of Directors for M&M Food Market. In the non-profit world, in addition to serving on the HATCH board, he serves as a board director and Treasurer for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
Kaustubh is originally from the Seattle area and attended University Prep, where he served on the Diversity & Community Board Committee as an alumni representative.
B.A., Computer Science, Scripps College
Sneha Deo is a Seattle-based technologist, community organizer, and musician. Sneha runs responsible artificial intelligence efforts at Microsoft, working to ground technical solutions in their potential for human impact, and is a contributor to the Montreal AI Ethics Institute. A passionate advocate for civic engagement, Sneha also leads South Asian Americans Together for Washington, a non-profit that empowers the South Asian community to participate in state and local policy-making. On off-hours, Sneha is a freelance composer and sound-designer for independent video games.
JAMILA HUMPHRIE SILVER
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, New York University
Dr. Jamila Humphrie is thrilled to be a founding Board Member of The Hatch School. After completing a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil and spending eight years living in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Seattle in 2019. In 2021, she graduated from New York University with Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research is focused on gender diversity and policy implementation in K-12 schools. Currently a consultant with the NYC Department of Education through her role as a Partnership Director at Equal Opportunity Schools, her prior experience includes work in the development offices of The Bush School in Seattle and NYU Law in New York. Jamila brings to her work at The Hatch School her experiences as a Lakeside school graduate, as a co-creator of How We GLOW, a piece of interview theatre that explores lgbtq+ youth identity, and her 2016 service in the final class of interns with the Obama Administration in the Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama.
J.D., University of Hawai’i Williams S. Richardson School of Law
Shirley Lou-Magnuson is an attorney at Lane Powell in Seattle on the Labor, Employment & Benefits Team. Shirley is an experienced litigator who dedicates her practice to defending public and private entities from civil and regulatory liability. She regularly represents municipalities, universities, corporations, and has previously represented financial institutions and school districts in labor and employment, banking regulation, and environmental disputes, as well as general corporate and transaction matters.
Shirley earned her J.D. from University of Hawaiʻi Williams S. Richardson School of Law, cum laude, and her B.A. in Economics and Asian Studies from Whitman College. She has native fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
The Hatch School’s mission resonated with Shirley on many levels—from her own educational journey to her extensive work with school and educational service districts in the State of Washington.
M.A., Business and Management - Antioch University
Marianne Picha has worked on all sides of independent schools. Ten years were spent in communications supporting admissions and development in boarding and day schools, then she made a transition to the “core business” as a division head and assistant head for 16 years. Marianne has worked in several Northwest independent schools including Annie Wright Schools, Lakeside School, University Prep, Seattle Girls' School and Seattle Country Day School. She now owns her own business as a school leadership coach. A native of Washington, she grew up the fourth of five kids in Puyallup, and today lives in Seattle with her partner Denny Russell and assorted dogs.
MNPL, Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University
Jessica is an experienced nonprofit leader currently working with Washington nonprofits as an independent consultant supporting strategic planning and advancement. For Jessica, building relationships is at the heart of community engagement, organizational development, and fundraising. Her community organizing career began over 20 years ago while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. Since then, she’s been on a journey to approach philanthropy from a foundation of relationship building, equity, and racial justice. In 2020, she started Wake Consulting after 20 years of working for organizations such as Treehouse and Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Jessica believes that through partnership we can all foster connections and investments in our community, and is excited about building community in support of the Hatch School.