Meet the Board


Nancy Sinkovitz


Nancy is retired after working in the WSD residential program for nearly 27 years. Nancy started working as a Student Life Counselor in 1988. Throughout her years at WSD she worked as Dean of Students, Residential Program Supervisor and retired in 2014 as Director of Residential Services.

Nancy is the daughter of Harold and Marjorie Stickel, WSD class of 1941 and WSD residential employees for over 20 years. She is also the sister of Pat Almer who taught at WSD for over 42 years. Her family has strong ties to the school and the Deaf community.

Nancy has two daughters, one hearing and one hard-of-hearing (WSD class of 1992) and 5 grandchildren, three hearing and two hard-of-hearing, all living in the Clark County area. Her hobbies include reading, movies, gardening, cross-stitching, camping and especially spending time with family.

Nancy has always maintained that the years working at WSD were the best years of her life. She is happy to continue supporting CDHY and WSD and hopes her many years of residential program experience will benefit the board, staff and students.


Ariele Belo


Ariele Belo is the Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and Co-Executive Director of Hearing, Speech and Deaf Center (HSDC). She supervised staff within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (Advocacy, Case Management, Information & Referral, and Education & Trainings programs) in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellingham.  HSDC serves 13 counties in Western Washington.  Ariele works along with other Co-Executive Directors in supporting other programs (Audiology, Speech & Language, Parent-Infant Program, Rosen Preschool, and Interpreting Services) at HSDC.

Ariele is a native of Seattle and an alumna of the Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Center’s Parent-Infant Program (PIP). She had years of experience as an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing. She is also a Qualified Deaf interpreter for Deaf and DeafBlind.

Since joining HSDC, she has graduated from Project LEAD (Leadership Effectiveness and Diversity), a United Way of King County program “which aims to increase the representation of people of color on nonprofit boards and in other positions of community leadership in King County”.

Ariele enjoys volunteering as her parents have always volunteered while growing up. Ariele is currently a board member of Deaf Spotlight. Deaf Spotlight inspires and showcases Deaf Culture and Sign Languages through arts.

Nancy Fitta


Nancy Kastel Fitta has lived in Pierce County for over 30 years.  She is a CODA whose parents both graduated from WSD and later worked for the school for many years.  She retired in June 2021 after working as a teacher of the Deaf/HH, freelance interpreter, ASL teacher, program administrator, and special education director in Region 9.  She has long supported the school, and the CDHY mission of providing educational services and supports to all Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind children and youth and their families, regardless of where they live in our state.


Wes Henson lives in Tumwater, Washington, and represents District 10. He grew up working on his family’s farm in Yuba City, CA.

In 2000, Wes was commissioned as an Army Signal Officer at Oregon State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and minors in Chemistry and Military History. During his eight years of service, which included one year in Korea and two tours in Iraq, he held positions of increasing responsibility culminating in two years as a Company Commander.

Since 2008, Wes has worked for Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company. He is currently an Area Manager in outside sales, helping to grow and develop his team and work with manufacturing and food plants to improve efficiency and reduce fuel and water use. His goal is to bring the skills that he has developed in a diverse career to help CDHY to provide quality services to families and the Deaf community.

Wes and his wife, Monica, have two children, a hearing son, Seth, and a profoundly hard of hearing daughter, Claire. He enjoys camping, woodturning, and karate with his children.

Board of Trustees Meetings

All meetings will be held in a hybrid model on the WSD Campus (611 Grand Blvd, Vancouver) and via Zoom unless otherwise noted.

October 27, 2023: 9am-3pm

December 1, 2023: 10am-3pm

January 26, 2024: 10am-3pm

February 9, 2024: 9am-10am (Special Meeting)

March 22, 2024: 10am-3pm

April 26, 2024: 10am-3pm

June 7, 2024: 10am-3pm

July 25th & 26th: Working Session

October 25, 2024: 10am-3pm

December 6, 2024: 10am-3pm

September 30, 2022: 10am – 3pm

October 28, 2022: 10am – 3pm

December 2, 2022: 10am – 3pm

January 27, 2023: 10am-3pm

February 24, 2023: 10am-2pm (This meeting has been cancelled)

March 24, 2023: 10am-3pm

April 28, 2023: 10am-3pm

May 5, 2023: 10am-12pm

June 9, 2023: 10am-3pm

September 25, 2020 (Board Packet for September 25, 2020 Meeting)

September 25, 2020 (Updated Board Packet for September 25, 2020 Meeting)

October 30, 2020 (Board packet 10.30.2020)

December 4, 2020 (2020.12.4 Board Packet)

December 4, 2020 (2020.12.4 Updated Board Packet)

January 29, 2021 (2021.01.29 Board Packet)

February 26. 2021 (2021.02.26 Board Packet)

March 26, 2021 (2021.03.26 Board Packet)

April 20, 2021 (2021.04.30 Board Packet)

May 21, 2021 (May 21 BOT Agenda (007))

June 11, 2021 (2021.06.11 Board Packet)

June 11, 2021 (2021.06.11 Board Packet Updated)

July 27, 2021 Special Meeting (July 27, 2020 Special Board Meeting)

September 24th 2021 Board Meeting (September 24th Board Agenda)

July Agenda (Agenda JULY (002))

July 26, 2019 (Retreat Agenda PDF)

September 13, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

October 11, 2019 (Special Meeting Agenda PDF)

October 11, 2019 (Updated Agenda 10.11.19)

October 25, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

December 13, 2019 (BOT Packet 12.13.2019 (002)

January 24, 2020 (1.24.2020 Board Packet)

February 28, 2020 (February 28, 2020 Board Packet)

February 28, 2020 Updated (February 28, 2020 Board Packet Updated)

March 27, 2020 (Meeting cancelled 3/11/2020)

May 1, 2020 (5-1-2020 Special Board Packet)

June 5, 2020 (Meeting cancelled 4/7/2020)

June 24, 2020 (June 24 2020 Special Board Packet)

July 28, 2020 (7-28-2020 Board Packet)

August 20, 2020 (Board Packet for August 20, 2020 Special Meeting)

Updated August 20, 2020 (Updated Board Packet for August 20, 2020 Special Meeting)

July 25-26, 2018 (Special Meeting Agenda PDF)

September 21, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

November 2, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

December 7, 2018 (Special Meeting Agenda PDF) 1:00 – 4:00pm

February 8, 2019 – Meeting Cancelled

March 8, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

April 12, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

May 10, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

June 13, 2019 (Board Packet PDF)

September 15, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

November 3, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

December 8, 2017 (Special Meeting) (Board Packet PDF)

February 2, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

March 9, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

May 11, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

June 14, 2018 (Board Packet PDF)

September 29, 2016 (Special Meeting)

September 30, 2016 (Special Meeting) (Board Packet PDF)

November 4, 2016 (Special Meeting) (Board Packet PDF)

January 6, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

February 3, 2017 – Board meeting cancelled due to inclement weather

March 3, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

May 5, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

June 15, 2017 (Board Packet PDF)

October 2, 2015 (Board Packet PDF)

October 30, 2015 (Board Packet PDF)

January 22, 2016 (Cancelled)

February 04, 2016 (Special Meeting) (Board Packet PDF)

February 25, 2016 (Cancelled)

March 25, 2016 (Board Packet PDF)

April 29, 2016 (Board Packet PDF)

June 16, 2016 (Board Packet PDF)

Meeting Minutes

Monthly Financial Status Report

Reports to the Legislature