Meet the Board

Phone: (360) 402-0162 (Text)

Maria Christianson is a WSD alumni, she obtained her Bachelors of Science in K-12 Special Education at Western Washington University and Masters of Science in Deaf Education at Western Oregon University. Maria worked as an itinerant teacher of the deaf for 7 years for Ferndale School District before becoming a full time mom to her 10 year old stepdaughter and 3-year-old daughter.Maria has worked as a facilitator and is currently the director of the Deaf Teen Leadership camp for deaf and hard of hearing high school students from Washington State. She is actively involved in deaf organizations and enjoys reading, baking, being outdoors, and watching the girls grow.

Phone: (425) 329-8433 (VP)


Nancy Sinkovitz

Phone: (360) 910-0338

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.

Char Parsley

(509) 315-2128 (VP)
(509) 329-8535 (Text)

Char Parsley, of Spokane, WA (District #5) retired from her position as executive director of Nexus INW in May 2015. Nexus provides services for DHH individuals in Eastern Washington and North Idaho

Char graduated from WSD, Gallaudet University and University of Texas (Master’s in Social Work). She has two deaf adult children.

Char brings with her extensive work experiences, as a social worker, mental health counselor, child protective worker (in D.C.), academic advising (at Gallaudet), instructor in social work (at Gallaudet), sign language instructor in several schools and colleges and enjoys several hobbies such as reading novels, gardening, swimming and the like.

Char brings with her extensive work experiences, as a social worker, mental health counselor, child protective worker (in D.C.), academic advising (at Gallaudet), instructor in social work (at Gallaudet), sign language instructor in several schools and colleges and enjoys several hobbies such as reading novels, gardening, swimming and the like.

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Ariele Belo

(206) 388-1275 (TTY)
(206) 452-7955 (VP/Voice)

Ariele Belo is the Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services for Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center for 12 years and was interim Director of Early Learning Education (Parents Infant Program, bilingual ASL program). She supervised staff within the DHH program in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellingham.

Ariele is native of Seattle and alumna of the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center’s Parent-Infant Program (PIP). She had over 15+ years of experience as advocate for deaf and hard of hearing. She also has 15+ years as Qualified Deaf interpreter for deaf and deaf-blind.

Ariele received her Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies and Recreation from California State University with emphasis in business management, non-profit management and outdoor leadership and Contract Management Certificate from University of Washington.

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 is currently board member and fundraising chair of Deaf Spotlight. Deaf Spotlight inspires, encourages, and showcases creative works of, by, and for Deaf people in the Pacific Northwest through events that celebrate Deaf culture and American Sign Language. She has been on the board since 2013. We are working on creating a Deaf Youth drama program as well as a summer camp for DHH children.

Sidney Weldele-Wallace

(253) 833-6487
(253) 833-9111 x4705
(253) 569-8000 (Cell)


Nancy Fitta

(253) 517-1070
(253) 922-0539
(253) 376-0414 (Cell)

Nancy Kastel Fitta is currently the Director of Special Programs in Fife School District.

She has four grown children, four grandchildren (so far), and is the daughter of Oliver and Anna Kastel, graduates of WSD ’38 and ’39.

Nancy graduated from Lewis and Clark College in 1981 with a BA in Elementary Education, then returned to Lewis and Clark to earn her Master’s Degree in Deaf Education in 1985.

From there she moved north to teach Deaf/HH elementary students for 9 years in the Franklin Pierce School District. In 1994 she moved to Bethel School District to open their Deaf/HH program which served students preschool-21.

In 2004 Nancy received her Administrator Certificate from CWU. When the Bethel Program closed, Nancy moved to Tacoma School District as Assistant Director of Special Education in 2007, and continued her support of Deaf/HH programs there until 2009 when she began working in Fife.

Nancy enjoys her busy life, which includes gardening, reading, playing with grandkids, and working to support the needs of students with all disabilities. She is looking forward to coming “home” to the Deaf Community through service with the CDHY Board.

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 on the WSD campus (611 Grand Blvd, Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.

September 30, 2022: 10am – 3pm

October 28, 2022: 10am – 3pm

December 2, 2022: 10am – 3pm

April 29, 2022: 10am – 3pm

June 8, 2022: 10am – 3pm

July 20, 2022: 9am – 4pm
(Board Working Session)

July 21, 2022: 10am – 12:30pm
(Board Working Session)

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

September 30, 2022

October 28, 2022

December 2, 2022

April 29, 2022

June 8, 2022

July 20, 2022
(Board Working Session)

July 21, 2022
(Board Working Session)

Monthly Financial Status Report

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