Meet the Board

Board of Trustees

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.

Rita Reandeau

Phone: (360) 551-3034

Dolorita (Rita) Reandeau lives in Port Orchard, Washington and represents District 6. She is a Director of Special Education Programs in South Kitsap School District. Rita is also active on the board for the local Helpline Food Bank. That project involves a current capital fund campaign to purchase a local nursery. The goal for the project is to develop community gardens to sustain the food bank.

Rita and her husband Jim have two children, Rose (21 yrs.) who is in college and Will (14 yrs.) who is a 9th grader in school at South Kitsap. Other family members include Jenny, a docile Golden Retriever, and Beamer, a personable black cat.

Rita has been involved with Special Education and students with deafness and hearing impairments for over 29 years. Her interest began when she served in the Peace Corps with the Jamaican Association for the Deaf. Her work there included staring a school for the deaf and taking a census of the number of deaf children in order to impress upon the World Health Organization the need for a Rubella immunization program in the country.

She enjoys her participation with the Board of Trustees for WSD so that she can continue her focus on this population and hopefully make a positive contribution.

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.

Larry Swift

Phone: (360) 491-8745

Larry Swift is retired after completing his career in education as Executive Director of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. (All local school boards in Washington are members of the Association; its purpose is to provide services to locally elected citizens to enhance their effectiveness in governing their school districts.) Dr. Swift and his wife grew up in Tacoma and have lived in Lacey for the last 40 years.

Having taught social studies in middle school and high school, his early career also included seven years on the faculty at Western Washington University. His senior thesis at Harvard College on “Politics and the Cambridge School Committee (school board), prompted his life-long interest in the forces that influence public policy in American Education. His training in the law and graduate work in school administration were the foundation for his work with the school boards’ association. There he managed the policy development process used by local school boards to assure compliance with the law and promote student learning.

He then guided the Association’s work with the state legislature for several years. For the last 15 years of his career he directed the Association and was substantially involved in the state’s school reform efforts in the 1990s. Appointed to the WSD Board in 2002, he has developed a keen interest in the learning challenges faced by deaf and hard of hearing children. He attempts to bring his prior experience to bear on the opportunity to radically improve the learning of deaf and hard of hearing children, regardless of where they attend school.

Board of Trustees Meetings

All meetings will be held on the WSD campus (611 Grand Blvd, Vancouver) unless otherwise noted.

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

June 13, 2019

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