Board of Trustees 2019-20

The Board of Trustees is the decision making body legally responsible for the assets, finances, and business practices of the school. Swallowtail Board of Trustees is made up of parents, staff, and community members.

The Board of Trustees responsibilities include:

  • Policy making that is consistent with the school’s mission, vision, and values

  • Fiscal and legal stability

  • Hiring, oversight, and review of the Administrator

  • Development and Fundraising

  • Long range planning

  • Business practices

Amanda Sweeney



Founder and CEO, Quantum Sense

Amanda is the founder and CEO of Quantum Sense. She earned a BBA from the University of San Diego, and has over 15 years experience engaging with CXOs, enabling operational maturity and leading transformative change within nonprofits as well as organizations ranging from $4B-$35B in revenue. Prior to starting Quantum Sense, Amanda worked at Nike from 2014 until 2017, leaving as Director of Global Partner Operations and Efficiency.  Amanda is an avid adventurer who enjoys skiing, fishing and hiking the Pacific Northwest and exploring America's National Parks with her family. She also serves as the Marketing Committee Chair and is a Swallowtail parent.

Denise Bohling
Vice President

Marketing Manager, Intel

Denise Bohling grew up on a family farm in Iowa, then earned a BA in psychology at Luther College. She has worked in marketing roles at Intel for 19 years. Denise enjoys hiking and travel adventures with her husband and son. Denise is a member of the Tuition Assistance Committee and a Swallowtail parent.

Brian Foster

Finance Manager for Global Information and Corporate Services, Columbia Sportswear

Brian holds a BA in Economics from Kenyon College and an MBA from Portland State; he is also a Certified Public Accountant. Brian has over 10 years of accounting and finance experience, having begun his career in nonprofit hospital and higher education work before joining Columbia Sportswear.  Brian is a third-generation Washington County resident, and has two children at Swallowtail. He also serves as the Finance Committee Chair.

Dyami Valentine

Senior Transportation Planner, Washington County

Dyami is excited to be joining the Swallowtail community as a new Board member. Dyami, a Colorado native, moved to the Hillsboro area with his wife Rebecca 16 years ago. Their son Theo joined them in 2016. Dyami is a Senior Transportation Planner with Washington County’s Department of Land Use & Transportation. He has a broad background in environmental chemistry, political science, and urban planning. He earned his B.A. from Pacific University and Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. In his free time, Dyami enjoys outdoor activities with his family.

Brienne Carpenter

Contract Specialist, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Board President; Swallowtail parent

Brienne was born and raised in Washington County and is a double Lewis & Clark College graduate (B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology, and J.D.). After practicing as a local attorney for five years in the areas of estate planning, real estate law, and small business law, she joined the contracts team at Thermo Fisher Scientific in late 2018. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her three children, reading a good novel, and serving on her local planning commission. 

Seth Krussman

Representative and Investment Advisor with SagePoint Financial

Seth Krussman attended Liberty University as a Biblical Studies Major and music minor. He is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor with SagePoint Financial, Inc. Seth holds and maintains the following security registrations with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority): Series 7, Series 65, and Series 63.  Over the last several years, Seth has specialized in tax-incentivized investment planning, advanced retirement income planning, wealth preservation and succession planning; he is also co-host of “Money On Tap,” a finance radio show.
Seth is actively involved locally as a Hillsboro Chamber member, volunteers with Young Life, and coaches youth football.  Seth and his wife, Kirra, live in Hillsboro, along with their three children. Seth enjoys playing music, gardening, traveling, biking, snow skiing, water skiing, surfing, running and wake boarding.  

Direct of School Partnerships, Inflexion

Brandi grew up in Forest Grove and Hillsboro. She now lives with her husband Pete, her daughter Violet, and her parents on the land her great grandparents homesteaded in the Blooming community. Professionally, she consults with schools to develop a strong, shared identity and impactful messaging to make sure their identity is shared and known throughout their community. Previously, Brandi built customized partnerships between New York City business leaders and principals to inspire innovation in public schools. Brandi earned her master’s degree in nonprofit management at The New School – Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Portland State University. She has a background in program development and implementation focusing on youth services and education, which includes teaching English as a Second Language to elementary students in Thailand and serving as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Nepal. In her free time, Brandi loves camping, reading, listening to podcasts, and traveling to new places.

Brandi Kujala-

Thorsten Saeger

Principal Developmental Engineer, Qorvo

Thorsten is an Oregonian by choice and has been part of the Swallowtail community for more than a decade. Two of his daughters graduated while the youngest has a few more years to go. Thorsten is a Principal Development Engineer and member of technical staff at Qorvo. He is always excited about new technologies and something new to learn. Besides Swallowtail he passionately  serves on the executive committee of not-for-profit CS MANTECH and a family man by heart. Thorsten is co-chair of the Building and Lands Committee and a Swallowtail parent.

Marcela Steadham
Staff Rep.

Spanish Teacher, Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm

Marcela Steadham grew up in Santiago, Chile and in France. She spent a great deal of her childhood skiing the mountains of South America and windsurfing in the ocean. Marcela left a successful career as an architect in order to become a full-time mom. Marcela was introduced to Waldorf Education in 1992, when her children attended a school in Bellingham, Washington. Marcela began teaching language at Whatcom Hills Waldorf, and has taught kindergarten, language, math and fine arts teacher up to the high school level.

Anand Maliakal
Staff Rep.

Greg Vandervelden

Corporate Security, Security Operations Technician, Portland General Electric

Greg grew up in the Cornelius, and is proud of his service on the Cornelius Public Library Board, as well as on Swallowtail's Board. He also earned his Eagle Scout in 2003. He and his wife Alissa, a Swallowtail staff, have a daughter who attends Swallowtail and a son who will join the Early Childhood program in 2021. In his free time, Greg enjoys outdoor activities with his family and wood working. Greg is the chair of the Building and Lands Committee and a Swallowtail parent.