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.

Annabelle Hussaini
Parent Assoc. Rep.

Program Associate, Children and Family Futures

Project Manager, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

Annabelle received her MSW from the University of Southern California with a concentration in Community Organizing, Policy, and Administration. She provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to state, county, and tribal leadership to form cross-system collaborative teams and implement a strategic plan to improve outcomes for pregnant and parenting women, their infants with prenatal substance exposure, and their families. She is also a Board member with the Islamic Society of Greater Portland and a founding member of the Council on American Islamic Relations chapter of Oregon. Annabelle and her family can often be found at various community events advocating for communities of color and disadvantaged populations around the globe. Annabelle has three daughters at Swallowtail.

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.  

Cher Levendosky
Staff Rep.

Swallowtail Waldorf School and Farm Administrator

Cher has worked in Waldorf Education since 1975 as an active parent, board member, kindergarten teacher, administrator, consultant and mentor. She joined the staff at Swallowtail in 2013.
Cher earned a BA in Liberal Arts after she attended UCSB and Sonoma State University, where she split her studies between Philosophy and Early Childhood Education. Completing the Waldorf School Administration and Community Development Training, she has spent her life working to partner the values of Waldorf education and humanistic business practices. A fourth generation Californian, Cher and her husband moved to this area in 2009.  Portland is the ideal home for them to pursue their gardening passion and for weekly play sessions with their extended family and three grandchildren who live nearby.

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.

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.

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.