Mark Bachman, President
Mark (WHS class of ’91) is a proud Washburn alumnus, lives in the neighborhood, and is the parent of three future Millers. Mark joined the Board in January 2009 and has served as President since that time. He believes that having a thriving, vibrant, public high school is a true cornerstone of a successful community and is excited to be working with such a committed, talented, and fun group of Miller supporters to help ensure Washburn’s continued success!
Jeremy Graff, Treasurer
Jeremy is what some would call a “Triple Threat” for the Foundation. Not only did he graduate from WHS (’93), he also lives in Tangletown, and has 3 future Millers at home. He bleeds orange and blue. Jeremy joined the Board and has served as Treasurer since 2009. His reason for joining the Board was, and is, to help make WHS a great community high school.
Gwenn Branstad, Secretary
Gwenn has lived in the immediate Washburn neighborhood since 1991. The first draw to Washburn were the field lights on Friday night. The experience of walking her 3 sons to football games, sitting in the stands with neighbors and tossing the ball in the end zone made Washburn the natural choice when “shopping” for high school. Now the mother of three recent Washburn High School Graduates, Gwenn looks forward to attending Washburn events for many years to come. She has been a member of the Foundation Board since 2009, and currently serves as the Secretary.
Lisa Swanson Quist, Board Manager
Lisa (WHS class of ’80) comes to the Washburn Foundation Board as an alumni, co-chair of the Washburn Parent Council from 2013-2016, former member of the Washburn Site Council and active school and community volunteer. Lisa joined the board in 2015 and serves as the board manager. Her youngest child is a recent graduate from Washburn and she looks forward to being parent of two college students.
C.C. Strom, Board Member
C.C. joined the Washburn Foundation board of directors in 2015. In her professional life, she’s a communications manager for a nonprofit organization. Her evenings and weekends are spent watching her middle school son play soccer or picking her daughter up after sports practices at Washburn. The daughter of a former Washburn chemistry teacher, she also worked in the Community Education office more years ago than she’d like to admit.
Steph Smith, Board Member
Steph has been an advocate for and a fan of WHS before her kids attended. She knew we needed another viable school in our SW neighborhood when her 21 yr old son was in kindergarten at Hale Elementary. Steph has graduated 2 sons from Washburn and is in the process of seeing 2 more through. She has served on the WHS Site Council and Foundation Board for the past four years. She works as a youth director at a local church and therefore, interacts with numerous Millers at work and at home.
Julie Erickson, Board Member
Julie serves as one of the WAC (Washburn Arts Council) Liaisons to the WHS Foundation. She has served as a member of WAC for two years and the Liaison for one year. She currently has two children at Washburn who have both been involved in the technical aspects of musical and theater productions. She has a daughter who is already preparing for musical theater roles, and is a future Miller.
John McCreary, Board Member
John (WHS class of ’80) is the current Library Media Specialist at Washburn, and he has worked at Washburn for 6 years. He joined the Washburn Foundation in 2015 as the website manager. He and his wife have raised three children who attended the Minneapolis Public Schools, one of whom attended Washburn. They live in the Windom neighborhood, and he enjoys biking to work even in the winter! Being on the board is one small way to say thank you to the many teachers and coaches that helped him on his journey at Washburn.
Vicki Bunker, emeritus
Vicki is an alumna from the Washburn High School class of 1966. She joined the Board in January, 2010 and has enjoyed watching the school evolve with increasing excellence each year. Every time she enters the building, she feels the nostalgia along with the Miller Pride!
Kevin Yellick, Board Member
Originally a cheese head, Kevin and his wife Deanna have called the Hale-Field neighborhood home for over 25 years. His oldest son Parker began his WHS career in 2016 which thrilled his grandfather who grew up block from Kevin and Deanna’s current home and graduated WHS in 1948! Kevin owns Meritor Technology, a computer and networking firm on Chicago Ave. He and his staff use their experience and tech savvy to maintain the back-end technology that runs the foundation.
Erica Lebens England, Board Member
Carolyn Stark, Board Member