PTSA Board Members

You can find our current PTSA board members below:

Position Name Email
President Karrie Palis
President Elect Jules Kolb
1st VP/ Membership Donna Fischer
2nd VP/ Fundraising co-chairs Pauline Wray
Tamara Brust
Secretary Mary Khouzam
Treasurer Serena Xu
Assistant Treasurer Kim Stevens
Legislation Jen Pirak


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Kim Stevens: I was born in Idaho and moved here in 2010 and I was surprised to find that I actually prefer gray skies! I have 3 kids, ages 6, 13, and 15.  I'm a stay-at-home mom and am excited to be involved at Fernwood while I still have a child who isn't embarrassed by their mom!

Pauline Wray: I’m a mom of two Fernwood students, Amelia (4th grade) and Zach (2nd grade). When I’m not working in the ED at Seattle Children's Hospital where I work as a Mental Health Evaluator, I enjoy reading, running, baking, eating chocolate and spending time with my family. I look forward to getting to see old friends and make new ones while serving our Fernwood Community during the 2018-2019 school year! 

Jen Pirak I’m a mom of two girls - one attending Bothell High School as a freshman this year and a 4th grader at Fernwood Elementary.  This will be my 10th year as a parent at Fernwood and while I’ve volunteered for and chaired several events and committees for the school and PTSA, this is my first year of serving on the board.  I’m passionate about giving back, paying it forward and helping others whenever I am able.  I love being involved in school activities, as my schedule permits, as a way of staying connected to my girls’ ‘school world.’ When I’m not doing ‘life’ with family and friends, I work full time in Seattle as a radio promotions & marketing manager plus do some on-air work.  I feel so fortunate to be part the very supportive and amazing Fernwood community and I look forward to working with and for you as your Advocacy Chair.

Donna Fischer I was born and raised in Everett, WA and graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Computer Science and worked for Cisco Systems for 17 years. I have been happily married to my husband, Tim, for 17 years and we have three children: Jordan (15), Colin (13), and Lauren (10). I’m currently a stay-at-home mom and I’m a very active volunteer in my school and church community. I also enjoy crafting, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with my family.

Tamara Brust: My name is Tamara Brust. I am the co-chair of the  Fernwood Elementary PTSA Fundraising board member. I am also responsible for Staff Appreciation and Sunshine Committee. You will often see me around Fernwood as I work for the Northshore School District. I volunteer at both of my children’s classrooms - Amelie (3rd grade), Benicio (1st Grade) and I help at school events any chance I get.  Previously, I worked in International Marketing roles in London and Argentina. I also work with Reiki and other  Energy therapies and I just became a life coach.  I am fluent in Spanish and English.  In my spare time, I enjoy  reading books, doing meditation, playing golf and spending time with my family and friends. 

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Karrie Palis Hi! I'm Karrie Palis, your President this 2018-2019 school year. My husband and I have two children at Fernwood, a 3rd grade and 1st grader. We are WA natives and grew up in the PNW. I attended the UW, (Go Dawgs!), root for our home teams (Go Hawks!), and love the culture and food that this great area has to offer. I am an artist by heart, and have always enjoyed design. When I have the ability, I love to explore and travel, but one of my favorite things to do is eat. I am a huge foodie, and those who know me best know that I will make everything about food in some way. I feel very privileged to be serving this board, and look forward to meeting you. 

Mary Khouzam: Hi, I’m Mary and I have two kids at Skyview Middle School and my youngest is a third-grader at Fernwood. I moved from Canada to the PNW 18 years ago and am proud to call this region my second home. This year I’ll be serving on the board as the PTSA secretary. Many years ago, when I still had babies at home, and I had no idea what PTSA was, I was only able to help out with an occasional work-from-home project. Over the years, I’ve helped out on a variety of committees and projects, and that has helped bring me closer to amazing Fernwood community. I’ve met some inspiring individuals that I am now proud to call friends.

Serena Xu: I was born in China, moved to Hawaii and later moved to this area about four years ago from Virginia. I’m an accountant working from home, I enjoy the outdoors and like to do more traveling. I have a daughter who is a 5th grader at Fernwood and a son who is a 7th grader at Skyview.  I truly believe that parental support and community involvement are key to the success of our kids.  I have been volunteering in and around the classrooms and this is my second year on the Fernwood PTSA Board. 

Jules Kolb: Hi I’m Jules your President Elect. I am a mom of 3 boys (yes all boys) I have a 6th grader at Skyview who was at Fernwood last year, a 3rd grader (in the fall) at Fernwood and a Kindergartener ( in the fall ) at Frank Love but he will transfer over in 1st grade to Fernwood. I grew up outside of Chicago where I met my husband then moved to California shortly after we were married then to Washington where we have been for the last 2 years. I am a vegetarian foodie who loves to craft and play sports. I have been a volunteer cheerleader coach, coached Jr. Giants for the 4-5 age group, assistant coach for basketball for the  3-4 year old age group (it is completely adorable), and a head coach for 6-8 year old soccer, I have been an art docent in California, Historian for a previous school both at our previous school in California, and V.P. of fundraising at our school in Bellevue.