Board of Trustees


Charles Quackenbush
Trustee since 2013 


Wendy Armour

Director, PSESD's Learning Communities Foundation

Trustee since 2016


Betsy Gilchrist
Retired CPA, CFO
Trustee since 2014



Cindy Melland
Treasury Management, Coastal Community Bank
Trustee since 2012


Tom Everill

Retired Nonprofit CEO

Trustee since 2019


Carrie Fannin


Executive Director, CHILD

Trustee since 2010


Emily Miller

Chief People Officer, Northwest Center

Trustee since 2020


In early 2017, Trustees convened to create and adopt a 3 year Strategic Plan for CHILD:



The Mission of Children's Institute for Learning Differences is to provide innovative school programs, therapies and training that promote social, emotional and academic growth for children with significant learning and behavioral challenges.  

*Fund Development 

We will increase and diversify contributed revenue. 

Our fund development efforts will be guided by a comprehensive plan grounded in relationship building which results in increased individual and foundation support. 


We will expand use of the CHILD model through added services.

To more completely fulfill our mission, we will increase the reach of programs to serve more students, families and the community. In addition to helping more children succeed, we anticipate the resulting revenue will contribute to greater income diversity.


We will incorporate analytical evaluation of program results into our work.

We will assure that data is collected, maintained and properly analyzed so that objective evidence is used to guide further refinement, optimization, and the expansion of the CHILD model.


We will create a dynamic technology infrastructure that supports the mission of CHILD.

We will continue to use resources wisely to build a smart, efficient technology infrastructure that supports the mission of CHILD.

*Board, Staff 

The board will be diversified to reflect the communities we serve and the needs of the organization.  

Board recruitment and development will be conducted in a planned and thorough manner as to assure robust leadership for CHILD by a Board that is diverse in multiple characteristics and experiences.

Staffing will meet program needs.

Program expansion will be grounded in appropriate staffing levels and staff development investment.