Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Frederic W. L. Harder – Board President

I have been a resident of Mercer Island since 1978, working in the property and casualty insurance industry and as a middle school teacher and coach. I am also a photographer and private pilot. I first became involved with NWSDHH after arranging an insurance program for the school’s founders. I have been on the Board since 2011 and I’m honored to be the Board President and also serve on the Executive & Finance Committees.

April Atwood – Board Vice-President

Doug Eickerman – Board Treasurer

Becoming involved with NWSDHH was very easy once I visited the campus and observed the kids playing, learning and just being kids. I have lived in the Seattle area for almost 30 years with the exception of a short stint living in Walla Walla for five years. I’ve been in the investment management industry for all of that time. Bringing this background to the school has been very rewarding. It has been a pleasure seeing the passion the staff bring to school everyday, and it inspires me to bring my best to the board. Whether it’s teaching or getting the word out to the community about the school, amazing things are in store.

Kenneth Teasley – Board Secretary  

My name is Ken Teasley. I like airplanes. I like airplanes so much that I build and fly model airplanes, I can’t resist watching them fly overhead and I work at Boeing as a Propulsion Engineer on the engines for airplanes. Sometimes I even dream about airplanes. I have the privilege of being the Integrated Product Team Leader for the 737 Military Derivative airplanes. My wife Kathi and I have 3 daughters. Two of our daughters are deaf and attended Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. Kathi and I remember many years ago feeling lost at what to do when our daughters were diagnosed with deafness. Through a friend we found Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children. We are so grateful we found the school. Over the years this school became more than just a school, it became family. Our children learned so much from this school and have greatly excelled as a result. I am honored to be selected to serve on the Board of Trustees. I look forward to working with the Board and the school to help further grow the amazing work that is happening here. I also look at this as a way for me to give back some of what the school provided to my children and my family.

Kenneth Alhadeff – President Emeritus

As a sixth-generation Seattleite, my family and I share a deep commitment to the region and to strengthening local organizations that promote social justice in the Puget Sound. NWSDHH is one of those organizations closest to my heart. Every time I visit I am inspired all over again by our School’s parents who make extraordinary sacrifices to ensure that deafness does not limit their children’s future; by the patience and determination of our gifted teachers; and by the hope and possibility I see in our students. This is rewarding work! In addition to my service on the board of NWSDHH, I am chairman of Elttaes Enterprises, the proud owner of the Majestic Bay Theatres, and a partner/producer of Junkyard Dog Productions and The 5th Avenue Theater. In 1997, together with my wife, Marleen, we established the Alhadeff Family Charitable Foundation. As someone committed to high-impact philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest, I invite you to visit us at NWSDHH and see for yourself how our school is changing lives.

Judy Ottren Callahan

I am one of the founders of Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children, and have been on the Board of Trustees since its beginning. Before founding our School, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, my Teaching Degree, and my Master’s Degree in Deaf Education, all from the University of Washington. I also taught deaf and hard-of-hearing children for 12 years in the public school system, in addition to lecturing at the University of Washington. As Directors of this outstanding school for its first 30 years, Karen Appelman and I have deeply enjoyed having a positive impact on the lives of many deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their families.

Nancy Etsekson 

While earning a degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University I had the opportunity to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. These students had all degrees of hearing loss but had no opportunity to use Total Communication and/or Signing Exact English (S.E.E) to help them communicate. I earned my graduate degree at the University of Washington, learning the skills to work with deaf and hard-of-hearing children and give them every opportunity to reach their potential using S.E.E., speech, and hearing therapy. I was a founding teacher at NWSDHH and I am now back as a board member helping the school and its wonderful students continue to grow.

Daryl Reichstein

My name is Daryl Reichstein and I am originally from Houston, Texas and have lived in the Puget Sound area since 1995. I am married to my beautiful wife Anna of 20 years and we have two children Gabriella 17 and Jacob 13. I have worked for Rosen Properties since moving here in 1995 and left briefly for one year in 2007 then came back in 2008. I am currently the Director of Property Management and Construction. I love working for the Rosen Family and each year we get to volunteer at a great facility as part of our United Way Day of Caring. This year we volunteered at NWSDHH and found myself (like many of us here at Rosen Properties) truly amazed at the programs NWSDHH offers and the environment the school provides is so positive and reinforcing. I was most impressed by how the students are advocating for themselves and learning to not only use sign but to speak as part of their communication and learning abilities. I am truly honored to be a part of this board and look forward to working with everyone at the school. 

Leslie Rosen

I grew up in Seattle and moved to New York right after college, where I went to law school and practiced real estate law. It is also where I started my philanthropic career – doing pro bono work for undocumented women who were victims of domestic violence as well as sitting on a variety of boards. I moved back to Seattle in June of 2015 and worked with my family in their commercial real estate company. In Seattle, I continue my work with some of the organizations in New York, as well as sitting on the Board of the Hillel at the University of Washington and being involved with Jewish Family Services and United Way. I chose to be on the NWSDHH Board for the same reason I love the School – because of the kids and wanting to help them accomplish great success!