Staff

Amy Paquette Executive Director
amy@sisterschools.org

Amy wants to live in a world where people feel empowered to make the Universe a better place than the way they found it.  As Executive Director she’s been honored as a professional speaker, trainer and educator at national conferences working with HIV/AIDS, non-profit programming and volunteer management.

When she is not working on changing the world, you can find her watching movies, reading books, and usually up to no good with friends!

Amy’s favorite quote:  “People who say it can’t be done shouldn’t interrupt those that are doing it:

Terry McGill, Program Director
terry@sisterschools.org

terry mcgillIn 1988, Terry McGill traveled to East Africa and saw the incredible poverty and hardship resulting from twenty years of civil war and a ravaging AIDS epidemic in the small country of Uganda. He was forced to ask a very personal question,

“ If I really am the kind of person I like to think I am, what should I do?”

Upon his return to Seattle, he shared his experience with local school children who, after seeing pictures of the conditions in Ugandan schools and orphanages, responded with overwhelming generosity. Terry returned to Uganda with hundreds of pounds of donated school supplies and clothing. As he distributed the items in Uganda he saw communities transformed as hope returned to hundreds of children, their parents and their teachers. Terry knew he had to share what he’d seen with the children whose willingness to get involved had made it all possible. Returning home, Terry revisited each participating U.S.

In the more than 25 years since that first trip, Terry has spoken in more than two hundred local schools, shared his story with thousands of local students and teachers and helped deliver more than three quarters of a million pounds of supplies donated by U. S. school children to their counterparts in Uganda.

Nadalie MalsamDirector of Engagement
nadalie@sisterschools.org

Inspired by Sister School’s mission at a young age, Nadalie found herself drawn to a career in non-profit. After graduating from University of San Diego, she moved to South Africa and assisted with research and reporting on education conditions. As Director of Engagement she hopes share the power of compassion and altruism through Sister Schools’ mission. Nadalie thoroughly enjoys reading, yoga, surfing and traveling the world in search of a good adventure.

 

Asia Kamukama, Uganda Coordinator
asia@sisterschools.org

asia kamukamaSeven years ago, when Asia joined Sister Schools as their Ugandan Country Coordinator, she dreamed of being part of the change in her country. She had no clue what immense changes she would be part of. Asia grew up in a Ugandan village where 90% of the children didn’t attend school, education was hard to come by, and life was very difficult. She always knew that education was the gateway, even if she had to walk seven miles to school and scrounge for supplies. Asia excelled in school and received government sponsorship to attend University, where she received a BA in Development Economics.

Asia started work as a librarian. After two months of struggling to teach children how to read, she fell in love with the beautiful smiles of triumph that filled their faces the first time they were able to pronounce a word right. Soon after, she started working for Sister Schools, identifying schools and orphanages for our partnership, working with sponsorship students, and overseeing all Sister Schools projects and programs in Uganda. Asia sees first-hand schools transformed from shambles to first class schools with well stocked literacy centres, as well as cemented and painted classrooms. Education is a matter of life and death in Uganda and anything counts, be it a pen, book or even a ball to play with during break time. Those little things mean a lot to the children, their teachers and families, and are rays of hope for many.

 

Board of Directors

 

Carol Lycette, Board Chair

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Carol Lycette is a proud native of Seattle, Washington. She and her husband have been married for 28 years and they have one daughter, Julia. Julia is 24 years old and a senior at Seattle University. Carol completed an Organization Systems and Design graduate degree in June of 2013 from Seattle University. She attended the University of Washington where she received a BA in Psychology. Her professional career has been in management almost entirely in technical groups or with technology companies. Carol has worked for Safeco Insurance, Attachmate and the last 15 years for Microsoft. She is currently the Director of Business Management in the Microsoft Global Business Support organization.

Carol is a respected leader of results driven, high performing teams that also have fun. She is skilled at conceptualizing and orchestrating operational forecasting exercises that align with long-term strategic plans. She is considered an expert in bringing the right people and the right skills set together to deliver on commitments while thinking globally and strategically. She is experienced in managing a wide range of specialties within the Technical Support discipline including quality, process, tools, offerings and operations.

On a personal note Carol enjoys international travel, she does service/citizenship work in Africa, and she likes to garden, cook and sample wines of the world.

Melissa Pendleton, Treasurer

Board member Melissa Pendleton

Melissa is an Account Executive with McKinstry, a design, build, operate and maintain firm that advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions. Melissa volunteered for years with programs for children with disabilities. She  was drawn to Sister Schools because of her strong interest in the overall well-being and future of all children.   Melissa has extensive business development, marketing, sales and strategic planning expertise. She’s a member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, the Washington Association of Maintenance and Operation Administrators, and a participant in Economic Alliance of Snohomish Count. Melissa  is also an accomplished horsewoman.

Katherine Berry, Secretary

katherine berryKatherine Berry is the Music Specialist at Fernwood Elementary in Bothell, Washington. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Lesley University.

Katherine has been actively involved in Sister Schools for more than ten years. Her involvement has included two supply drives, hosting students visiting from Uganda, and eight benefit concerts. These concerts have raised more than $25,000 to aid in the construction of school improvements and literacy centers in Uganda.

Katherine’s dedication to Sister Schools is driven by her desire to help all children succeed in their education and life goals and to foster the spirit of generosity in her school community. She resides in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband, Sean, her two daughters and their devoted dog, Cinqo.

Lew Dickert

Lew is principal at Little Cedars Elementary School in Snohomish County. Prior to that, Lew served as principal at Fernwood Elementary, where he first learned about Sister Schools. He participated in school supply drives, emceed seven Fernwood concerts benefiting Sister Schools, and was the keynote speaker at Sister Schools’ 2012 Gala. Lew traveled to Uganda with Sister Schools in the spring of 2014.

Lew is a member of the 2014 Master’s Slowpitch World Champions, Team Pound. He lives with his wife, Kristin, and their girl-and-boy twins in Mill Creek, Washington.

 

Tara Kelly

Kelly, Tara 02Tara  is an Associate with the DLR Group, focusing on business development in K-12 education architectural design. Tara is passionate about helping children and has traveled extensively in the developing world. She’s also a gifted athlete and completed the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride in 2014. Tara brings years of strategic planning and marketing experience to Sister Schools. Tara is a member of Council for Educational Facility Planners International, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business Leadership Initiative, Bisnow.

 Nick Rosenfeld

Newest member of our board, Nick Rosenfeld.Nick is a Director at Microsoft responsible for Lync Online support delivery.  He has been at Microsoft for over fourteen years and loves all aspects of technology.  Nick grew up in Miami, FL as well as Martinique in the French West Indies and now lives in Redmond, WA.  He has lived in the Seattle area since 2002.  Outside of his core responsibilities at Microsoft, Nick is passionate about education and Citizenship.  Over the past few years Nick has been increasingly involved in driving some Citizenship efforts at Microsoft.  Projects focus on empowering nonprofits thru technology and also using technology to help with education.  Two years ago Nick had the unique opportunity of traveling to Blantyre, Malawi with a group of fellow Microsoft employees in order to bring technology to classrooms.  The project had heavy emphasis on enabling the teachers so that they could use the technology effectively in the classrooms.  Nick worked closely with Carol Lycette on this project, which  is how he was first introduced to Sister Schools. “I have been impressed by the Sister Schools mission and impact to date, not only in helping children in Uganda, but in making a connection with the kids here,” says Nick.Outside of work Nick loves to spend time with his wife Jen and their three year old daughter Kate.  They are passionate about traveling and visit a few new countries each year.  Nick is also an avid squash player and big fan of live music.

Lindsay Pasternak Wolpa

lindsay pasternak wolpaLindsay moved from the Boston area to Seattle in 2000 to attend the University of Washington. Following graduation, she worked for Senator Maria Cantwell as an immigration caseworker. After several years with Senator Cantwell¹s office, she traveled extensively through the Middle East, Africa, Europe, South Asia and Latin America, finally returning to Washington D.C to work for a communications and lobbying firm managed by several former senior advisers from the Clinton Administration.

Lindsay returned to Seattle in 2010 to work for the Washington State Democrats Coordinated Campaign, followed by communications consulting before completing her Master¹s of Public Administration (MPA) at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in 2015. She currently works as  Issues and Policy Manager for the Office of Communications at the Port of Seattle.

Lindsay and her husband live in West Seattle¹s Alki neighborhood.Lindsay¹s husband, Zach had been part of team that helped design one of Sister Schools¹ resource centers and he introduced Lindsay to the organization.

Kasey Wyatt

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Kasey is a Senior Project Manager with OAC Services, Inc. Kasey is passionate about education and children’s issues, which is what lead her to make the planning, design and construction of schools the primary focus of her career. She is an active member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). She brings her top construction management skills and experience to school building projects throughout Washington State.

Kasey started supporting Sister Schools through a workplace matching program put in place by a colleague who had traveled to Uganda with Sister Schools. When she discovered that Sister Schools built the 2000 square foot Mukono Resource Center for less than the cost of building a closet in a new school in Washington, she was hooked.

Seeing the schools that the state of Washington builds makes Kasey proud. She is humbled, though, knowing that students in the US and abroad bring great enthusiasm to their education even when they face dire conditions and are taught with antiquated materials. Seeing the difference that Sister Schools makes for children inspires and motivates Kasey to use her professional skills, contacts and experience on its behalf.