Board of Trustees
The Kazoo School is governed by a Board of Trustees charged with oversight of the school’s mission and its long-term health and sustainability. The school is a not-for-profit institution with 501(c)(3) status granted by the IRS.
The Board is composed of current and past Kazoo School parents and alumni, community members, and volunteers from the area. All Board members are recruited through its Trustees sub-committee.
The Board of Trustees focuses on three areas critical to the success of the school: it selects, evaluates, and supports the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the day-to-day operations of the school; it develops broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the school; and it is accountable for the financial well-being of the school.
Pete Woodruff - Board Chair: Pete is the parent of Kazoo graduate, Ian. He is the board chair, and a member of the Finance and Executive Committee.
Anne Arbetter Fischell - Vice Chair: In her former life, Anne was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesia at Stanford University Medical Center. Her position centered around the teaching of residents through patient care. She now works in refugee resettlement under the auspices of Samaritas. Her focus is with children, with whom she works on acquisition of English language skills, development of academic skills, and communication/collaboration between home and school. Anne has been part of the Kazoo School community for 23 years. She uses all she has learned about progressive education at Kazoo School to make her work with young new Americans exciting and fun. Anne serves on the Harvard Schools Committee, where she interviews applicants for Harvard College. She has three children who all attended Kazoo School. The youngest graduated Kazoo School in 2015. They all point to Kazoo School as foundational to their subsequent academic success. An active participant in the Kazoo School Community for many years, Anne was the recipient of the 2011 Kazoo School Community Leadership Award. Anne’s roles include two seasons as Girls on the Run Coach, two years as National History Day Coach, and one year as Kazoo School Capital Campaign Co-Chair. This is Anne’s 3rd time serving on the Kazoo School Board. She is currently Vice Chair, and is on the Finance and Development Committees.
Ben Taylor - Treasurer: Ben was a Kazoo kid for one year and is a Kalamazoo area native having attended the Math and Science Center and Kalamazoo College. Ben is a financial advisor at a local family firm, Infinity Advisory Group, and brings this expertise to the Finance and Executive Committees as well as serving as the Treasurer. He is also looking forward to the next couple of years when his eldest son, now two, will be able to join the Kazoo family.
Brynn Wade - Secretary: Brynn is the parent of three Kazoo Kids. Brynn has a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She is on the Executive, Finance, and co-chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Laura Feffer is a Kazoo School parent and Chair of the Education Committee. Laura is the Principal of Allegan Alternative High School and has been an educator for nearly twenty years. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s Degree in English Education from Western Michigan University, and a second Master’s Degree from WMU in Educational Leadership. Laura feels that choosing Kazoo School is one of the best decisions she ever made as a parent. Kazoo functions as a school family where every child is known and cared for and a place where curiosity and creativity are valued.
Heather Hudson: Heather is the parent of Kazoo graduates, Hillary and Annie Ruffe. She is the chair of the Governance and Trustees Committees.
Staci M. Perryman-Clark is the associate dean of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University. She is also the 2015 recipient of the WMU College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities, and the 2018 recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion. She has published several books, book chapters and articles on culturally relevant teaching practices and writing program administration. Staci is the parent of a Kazoo Kid. She is on the Education Committee.
Sonita Newbury-Schau, Head of School, Ex-Officio
Gretta Hoekstra, Business & Office Manager, Ex-Officio
The Board uses a system of standing committees to carry out its work and solicits participation from the whole community to complete the work of these committees.
Standing Board Committees
Finance & Audit
Governance & Trustees
Building & Grounds
Join Our Board
The Kazoo School Board of Trustees are currently looking for individuals who are passionate about our mission and would like steer Kazoo towards its long term goals. To the best of our ability, the Kazoo School Board of Trustees shall represent the ethnic and racial makeup of the community. We are looking for individuals that possess one or more of the following skills:
Experience in development.
Experience with marketing.
Deep connection to the Kazoo Community.