An Independent School for PreKindergarten through 8th Grade
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.
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.
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 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.
Staci M. Perryman-Clark
Staci 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.
Heather is the parent of Kazoo graduates, Hillary and Annie Ruffe. She is the chair of the Governance and Trustees Committees.