L-R: Staci Perryman-Clark, Pete Woodruff, Frank Saracina, Ian Woodruff, Laura Feffer, Anne Fischell, Brynn Wade, Andrew Tomamcari

L-R: Staci Perryman-Clark, Pete Woodruff, Frank Saracina, Ian Woodruff, Laura Feffer, Anne Fischell, Brynn Wade, Andrew Tomamcari

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: Anne is the parent of three former Kazoo Kids, Evan, Jonathon, and Emma. She is the vice chair and is on the Executive and Finance Committee.

  • Ben Taylor - Treasurer: Ben went to Kazoo for one year, so he is a Kazoo Kid. He is on the Executive Committee and the chair of the Finance Committee.

  • Brynn Wade - Secretary: Brynn is the parent of three Kazoo Kids. 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.

  • Frank Saracina: Frank is the parent of a Kazoo Kid. He is co-chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

  • Andrew Tomacari: Andrew is the parent of two Kazoo Kids. He is chair of the Development 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

  • Development

  • Executive

  • Governance & Trustees

  • Building & Grounds

  • Education