Meet the Staff

We are passionate and dedicated to enhancing the experience of LWSD students and families.

Katy Philips

Katy Philips

Executive Director
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As the Executive Director for Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Katy Philips is responsible for the planning, organization, and overall direction of the Foundation’s programs and operations.   

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Katy Philips has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to supporting children and education, including working with homeless youth, inner-city preschools, Seattle Children’s Hospital, unaccompanied minors going through the asylum process, and more than a decade as a PTSA volunteer and leader in the Bellevue School District. 

Katy remarks, “Even before I had kids of my own, I have always been drawn to opportunities to advocate for and support children. They are society’s most precious asset and our key to a brighter future.” 

Maya Vidich

Maya Vidich

Operations Manager
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Maya Vidich is the Operations Manager for Lake Washington Schools Foundation and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, including bookkeeping, maintaining operational integrity of accounts, and administering donations into Foundation databases.  

Maya’s professional background includes having worked in the Consulting field in Washington DC and San Francisco. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from American University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from San Francisco State University.  

Maya has two teenage children attending schools in the Lake Washington School District and in her spare time enjoys travel, yoga, cooking and reading. 

Irina Czyzewski

Development Associate
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As the Development Associate at Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Irina Czyzewski is responsible for leading strategic fundraising and public outreach efforts of the Foundation.

Irina’s professional background includes work in the higher education’s financial aid industry, business analysis, as well as almost a decade of a variety of volunteer positions within the local PTSAs, including the roles of the Treasurer, President, Vice President, and various program chairs. Irina holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho and an MBA and the Master of Arts in Teaching degrees from Jacksonville University in Florida.

Bonnie Leung

Bonnie Leung

Communications and Program Coordinator
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As the Communications and Program Coordinator for the Foundation, Bonnie Leung is passionate about connecting and strengthening our community of donors, partners, and beneficiaries through authentic and compelling storytelling. She also provides event management and marketing support for our in-house programs. 

With a background in human resource management, Bonnie has spent recent years volunteering her communications, graphics, and videography expertise at various education and arts non-profits.

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June Chen

Development Assistant
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As the Development Assistant at Lake Washington Schools Foundation, June Chen is responsible for supporting the fundraising, programmatic, and public outreach efforts of the Foundation by managing donor database, cultivating donor relationships, identifying focused donor groups for targeted outreach, as well as providing support at LWSF events.

Having studied and worked in Asia, Australia, and the United States, June has a deep understanding of diverse perspectives and a passion to drive positive changes. Prior to joining the Foundation, June worked in the technology industry and served on the boards and committees of various non-profit organizations.

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