Bellingham Public Schools

School Board Profiles

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 Phone: 220-4006

Kelly Bashaw

School Board Director

Elected to the School Board in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, Kelly Bashaw earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tulsa. She works as an educational planner, financial aid advisor and grant coordinator at Whatcom Community College. Ms. Bashaw has lived in Bellingham since 1994 and has two children who have attended district schools.

Phone: 202-6150

Douglas Benjamin

School Board Vice President

Douglas Benjamin was appointed to the vacant board position in August 2014. He has worked as a licensed mental health counselor in Bellingham for 30 years. He earned his bachelor degrees in psychology and political science from Seattle Pacific University and his master's degree in clinical and counseling psychology from Western Washington University. Mr. Benjamin is a father of five, all of whom have attended (or are attending) Bellingham Public Schools.


Phone: 441-1808

Camille Diaz Hackler

School Board President

Camille Diaz Hackler was elected to the School Board in November 2011. She graduated from Bellingham High School, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University. Ms. Hackler and her husband have two sons who attended Bellingham Public Schools. She is currently employed by a local small business.


Phone: 306-2321

Quenby M. Peterson

School Board Director

Quenby M. Peterson was elected to the school board in November 2015. She graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science. Ms. Peterson has lived in Bellingham since 1991, during which time she has worked in the finance industry, been active in our community and school system, including extensive volunteer work. She and her husband have two children who currently attend Bellingham Public Schools.


Phone: 393-1518

Steven Smith

School Board Director

Elected to the School Board in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, Dr. Steve Smith earned his doctorate in accounting from Arizona State University, master's degree from Oklahoma State University, and bachelor's from Iowa State University. He is an accounting professor at Western Washington University. Dr. Smith, his wife and children moved to Bellingham in 2000. They have two children, both district graduates.