January is School Board Recognition Month! We are grateful for our board of directors and their dedication to our community! School board of directors volunteer their time to serve our community and are elected by voters to lead and oversee the vision of the Bellevue School District. Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation to mark the occasion.

Bellevue’s board of directors is made up of five community members who represent geographical districts and they include former students in the Bellevue School District and parents of current and former students. They are lawyers, doctors, educators and volunteers and bring together a collection of diverse and unique experiences and backgrounds. Thank you to our board members for their service!


Francine Wiest

Dr. Francine Wiest is the current Board President and joined the board in 2019. She currently serves on the Board Committee for Finance and Operations and is the Board Liaison for Youth Link.

a photo of Francine Wiest, board member

Carolyn Watson

Carolyn Watson has served on the board since 2015 and is the current Vice President. She currently serves on the Board Committees for Finance and Operations and Serving Each and Every Student. She is also the Board Liaison for the Special Needs PTSA.

a photo of Carolyn Watson, board member

Christine Chew

Christine Chew has served on the board since 2010. She currently serves on the Board Committees for Governance, Oversight and Legislative, Students, Instruction and Family Engagement, and Serving Each and Every Student. She is also the Board Liaison for the Bellevue Schools Foundation, Eastside Pathways and is the WIAA Representative.

a photo of Christine Chew, board member

Sima Sarrafan

Sima Sarrafan has served on the board since 2018. She currently serves on the Board Committee for Governance, Oversight and Legislative and is the Board Liaison for the PTSA Council.

a photo of Sima Sarrafan, board member

Erica Melief

Dr. Erica Melief has served on the board since 2017. She currently serves on the Board Committee for Students, Instruction, and Family Engagement and is the Board Liaison for Jubilee Reach.

a photo of Erica Melief, board member

Learn more about our board members on our website. Interested in serving? Learn more about qualifications for school board and becoming a candidate.