District 1

Sima Sarrafan

Term expires 2019

District 2

Carolyn Watson

Term expires 2019

District 3

Erica Melief

Term expires 2020

Dr. Erica Melief was elected to the Bellevue School Board in 2017. She ran for office at the encouragement of Chris Marks, the incumbent of her seat at the time, from a desire to serve her local community in a meaningful way.

Erica has lived in Bellevue with her husband since 2007 and has three children who will all be attending Bellevue public schools when they are old enough. Encompassing both ends of the education spectrum, she has taught undergraduate students during her PhD tenure and volunteered with her childrens’ preschool classes.

Erica earned her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in 2011. She works as a Research Scientist focused on neurodegeneration in the department of Pathology at UW.

District 4

Christine Chew

Term expires 2019

Roles: Vice President

Christine Chew was appointed to the Board in September of 2010 to fill the position vacated by Peter Bentley. Ms. Chew serves as the board’s representative to the PTSA Council.

Ms. Chew has lived in the Bellevue School district since 1993. Her two children currently attend schools in the district, where she lives with her husband.

The daughter of two public school teachers, Christine’s passion for education dates back to her youth when she served in volunteer capacities working with youth in school and out-of-school programs. Ms. Chew continued to pursue that passion as former high school science teacher (at Redmond High School), a soccer coach, and a volunteer in various youth programs and schools. Ms. Chew is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the University of Washington and runs a Seattle nonprofit, College Access Now, that is dedicated to making college possible for underserved students.

Ms. Chew formerly worked as a program management lead at Microsoft for eight years where she helped lead small teams working on software development, including work on Microsoft Encarta’s online services. In her early career, Ms. Chew worked as an environmental health/risk assessment toxicologist. Ms. Chew earned dual bachelor’s degrees (in chemistry and political science) and a master’s degree (in toxicology) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A strong education not only builds skills and opportunities for a strong individual but also for a strong community. I am committed to ensuring that all students receive an excellent education that builds their strengths, enhances their opportunities and strengthens the understanding and skills of our collective community.

Christine Chew

District 5

My-Linh Thai

Term expires 2020

Roles: President

My-Linh Thai was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2013. Ms. Thai has resided in the Bellevue School District since 2008. She is married with two children, who attend Tyee Middle School.

Ms. Thai has a wealth of experience as a volunteer in Bellevue Schools. In addition to her work as a classroom reading and math volunteer, she has served on the Somerset Elementary PTSA and held leadership roles on the Bellevue PTSA Council. Ms. Thai also organized Tyee Middle School Math Olympiad and Somerset Elementary MathAdventure, chaired Somerset Elementary Reflections National PTA Arts Program and served as Somerset’s ambassador to the Bellevue Schools Foundation for two years. In 2013, she received the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate Award for her volunteer service.

When she was a teenager, Ms. Thai moved to the United States with her family as refugees from Vietnam. She did not know English and spent two years in the ELL program. She graduated from Federal Way High school, where the dedicated teachers and counselors helped start her on the path toward higher education and community service. In 1992, she graduated from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. In 2008 and 2012, she returned to Vietnam to help teach the country’s first nursing graduate program.

Ms. Thai formerly worked as a pharmacist and also helped her husband build and

I believe that a great education is one where both the heart and the mind are nourished and cultivated. To do that, we should acknowledge that each child has a gift and his/her educational need is unique. To best individualize the effort to educate, we must engage our teachers, principals, parents, students and all members of our community. My hope is to be part of an education where curiosity and creativity are fostered, effective communication and collaboration are encouraged, critical thinking is developed, and citizenship nurtured.

My-Linh Thai