Submit a message to the school board’s “Listening Post,” which is an electronic communication directly to the full board and superintendent. In addition to the Listening Post and phone numbers, you can click here to email the entire school board and the superintendent.



Kelly Bashaw

Kelly Bashaw, School Board Director
Board Position No. 3
Date Began: 12/13/07

Current Term: 2015-2019

Phone: 360-746-4618

Elected to the school board in 2007, 2011 and re-elected in 2015, 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.




Douglas Benjamin

Douglas Benjamin, School Board Vice President
Board Position No. 5
Date Began: 8/21/14
rrent Term: 2017-2021

Phone: 360-202-6150

Douglas Benjamin was appointed to the vacant board position in August 2014. He was elected for a two-year term in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. 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.



Camille Diaz Hackler

Camille Diaz Hackler, School Board President
Board Position No. 1
Date Began: 12/8/11
Current Term: 2015-2019

Phone: 360-441-1808

Camille Diaz Hackler was elected to the school board in November 2011 and again in 2015. 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.




School Board Director Jenn Mason

Jenn Mason, School Board Director
Board Position No. 4
Date Began: 12/06/17
Current Term: 2017-2021

Phone: 360-410-4437

Elected to the school board in November 2017, Ms. Mason earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and sociology from Western Washington University and her master’s in public administration from Seattle University. She’s worked for 15 years on behalf of families and children, including as a community educator and trauma counselor in public schools throughout Whatcom County. Currently she is a small business owner working with nonprofit organizations and government agencies on resource development, communication, and events. Ms. Mason has lived in Bellingham since 2001. She and her husband have a daughter who attends Bellingham Public Schools developmental preschool.


Quenby Peterson

Quenby M. Peterson, School Board Director
Board Position No. 2
Date Began: 12/10/15
Current Term: 2015-2019

Phone: 360-306-2321

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 and 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.