Meet Your Board Members

Treasurer – Carrie Standish

Carrie is the treasurer here at Steilacoom Co-op. Please feel free to ask her any questions you may have regarding school fees, tuition or any other money related matters. Carrie loves her family: Andrew (4), James (6), and her husband, Elliot. Besides participating in the co-op, she enjoys staying busy with family activities, running her own small Mary Kay business, singing in her church choir, and playing board and card games with her husband and friends.


Secretary- Tiffany Brandt

Tiffany joined the co-op last year with her daughter, Kaleigh, in the 2’s class. This year she wanted to be more involved and was excited to jump at the opportunity to become a board member. Education has always held a special place in her heart. Before starting a family, Tiffany obtained her teaching credential and worked with elementary-aged children. Now that she has 2 kids of her own, it was important to her to expose them to environments that would encourage them to be the natural explorers that they are. Aside from spending time with her family, Tiffany enjoys pizza, reading, baseball, nap time, Disney, being outdoors, game nights, and s’mores.


Red Class Rep – Julie Elledge

This will be Julie’s 6th year with the co-op and her 1st as the Red Class representative. Last year she served as the President. She grew up in Lakewood, was an Air Force baby and a Lakes High school grad. She traveled a lot in her teens & twenties for work and then returned home to attend college. She started at Pierce College in Lakewood and then moved on to graduate from UW Seattle. She returned to Lakewood in 2009 to raise a family. She has three boys:  this school year James will be in first grade, Jack will be in kindergarten and Charlie will be in the 2’s class. “I love the co-op!” she says. “It’s become our extended family and support system and we’ve all made great friends here…I hope you all do too!”


Yellow Class Rep- Holly Koch

This will be Holly’s second year with the co-op, but first year as a board member. Last year, her daughter, Finley, was in the 2’s class and they really enjoyed the school. When Holly isn’t participating in the co-op she loves to read a good book, find a new trail to hike and spend time with her family. She has been living in Washington for a little over two years. Her husband is in the Army but they hope to one day return to their home state of Michigan. Holly is excited to see what the 2017-18 school year will bring. If you have any questions regarding Yellow Class don’t hesitate to ask.


Health and Safety Chair- Candace Wight

Biography coming soon!


Publicity/Newsletter Chair- Gretchen Stradley

This will be Gretchen’s second year at the co-op and first year serving in a board position. Last year her son, Liam, was in the 4’s class and loved it. He is sad to leave the school behind as he goes to kindergarten but this fall her daughter, Olivia, will be in the 2’s class and Gretchen is looking forward to seeing her grow and develop through the preschool. This is her second year living in Washington. Her husband is serving in the Army at JBLM and they love being stationed here. When she isn’t wrangling her two kids she likes going on hikes or visiting new places nearby. She is currently studying to reactivate her LPN license and return to nursing.


Membership Chair- Blanca Cardenas

Biography coming soon!


Non-Voting Board Members

Teacher – Ms Laurel

Bates Contact- Diana Bates