School Board

Vision Statement of The Board

The board, with participation by the community, shall envision the future of the school district's educational program and formulate goals, define outcomes and set the course for the school district. This will be done within the context of racial, ethnic and religious diversity and with a commitment to education excellence and equity for all students. To achieve the vision, the board will establish a structure, which reflects local circumstances and creates an environment designed to ensure all students the opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a sound organizational framework. This is includes employing a superintendent, developing and approving policies, formulating budgets, setting high instructional and learning goals for staff and students, and nurturing a climate conducive to continuous improvement.

"The commitment by the school board to realign existing resources and add new resources to the support of our classrooms and schools has been made possible through your continued support and our operational levies and school construction bonds." Superintendent, Brian Flones

Meet the School Board Members

Laura Jaecks, President
Board Position #01

Laura Jaecks is currently the Confluence Technology Center and Capital Projects Manager for the Port of Chelan County. Laura previously served as Executive Director of Camp Fire USA – North Central Washington Council from 1996 to 2003 and was responsible for council operations in the counties of Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and half of Adams. Laura’s previous career experiences include co-owner and general business manager of The Training Station (currently Gold’s Gym), and general partner in Cascade Investments.

Laura holds a Project Management Certificate from University of Washington Extension, Masters of Education in Educational Technology, a BS in Accounting from Central Washington University, and an Associates of Arts Degree from Wenatchee Valley College. Laura has volunteered on many community and school district committees. She currently serves as a member of the City of Wenatchee Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a Board Advisor to the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA).

Laura has spent a great deal of her time developing her knowledge of children’s issues through attending workshops and trainings and has written many successful grants, which benefit the community. In November 2009 she completed an eight month long Leadership WSSDA course designed to challenge school directors to grow as visionary, influential leaders, who demonstrate effective governance that improves student learning. The course was facilitated by the Washington State School Director Association.

You can e-mail Laura at

Dr. Walter S. Newman, Vice President
Board Position #02

Walter S. Newman graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and attended medical school at Tulane. After his internship he went to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. for his pediatric residency and then he served two years of active duty in the Navy. He and his family then moved to Wenatchee where he practiced pediatrics for 34 years, first at the WVC, and then at Columbia Pediatrics. He and his wife, Caitilin, have been married for 39 years. Their two children attended public schools here, in Wenatchee School District, during which time he and his family were very involved in the schools.

After retirement he has rekindled involvement in the district, first by volunteering in the schools and then by serving on the Board of Directors. Among other civic activities he was a long time member of the Wenatchee park board, and is currently board chairman at Chelan Douglas Family Planning.

The strong public school system was an attraction when he came to Wenatchee, and preserving this strength is a goal of his on the board. Dr. Walter S. Newman was elected to the Wenatchee School Board of Directors in November of 2007.

You can e-mail Dr. Newman at:

Jesús Hernández
Board Position #03

Jesús Hernández joined the Board in November of 1997, although he volunteered for several years in the school district. Before joining the Board, Jesús initiated a middle school student leadership conference, provided cultural awareness activities for both students and staff, and worked to combat the student drop-out rate and barriers to education. He is a persistent advocate of parents’ important role in their children’s education and his bilingual/bicultural capabilities enhance the Board's understanding of the issues related to Wenatchee's growing immigrant student population.

Hernández was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. in 1979, at the age of 9. He holds a B.A. in Management from Washington State University and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Washington. He and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Mikael, and Julian.

Currently, Jesús is the CEO of Community Choice Healthcare Network serving North Central Washington to improve access to healthcare and strengthening the regional healthcare delivery system. Additionally, Jesús served nine years on the Higher Education Coordinating Board for the state of Washington, having been appointed by Gov. Gary Locke and later Gov. Christine Gregoire.  Jesus remains a strong advocate for access to higher education.

You can e-mail Jesús at

Robert Sealby
Board Position #04

Robert Sealby is 51-year old attorney who has lived in Wenatchee since 1991. He has been married to his wife, Nancy, for 24 years. She is a healthcare educator who currently works with cardio-pulmonary patients. His twin sons, Jacob and Lucas, were three-sport standouts at Wenatchee High School and are seniors at WSU. His daughter Ali is also a three-sport athlete and a junior at WHS. The Sealbys have also been active in their childrens’ schools.

Work Phone: (509) 662-6131







Jennifer Talbot
Board Position #05

Jennifer Talbot graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science.  She is currently working on a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.  Jennifer has worked in leadership positions in food processing production and quality assurance; retail sales and customer service; and several small businesses.  She has worked in youth programs for 4-H and the YMCA and in aquatics as a swim team coach, swim instructor, and lifeguard.  Jennifer has taught enrichment classes for the YMCA, Wenatchee Valley Museum, and after school programs.  She has been a leader and volunteer for many local community organizations.  In 2013, Jennifer was awarded the Apple Valley District Award of Merit for her volunteer contributions to the Boys Scouts of America program in Wenatchee.  She currently serves on the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Advisory Committee.       

Jennifer and her husband, Anthony, have six children.  Jennifer has been a parent volunteer for the Wenatchee School District since 1998.  She supports and advocates for community feedback and collaboration such as Wenatchee Learns, multi-tiered systems of support for school-wide academics and behavior, dual-language programs and education success for English language learners, closing achievement gaps for the benefit of all students, and research/evidence-based best practices for education.

You can contact Jennifer at, 665-9695, or Facebook: Jennifer Talbot, Wenatchee School Board.