Board of Directors
The Attic’s Board of Directors is responsible for the fiduciary health and sustainability of The Attic. Most importantly, the Board hires, empowers, and actively supports the Executive Director in preserving and nurturing The Attic’s unique mission to nurture in children a sense of self, a passion for learning, community, and childhood, and vision to be a model learning community. All of The Attic’s day-to-day operations and programs are the responsibility of The Attic’s faculty and staff, who are led by the Executive Director, who reports to the Board.
Board Members demonstrate a thorough understanding of and deep commitment to The Attic’s mission and philosophies; have relevant experience in one or more areas of expertise, including progressive education, non-profit governance, finance, and/or fundraising; and have a consistent record of positive, constructive contributions to The Attic community.
Blake Ilstrup is a graduate of Stanford University (BA, 1993) and the University of California Hastings College of the Law (JD, 2000). He is a corporate and securities attorney for emerging tech and life sciences companies, having served as General Counsel and senior executive of a software company and two biotech companies (co-founding one of them), as well as outside corporate counsel in elite AmLaw Global 100 law firms. He has been a member of The Attic Board since 2008 and has served as Board President since 2011. Blake, his wife, and their two children (one an Attic alumni, and the other a current Attic learner) have been with The Attic since 2006 and they feel so lucky to be part of a community that trusts and respects children as individual learners.
Kellie Fellinge is a lifelong eastside resident and has been a member of The Attic community since 2014, with two high school learners currently attending. She enjoys helping with the annual Attic auction and has actively chaired, managed, and participated in fundraising efforts across her community since 2010. Kellie volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader and CERT trainer. A graduate of the University of Washington, Kellie previously managed and built teams at C.C. Filson, Homegrocer, and T-Mobile before pursuing an entrepreneurial path. Kellie co-owns a small laser fabrication shop and retail space in Duvall and teaches and co-hosts a podcast on creativity and mindfulness.
Paul Ingalls is an experienced entrepreneur and technology leader. He has helped build multiple successful consumer internet businesses in the interactive media and games verticals. These include RealArcade and Smilebox. He is currently the founder and CEO of Ripl. Paul is a leader in the new area of culture hacking, defining repeatable ways to build great companies by focusing on the people and teams that define them. Paul joined The Attic Board in the winter of 2019. He and his wife are the parents of one Attic alumni and two current Attic learners.
Greg is Director of Enrollment Management and Admission at Epiphany School, where he has served in that capacity since August 2010. He and his husband live in Lake Forest Park. They have a son who attends Seattle Academy. Greg earned his BA in Liberal Studies at California State University Chico, completed a teaching credential and taught third through sixth grades in Northern California for 10 years. After moving to Seattle, he earned his MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Leslie University and taught humanities, served on the admission team, and was the Middle School Humanities Chair at the Northwest School for 16 years.