The board of trustees is responsible for ensuring that the varied assets of Casey Family Programs are properly and effectively used in support of the organization's objectives and purposes. The board works collaboratively with the president and chief executive officer to develop and review existing and proposed programs, as well as to promote strategic partnerships across the United States.
Robert A. "Bob" Watt, Chair
Bob Watt was appointed to the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees in April 2008 and became the chair in 2013. He retired in December 2007 as vice president of state and local government relations and global corporate citizenship for The Boeing Company. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. His career history includes leadership positions with PhyCom Corporation, five years as president of Family Services of Seattle/King County and more than 12 years at Youth Eastside Services, the last five as executive director. He was also Seattle’s deputy mayor under Norm Rice. Learn more
Joan B. Poliak, Vice Chair
Joan Poliak has been a trustee since 1982. She retired from Family Services in Seattle as the director of family education and support services, where her departmental focus was on homeless children and families, children's support services, outreach services and preventive education. She is active on national, state and local boards, including the Child Welfare League of America, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and the King County Commission for Children, Youth, and Families.
America Bracho, Secretary
America Bracho, a recognized expert in Latino health issues and public health, joined the Casey Family Programs Board of Trustees in January 2008. She is the executive director and founder of Latino Health Access, a community-based center working to provide health services and create healthy communities. Located in Santa Ana, Calif., the center was started to assist and engage low-income members of the local Latino community, especially those with multiple needs.
Sharon L. McDaniel, Treasurer
Sharon McDaniel was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs in 2005. She is the founder, president and CEO of A Second Chance, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that serves children in kinship care. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve opportunities for children in foster care. Before founding A Second Chance, she was a child protective services caseworker, a permanency services administrator and a director of adoption services. She also is an alumna of foster care and currently a kinship caregiver.
Shelia Evans-Tranumn, Chair
Shelia Evans-Tranumn joined the board in 2003 and served as its chair from 2011 to 2013. She has worked her entire career in the education sector and currently is executive director of a New York City charter school. She retired in 2010 as associate commissioner of education for the New York State Education Department, Office of School and Community Services. She serves on numerous boards and commissions that address education, race and gender issues, and has received over 400 awards, citations and proclamations recognizing her contributions.
Norm B. Rice
Norman B. Rice was appointed
to the Casey Family Programs
Board of Trustees in June 2012.
He is currently president and CEO
of The Seattle Foundation, one
of the nation’s largest community
foundations. He is former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Home Loan
Bank of Seattle. From 1990 to 1997, Rice served
two terms as mayor of Seattle. He holds degrees in
communications and public administration from the
University of Washington and honorary doctorates
from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University,
University of Puget Sound and Whitman College.