Explorations In Math

Laura Larson, Chair

Laura Larson is a former Co-President of the Parent Teacher and Student Association at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary in Woodinville where Explorations in Math was created. An active volunteer after the birth of her children, Larson was President of the Board of Bucky Beaver Preschool in Kirkland. Before moving to Seattle in 1994, she worked at Boston Trust Company and served on the board for the Boston Youth Orchestra. Once a commercial loan officer at First Chicago Corporation Larson became a Vice-President negotiating highly leveraged transactions to a range of corporations from private middle market through Fortune 500 companies. In Chicago and Los Angeles, Larson worked as a literacy tutor. Since the birth of her children, she has dedicated her financial and business skills to a variety of volunteer organizations including Explorations in Math. Larson graduated cum laude with a degree in History from Cornell University and also holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.

Rosemary Boyle, Vice-Chair

Ms. Boyle joined EIM’s Board in 2008 and adds experience in fundraising and governance. Boyle is an avid volunteer in the Seattle community and has had leadership roles on Boards, Committees, and fundraising events over the last 10 years. Specifically, Boyle has served as a leader of a successful capital campaign, annual fund campaigns, and auctions and has organized large numbers of volunteers. As a mother to three children, she is passionate for all children to gain competence and confidence in math and come to love math. Boyle holds a Bachelor of Physics and Masters of Physics from Creighton University and a Master of Philosophy and Master of Genome Sciences from the University of Washington. She is currently working on a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Washington.

Stephen J. Brugger, Secretary

Mr. Brugger is president of SQLSoft+, an IT training organization with offices in Seattle, Redmond and Beaverton, Oregon (www.sqlsoft.com). He is a member of the worldwide advisory council for Microsoft’s Learning Partner channel and has served on the Adams Elementary PTA as co-president, vice president and for 8 years on the technology committee. He has volunteered at Franklin High School for the Cisco Academy and at Garfield High School as a math tutor. He actively supports the Pacific Science Center as a member of the Discovery Circle advisory council. Brugger has two sons that keep him on the go. He also enjoys biking, sailing and hiking. Brugger holds a B.S. from Ohio State University in Environmental Education.

Douglas J. Beighle, Treasurer

Mr. Beighle is President and COO of Simulab Corporation (www.simulab.com) located in Seattle, Washington. Beighle is a Seattle native and a product of the Seattle public school system, K-12. He is a classroom Junior Achievement instructor and a Cub Scout Pack Leader and a busy father, helping to raise two sons. Beighle received his B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in California.

Stephanie M. Cherrington, Executive Director

Ms. Cherrington served for 18 years in the high-tech and wireless industries before making a leap to the educational non-profit world. Previous to the Executive Director role, Cherrington served EIM as the Outreach Director for 18 months, helping the organization create awareness and develop operational efficiencies in order to serve more schools. Her background includes sales, marketing and operations experience including overseeing the merger and integration of over 2500 people as part of, what was at the time the largest merger in history, AT&T Wireless to Cingular Wireless. She was a recipient of the Award of Excellence for her work during the merger. Prior to that, Cherrington spent four years abroad (1996 – 2000) in Grenoble, France learning the European lifestyle and improving her French language skills. She is married and a mother of two children who were participants in some of the founding programs that eventually grew to become Explorations in Math. Cherrington holds a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University.

Eric Berman, Member

Mr. Berman spent over 17 years working in the technology industry including work at Microsoft and Expedia. Berman was the Vice President of Customer Relations at Expedia and the Vice President of Product Development at GlobalScholar. In 2007, Berman dedicated his energy to his children, investing in the renewable energy sector, and consulting for a variety of Seattle start-up companies. Berman is also a busy volunteer for several organization including Explorations in Math. Additionally, Berman is a partner at Social Venture Partners, which introduced him to the work of Explorations in Math. Berman is a strong advocate for Explorations in Math and its unique approach to math achievement. Berman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Physics from MIT and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Madeleine Durkin, Member

Ms. Durkin grew up in Rhode Island and Washington D.C. and moved to Seattle in 1999 to start a career in product management with Amazon.com. In her first few years, Durkin helped launch new businesses, such as third party selling through Amazon Marketplace, which expanded Amazon beyond their core retail inventory based business. She then spent two years in the UK working on the international expansion of the marketplace business and developing partnerships in new product categories. Durkin has since worked with several prominent companies offering her marketing expertise. Additionally, Durkin is an avid volunteer working as a partner with Social Venture Partners (SVP). Through her role on SVP’s k-12 Education Grant Committee she learned about Explorations in Math and joined the board in 2008. As a parent of young children, she is passionate about early childhood development and elementary education. Durkin is a strong advocate for Explorations in Math and is passionate that everyone has the potential to be good at math. Durkin holds a BA in History from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Katie Klein, Founder, Emeritus Member

Ms. Klein is a founder of Explorations in Math. Klein started her own consulting business, K2 Consulting, in 1990 and consulted with companies to help them develop training for custom software. She later started a series of enrichment programs at Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary in Woodinville including math and chess clubs, and birthday book programs. Together with other enthusiasts, Klein began to introduce these same programs in other elementary schools. As a result, Explorations in Math was born. Klein continues her volunteer work at the Environmental and Adventure School in Kirkland, Washington. She was awarded the Golden Acorn Award for her numerous contributions to Wilder Elementary. Klein holds a BA in Italian from Yale University, a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington, and is a winner of the Calhoun Award.