Meet the Board

Laura Jaecks - Vice President, Board Position #01

Laura Jaecks - Board Position #01Laura 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.


Dr. Walter S. Newman - Board Position #02

Dr. Walter S. Newman - Board Position #02Walter 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.


Claudia De Robles - Board Position #03

Claudia De Robles - Board Position #03We are delighted to announce the appointment of Claudia De Robles to the Wenatchee School District Board of Directors. Position No. 3, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Jesús Hernández.

We welcome Ms. De Robles to the Wenatchee School Board of Directors.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the school district.  Ms. De Robles is the Vice President /Branch Manager for Cashmere Valley Bank and is involved with several community service activities including serving on the board for the Community Foundation of NCW, YMCA and NCW Hispanic Chamber.

Ms. De Robles began serving her term on May 10th, 2016. 


Robert Sealby- President, Board Position #04

Robert Sealby- Vice President -Board Position #04Robert 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.

Phone: (509) 662-6131


Jennifer Talbot - Board Position #05

Jennifer Talbot - President, Board Position #05

Jennifer Talbot earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in May 2016.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from the University of Idaho.  Jennifer has worked in leadership positions in education; 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.  She currently serves on the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) 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 for the implementation of Wenatchee Learns strategic planning; multi-tiered systems of support for school-wide academics and behavior; dual-language programs and education success for English language learners; and closing opportunity gaps for the benefit of all students.

You can contact Jennifer via  e-mail or Facebook: Jennifer Talbot, Wenatchee School Board.