School Board Members
About the Board Members
Laura Jaecks - Board Position #1
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.
Martin Barron - President, Board Position #3
Martin Barron is the parent of 4 children who greatly benefited and successfully graduated from Wenatchee public schools. He was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa completed his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London and earned his M.Sc. in The Economics of Poor Countries and their Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
Before moving to Wenatchee in 1990 Martin lived and worked in 6 countries. He speaks English and Spanish comfortably and has some comprehension of 5 other languages. Public Service is Martin’s 5th career. He worked as a Chemical Engineer, Development Economist, Agribusiness in production, logistics and general management in Latin America, and finance and administration which enabled him to choose his family home, Wenatchee. He became a naturalized citizen in 1994.
Martin has volunteered in our schools on task forces, scholarship programs, and as mentor, stagehand, exchange student host and translator. His wife Tina produced district musicals for a decade and was a long term member of WHS foundation board.
Martin believes that no investment is more important for our community than K-12 education and ALL our children are our greatest asset. His hope as a board member is to be a catalyst for improvement and an advocate for our public schools in and to our community.
Maria Iñiguez - Vice President, Board Position #2
María Iñiguez was born in California, is a first generation Mexican-American and an English Language Learner. She’s a graduate from Enumclaw High School in Enumclaw, WA and has resided in Wenatchee since 2006.
María attended the University of Washington Tacoma where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies and a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Art and Sciences with an emphasis on education. While conducting research for her master’s thesis “Leaving Hispanic Students Behind: The Effect of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning on Hispanic Students”, María studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Cienfuegos, Cuba. During her time in Cienfuegos, María collaborated on an academic paper “Abriendo un espacio para el alumno latino en el currículum de las universidades de los Estados Unidos,” (Opening a space for Latino students in US University Curriculums) and presented at the International Colloquium on University and Community, at the University of Cienfuegos.
Education has opened many doors for María, which is why she has centered her professional career around education. She began her career as a student recruiter for the University of Washington Tacoma before relocating to Wenatchee. In 2006, she was hired by the Wenatchee School District where she worked for over 12 years under different capacities. María currently works as the Executive Assistant to the President of Wenatchee Valley College.
María serves the community as a parent volunteer and team sponsor for Wenatchee Youth Baseball, team sponsor for Greater Wenatchee Soccer Club, a volunteer scholarship reader for Community Foundation of NCW, mentor for WHS College Mentor Program, volunteer for Community for the Advancement of Family Education and the Washington State’s Latino Civic Alliance.
María and her husband, Ricardo have a child that attends Wenatchee Public Schools.
María was appointed to the Wenatchee School Board on January 14, 2020 and was elected to serve an unexpired term in November 2021. Maria is the first elected Latina to serve on the Wenatchee School Board.
Katherine Thomas - Board Position #4
Julie Norton - Board Position #5
Julie Norton is an attorney and partner at Ogden Murphy Wallace, PLLC (with offices in Wenatchee and Seattle). She has been a licensed and practicing attorney for 14 years. Her practice emphasizes municipal law, employment law, land use and development (including real estate transactions), general civil litigation, and general business law.
Julie’s municipal law practice, which includes representation of numerous code cities, special purpose districts, and other governmental entities, provides an important foundation for her understanding of the Wenatchee School District as a government agency and participation on the School Board. Julie is skilled in reviewing, analyzing and drafting contracts, policies, and regulations. She is also focused on ensuring compliance with governmental codes, rules, and regulations, including public bidding/purchasing laws, open government requirements, educational regulations, and budgeting. Julie was also appointed as the Board’s legislative representative, where she will closely monitor legislation related to educational and district operational requirements to help apprise the Board of pending updates, and determine whether to comment on any proposed legislation that may impact the District operations.
Julie volunteers time to speak at seminars and workshops sponsored by the Association of Washington Cities and MRSC focused on Public Records Act and Open Public Meeting Act Compliance. She also trains newly elected officials on open government, conflict of interest, and other ethical requirements.
Julie’s professional memberships include the Washington State Bar Association, the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, and the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA). She is also active in the Wenatchee community, including serving on the board of directors for the YMCA, Wenatchee Valley Youth Sports Foundation, and Arena Youth Enrichment Fund. She was recognized by the Wenatchee World as one of the top 30 professionals under 35 in the Wenatchee Valley.
Julie was born and raised in Boring, Oregon. She received her B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Washington in 2003. While in college, she was an active participant in the Husky Marching Band and a Deans List recipient. Julie subsequently earned her law degree, graduating cum laude, from the Seattle University School of Law. Julie and her husband, Brad Norton (a Chelan County Sheriff’s Deputy and 3rd generation Wenatchee native) moved to Wenatchee in 2006. They have 3 children in the Wenatchee School District.