Board of Directors

Bruce Waltar, President

Since 2007, I’ve had two kids in Hutch Kids: one an “alum” and one currently in a preschool classroom. I am looking for a way to give back to Hutch Kids – my kids have really benefited from the positive environment, and I want to help ensure the next generation of kids does, too. I am a small business owner, and am eager to assist in whatever arena is helpful to the Board, having backgrounds in technology and project management

Lexi Harlow, Vice President

Our family has been a part of Hutch Kids since June 2012. Our daughter is a proud member of a preschool classroom and our son recently joined an infant classroom. We have always been so appreciative of the wonderful care and learning that is provided at Hutch Kids on a daily basis.
Professionally, I am a physical therapist who specializes in treating oncology patients, having graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. I have been at the SCCA since 2007 and currently manage the physical therapy department. My responsibilities include managing departmental operations and practicing alongside six other physical therapists and one administrative support staff member; administering an annual budget of over $1 million including working knowledge of insurance reimbursement; partnering on best oncology rehabilitation practice with medical providers and other supportive care staff at the SCCA; serving on various clinic committees (ex: Fall Prevention, Safe Patient Handling); and teaching oncology rehabilitation principles and topics to a variety of audiences (patients/families, other medical providers, and physical therapy students).
Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, walking outdoors, reading, listening to music, traveling, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to another year of service on the Hutch Kids board, especially in regards to long-term financial sustainability and growth.

Jon Ladd, Treasurer

I have been very fortunate to have been a part of the Hutch Kids community since 2010. My older daughter graduated from HK in 2015, and my younger daughter is in a preschool classroom. During our time here, I have come to appreciate everything that the teachers and staff do to make Hutch Kids feel like a second home to my girls. I have been a member of the Parent Teacher Committee for the past three years, and have been chairing that committee for the past two years. Professionally, after receiving my PhD from the University of Washington, I started working at Fred Hutch as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. I have been working there ever since. My research focuses on the discovery and validation of blood-based biomarkers for early cancer detection. When I’m not at work or working to support Hutch Kids, I enjoy spending my time playing games, bicycling and watching my girls grow up all too quickly.

Lauren Young, Secretary

We  have  been  a  Hutch  Kids  family  since  July  2016,  with  our preschooler and  toddler both  attending  HK.  My  husband  and  I  are  both  originally from  Australia  and  moved  to Seattle,  via a  7-year  stint  in  New  York,  in  February  2016. Being part of  the  Hutch  Kids community  has  meant  so  much  to us as  we  have  been finding our place  in  a  new  city.

The quality of care that our kids receive and the dedication of the teachers and staff has inspired me to become more involved in supporting HK in developing and continuing to be an excellent center for early childhood care and learning.

In  my  work  as  a  Data  Coordinator  at  Fred  Hutch,  and  my  previous  experience  as  a laboratory  scientist,  I  have  developed  excellent  organizational,  communication  and project  management  skills  which  I would  love  to  apply  on projects  with  the  HK  Board.

Outside  of  work,  our  family  loves  hiking  and  getting  outside  to  explore  the  gorgeous Northwest.

Andy Firpo

I’ve been a NW resident since 1990, and have been working in IT in the area since then. Throughout that time my focus has been on people, primarily on helping them get what they need from computer resources. I joined the Center in Feb 2012, and manage the IT Customer Services teams.
From 1994 through 2012 I served on the board of directors of a large not-for-profit child care center in the Crown Hill neighborhood. I played a variety of roles including board chair, board liaison to the SEIU District #925, and head of the technology committee. In 2006-2009, I was co-chair of the working group that raised $1.38M in combined private, city and state funding to purchase a surplus Seattle Schools elementary school building for a permanent home for the center. In the late 1990’s I was active in the Seattle/King County Worthy Wages Campaign. Currently, I am active with two other not-for-profit boards of directors.
I look forward to finding ways to use all of my experience to help Hutch Kids thrive.

Mary Minoo

In 2016 I joined Fred Hutch as the IT PMO Director. As a working mom, I am a big advocate of high quality child care that enables parents to achieve their professional and child care goals. Serving on the Hutch Kids board is an amazing opportunity to contribute my operational skill set to an organization whose mission I believe in and care about – providing high quality childcare for alliance families and the surrounding SLU community.

Andrea Perdue

My name is Andrea Perdue and our family has been part of the Hutch Kids community for two years. Our daughter has flourished in the program and we have loved every teacher and staff we have come into contact with. Being part of the board will allow me to give back to the community and help Hutch Kids grow and improve to continue to touch the lives of future kids. Outside of work our family loves to travel, try new restaurants with a nice glass of wine and all things UW Husky sports.

Joshua Rascon

Our son joined HK back in July of 2018 as part of the toddler Starfish Class and ever since my husband and I have been very impressed with the high quality of care and dedication provided by all the staff that work there. As a result, this has motivated me to more involved and give back to the HK community.

My connection to the HK is thru my husband who works as an MD Oncologist at the Fred Hutch/SCCA. I moved to Seattle back in 2001 but I’m originally from Mexico and my work experience has been in technology and general business areas such as financial reporting and budgeting. Most recently I was part of the Real Estate team at Eddie Bauer so I’m hoping I get to apply my leasing, construction and design skills on HK board projects (fingers crossed HK expansion happens soon).
We recently welcomed our second baby boy so that has kept me very busy but at the same time we are also very excited that he will also be part of the HK family and get to experience what our first born did.