Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) analyzes and studies a variety of data and available information to help understand the District's budget, as well as state and federal budget parameters. 

Volunteers who serve on the FAC advise the district Superintendent in accordance with Northshore School Board Policy P-12: Financial Administration, Policy 5. The formation of a committee is also consistent with Building Block 4 of the District strategic plan: data informed, needs based resource allocation.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Provide community and stakeholder perspective on budget priorities
  • Communicate with and educate the public
  • Provide benchmarking reports
  • Provide feedback regarding concerns and commendations associated with the District's budget and finance issues

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The meeting schedule for 2021-22:

  • November 16, 2021
  • December 21, 2021 (canceled)
  • January 18, 2022
  • February 15, 2022
  • March 15, 2022
  • April 19, 2022
  • May 17, 2022 (canceled)
  • June 21, 2022

All committee meetings are open to the public. Visitors are welcome to attend, and their interest in the process and roles as observers are appreciated. Please read the Visitor Protocol guidelines prior to attending. The FAC is a working committee whose recommendations are given to the Superintendent, cabinet or others to inform decisions involving the work of the school district.

Committee Membership

This volunteer committee is comprised of parents, guardians, community members, association members and staff. Committee members are selected from those who apply based on achieving representation of the diversity in our community; a wide range of experience, perspective and geographic locations, as well as a commitment to attend all meetings.

2021-22 Confirmed Committee Members 

Steve McKinley - Chair Steve Hopkins
Erin Welch - Vice-Chair Pritisha Jha
Tim Brittell

Leandro Kaspary

Mamta Chugh Chris Kostopolus
Michaela Heeb Mike Zorn





NSD Support Staff:  Tracy Patterson, Mike Bailey, Jenna Valach, Christine Cash

Residence within the Northshore School District is a requirement. Backgrounds and experience that are helpful for the FAC include, but are not limited to:

  • Background in accounting, business or related fields
  • Familiarity with budget reports, graphs and other reporting tools
  • Ability to analyze complex data or issues and objectively prioritize within a wide array of needs
  • Effective listening skills and openness for all perspectives
  • Ability to compromise and build consensus
  • Effective communication skills


  • 2 year term cycle for community, parents, guardians, association and staff members
  • Some members may agree to serve 3 years to allow for stability and consistency of new and experienced members
  • Willingness to learn about school district budget requirements
  • Committee will provide annual report to superintendent each June

Committee Composition

Parent, guardians and community members are appointed by the superintendent through an application process. Typically the composition of the committee is:

  • 7 Community Members, Parents and Guardians
  • 4 Association Members
  • District Support Staff
  • The Chief Financial Officer will serve as the head of the committee



Tracy Patterson
Chief Financial Officer

Christine Cash
Administrative Assistant

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