Four apply for School Board


The Mirror

A bank executive, a retired state employee, a CEO and a school volunteer are the four candidates vying to fill the vacancy on the Federal Way School Board.

Applicants had until noon on Monday to send in a resume.

The candidates are:

• Jim Storvick, a bank vice president and former board member.

• Robert Wheeler, a retired state worker.

• Thomas Madden, chief executive officer of a firm that works with public companies and investors.

• Heidi Gailey, a parent-volunteer in the Federal Way and Tacoma school districts.

One will replace Earl VanDorien Jr., who resigned in April after stating he wanted to spend more time with his family.

The board met in a closed-door executive session Monday following a public study session to review the applications of the candidates. The board is planning to choose its new member May 23 and formally seat them the next day at a board meeting.

In the meantime, candidates are being sent questions the board compiled to be answered and returned by May 17.

Storvick let it be known after VanDorien resigned that he intended to apply for the position. He was considering running against VanDorien this November, and said he is still thinking about being a candidate in the fall election.

Whomever the board appoints will serve the remainder of VanDorien’s term –– about six months –– and can opt to run for a new four-year term. Other candidates can run at that time, too.

Storvick, a vice president at Mt. Rainier National Bank, served on the board from 1997 to 2001. He said his previous experience on the board is an asset and cited accomplishments while a board member, including passage of the district’s last major construction bond that built Todd Beamer High School, Truman High School and a new middle school scheduled to open this fall.

He said the board has been making news in the last year, and not in the good way.

“As a longtime member of this community, I have been disappointed that so much of the coverage seems to have been related to some perceptions that the board may not be consistently on task with its core governing roles,” he wrote in his application.

Storvick is a member of the Federal Way YMCA board and Auburn Rotary.

He graduated from Federal Way High School.

Wheeler retired after working for Washington State Ferries for 30 years. He made sure crew members were properly trained and certified to work on the vessels. He is also a Navy veteran and served two tours of military duty in Vietnam. He currently works for Emerald City Software in Seattle.

He volunteers at Lakeland Elementary School and was a PTA board member.

Wheeler wrote in his application that he wants “to ensure that the children of the Federal Way school district have the support of the board.”

He has two daughters in the school district.

Madden is chief executive officer of Investor Relations International, a liaison between public companies and investors.

He is a Federal Way High School graduate and past president of Rainier View Elementary School PTA. He is also a Boy Scout leader and former Little League coach.

In his application, Madden wrote, “I am not a political person and believe that the board must take positions that may not always be popular, but are in the best interest of our children.”

He has a son and daughter attending Federal Way schools.

Gailey turned her application in first. A school volunteer for 17 years, she was co-president of Citizens for Tacoma Schools, which encouraged people to register to vote. She was recognized by Tacoma School District’s superintendent for her work. She is also a Golden Acorn recipient, an award given to people who make a special effort in the education field.

Three of her four children are in the district.

She graduated from Federal Way High School.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565,

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