The Superintendent's Cabinet is the team that oversees the way our strategic plan and other guiding principles are put into action. Each person in the cabinet has an area of strength that corresponds to the various demands of running a school district.
- Chief Academic Officer
- Chief Communications Officer
- Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
- Chief Operations Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Policy & Strategy Officer
- Chief Talent Officer
- Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Susan Enfield
Knowing every student by name, strength and need is the promise of Highline Public
Schools. Under the leadership of Susan Enfield the district is delivering on this promise by implementing a bold strategic plan committed to ensuring that students graduate bilingual, biliterate with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future they choose.
A former high school English, journalism and ELL teacher, Susan served as Chief Academic Officer and then as Interim Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools before coming to Highline in 2012. She previously held leadership positions in Evergreen Public Schools (Vancouver, WA), Portland Public Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Susan is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned master’s degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University. She also holds a doctoral degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program.
Kyle Minaglia, Executive Assistant
As the Chief Academic Officer of Highline Public Schools. Susanne began her teaching career in Highline in 1984, and since then has served as principal of McMicken Heights Elementary, director of Title 1/LAP/ELL, and executive director supervising schools K-12. Susanne holds a superintendent’s certificate from Seattle University, a master’s from Seattle Pacific University, and a B.A. in elementary education from Central Washington University.
Cheryl Schindel, Executive Assistant
Catherine Carbone Rogers
As the Chief Communications Officer at Highline Public Schools, Catherine oversees strategic communications and all aspects of internal and external communications, including publications, family notification system, the website and social media presence. She has led the communications office in Highline since 2005.
Catherine first became involved in Highline Public Schools as a parent and an active member of the campaign organization supporting school bond and levy ballot measures. She was hired to a communication staff position in 2001. Her two children attended Highline schools K-12.
Previously, Catherine worked as a news reporter and anchor at television stations in Seattle, Spokane, and Boise. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Washington State University.
Tiffany Baisch, Communications Assistant
As a Seattle native, Kisa received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Prior to working for Highline Public Schools, Kisa was a family law and adoption paralegal. Kisa believes strongly in bringing a diverse family and student voice to the district leadership level and gathering supports for students and families to eliminate barriers to academic success. When not working with schools, families and community, Kisa spends her time with her husband and two young daughters.
Ronae Ruffer, Executive Assistant
As the Chief Operations Officer Scott assists the Superintendent in providing leadership and vision by implementing the operational priorities of the school district; and is a member of the Superintendent's cabinet. His day-to-day management efforts ensure that all district support departments maintain a safe, clean learning environment for staff, students and the community.
Prior to assuming his current responsibilities as COO, Scott served as the Director of Transportation and Interim Director of the Safety and Security Department. You will often find him out in the Highline community, volunteering his time as board member with the Normandy Park/Des Moines Rotary, the Des Moines Food Bank, and the Blues and Brews Festival.
Jessica Kido, Executive Assistant
As the Chief Financial Officer at Highline Public Schools, Kate oversees the district’s strategic fiscal policy and financial services including budget, accounting and payroll.
Previously, Kate Davis was a senior budget assistant to Gov. Jay Inslee. She was responsible for K-12 and higher education budget policy. An expert on school funding, Kate worked extensively on the governor’s proposal to fully fund K-12 education, the centerpiece of his 2017–19 biennial and 2018 supplemental budget proposals.
Kate earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Wyoming and began her employment with the state of Washington in 2007.
Jessica Kido, Executive Assistant
Holly Ferguson, J.D.
As the district's Chief Policy & Strategy Officer Holly works closely with the School Board and provides strategic thought partnership to schools and departments.
Holly received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, and her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. Holly joined Highline Public Schools in 2013, after 11 years with Seattle Public Schools.
Ronae Ruffer, Executive Assistant
Dr. Steve Grubb
With support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Steve led the effort to restructure a human resources department with greater focus on recruiting teachers and administrators of color. Steve has also served as a teacher, principal and school supervisor. His doctorate in education is from the University of Washington.
Sharon Colby, Executive Assistant
Mark is committed to equity in education, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all learners achieve their potential. His team’s work embodies the district’s strategic plan by striving to integrate digital media and literacy goals into every foundation of the district’s work. Technology Services integrated with all areas under the Superintendent’s cabinet and aids in moving the district’s vision forward.
Mark received his undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Northwestern and a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas. He continues to expand his education with emergency management certificates from local, state, and national organizations; including, FCC, FEMA, Region 3 CERT and Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. He designed and built our dual-purpose mobile makerspace, fondly referred to as the mBus2.
A 20-year veteran in education and technology, Mark has in-depth expertise as a K-12 and post-secondary educator. He holds a Certified Education Technology Leader certificate and serves on national and regional education groups, as a board member for the Association of Computer Professionals in Education and the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum Education. He volunteers as the chair of two advisory boards for the Consortium of School Networking and sits on the Office of Superintendent for Public Education K20 advisory board. Mark regularly contributes to education and technology publications and speaks at industry events, conferences or on webinars, in support of Highline Public Schools.
Barb Enghusen, Executive Assistant
Each cabinet member has a set of partner schools whom they pay extra visits to during the school year.