Board of Directors 2019-20


Board Members


Torsten Heider Torsten Heider

Torsten Heider joined the SAGA Board of Directors as the Treasurer in late 2017 and was elected as Board President in March 2020. Torsten holds a Masterís degree in Information Technology and worked for several international companies as an IT project manager. He relocated from Germany to Seattle in 2014 and especially enjoys the Pacific Northwest outdoors.


James Danielson James Danielson

James Danielson joined the SAGA Board in 2010 and serves as the Board Secretary. Father of two elementary students and one middle school student, James has a background in law and works for the Seattle Police Department in Human Resources.


Juergen Schatzer Juergen Schatzer

Juergen Schatzer, a German community member, serves as Treasurer for the SAGA Board of Directors. After studying in Austria and the Midwest, he was working for a German media company as a Systems Analyst in NYC before moving to Seattle. Juergen is the father of a teenage daughter.


Elke Robshaw Elke Robshaw

Elke Robshaw continues to play an important role in the continuity of Board leadership after stepping down from her position as Board President in March 2020. Elke has two children in the Academic Afterschool program at SAGA. During her tenure with the Board, Elke has played a key role in Hiring and Curriculum Committee work at SAGA. Her dedication and commitment has helped refine the schoolís missions and goals and ensure the quality of educators and education our students are receiving. Elke graduated from LMU, Munich and is the COO at Kong Academy.


Barbara Curran Barbara Curran-Steiner

Barbara Curran has been with the SAGA Board since 2009. Barbara is CFO of Curran Catalog and graduated from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since joining the Board, Barbara has served the school in multiple functions and currently oversees the governance/trustee committee at SAGA. Barbara is mother to two middle school students.


Dana Bagwell Dr. Dana Bagwell

Dana Bagwell has enjoyed many years of experience with her children at the SAGA School. Dana has a PhD in communication from the University of Washington and has extensive experience living in and traveling around German-speaking countries. Dana is assisting the Board with fundraising efforts and communications. Dana is mother to two elementary students.


Olaf Weckner Dr. Olaf Weckner

Dr. Olaf Weckner was born in Goettingen obtaining his PhD in Engineering Science at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2004, he moved to Boston to continue his research as a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. In 2005, Olaf moved to Seattle to work for Boeing. Outside of work Olaf loves to spend time with his family, go for a run or drive his old Mercedes. Olaf joins the Board this year and will be helping on the Board with strategic facility planning. Olaf is father to one preschool student and one elementary student.


Claudia Claudia Whitaker-Greenway

Claudia Whitaker-Greenway joined the SAGA Board in March 2019. She is a retired K-12 School Counselor with a Masters Degree in Education and a K-12 Teachers Certificate in Health Education. She is also a retired Registered Nurse of 30 years. Claudia looks forward to working with the SAGA Board and staff to accomplish their future goals for the school.


Michael Michael Behnke

Michael Behnke has a degree in Public Relations/Communications and a Masters in Divinity. Prior to moving to Seattle he spent 12 years overseeing operations for Southwest Airlines in Portland, Tampa, Columbus, and Baltimore. After moving to Seattle, he left work to stay at home with their son who is a student at SAGA. Michael loves to read, enjoys cooking, and occasionally tries to learn a song on his guitar. His family loves to travel and Michael looks forward each year to his time in Northern Germany visiting family and friends. He looks forward to bringing his operational experience to SAGA.