Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Business Services

Phone: 206-631-3007

We strive to provide excellent support to our schools and families. Our role is to ensure Highline is a strong, effective steward of the public trust. We work diligently to ensure that information is easily accessible for our communities.


Team Members

Kate Davis

Kate Davis, Chief Financial Officer


As the Chief Financial Officer, Kate is responsible for the district’s strategic fiscal policy and financial services including budget, accounting and payroll. She oversees the preparation of short- and long-range financial forecasts, district financial statements and budget development. The business services team ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations concerning financial operations of the district. 

Andrew Burgess

Andrew Burgess, Controller


As Controller, Andrew is responsible for the district's accounting processes. The accounting team performs all the tasks associated with accounts payable and accounts receivable. They process transactions via purchase order, Pcard, schools checks, employee reimbursement, and travel advances. All revenue is received and processed through by accounting.

Andrew also functions as the district records officer, overseeing the retention and destruction of important public documents. He is also the district's audit liaison, working with the State Auditor's Office and other auditing entities to ensure compliance and fiscal and programmatic integrity.

Accounting Team Members:

Mai Bui, Senior Accountant
Portfolio: Reconciliations | Chart of Accounts | Reporting

Autumn Pratt, Financial Tech IV
Portfolio: Accounts Receivable | Cash Management

Marilyn Elliott, Financial Tech IV
Portfolio: Accounts Payable | Pcard & Check Processing

Jocee Whisner, Financial Tech II
Portfolio:  Accounts Payable | Accounts Receivable | Capital Projects & Operations Billing

Desiree Jones, Financial Tech I
Portfolio: Accounts Payable | Invoice Payment | Travel

Jackie Bryan

Jackie Bryan, Budget Director


Jackie is responsible for all aspects of the annual budget development, including enrollment projections, staffing allocations, and revenue and expenditure projections. Jackie’s direct reports include Business Services Partners and Budget and Enrollment Specialists. These staff support all schools and central departments with budget development, categorical budget planning, grant financial compliance and reporting, budget tracking and state reporting. Jackie and her team work closely with Cabinet members, school leaders, and department managers to ensure compliance in the development and execution of budget creation and spending analysis. In addition, the team is responsible for analyzing student enrollment, demographer projections and staffing projections.

Jackie also oversees the preparation of the following required state reports: Monthly enrollment reporting via the P-223, the annual budget report via the F-195, the annual revenue projection via the F-203, the annual four-year projection tool via the F-195F, the annual salary report via the S-275, among others.

Budget Team Members

Lauren McAlister, Senior Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Position Control & Alternative Education

Sheri Sutliff, Budget & Enrollment Specialist
Portfolio: Building budgets and enrollment reporting

Cassie Zizah, Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Teaching, Learning & Leadership | Categorical

Aimee Nguyen, Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Central Office | Teaching, Learning & Leadership

Ingrid Chan, Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Special Education

Caitlin Perales, Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Grants | Career & Technical Ed | Skills Center

Mikhail Jackson, Business Services Partner
Portfolio: Associated Student Body | Operations | Security | Facilities | Athletics

Brenda Mattson

Brenda Mattson, Payroll Coordinator


Brenda is responsible for managing the payroll department, which includes providing guidance to the payroll team, processing monthly payrolls, taxes and other state reporting, processing wage garnishments, communication and training, implementing new pay related processes, troubleshooting Employee Online and Timecard Online.  The Payroll Coordinator is also the point of contact for the IRS and SSA in regards to W2 and 1095C forms and reporting. 

The payroll team works closely with Human Resources to ensure accurate pay for employees.  The payroll technicians are each assigned specific schools/sites to process payroll for.  The pay tech assignment sheet can be found in the Navigator, which is located in Collab under Business Services.  The payroll department also processes verifications of income, direct deposits, W4 forms, credit union deductions, extra service, dues and teamsters pension. 

Payroll Team Members:

Shannon Hawthorne, Payroll Technician

Pam Rutledge, Payroll Technician

Victoria Candido, Payroll Technician

Tracey David

Tracey David, Purchasing Manager


Tracey manages the functions of the Procurement Department to include competitive bidding, procurement card administration, and vendor management while also supporting the general operation of the Business Services Department. Ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations concerning procurement within the district. Manages requests for proposals. Serves as the district’s point-of-contact for vendors including copying and print services. Maintains the vendors list for the Small Works Roster. 

Procurement Team Members:

James Schauss, Procurement Specialist