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

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Capital Construction


Rod Sheffer

Rod Sheffer, Executive Director


Rod oversees the Capital Planning & Construction Department. He provides students and staff with environments that support learning and are safe, attractive and efficient through the development and implementation of a long-range capital facilities master plan. He has been with Highline Public Schools for 43 years.

Photo of Ellie Daneshnia

Ellie Daneshnia, Associate Executive Director


Ellie helps oversee the Capital Planning & Construction Department. She is a civil engineer who graduated from University of Washington with a master’s degree emphasis in construction management and energy infrastructure. With more than eight years of experience managing capital improvement projects and construction in both public and private sectors, Ellie has the technical skills essential to efficient management of project and capital programs. She was the project manager for the Olympic Interim School site and the new Highline High School when she joined our Capital Planning & Construction team in 2019 as associate executive director. Ellie is passionate about creating safe, attractive and efficient environments to support student success.

Diana Garcia

Diana Garcia, Director of Education Specification and Transition Planning for New Construction


Diana is responsible for overseeing the project planning and construction of our 2016 school bond projects, including Des Moines Elementary School, Glacier Middle School, Highline High School and the renovation of the Olympic Interim Site. She led the planning for enrollment, communications and facilities for the transition of sixth grade to middle school in fall 2019. Diana has also served Highline Public Schools as an outstanding elementary and middle school principal, and has expertise leading special projects for various departments.

Kelly Tumelson

Kelly Tumelson, Project Manager


Kelly manages, supervises and coordinates Capital Planning & Construction projects in compliance with state bid laws and district policies. Kelly has served Highline Public Schools for 28 years.

Darren King

Darren King, Budget Manager


Darren manages contracts and budgets for the Capital Planning & Construction Department.

Gordon Ericksen

Gordon Ericksen, Small Works & Special Project Manager


Gordon manages, supervises and coordinates Capital Planning & Construction projects in compliance with state bid laws and district policies. 


Rhonda Lopez, Project Coordinator


Rhonda is responsible for assisting the executive director and project managers with various project-related duties. She assists in procurement of FF&E (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment), bid-opening process and document review. Rhonda initiates contracts and purchase orders and processes invoices for payment. 

Katherine Kitts

Katherine Kitts, Executive Assistant


Katherine works with multiple groups and agencies, including architects, consultants, insurance brokers, contractors, various municipalities, jurisdictions, state agencies and legal counsels to support the Capital Facilities Improvement Plan Construction Projects. Katherine also manages property agreements and historical real estate property documents.