Our Board

Be the One is a community engagement strategy of Partners for Schools, a 501c3 non-profit organization, in alliance with schools, local businesses, individuals, civic groups and communities of faith.

We Cultivate Community Engagement, To Raise Hope And Inspire Student Success.

Our Board Members

Denny McHarness
Denny and his wife Nancy founded the Partners for Schools 501c3 organization in 2010 for the sole purpose of discovering the needs, then meeting needs. Be The One mentoring came out of that process.  Denny believes that thriving, virtuous and successful kids and great schools are a reflection of healthy families and communities coming alongside their youth and education system.  “As adults, we can all play a part to support the next generation in ways that help build vibrant and thriving people. My faith inspires me to be an instrument of hope and transformation. During my professional career, I travelled throughout the world, experiencing cultures and economies that are unhealthy, struggling and suffering in many ways. Today’s youth need to be positive, hopeful citizens, contributors, and leaders of the future.”

Nancy McHarness
Nancy provides the critical backbone of labor, coordination and communication for Partners for Schools. She understands the heart beat and passion of our school leaders and teachers. “After raising our 4 kids, I know it just does not stop there.  It really takes many individuals and a community to support kids, families and schools, and I love connecting the critical dots.  Our kids and schools should not just survive – they should thrive! Every child can benefit from a caring adult mentor”

Sean Fields
With over 25 years of experience, Sean Fields brings a unique blend of creative and strategic leadership to our board. His diverse experience, spanning tech startups to outdoor brands, underpins his belief in authenticity and strategic internal focus as the cornerstone of impactful branding. Sean’s commitment to personal and community growth—especially through mentorship—resonates with our core mission, enhancing our efforts to strengthen our local communities. His approach not only enriches our board but also amplifies our efforts on community impact, embodying professional excellence and local investment.

Jason Matthews
Jason has worked with students professionally in Whatcom County for over 20 years.  Over that time, he has networked with pastors and church leaders from all over the county to bring hope to students and their families.  As a Be the One mentor, mentor-coach, and PFS board member, Jason is excited to give back to the community through Partners for Schools.

Jacob Anderson
Born and raised in Whatcom County Jacob has a deep commitment to his community. Jacob’s previous experience in the fire service sparked his passion for serving Whatcom residents, which he now continues as a small business owner. Blessed with mentors personally, Jacob attests to the invaluable impact mentors have on individuals and communities. Being a board member allows Jacob to cultivate an environment where every child has access to a caring, loving mentor in their life.

Advisory Team

Steve Dahl