Elected and Appointed

Supporting Research,


The Trust Fund is administered by a Board of Administrative Trustees, of which some members are appointed by the Board of The Arc of Washington State and others are elected by the Trust Fund Board from throughout the Pacific Northwest.



Thomas Schulte and his wife, Martha, have been advocates for the intellectually and developmentally disabled since the birth of their severely challenged son, Nathan, in North Carolina in 1981.  In 1988 they were named Parent/Volunteers of the year by The Arc of North Carolina. 

Dr. Schulte is retired from a 30 year career as a senior executive developing medical devices, particularly in the infectious disease diagnostics area.  He holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from the Univ. of Wisconsin, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Univ. Colorado Medical Center, and was a post-doctoral fellow in Pathology at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Schulte is currently serving as President of The Arc of Washington Trust Fund.


Brandi Monts

Brandi has a life-long personal connection to developmental disabilities, as well as several years of work experience in the IDD field.

Her previous positions include residential services, supported employment, transition from school to work, teaching, and county government. Realizing her commitment to the disability field early in her education, Brandi earned a BA in Social Work from the University of Washington and later went on to obtain a Master in Public Administration, with a focus on Public Policy at The Evergreen State College.

She’s currently a Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Wise, a non-profit organization based out of Seattle, WA.


Stipend Awards for 2018


Misty Pruner
Rehabilitation Science


Adanna Abakporo
Social WOrk


Rachael Bowler
Clinical Psychology


Sandy Trinh
Educational Psychology


Megan Kidder