Officers and Board Members

Mel Carr, President

Mel Carr was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, attended school in the Franklin Pierce District and graduated from Franklin Pierce High School in 1958.  After attending one year at St. Edwards Seminary in Kenmore, Washington, Mr. Carr joined the Army and spent three years in Munich Germany.

Upon discharge from the U.S. Army he worked for the Washington National Guard and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.  He spent the next seven years in Vietnam and then Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Belgium.

He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1975 and then worked civil service for 23 years as an auditor for the Army Corps of Engineers before retiring in 2000.  In 1993 he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 36 years in the Washington National Guard and the U.S. Army.

Over the past 13 years he headed a committee of FPHS classmates that raised $30,000 for the FPHS library fund, special projects and scholarships for FPHS graduates.  He has served on the board of the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town Tacoma and the Heritage League of Pierce County, serving as President from 2011 to 2013.  He currently works part-time as an accountant for his daughter’s business in Gig Harbor.  Mel and his wife Janet live in University Place and have two children, Christine Wickstrom and Robert Carr.

Dr. Hewins

Dr. Frank Hewins, Vice-President

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Hewins received his bachelors of science degree at Frostburg State University in Maryland, his master of arts degree at Pacific Lutheran University, and his doctorate at Washington State University.  After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1972 and serving as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division, Dr. Hewins began his education career as a teacher in Maryland in 1977.  He later went on to teach in districts within the states of Alaska and Washington.  

He began his administrative career in 1988 with Franklin Pierce SD as an assistant high school principal and over the last 30 years has served as a high school principal, executive director of K-12 education, and assistant superintendent.  He was appointed as Superintendent of the Franklin Pierce School District in 2007.  His wife, Cathy, and he have two grown daughters, Megan and Lisa, sons-in-law Ken and David, and granddaughters, Emi, Presley, Kaya, and Dylan.

Dr. Hewins has been a member of the FP Foundation Board of Directors since 1997 and currently serves as Vice-President.

Nancy Sm
ith, Treasurer

Nancy was raised in Michigan and moved to Washington State after graduating with a BS in Science Education from the University of Michigan. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Science Education from the University of Washington. She taught high school science and vocational agriculture for 30 years in the Mukilteo, Bethel and Franklin Pierce School Districts, retiring in 2010. 

The range of classes she taught included: Biology, Anatomy, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Horse Science and Veterinary Science. She was an FFA and Key Club advisor for many years. For five years, she was also the Franklin Pierce District elementary science kit coordinator.

Her two children attended Collins Elementary, Ford Middle School and graduated from Franklin Pierce High School. She was very involved in PTA at Collins, organizing science fairs, fund raising, serving as an officer and developing the Collin’s Nature Area through grants. She continued her focus on Environmental Education at the District Farm where her students did water quality monitoring, and led tours of the Collins Nature Area for elementary students in the district.

Both of her children benefitted from scholarships managed by the Franklin Pierce Foundation, so in 2017 she was happy to have the opportunity to give back to the Foundation by serving as their Treasurer.


Lindsey Smith, Secretary

Lindsey Smith joined the Foundation in 2014 and was elected as the Foundation Board of Directors Secretary. She has a long history with the school district having attending Collins Elementary, Ford Middle School and then Franklin Pierce High School, graduating in 2000.

After graduation she attended Washington State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Hospitality Business Management.  She spent some time in the hospitality industry and then eight years as a marketing manager for the YMCA. In September of 2013 she returned to the Franklin Pierce Schools as the Information Technology department’s Office Manager.  Working in education is in her blood, both her parents taught in the Franklin Pierce School district.

Lindsey knows firsthand the importance of the work the foundation performs.  A scholarship from the Franklin Pierce Foundation assisted her in attending WSU.