Members Bios

Beth Willis

Beth Willis, Chair, Lakewood

Honorary Consul, Republic of Seychelles; Member of the Consular Corps of Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona; Board of Directors, World Affairs Council; Former Director, Corporate, World Trade Center, Tacoma. Former: Pierce County Arts Commission Board; Broadway Center for the Performing Arts Board; Board Chair, Pierce College; President, Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC), Governing Board for Higher Education Funding. Selected by Business Examiner as 2004 “Woman of the Year.” Selected by County Executive as 2010 and 2003 “Pierce County Volunteer.” M.Ed., University of Washington; BS, Sam Houston State University.

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Shaunta Hyde, Vice Chair, Lake Forest Park

Shaunta is Managing Director of Community Relations at Alaska Airlines. A Pacific Northwest aviation professional, she leads community relations and charitable giving in the continental United States and Hawaii collaborating with civic leaders and organizations affecting Alaska Airlines.

Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Shaunta was the director of global aviation policy for The Boeing Company, where she worked 12 years developing strategies to shape national and international public policy to support aviation growth and business goals.  Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, she worked for The Metropolitan King County Council then served as a government relations manager for the King County Executive.

Shaunta earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Seattle University, an Executive MBA from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, and is agraduate of the World Public Affairs Institute. She is on the Pioneer Human Services’ Board of Directors, and holds a governor appointed position and serves as the Vice-Chair to the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and is a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association.

Jim Bricker

Jim Bricker, Coupeville

Retired in 2014 from PEMCO Financial Services after serving for 22 years as the Director of Government Affairs. Former: Special Assistant to Governor Booth Gardner for National Affairs; served in the administrations of Governors Rosellini, Evans and Spellman; Director, Committee Services Division, Washington State Senate; Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures; Administrator, Council on Higher Education (now the Student Achievement Council). Adjunct faculty, Pacific Lutheran University; Lecturer, University of Puget Sound, Graduate School, and Western Washington University; City Clubs of Tacoma; Executive Committee, Washington Research Council; Deputy, Washington Roundtable; Marine Corps Support Group Board. Retired, Colonel, USMCR.

Elizabeth Chen

Elizabeth Chen, Federal Way

Retired faculty of Chinese and Statistics at the University of Puget Sound. Advisor to the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan, ROC. Elizabeth earned a PhD and a Master's in Statistics at the University of Wyoming, and a Bachelor's in Business at National Chengchi University, Taiwan, ROC. She was named Trustee of the Year by the Washington state Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges in 2006. Former: Board Chair, Board Vice Chair, and Trustee at Highline Community College; Pacific Regional Director of the National Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT); Chair, ACCT's Diversity Committee; President, South Puget Sound Chinese American Club; Member, St. Theresa's Church Parish Council.

Anne Fennessy

Anne Fennessy, Seattle

Vice President and Partner, Cocker Fennessy, 1995-present. BS, Sociology and Social Work, Iowa State University; Graduate Studies, University of Washington Graduate School of Social Work. Current executive committee member and board member of Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce (2004-present); Founder, Pioneer Square Residents’ Council (2009-present) 2013 Puget Sound Business Journal Women of Influence award winner. Former member of the Pike Place Market Foundation Board of Directors, Secretary, The Bullitt Foundation Board of Trustees, Downtown Seattle Association Board; Director, One Reel Productions Board Trustee, Teatro Zizanni Board, and former member of Seattle Culinary Academy Capital Campaign at Seattle Central College, former adjunct instructor at Cascade Center of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Served as Communications Director for Governor Mike Lowry (1993 – 1995),Corporate Communications and Marketing Director for Port of Seattle (1990 – 1993) and previously Press Secretary to Seattle Mayor Charles Royer (1987-1989).

Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin, Kennewick

Dr. Wayne J. Martin is a retired environmental scientist from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which is operated by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy. PNNL is located at the Hanford Site in southeastern Washington State, which has the largest quantity of radioactive waste in the world. Dr. Martin is a graduate of Washington State University with a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. Wayne served as a Trustee at Columbia Basin College from 2000 -2010. As a Trustee he participated in the Student Achievement Initiative task force among other system work.


Larry Brown, Auburn

Larry Brown, Legislative and Political Director for the Aerospace Machinists Union District Lodge 751, has worked in the aerospace industry for 37 years and for the union for 17 years. Larry has served the Machinists Union — which represents more than 34,000 and hourly employees at The Boeing Company — as a steward, local lodge officer, district council delegate, staff assistant, and union representative. He has served on the Board of the Washington Aerospace Partnership. Larry served as a trustee at Green River Community College for 13 years (from 1998 to 2011), as president of TACTC in 2005-06, and Chair of the TACTC Legislative Steering Committee, 2001-03. He has served on many significant public policy committees over the years. He earned his bachelor's degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College in Maryland.

Jay Reich

Jay Reich, Seattle

Jay joined Pacifica Law Group in 2011, after two years as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce under Secretary Gary Locke. During the preceding 28 years, Jay’s private law practice in Seattle focused on affordable housing, education, nonprofit and government finance, as well as public/private partnerships and general municipal law. He served as a White House Fellow in the office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He also was a deputy prosecuting attorney in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and became assistant chief criminal deputy in charge of the juvenile division. Jay was also a member of the Student Achievement Council until spring 2013.

Jay was a member of the Central Washington University Board of Trustees from 1999 through 2005 and has been a visiting lecturer in the University of Washington School of Law. He earned his bachelor of arts from Amherst College and juris doctorate at Harvard Law School.

Carol Landa-McVicker

Carol Landa-McVicker, Spokane

Carol is a retired Senior Analyst with Spokane County. She graduated from Central Valley High School in Spokane, has a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and an MS in Physical Education from the University of Washington. She also completed course work at the l’Universita di Perugia (Italy) and the Universidad de las Americas (Mexico City). Her community activities include membership on the boards of the YWCA, Girl Scouts, Hispanic Business and Professional Association, Inland Empire Society for Human Resource Professionals and The Spokane Area League of Women Voters.

Carol served on the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2013. She was Board liaison to the Head Start Policy Council, co-chair of the State Legislative Action Committee for TACTC, chair of the Awards Committee for TACTC. She is past President of TACTC and a former chair of the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. In 2003 she was awarded Outstanding Advocate for Equity by TACTC and in 2012 she was selected as the Pacific Regional Trustee of the Year by ACCT.


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