The nine members of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges are appointed to four-year terms by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. In making appointments, the governor is required to consider geographic balance and the representation of labor, business, women, and racial and ethnic minorities. At least one member of the board must be from business and one from labor. Two must be from Eastern Washington. Board members must be citizens and residents of the state.
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.
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, and 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.
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) and 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 Press Secretary to Seattle Mayor Charles Royer (1987–1989).
Chelsea Mason, Legislative Director, for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE 2001, and has worked in the public policy and workforce development industry for over 17 years. Prior to working for SPEEA she worked for the Washington State Labor Council and served many roles in the office of United States Congressman Adam Smith. Chelsea is a member of Governor Jay Inslee's Choose Washington NMA Executive Council, is the co-chair for the NMA's Workforce Development Workgroup, a member of the Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing Pipeline Advisory Committee, an Advisory Member for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, and a National Labor Representative for the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Information Advisory Council. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from George Washington University and a master's of science degree in non profit management from Northeastern University.
Crystal has been a professional civil engineer for nearly three decades, she is currently president and CEO of Perteet, Inc. an employee-owned infrastructure consulting firm focused on transportation design and planning, transit and utility design, construction management, environmental projects and emergency preparedness.
Crystal is active in the business and education community regarding issues affecting the region — including business competitiveness, infrastructure and higher education — and regularly provides testimony in the Puget Sound region and Olympia, advocating on behalf of transportation and education issues.
Crystal leads four Perteet offices, providing oversight for 80 project managers, engineers, surveyors, construction managers, technicians, interns, and support staff in Washington state. Prior to being named president in 2009, she served as Perteet's executive vice president, business line director and senior project manager.
Crystal earned her bachelor of science in civil engineering from Washington State University and graduated from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Senior Executive Institute. She holds current Professional Civil Engineer licensure and certification.
Ben is Vice President of Site Services and Government Affairs at SEH America. He has been with SEH for 34 years and has managed many aspect of the operations, including maintenance, facilities, IS, quality, engineering, and production.
Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland, OR.
Ben is active in the support of education and economic development in Southwest Washington. He is a board member of the Workforce Southwest Washington, the Columbia River Economic Development Council, the SW Washington STEM Network, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and the Advisory Board of the Historic Trust. He also is on the Governor’s Career Connected Learning team.
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.
Phyllis formerly served in the state House of Representatives for 16 years, including seven years as chair of the House Higher Education Committee. She championed laws to make college accessible and affordable to students of all economic backgrounds. These included laws to grant undocumented students in-state tuition and the ability to apply for state financial aid, and to create Opportunity Grants for low-income adults to train for high-demand careers.
She also promoted Basic Education for Adult programs, including the community and technical college system’s nationally recognized I-BEST program. With I-BEST, basic math, reading, writing and English language skills are taught alongside job-training skills or academic content so students learn and apply their knowledge quickly.
Prior to serving in the Legislature, Phyllis was a trustee at the Seattle College District and president of the state trustees association.
Her parents came to America in 1919 from Mexico, and she worked in the fields with her seven brothers and sisters to help support her family. She went on to found the Washington Migrant Council and the Farm Workers Health Clinics.
She has been a community relations consultant, a small business owner, and has served on local, state and national boards and commissions regarding education, economic development and national and global health.
Fred, a long-time Tacoma resident, is an attorney with law offices in Tacoma and Seattle. He is a U.S. Air Force retiree who served in Vietnam, Korea and other Asian nations.
Fred is a former two-term member of the Tacoma Community College board of trustees and a past national board member of the American Association of Community College Trustees, based in Washington, D.C. He also served in leadership roles and as a member of several ethnic and Asian-Pacific Islander organizations, including the Ethnic Minority Commission, Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition, and the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Tacoma.
He graduated from Waipahu High School in Hawaii. Fred earned his bachelor's degree in political science and international affairs from Florida State University. He earned his master's degree in Korean/Asian regional studies from the University of Washington and his law degree at the University of Puget Sound.
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