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Bob RyanPresident

Doug Mah was appointed to the South Puget Sound Community College Board of Trustees in 2016. He served as Board Chair 2018-19.  Doug is the Owner and Principal Consultant at Doug Mah & Associations, LLC. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree from Western Washington University. Doug is a current Board Member for Washington State Employees Credit Union and the Gateway Rotary Club of Thurston County.  He also served on the Olympia City Council and as Mayor of the Capital City.

Greg DietzelPresident-Elect

Greg Dietzel was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in 2017 and served as Board Chair for 2020-21. Before his retirement, Greg was the IBM Vice President and Senior State Executive for Washington and Alaska.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University. Greg is a Board Member for 501 Commons, which helps over 2,000 Washington non-profits achieve their missions, and is a graduate and has served as a coach for Leadership Tomorrow, which develops the next generation of civic leaders. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America.

Pat ShumanSecretary

Pat Shuman was appointed to the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustees in 2018. Pat is a former organizational/employee development professional with Weyerhaeuser Company, Puget Sound Bank, and Puget Sound Power and Light. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science degree from Central Washington University. Pat has served as a board member for Tacoma Community College Foundation, Children's Museum of Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, and Tacoma Actors Guild.

Beth ThewTreasurer

Beth Thew was appointed to the Community College of Spokane Board of Trustees in 2013 and reappointed in 2018. She served as Board Vice Chair in 2015 and Board Chair in 2017 and 2018. Beth earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies at Eastern Washington University. She retired from the telecommunications industry and from the Spokane Regional Labor Council. Beth was a former member of the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and a former commissioner on the Washington State Economic Development Commission.

Bob RyanImmediate Past President

Bob Ryan was appointed to the Tacoma Community College Board of Trustee in 2010 and reappointed October 2012 and 2017. Bob served as Vice Chair 2014-2015, and Board Chair 2015-2018. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Puget Sound. He is retired from the firm of Ryan Jorgenson & Limoli, P.S. Bob is currently a member of the Washington Society of CPAs and the American Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.

Member at LargeBetty Cobbs

Betty Cobbs was appointed to the Everett Community College Board of Trustees in 2009 and was reappointed in October 2013. She served as Board Chair 2011-13 and 2019-21 and Vice Chair 2010-11. Betty is an educator and principal at Everett Public Schools. She earned a B.A. degree in Education and a M.A. in Education Administration from Western Washington University, a Principal Certification from Seattle University, and a Doctorate degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Betty has served on numerous community boards – Volunteers of America Western Washington, City of Everett Civil Service Commission, Everett Parks and Recreation Commission, Imagine Children’s Museum. She is a current board member of Puget Sound Kidney Center and University of Washington-Bothell PEAB Advisory Board.

Holly SilerMember at Large

Holly Siler was appointed to the Columbia Basin College Board of Trustees in 2020. She is serving as Board Chair 2021-22. Holly is the owner and founder of Binding Fields, LLC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University and is a member of the Columbia Basin Chapter of Society of Human Resource Management and Powerful Connections Tri-Cities.  Holly is a graduate of the Leadership Yakima program and has served as board member for the Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

Legislative Action CommitteeLouise Chernin Co-Chair

Louise Chernin was appointed to the Seattle College Board of Trustees in 2015 and reappointed October 2019. Louise served as Board Chair 2017-18, 2018-19 and Board Vice Chair 2016-17, and will be the Board Chair in 2021-2022. Louise is the retired President and CEO of GSBA, Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce.  Louise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Louise is a current board member of the Anti-Defamation League Pacific Northwest and a Board member of OutRight Action International, a global LGBTIQ human rights organization.

Glenn JohnsonLegislative Action Committee Co-Chair

Glenn Johnson was appointed to the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees in 2018. He served as Board Chair 2020-21 and Vice Chair 2019-20. He has served as Mayor of the City of Pullman since 2004.  He was a professor at Washington State University in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and retired as professor emeritus in 2014. Glenn earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. He is a community college graduate (Modesto Jr. College, A.A.) with a B.A. from Sacramento State University and a masters from UCLA. Before moving to Pullman to teach at WSU, Glenn worked in news in Los Angeles and Sacramento, managed radio stations in Sacramento and was an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College.  Currently, Glenn is the chair of the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport board and serves on the boards of Washington State Transportation Improvement, Municipal Research and Service, Employee Benefit Trust, Washington State Association of Broadcasters, Pullman Chamber of Commerce, and Community Action Center of Whitman County. He is a member of both Rotary and Kiwanis. 

Tom EckmannACCT WA State Regional Coordinator

Tom Eckmann was appointed to the Olympic College Board of Trustees in 2019 and currently serves as Vice Chair for 2021-22.  Before his retirement, Tom’s career included management consulting positions with A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little, and KPMG Peat Marwick, and executive operations positions with two early-stage technology companies. But his true passion is entrepreneurship; he started and sold two software companies, a business services outsourcing company, and a renewable energy company.  In 2007 he accepted an adjunct faculty position at the University of Washington, Foster School of Business, and for 10 years taught courses in innovation and entrepreneurship to graduate and undergraduate students. Tom holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California in Berkeley. Tom currently serves as the Washington State Coordinator for the Association of College Trustees (ACCT).

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