Beth Arman entered WELA as the Dean of Trade and Industry and Apprenticeship at Renton Technical College. Prior to joining Renton Technical College in 1996, Beth acquired workforce program administration experience in positions with the King County Labor Council (AFL-CIO) and Seattle Central Community College. Beth has developed and taught certification classes for professional/ technical instructors and taught English classes in Japan. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree. Beth is interested in a Vice Presidency in Instruction or Workforce Education.
Jim was the Director of Workforce Education at the State Board until retirement in June 2010.
He returned to the Director of Workforce Education in July 2012, and is still working in that
position. Prior to joining the State Board, he
held positions as a Program Director and then Vice President for Instruction at Clover Park
Technical College. Jim brings a rich background of administrative experiences from a variety
of positions in the military, including personnel, policy analysis, executive leadership
development and battalion commander. Jim holds an M.S. in Educational Administration.
Sharon Carpenter started WELA in June as Dean of Corporate and Continuing Education at Bellevue Community College, and in December moved to Bellingham Technical College. Sharon began at Bellevue in 1992 as Director of Computer Programs, moving to her current position in 1998, where she managed one of the largest continuing education programs in the community college system. She has a rich background that includes work as Senior Information System Specialist for Entergy Corporation, co-owning a computer training business and teaching high school math for twelve years. Sharon holds an MS in Education Curriculum Design. Her primary interest is a Vice President of Workforce position.
Betsy Hale began WELA as the Associate Dean for Worksource Development and Employment Services at South Seattle Community College. Over the past twelve years Betsy has progressed through directorship positions of increasing responsibility at South Seattle, including the Women's Employment Network, the Worker Retraining Program and the Career Information and Employment Center. She holds an MSW in Human Services Planning and Administration. Betsy is interested in continuing her administrative growth at the Dean or Vice President level.
Dennis Long joined Lake Washington Technical College in 1998 as Vice President of Student Services, following four years as Coordinator of Student Services at the Whidbey Campus of Skagit Valley College. Dennis brings a broad administrative background in student services at both two- and four-year colleges, including admissions, student residence management, admissions and records and career services. Dennis was a tenured faculty member at Lower Columbia College and Skagit Valley College. He holds a Master of Education in College Student Personnel. Dennis' long-term career interest includes a college presidency.
Regina Lawrence began WELA as Dean of Workforce Education at South Puget Sound Community College. Regina began her administrative career at Clover Park Technical College, where she managed a contract training program for business and industry and later the Continuing Education/Evening School and apprenticeship programs. She moved to Spokane Community College as an Assistant Dean and later became Associate Dean of Instruction for Professional/Technical Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is interested in a Vice-President of Instruction or Vice-President of Workforce position.
John McMahon began WELA as Dean of
the Communications and Design Division at Seattle Central Community College where he has been a
division administrator for the past eight years. Prior to that position, John's experience in
marine science, management and education includes a broad scope of education leadership
positions at the University of Hawaii, Oregon State University, Seattle Central
Community College, Washington Game Department, Seattle Aquarium, and Sea Education Association in Woods
Hole, MA. John holds an M.S. in Biological Oceanography and a Ph.D. in General Education. John is
interested in a Vice-President of Instruction or Vice-President of Workforce position.
In 2005, John became Director of Facilities and Plant Operations at Seattle Central. In 2011, John moved to Pierce College where he is currently Executive Director of the Military Program.
Jerrilee Mosier joined WELA as the Vice President of Workforce Development at Edmonds Community College, where she has been since 1998. Prior to that, she served as a Vice-President for Instructional Services at community colleges in Kansas and Oklahoma, before becoming the Vice-Provost for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, a two-year branch campus of OSU. Jerrilee began her administrative career as a Division Chairperson, and has also served as a faculty member. She holds a Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration. Jerrilee is interested in a presidency.
Born and raised just blocks from the UW, Paul Rucker has been active in higher education administration for the past 20 years.
Prior to joining the senior leadership team at the UW Office of Development and Alumni Relations in 2004, Paul developed and
led a broad range of international and global diversity initiatives in the Washington State Community Colleges including
opportunities for underrepresented US students, staff and faculty to travel and study-abroad in developing-world countries.
Over the years, Paul has served on a variety of professional and community advisory boards in support of advancing educational
opportunities, diversity education and public/private partnerships. As the UW's AVP for Alumni and Constituent Relations and
UW Alumni Association Executive Director, Paul administers programs and services designed to engage students, alums and friends
of the UW in a lifelong relationship in support of the UW.
Paul lives in Edmonds with his wife and two young daughters.
Wendy Samitore entered WELA as Interim Director of the Student Development Center at Walla Walla Community College. In past positions, Wendy served as both a counselor and director of the college's Student Support Services for the TRIO program. Before joining the college, Wendy held coordinator positions with Washington's JTPA and Blue Mountain Community College's Family Support Act program. She began her work career has a high school English teacher and library coordinator. Wendy holds a Master of Teacher Education and is working on her Education Doctorate at Oregon State University. Wendy would like to move into a Dean or Vice President position in Student Services
Lisa Skari began WELA as the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Highline Community College. Lisa's prior work experience in higher education includes the administration of instructional budgets and special projects as well as cooperative education and internships at Highline. Lisa also has private sector experience in retail, including work as a training specialist, assistant buyer and manager, and has taught business courses. Lisa holds an MBA and is interested in a Vice-President of Institutional Advancement position that includes foundation, grant writing and public relations functions.
Mark Van Den Hende
Mark Van den Hende
Mark Van den Hende came to WELA
as Associate Dean for Communication Technology at Columbia Basin College (CBC). Since joining the college in 2000,
Mark has held the position of Director for Worker Retraining and Executive Board member for the CBC Center for Laboratory Sciences (CLS).
As a former small business owner who began working on his higher education degrees in the early 1980s,
Mark is an excellent role model for adult workers interested in changing careers. Mark is adjunct faculty at
Washington State University, where he completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 1999. He is
interested in working towards a Vice Presidency in Instruction or Workforce and perhaps, ultimately, a presidency.
Wayne Williams entered WELA as Dean of the Business and Continuing Education Division at Tacoma Community College. Prior to joining the college in 1991, Wayne had a successful career in private business, beginning his work with the Xerox Corporation as a Program Planning Manager and ending his career there was a Branch Manager in California. He followed that with a position with Ericsson Information Systems and from there moved to running his own small business development and marketing company for ten years. Wayne holds an MSE in Computer Information Sciences and an MBA in Marketing and Business Management. Wayne is interested in moving into a Vice President of Instruction or Vice President of Workforce position.