Academy Class of 2003

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown Jonathan Brown is Associate Dean for Student Programs at Highline Community College. After beginning his student services career at the University of Redlands, he moved to Washington where his career developed over five years at Edmonds Community College, moving from student activities coordinator to director of student programs. His experience includes residential life and coordinating student/faculty activities for a multi-disciplinary program, along with more traditional student programs and student government. Most recently he has directed Student Programs at Shoreline and now at Highline. Jonathan is completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington. He holds an M.A. in Student Development Administration and a B.A. in Philosophy and English. Jonathan is interested in a Vice President of Student Services position.

Cathy Chun

Cathy Chun Cathy Chun is Director of the Women's Center at Shoreline Community College. Cathy's career has provided her experience at both single and multicampus districts. She began her career at South Seattle Community College designing and implementing services to support the retention and success of non-traditional student populations including low-income, first-generation and underemployed students. For part of that time, she also coordinated diversity services for the college. She moved to North Seattle to manage their Women's Center and two years ago, assumed her current position at Shoreline. Cathy has a particular interest in assisting institutions in developing educational practices that are culturally responsive and learning-centered. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a B.A. in Political Science. Her goal is to become a vice president of Student Services.

Melissa Brown Filkowski

Brown Filkowski Melissa Brown Filkowski is Senior Associate Dean for Student Success and Retention at Edmonds Community College. Melissa brings the strength of a background in clinical therapy to her work in student services. She began her career in mental health agencies, then moved to Columbia Basin Community College as a Women's Resource Center counselor. In 1998 she moved to Edmonds, where she has directed the Women's Center and most recently worked as one of a team of Senior Associate Dean's in Student Services. Melissa's current responsibilities include advising, counseling, credentials, and services for students with disabilities and testing. She also handles student discipline issues and student complaints. Melissa is completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington and holds an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a B.A. in Psychology. Melissa will seek a position as Vice President of Student Services.

Sally Zeiger Hanson

Zeiger Hanson Sally Zeiger Hanson is currently a Policy Associate in Workforce Education at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Since January 2003, she has been serving as Interim Co-Director of Student Services, and in September she will transition to a new position as Policy Associate in Educational Services, focusing on collaborations with educational partners to ensure smooth student transitions. Sally brings a rich experience in private and public sector institutions, having served as an Assistant Director of Admissions, International Student Advisor, Career Advisor in a Business School, and Training and Event Specialist at the Center for Learning Connections (at Highline Community College). With a B.A. in International Public Relations and a M.Ed. in Student Development Administration, Sally's career goal is to be a Dean of Student Services.

Ron Langrell

Ron Langrell Ron Langrell is Vice President of Instruction— Chief Workforce Officer at Walla Walla Community College. Ron brings valuable multi-state experience in both instruction and student services, credit and non-credit programs. He began his career with five years in student services positions at the College of Southern Idaho, and then moved to Walla Walla where he has progressed through positions from Continuing Education to Vocational-Technical Director to Vice President of Instruction. Ron holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, along with a Specialist Certificate in Vocational Teacher Education, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, and a B.S. in Psychology. Ron is interested in a presidency in a rural community.

Amy Lopes-Wasson

Amy Lopes-Wasson Amy Lopes-Wasson served as the Dean of Professional Technical Education at Spokane Falls for four years, before moving to the Institute for Extended Learning (IEL) to serve as the Dean of Student Services. Since 2010 she has served as the Vice President of Student Services at the IEL. Since 2012 she has also concurrently served as the Acting Vice President of Student Services at Spokane Community College. Amy has held positions in baccalaureate and community colleges in multiple states. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses. She began her career at UC Davis in California, and was a coordinator, instructor and advisor in an interactive writing center at Washington State University. She worked at Gonzaga University in student services, coordinating disability services and student academic services. Amy has a M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication, a B.A. in Communications and is a community college graduate, with an A.S. in Computer Science.

Nancy McKinney

Nancy McKinney Nancy McKinney is Vice President of Administrative Services at Grays Harbor Community College. Nancy began her experience in finance as controller at a medical clinic. From there she moved to Evergreen State College, serving for 11 years in progressively more responsible positions that included responsibilities for human resources, space management, food and conference services, along with business operations and capital budget. For the last 4 years she has brought new perspectives to the administrative services operation at Grays Harbor. Nancy has a Master's in Public Administration and a B.A. in Business Administration. She plans to seek a presidency.

Blaine Nisson

Blaine Nisson Blaine Nisson moved to Clark Community College in 2001 as Vice President of Student Development. Blaine has developed a rich career of educational service in three states, at both baccalaureate and community colleges. He began his career at Idaho State University, holding positions in High School/College Relations, Financial Aid, Recruiting and Counseling. He moved to Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon where he spent ten years in progressively responsible positions in student services, ending as Division Director of Student Services and Enrollment Management. From there he moved to Centralia Community College as Dean of Students. His recent experience includes student services positions at UW Tacoma and the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus, as well as serving as interim president at Clark. Blaine recently completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and holds a M.Ed. in Student Personnel in Higher Education and a BBA in Marketing. Blaine seeks a presidency.

Chuck Tiernan

Chuck Tiernan Chuck Tiernan is Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Renton Technical College. He brings an unique background to his community college work, beginning his career with private sector experience in marketing and as a newspaper reporter, followed by nine years at Valley Medical Center, first as Media Relations Specialist, then as Senior Communications Specialist responsible for marketing and crisis communication. In 1999, Chuck joined Renton Technical College as their Foundation Director, and three years later moved into his current position where he directs the activities of the public information, research and development and foundation offices. Chuck's goal is to bring this interesting background to a college presidency.