Derek Brandes currently is the President of Walla Walla Community College. He has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from
Washington State University and a proud WELA graduate. Derek has served as the Vice President of Instruction at Green River
College and Dean of Career and Technical Education and Health Sciences at Columbia Basin College. His community college expertise
began as an adjunct speech instructor at Yakima Valley College's Grandview campus. His favorite roles in life are as a husband to
Cate and father to Dawson.
Dr. Laura Cailloux has been an entrepreneur in information technology, a nonprofit manager, and a faculty member and administrator in the
community college system. She serves as the Vice-President for the Whidbey Island Campus, South Whidbey, Anacortes, and Friday Harbor Centers for
Skagit Valley College and as the Special Assistant to the President for Latino Community Engagement and Tribal Outreach. Her career at Skagit
Valley College has progressed from business faculty, department chair, Director of Business and Community Development and Workforce Dean.
She is active in the community serving on multiple boards including Mount Vernon School District Board of Directors. Laura was instrumental
in the development of "Leadership Skagit as well as the creation of the Latino Business Retention and Expansion program.
Laura and her husband, Andy, and daughter, Stella, live on Skagit Flats Farm.
Dr. Brent Chapman
Dr. Brent Chapman
After working to fulfill one of the best missions in the country for 27 years (8 in Florida and 19 in Washington State),
Dr. Chapman is leaving the community college system to work in public horticulture. His twenty years of teaching horticulture and seven years
of serving as an instructional dean will serve him well in his new role as a horticulturist for the State of Washington with a planning
assignment at the Capitol Campus. He acknowledges that the skills and insights learned through the WELA program are transferable to any
professional scenario and credits them with giving him the flexibility to pursue an infinite variety of career positions.
Dr. Glen Cosby
Dr. Glen Cosby
Glen Cosby, Ph.D. is Dean of Humanities, Business, Professional Studies, and Workforce Education at Spokane Falls Community College. In this capacity Dr. Cosby oversees the Gateway to College program and Early College High School Initiatives at SFCC that target at-risk students who are underrepresented amongst Running Start students. He was a philosophy instructor at both SFCC and at Spokane Community College for many years, becoming chair of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities at the latter college in 2006, Interim Dean of Social Sciences at SFCC in 2008, and began his current position in 2009. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Liberians in the Spokane Area, and is an avid hiker, camper, and conservationist. He is married to Greta Roussos Cosby, and they have two daughters and eight grandchildren.
Keith has been the Vice President for Administrative Services at Grays Harbor College since 2005.
From 1981 - 2005 he worked at Washington State University in numerous roles, from Controllers office to
department budget coordinator within the Veterinary College, to Chief Fiscal Officer for the College of
Sciences. He has three decades working in higher education. Keith earned a BA in Business Administration
and an MBA from WSU.
Keith is active with both WACUBO and NACUBO, serving as: At-Large Member for Community Colleges,
Finance Committee Member, Professional Development Committee Member and Chair, Program Committee Member.
Volunteer activities include Young Life of Grays Harbor; 4H - Parent & Volunteer, and Rotary.
Keith enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with his wife and three daughters, and exploring the great
Joan Bellant Hanten
Joan Bellant Hanten serves Olympic College as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and Olympic
College Foundation. She directs the college's private fundraising efforts, raising approximately $8 million
in support of Olympic College, since she was hired in 2002.
Joan also provides leadership for College Communications, including public information,
publications, marketing, college website, community, governmental, and alumni relations. In this
capacity, Joan has overseen the development and growth of a professional communications department that
has received national and regional awards for educational marketing over the past four years.
Joan holds a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law, and is an active member of the
Washington State Bar Association. She volunteers in her community for Kitsap Legal Services, Bremerton
Rotary and Kitsap Community Resources.
Miles was born in Portland, OR and spent most of his childhood in the Portland suburbs.
After earning a B. S. in Psychology at Portland State University, he did my graduate work in Social
Psychology at the University of Washington. For the past 20 years, he has taught Psychology and Sociology
courses at a number of community colleges and public universities and earned tenure at Clark College in 2001.
Miles currently serves as the Dean of Social Sciences and Fine Arts at Clark and lives in Vancouver with his
wife, 19-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.
Christopher Johnson has worked as the Director of Research and Development Department at Renton Technical
College since October 2007. He has a PhD in Educational Technology and specializes in systemic improvement
of college data and reporting systems, institutional effectiveness and strategic planning, assessment,
alignment of learning outcomes to college wide outcomes, online education, process improvement, and research
methodology. He is also shadowing the Vice President of Instruction in the area of accreditation to learn
this vital area of college self-evaluation and compliance.
Prior to his work at Renton Technical College, Christopher spent 14 years in Germany in foreign language
education, university administration, as well as conducting research on online learning strategies.
Peter Lortz is the Vice-President of Instruction at South Seattle College since January 2015.
Prior to this position, he served as the Interim Vice-President for Instruction, the Dean of Math and Sciences,
and Tenured Biology Faculty at North Seattle College. He has also taught Biology and Environmental Science part-time at
several community colleges in Washington and Ohio. He has a Master's Degree from Miami University and a Bachelor's Degree
from DePauw University. Peter is interested in a community college Presidency in the future.
He is a husband and father of two girls, and enjoys spending "away" time fly-fishing
trout streams in the Western United States.
Mike Singletary is currently the Registrar at Whatcom Community College. He enjoys interacting with
others to creatively solve problems. His experience in higher education includes academic advising,
admissions advising, special admissions, credentials evaluation, and Veterans Affairs. He was one of
the first among his family to go to college. He attended six different community colleges and
universities before completing his bachelor's degree in 1996. In 2007, he earned his Master's degree in
Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington. Mike is interested in helping
students find ways to complete their academic goals. He is looking for a dean or vice president position in
Dr. Alison Stevens
Dr. Alison Stevens
Alison Stevens is Executive Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Everett Community College, following an interim role as Vice
President for Academic and Student Affairs at Shoreline Community College. Alison holds an MA in teaching ESL and a Ph.D. in linguistics.
In 2000, after 12 years of teaching, she entered educational administration as customized program director at the University of
Washington's International Outreach. She later joined Seattle Colleges as dean of Basic and Transitional Studies and later Arts,
Humanities and Social Sciences. Alison has served as lead financial services specialist and fair hearings coordinator for the
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). She is grateful for the WELA program and the Executive Leadership and Management
Institute for the part they play in making her effective in her dream job.
Bill was born in Walla Walla and has four sisters, three older and one younger. He lived for four years in
Hawaii before moving with his mother back to Moses Lake. He worked as a paperboy from the age of 10,
participated in church, band, sports and Boy Scouts (Eagle Scout) as a young man before
graduating from high school in Olympia and receiving an AA degree from Centralia
College (Business) and BA degree from Eeastern Washington University (Business). Bill worked for five
years for U.S. Intelco Networks in Olympia, 14 years in the technology field for the Washington State
Department of Transportation and two years as the IT manager at the Insurance
Commissioner's office in Olympia before coming to Walla Walla Community College in
Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen
Dr. Sara Sutler-Cohen
Sara Sutler-Cohen, Ph.D., is a Sociologist currently teaching in the American Indian Studies Department, College of Ethnic Studies at
San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a parenthetical notation in American Studies in 2005
from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she completed her dissertation on the phenomenon of Neoshamanism in the
Northern California area.
Dr. Sutler-Cohen has been teaching courses in Popular Culture, Media Studies, and Religion as well as a breadth of Sociology courses
for fifteen years. She has worked in Educational Administration as a Department Chair and Division Dean; she was
Programming Director for the American Indian Film Festival at Bellevue College up in the Seattle area for five years before
returning to the Bay Area in the summer of 2012.
Her current research has returned her to two topics close to her heart: death, dying, and bereavement and heavy metal and
socioeconomic class. Sara is in the research and writing stages for a project that looks at the intersection of cultural
capital and socioeconomic realities for touring heavy metal bands.
Dr. Virginia Tomlinson
Dr. Virginia Tomlinson
From her first professional position, Virginia knew that she loved working with students and especially
community college students. With degrees in Math, Community Counseling and Sociology, Dr. Tomlinson
approaches administration as an opportunity to address needs, consider multiple perspectives and
make well reasoned decisions. Professionally, she has served as a student services
administrator, tenured faculty member, director of foundation funded preK-12
programs, and now Dean of Arts and Sciences at SCC. She is committed to providing sound leadership,
sharing her love of learning, and supporting faculty and students in doing their best work.
As a native of
Alabama and after twenty years in Pennsylvania, Virginia enjoys all that Washington state has to offer and
looks forward to continuing her career here in community college administration.