Academy Class of 2011

Jo Ann Baria

Jo Ann Baria Jo Ann is the Dean of Workforce Education for Pierce College District. Prior to becoming Dean she was tenured faculty where she taught Fashion, Business and Marketing and coordinated the Business Management program. Jo Ann served as a Small Business Development Counselor at Centralia College and enjoys working with small business and employers since she was a small business owner. Jo Ann has degrees from the University of North Texas (UNT) in Fashion Design and Clothing and Textile Analytics and pursued her PhD in Retailing from Texas Women's University (ABD). Jo Ann taught for several years at UNT and worked for JCPenney, a lingerie manufacturer, and an IT company working on made to measure manufacturing. Jo Ann loves hiking, camping and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

John Bonner

John Bonner John Bonner is the Executive Director of Everett Community College's Office of Corporate & Continuing Education, which includes EvCC's Corporate & Continuing Education Center, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Professional-Technical Programs, and College in the High School. John spent seven years living and working in Asia, including teaching and helping launch a business training institute in Shanghai. He holds two master degrees (Teaching and Public Administration) from the University of Washington. At UW he taught English as a Second Language and managed education programs for international clients, most of whom were universities and global Fortune 500 companies. Later he worked as administrator of Shoreline Community College's Lake Forest Park campus, where he led their continuing education program before joining EvCC. John is interested in a vice presidency in workforce.

Marie Bruin

Marie Bruin Marie Bruin is currently a Policy Associate for the SBCTC, Education Division, providing administrative guidance for Workforce initiatives. During the past 4 years she's served as lead for the WorkFirst and Basic Food Employment and Training programs. Marie has a firm commitment to access to education and training for all. Her higher education experience includes academic advising, Women's Programs, evaluation, and job skills training. Prior to being in higher education Marie served in the banking industry with housing finance, prospective building, review and audit. Marie has volunteered to various community organizations concerned with, community health, youth sports and education.

A native of Washington State and an avid sports fan, she currently lives in NE Tacoma and loves spending time with children Savannah and Evan.

Deborah A. Casey, Ph.D

Deborah A. Casey, Ph.D Deborah Casey, Ph.D. is Vice President of Student Affairs at Green River Community College. As a transformative leader in higher education for the past 20 years, Dr. Casey has been actively engaged in all aspects of executive leadership and has had the privileged opportunity to lead traditional and entrepreneurial functional areas within Student Affairs. She has been at Green River since 2006.

She is the editor of the book College and University Apartment Housing. She has contributed a case study entitled Accommodating Alice published in the book, Diversity Issues in American Universities and co-authored a chapter in New Directions in Community Colleges' Distance Learning.

Dr. Stephanie Delaney

Dr. Stephanie Delaney Dr. Stephanie Delaney is the Dean for Academic Programs at South Seattle College. There, she oversees all transfer programs in the college including Math, Science, Business, Humanities and Social Sciences. She has a strong background in eLearning and pedagogy. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches one graduate level course on adult pedagogy for Seattle University.

Dr. Delaney earned her PhD in educational leadership in higher education/distance education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She also holds a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a master's degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She earned her B.S. at Georgetown University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

Sue Gallaway

Sue Gallaway I have deep roots in Washington State's community colleges. I began college at Pierce College and worked in the library there as a work-study student. A few years later I returned and worked as a classified staff member in the library. While at Pierce College, I completed my bachelor's and my master's degree, attaining my Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree in the evenings while continuing to work full-time. After achieving my MLIS I went to Centralia College as a faculty member librarian, where I was granted tenure. Since 2007, I have served as the Dean of Library and eLearning at Centralia College. As of 2011 I am in progress towards a PhD in Oregon State University's Community College Leadership Program.

Debra Gilchrist

Debra Gilchrist Debra Gilchrist is Dean of Libraries and Institutional Effectiveness for Pierce College, a multi-campus community college district in Lakewood and Puyallup, Washington. She is responsible for leadership of libraries, institutional effectiveness, accreditation, institutional research, media services, and e-learning. Debra presents and publishes in the areas of outcomes assessment, process-based pedagogies, instructional change, faculty/librarian collaboration, and faculty development. She has assisted institutions and departments throughout the country in developing a culture and process for using outcomes and assessment as a tool for planning and change. She has also served as a faculty member at Pacific Lutheran University and South Dakota State University. Dr. Gilchrist received the Association of College and Research Library's (ACRL) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian of the Year Award for contributions on a national level to teaching/learning, the ACRL Innovation in Instruction Award, and under her leadership Pierce College Library was honored by ACRL as the top community college library in the nation. She holds a B.S. in Recreation/Social Service from California State University, Northridge, M.L.S. from University of Denver, M.S. in Geography from South Dakota State University, and PhD from Oregon State University.

Dr. Luca Lewis

Dr. Luca Lewis Dr. Luca Lewis is the Dean for Student Success and Retention at Edmonds Community College. Luca holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration/Education with a cognate in Adult and Organizational Learning and emphasis in Health and Safety. Luca also holds a Master of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies involving four areas of study: Sociology, Adult and Organizational Learning, Health and Safety, and Counseling Psychology. Dr. Lewis has worked extensively in the field of higher education, cultivating institutional change through cutting-edge and innovative success and persistence strategies. Luca's ability to teach and facilitate learning in a meaningfully and interactive way makes Luca a dynamic and competitive leader and educator in cultural responsiveness, organizational development, and strategic planning in a 21st century workplace. Dr. Lewis is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader, specializing in the inclusive development and deployment of strategic planning, programs and service development which systematically deliver results and benefit stakeholders. Dr. Lewis' contributions have helped shape several methodologically sound strategies to assist schools, colleges, universities, and organizations with their diversity, cultural competency, and organizational development initiatives and outcomes.

Paulette Lopez

Paulette Lopez Paulette Lopez is the Dean for Workforce Education at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC). She provides leadership, administration and supervision of the professional and technical division at YVCC. Prior to her current role as Dean, she served as the Director for the Center of Excellence for Allied Health, and as a faculty member/coordinator under the Title V-Hispanic Serving Institution grant. She has a Master's of Science and Bachelor's degrees from Purdue University and an Associate of Arts degree in Mathematics and Science from Sacramento City College. Paulette serves on various committees on campus as well as within the community. Currently, she serves as a Board member for Enterprise for Progress in the Community (EPIC), ReadyBy5, and the Hispanic Academic Achievement Program (HAAP).

Dr. Joyce Loveday

Dr. Joyce Loveday Joyce Loveday is currently the Associate Vice President for Instruction at Clover Park Technical College where her responsibilities include leadership in the areas of accreditation, assessment, eLearning, transfer and articulation, instructional processes, and curriculum development. With over 20 years of experience in higher education, she has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles including instructor, education supervisor, dean of instruction, interim vice president for instruction, and assistant to the president. Joyce has received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College, an MBA from Idaho State University, and a PhD in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.

Becky Rawlings

Becky Rawlings Becky Rawlings, a native of Bellingham, Washington, has been employed at Whatcom Community College since 1996. She began her Human Resources career as an Office Assistant at WCC and is currently the Director for Human Resources. Becky was the first women's basketball coach at WCC when the college started a program in 1996 and completed her coaching career in 2006. Becky was the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She earned a Bachelor's degree at Western Washington University in Community Recreation where she played four years of college basketball. She later earned her Master's degree in Human Resource Management in 2007 from City University. Becky's foremost personal and professional commitment is helping people to develop as professionals and grow as individuals.

Kathy Jantz Rhodes

Kathy Jantz Rhodes Kathy Rhodes is the Registrar and Dean of Enrollment Services as South Puget Sound Community College where she has been since 1999. She has over 14 years experience in Student Services starting in testing, financial aid, counseling, admissions, recruitment, registration, and running start. Ms. Rhodes has a B.A. in Social Work and M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Kathy's goal is to complete a doctoral degree in community college leadership and seek a position as Vice President of Student Services position.

Brett Riley

Brett Riley For the past three years, Brett Riley has served as the Director for Grants at Columbia Basin College. Prior to his arrival at CBC, he served as Research Manager at the Sleep and Memory Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. During this time, Brett contributed to the publication of a number of scientific research accomplishments, while securing increased federal funding. Brett has taught and lectured in a number of undergraduate and graduate neuroscience classes at Washington State University and the University of Michigan. Recently, Brett has become increasingly involved in the capital project process and has had in greater role in contract management.

Ben Taves

Ben Taves Ben has been involved and interested in education since the early 1970's. In the beginning, he actively pursued technical training and work experience in a wide variety of disciplines because he enjoyed working with his hands, but also with the intent to teach those skills to others. His education includes degrees from one of the largest and best schools in the country for training technical education instructors. He also taught there for three years training prospective instructors. Over the years he has grown and become a highly skilled instructor and have now advanced to administration. Ben enjoys helping and guiding instructors to improve thereby providing an even higher level of instruction which impacts an even greater number of students. Ben left the position of Dean in Technical Education at South Seattle Community College in December 2012 to pursue other opportunities and currently works in the private sector.