Academy Class of 2013

Erin Blakeney

Erin Blakeney Erin Blakeney is the Dean for Student Success Services at Cascadia Community College. She has been at Cascadia since 2001 in a variety of roles with experience in student life, admissions, and international programs, and now oversees the areas of advising, enrollment services, financial aid, the inclusion center, and student life. Before Cascadia, she worked at a variety of private and public universities and community colleges. She also held leadership positions in the National Association for Campus Activities and the Council of Unions and Student Programs. Erin has a Bachelor's degree in Child Development from San Jose State University and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Erin is married and has two little boys keeping her busy with sports and activities.


Kerrie Abb Kerrie Abb is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) in Yakima, Washington. In the 11 years she has worked YVCC, she has served as the Dean of Basic Skills, Workfirst and Community Education and Training, the Director of Basic Skills and adjunct faculty. Kerrie has a Master's of Education from Heritage University in Adult Education and Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University in Community Health Education. She has lived in Yakima for 17 years and has two children Sophia, 12 and Stevan, 10. In additional to spending time with her family, Kerrie enjoys running, skiing, hiking and travel.

Tim Cook

Tim Cook Tim Cook joined Clark College in 1997 as a faculty counselor, Division Chair and Counseling Department Chair before becoming Vice President of Instruction in June 2011. He has worked in higher education for 22 years, with the last 16 in community colleges. He began his career at Western Oregon State College where he was involved in Student Government. In 2005, he completed his Doctorate in Community College Leadership at Oregon State University. His dissertation involved the experiences of single fathers attending community college. Tim has been married for nineteen years and has three children, a 15-year old daughter, and two sons ages, 13 and 10. His hobby is marathon running with 15 completed and a goal to run one in every state.

Ann Garnsey-Harter, Phd.

Ann Garnsey-Harter As Executive Director of the Virtual College and Resource Development at Shoreline Community College, Dr. Ann Garnsey-Harter leads one of the top strategic efforts for her institution: the Virtual College initiative. She also actively supports the college's work in strategic planning and resource development. She has worked in the field of eLearning at northwestern colleges and universities for the last sixteen years, as well as volunteered as a distance learning consultant for higher education institutions in developing nations. This experience is contextualized by a decade of part-time teaching, at both the community college and university levels and in all modalities (online, hybrid, and face-to-face). She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Washington State University and a B.A. from the University of North Dakota. She lives in Edmonds with her husband and two boys..

Joyce Hammer

Joyce Hammer Joyce Hammer is currently the Director of Transfer Education for the WA State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Previously, she had 19 years of experience at Green River College as a dean of instruction working with Business, English, Humanities Divisions and the Tutoring and Resource Center. Before becoming a dean, Joyce was full-time mathematics faculty including chair of the Mathematics Division, At SBCTC, Joyce works on policy issues that ease the transitions along the K-16 pipeline, particularly community and technical college to four-year baccalaureate institutions and programs. She also oversees the process for designing and implementing applied baccalaureate degrees. In addition to a K-8 teaching certificate, Joyce holds a B.A. in History from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Mathematics Education from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Adult Higher Education through the Oregon State University Community College Leadership Program.

Kyle Hammon

Kyle Hammon Kyle Hammon is a Dean of Instruction at Lower Columbia College, a position he has held since 2008. He has been active in the ATC and ICRC since coming to Lower Columbia. Hammon has MS and BS degrees in biology from the University of Oregon, and has done additional graduate work at Arizona State University. He taught biology and environmental science before becoming Division Dean of the Science department at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. His interests include the natural history of the Pacific Northwest, especially the birds, plants, and mushrooms of the Cascades and Coast Range. He also enjoys spinning fiber and knitting.

Ed Harri

Ed Harri Ed Harri currently serves as dean for instruction at Whatcom Community College, where he has worked for nearly 14 years as a mathematics instructor, mathematics department chair, and division chair for sciences, mathematics, and engineering. As dean for instruction, Ed works with faculty and administration in strategic planning, accreditation, assessment, institutional research, enrollment management, and program review. He has also served as an interim co-director for eLearning. Ed holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Whitman College. He lives in Bellingham with his wife and two daughters.

Ata Karim

Ata Karim Ata is a global citizen who currently resides in Edmonds, WA. As a first generation South Asian American he is keenly interested in understanding and exploring multiple intersections of identity and resulting impact on people's lived experiences as cultural beings. He has traveled, taught, conducted trainings, and lived in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe. He speaks Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and English fluently. He is the proud parent of Jibran Karim, and partner of Saima Karim. He enjoys photography, movies, politics, and thought provoking literature. Currently he serves as Interim Vice President, Student Services, at Bellevue College. He began his employment at BC as Director, Multicultural Services, in 2008. He received his Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Jody Laflen

Jody Laflen Jody Laflen is the Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College. Previously, she was Dean of Business, IT & Creative Arts at Seattle Central Community College, and prior to that, Program Chair of General Education for the International Academy of Design & Technology's Online and Seattle campuses, where she also worked as faculty.

Jody began her career as an archaeologist in the Near East. Upon completion of her Master's, she shifted into corporate marketing in Chicago. In 2003 she returned to academics as a faculty advisor, and relocated to Seattle in 2006. Jody has dedicated her career toward the leadership of cutting-edge programs, and has focused on the development of technology and design curricula; and on working with industry leaders to optimize programs.

Cheri Loiland

Cheri Loiland Cheri Loiland is the Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer at Bates Technical College where she has worked for over 18 years. She holds an Associate of Arts and Science from Tacoma Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master of Public Administration degree from City University. Her past employment includes elementary and secondary teaching, Superintendent of Recreation, Cultural Arts and Human Services for the City of Federal Way, Dean of Instruction, Development Director, and Associate Vice President of Extended Learning for Bates Technical College. She and her husband have four adult children and six young grandchildren. In her leisure time, she enjoys sunny days at their lake home and spending time with her family and many pets.

Susan Murray

Susan Murray Susan Allen Murray is the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Wenatchee Valley College. She provides leadership for institutional research, planning, outcomes reporting, and grant development, and serves as WVC's accreditation liaison officer and an NWCCU evaluator. With a focus on improving institutional processes, she has led several cycles of strategic planning and guided the college through the pilot of the revised accreditation standards. Active in the Wenatchee community, Susan has served as a board member for the Write On The River writers' conference, a mentor to first-generation students applying to college, and president of a middle school parent-teacher organization. She earned a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University and a BA in developmental psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara.

Frank Powers

Frank Powers Currently the Executive Dean of Career/Technical & Health Sciences Divisions at Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco, WA. I am a second-career educator. Prior to education, my career took me to the business world and the hospitality field. After obtaining my BA in Biology from Gonzaga University, I went to work for Denny's Inc. as an assistant manager. As my career progressed, I eventually relocated to Southern California as Regional Manager for 125 restaurants and later as the Director of Franchise operations at the corporate office. Seeking to move back to the northwest, I was able to purchase four Denny's Restaurants as a franchisee/owner/operator. After a successful four-years of operation I was able to sell these restaurants and enter the educational arena. I have been in education since 1993.