Academy Class of 2015

Suzanne Ames

Dr. Suzanne Ames became the Dean of Design, IT and Baccalaureate Development at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2015. Prior to joining LWTC, Suzanne served as the Director of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Skagit Valley College, leading strategic planning, assessment, and accreditation efforts.

Suzanne has held numerous positions, including Director of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Skagit Valley College, Director of Communications and Marketing, and Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation at local colleges, Director of Communications at the state board office and led local and statewide communications campaigns to increase awareness, advocacy and support for community colleges. She serves as an adjunct faculty member as well as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Suzanne holds an Ed.D. from Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from City University, and Bachelors of Art degrees in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington, and Edmonds Community College for two years. Suzanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending University of Washington Husky football games, golfing and travel. She lives in Stanwood with her husband, Tony and chocolate lab Cooper.

Krista Francis

Krista Francis, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Financial Aid services, has worked at Peninsula College for 10 years. She started as the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and has worked her way up. Krista has a Master's in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland, a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and is a graduate of the PEAK Leadership program. She has worked in financial aid for a total of eighteen years and enrollment services for five years. Prior to working at Peninsula College, she worked at a four year private university, and a proprietary school. Krista is passionate about helping students (and staff) finding success and achieving their goals.

Jessica Gilmore

Jessica Gilmore is Associate Vice President for Academic Outreach and Economic Development at Utah Valley University in Orem Utah. Jessica started her career in the classroom at Highline Community College teaching Business Information Technology courses, managing a department and helping students achieve their dreams. To gain additional experience in management, Jessica took an opportunity at Pearson Education; a global publishing company; where she was the Director of Customer Experience for Higher Education. In March of 2013, Jessica took an administrative post as the Dean of Business, Entrepreneurial Programs and Extended learning at Walla Walla Community College. After four years in the Walla Walla Valley, Jessica and her husband moved to Salt Lake City to persue new opportunities where Jessica hopes to continue benefiting students of all backgrounds.

Amy Hatfield

Amy Hatfield is the Dean of Workforce Development and Basic Studies at Olympic College. Her division includes Basic Studies (ABE/GED,ESL, HS21+), I-BEST, most of the state and federal workforce training grants, program development, professional-technical certification, Tech Prep and College in the High School, Continuing Education & Customized Training, and Career Services to include work-integrated learning and work study programs. She serves on two Workforce Development Councils, is on the Executive Committee of the Workforce Education Council, and is a National Council for Workforce Education board member.

Amy holds a Master of International Relations and an MBA from Boston University, with a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She is a Defense Language Institute graduate and also completed a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.

Chato Hazelbaker

Chato Hazelbaker, Ed.D. is the Chief Information and Communication Officer at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. In that role, he is in charge of communication, marketing, information technology and legislative affairs at the two-year campus which serves over 14,000 students. He previously served in communication and marketing roles at the University of St. Thomas (MN), Crown College (MN), and Montana State University-Billings. As an adjunct professor he has taught organization development and leadership classes at several institutions. He holds a doctorate in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas (MN) and continues to be involved in organization development by writing articles, consulting, and participating in professional activities. He lives in Vancouver, WA with his wife and daughter. Two other children are currently attending college.

Andrea Insley

Dr. Andrea Insley oversees the Seattle College District's internationalization efforts. She has built consortia with other colleges, universities, K-12 and healthcare providers around overseas programs for students and staff as well as pathways to universities for community college transfer students.

She started in the Seattle College District in 1989 as founder and director of Seattle Central College's Intensive ESL Program for international students. She transitioned to Dean of International Education Programs and from 2005 until present she has had a dual role of 50% Executive Dean for International Education at Seattle Central College and 50% Executive Director for Global Initiatives at the Seattle College District.

Insley attended community college, graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Linguistics and M.A. in Teaching. She completed her doctorate at Oregon State University in Educational Leadership. She has lived, worked and travelled in over 80 countries.

Bradley Lane

Bradley Lane serves as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Seattle Central College. He is also tenured faculty in English, Humanities, and Gender and Women Studies at North Seattle College. As an adjunct faculty member, he taught English at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Indiana University-Upward Bound, and taught Gender Studies at Indiana University and Vanderbilt University, in addition to hold a variety of program coordinator roles throughout his career. He holds a master's degree in Teaching, Learning, and Diversity from Peabody College of Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Indiana University.

Professionally, he is active in accreditation, assessment, strategic planning, and diversity and equity efforts. For fun, he enjoys running, hiking, yoga, and culinary adventures.

Jenni Martin

Jenni Martin is the Dean of Extended Learning at Spokane Community College (SCC). In the 15 years she has worked at SCC, she has also served as, Assistant Dean of ABE, WorkFirst Manager and instructional faculty. She is a student-focused education administrator who possesses a commitment to the development of students and staff and to providing a safe, motivating and rigorous learning environment Jenni has a Master's of Education from EWU and Bachelor of History from Gonzaga University. She is a life-long resident of Spokane and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. In addition to spending time with her family, Jenni enjoys running, traveling all over the country to her sons' soccer games, and refereeing youth, high school, and college soccer games.

Eduardo Rodriquez

Eduardo Rodriguez is the ctcLink and Organizational Change Management Director at Columbia Basin College. Prior to this role, Eduardo served as the Assistant Director for Information Services and oversaw software development in that department, plus operations in the Media Services and Graphics and Printing departments. Eduardo received his AA in Electronic and System Technology and his Bachelors in Applied Science in Business Management from Columbia Basin College. He received his Master's in Business Administration with emphasis on Management and Strategy from Western Governors University. On his free time, Eduardo enjoys outdoor activities with his wife, a son (currently serving in the United States Army), and two younger daughters.

Samantha Soto

Samantha Soto is the Manager of Benefits and Compensation at South Puget Sound Community College. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and one year later started and finished her Masters of Management with emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Her most recent accomplishment and work in progress is working with Student Leadership, members of the 2014/2015 Leadership and Development Program cohort, and the Health Committee in organizing a Health Resource Fair and helping with the kickoff of the Leadership Program's project of establishing marked walking trails for both internal and external community members. With her roots beginning in Pennsylvania, she is a huge Pittsburg Steeler's fan. She currently is living in Elma, WA living close to both her daughters and their spouses and two grandchildren and four grand dogs.

Wendy Lee Stewart

Wendy is the Dean of International Programs and Extended Learning at Green River College, where she has served in a variety of capacities for 20 years. Wendy administers and manages self-support, entrepreneurial operations including international marketing/recruitment, international student services and advising, intensive ESL, study abroad, international contract and grant programs, and eLearning support. She has extensive international recruitment and enrollment management experience. Wendy has a BA from University of Puget Sound and a MA in cultural anthropology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. As a leader, Wendy embraces a learning, growth mindset and a commitment to team building. Wendy has traveled to more than 25 countries, enjoys coaching and playing soccer, and spending time with family.