ICW Board of Directors

The character of our ten institutions and the 40,000 students served provides a compelling mission to represent. The Board is deeply committed to the high quality education and preparation ICW colleges provide to students.  We believe that the private alternative is one that must be cared for to ensure that future generations have these schools as an option.

October 24-25, 2016 Gonzaga University (tentative) and Whitworth University
Mon, April 3, 2017 Saint Martin’s University
October 23-24, 2017 University of Puget Sound (tentative) and Pacific Lutheran University (tentative)
April 9, 2018 Seattle University
October 29-30, 2018 Heritage University
April 1, 2019 Saint Martin’s University
October 28-29, 2019 Walla Walla University and
Whitman College

2015-2016 Officers of the Corporation:

Chair: Roy Heynderickx
Vice Chair: José Gaitán
Past Chair: Ron Thomas
Secretary/Treasurer: Rhona Kwiram
President/CEO: Violet A. Boyer

Committee Chairs:

Audit/Finance: Rhona Kwiram
Fundraising: Julie Prince
Nominations: Franz Lazarus
Presidents‘: Steve Sundborg, S.J.
Public Policy: Beck Taylor
Visibility: Betsy Cowles
Staff: Violet Boyer

2015-16 Board of Directors

Richard E. Bangert II: Emeritus, Retired, PACCAR Inc
John Bassett: President, Heritage University
DeLona Lang Bell: President, CMBell Company
Violet A. Boyer: President/CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington

Pat Callans:Senior Vice President, Costco Wholesale
Betsy Cowles: Chair, Cowles Company
Isiaah Crawford: President, University of Puget Sound
Deborah B. Cushing: Executive Director, InvestED

Jennifer Divine: Attorney, Miller Nash Graham and Dunn

Dina Fifadra: Senior Director, Samsung Telecommunications America

José Gaitán: Principal, Gaitán Group PLLC
Kenneth J. Goodchild: Retired, Marsh Companies (board emeritus)
Liz Gorman: Senior Vice President, Edelman

Rick Gross: KC-46 VP Chief Financial Officer, Boeing Airplane Development, The Boeing Company

Roy F. Heynderickx: President, Saint Martin’s University
Trent M. House: Trent M. House Government Affairs

Terry Jones: Market President – South Sound, U.S. Bank

Carolyn Kelly: Retired President and CEO, Seattle Times
Thomas Krise: President, Pacific Lutheran University
Rhona Kwiram: CPA and Shareholder, Clark Nuber

Laura Lawton-Forsyth: President, Lawton Printing, Inc.
Jerry Lee: Executive Director, MG2 Foundation
Leigh Ann Lucero: Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation;

Daniel J. Martin: President, Seattle Pacific University
Thayne M. McCulloh: President, Gonzaga University
John McVay: President, Walla Walla University
Ian Metz: Manager, Program Management, X-Ray, Amazon Video, Amazon.com
Kathleen Murray: President, Whitman College

Shelly O’Quinn: Commissioner, Spokane County

Ben Phillips: Software Engineer, Redfin
Julie Prince, CLU: Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
Rodney Proctor: President, Gladstone Enterprises

Lyle Quasim: Trustee, University of Puget Sound

Laura Rehrmann: Retired, Group Health CommunityFoundation

Ahmadou Seck: TV Programming, Pivot TV
Steven T. Seward: Attorney, Ascent Law Partners LLP
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.: President, Seattle University

Beck A. Taylor: President, Whitworth University

Jim Yearby: Vice President, United Way of King County

Board Biographies

Richard E. Bangert II
ICW Board Emeritus
Retired, PACCAR Inc

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Richard E. Bangert II served as vice president of PACCAR Inc from 1994 until his retirement in 2015, and had been with the company since 1989.

Bangert was elected as board emeritus in 2015, following in the footsteps of his late father, Richard Bangert I, who was a founding member of ICW and served on its Board of Directors until 2012.

Bangert earned his BA in Business Administration (cum laude) from the University of Washington and his JD from Willamette College.

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John Bassett
President, Heritage University

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John Bassett is the second president of Heritage University. He took office in July 2010 after serving as president of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts for 10 years. From 1993-2000, Bassett was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland.

He is a past board chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and has served on the Committee on Accountability. He also has served with the American Council on Education (ACE), Phi Beta Kappa Fellows, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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Delona Lang Bell
President, CMBell Company

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DeLona Lang Bell is president and founder of CMBell Company, a marketing and communication firm that has served not-for-profit organizations across the nation since 1997. Her firm’s education clients have included the National Association of Independent Colleges, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, and various independent colleges and universities.

She is an alumna and a member of the board of trustees at Walla Walla University. Prior to founding her firm, she worked in marketing and communications at Hewlett-Packard Company, in healthcare and in higher education.

Her volunteer efforts have included education, youth initiatives, economic development, United Way, Red Cross and previous terms on the ICW board, during which she served as vice chair.

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Violet A. Boyer
President and CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington

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Violet A. Boyer has served as the president and CEO of ICW since September 1998. Previously, she was assistant vice president for congressional and state relations with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She joined NAICU after working in the U.S. Senate, most recently as the legislative director for Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).

She began her career as a teacher and has worked in higher education administration at two independent colleges. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of NAICU State Executives and is Vice Chair of The Coalition on College Cost Savings.

Boyer received her BA from Dakota Wesleyan University and earned her MA from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

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Pat Callans
Senior Vice President, Costco Wholesale

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Pat Callans is Senior Vice President of Costco Wholesale, joining the company in 1994 as corporate counsel. Pat also serves on the Seattle University Board of Trustees and is an alum of its Executive MBA program.

He received his JD from Northwestern and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Pat has also served on the boards of Washington Mentors and Childhaven.

In his spare time, he is active in the lives of his three kids, and they enjoy outdoor sports and adventures.

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Elizabeth “Betsy” Cowles
Chair, Cowles Company

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Elizabeth Cowles directly oversees the broadcasting, insurance and real estate divisions of the company. Cowles Company is a fourth-generation family-owned media, forest products, real estate and insurance company based in Spokane.

Cowles serves, or has served, on the boards of the Fox Theater, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Laird Norton Company, Mt. Spokane 2000, Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest, Ruckleshaus Center Advisory Board , Spokane Legal Services, the Spokane Symphony and Washington State University Board of Regents.

Cowles earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College and J.D. from George Washington University.

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Isiaah Crawford
President, University of Puget Sound
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Isiaah Crawford became the president of University of Puget Sound in July 2016.  Crawford came to Puget Sound following service as provost and chief academic officer of Seattle University (2008-2016). Prior to his service at Seattle University, Crawford was the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago, where he also served as a faculty member from 1987 to 2008.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Crawford earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from DePaul University.

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Deborah B. Cushing
Executive Director, InvestED

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Deborah Cushing is a noted community leader committed to assisting those in need. She is the executive director of InvestEd, a nonprofit that supports secondary schools in Washington state. She previously has served as executive director of Washington Women In Need and the Pioneer Square Community Development Organization.

During her career as an attorney, Cushing focused on public law and municipal finance and was a partner at Perkins Coie. She has served on a number of Seattle area boards including Northwest Children’s Fund, WAACO (Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations), and has volunteered extensively as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in dependency proceedings.

Cushing earned her BA at Wellesley College where she served as an alumnae leader. She received her JD from Wayne State University Law School and her MA in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

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Jennifer Divine
Partner, Miller Nash Graham and Dunn

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Jennifer Divine joined Miller Nash Graham and Dunn as a partner in 2012. She focuses a large part of her practice on educational institutions, providing counsel on staff and student employment, faculty tenure, grievances, student conduct and discipline, Title IX policies and investigations, FERPA, campus threat assessment, regulatory compliance, bylaws, policy handbooks, and shared governance issues.

Divine also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle Girls’ School and the Editorial Board for the National Association of College and University Attorneys NACUANOTES publication. She was recently honored as the 2012 Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association.

She received an A.B. from Harvard University (magna cum laude), her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School (cum laude), and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Dina Fifadra
Senior Director
Samsung Telecommunications America

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Dina C. Fifadra manages sales and planning for Samsung Mobile for T-Mobile’s multiple sales channels. Prior to joining Samsung, Fifadra was a sales executive at Procter and Gamble for over 12 years, where she managed customers like Costco, Kmart, and Lowe’s. She also served on P&G’s Women’s Diversity Network and Asian Pacific American Leadership Team working to recruit, advance, and retain a diverse workforce.

Fifadra earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and she minored in the Japanese language.

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José Gaitán
Attorney and Principal, Gaitán Group PLLC

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José Gaitán has over 35 years in a national practice of law and public service with boards and commissions. During his career as a lawyer he has served as counsel to seven of the Global Fortune Ten companies and to governmental/ corporate entities like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Fannie Mae.

A first-generation college graduate of Linfield College (OR) and University of Washington School of Law, he is deeply committed to education. Gaitan chaired Governor Locke’s “A+ Commission” and was a member of the Washington Student Achievement Council. He has served as trustee for organizations such as the Alliance for Education, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Linfield College, and the Seattle Community College Foundation. He has also served as adjunct faculty at University of Washington.

He has received numerous awards and is most proud of the University of Washington Law School Alumni Service Award, Linfield College Alumni of the Year Award and the Lincoln High School (Seattle) Alumni of the Year Award.

He was born and raised in Seattle Washington where he raised his three children.

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Ken Goodchild
Retired, Marsh Companies
ICW Board Emeritus

Ken Goodchild retired as managing director of Marsh Companies after a successful career in risk management and insurance brokerage. He served on the ICW board from 1994 to 2007, and held several leadership positions, including board chair during the decision to merge with the policy organization Washington Friends of Higher Education in 1998.

Goodchild’s involvement in the Seattle community has included serving on the boards of The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute, Childhaven, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Community Development Roundtable, and The City of Hope. He and his wife Beryl continue to fund the Garrett J. Goodchild Achievement Award.

Ken Goodchild holds a BA in Economics from St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Liz Gorman
Senior Vice President, Edelman

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Liz Gorman is a senior vice president at Edelman, and heads the Business + Social Purpose practice for the Pacific Northwest. Liz works with major corporations on their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability strategies and communications.

Previously, Liz spent seven years as a senior executive at Cone Communications, a pioneer and leading agency in the field of CSR and sustainability strategy, was founder and principal of Gorman Communications, and head of community affairs for Eddie Bauer.

Gorman holds a BA from University of Washington, and MA from University of Minnesota, where she was named an Alumna of Notable Achievement.

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Rick Gross
KC-46 VP Chief Financial Officer, Boeing Airplane Development, The Boeing Company

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Prior to his current assignment, Gross served as vice president and chief financial officer for Boeing’s Shared Services Group (SSG) Supplier Management organization, vice president of SSG Finance & Business organization and SSG chief financial officer; vice president of finance for Internal Services Productivity, vice president of finance for Boeing Commercial Airplane Programs, and as general manager for Finance in Army Systems.

Gross joined Boeing in 1986 and held early assignments in material coordination, capacity planning/engineering, C-17 Production Control, Assembly, and Business Operations.

He holds a BA in Economics from the University of California, Irvine, and an MA in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

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Roy F. Heynderickx
President, Saint Martin’s University

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Roy Heynderickx was installed as president of Saint Martin’s University in 2009. He has worked in Catholic higher education for over three decades, nearly 20 of which have been at the senior management level. Heynderickx was the vice president for finance and administration at the University of San Diego. At the University of Portland, he participated in a major institutional strategic planning process that led to a significant redirection of the University’s focus resulting in a strengthened institution.

Heynderickx also serves as an evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the body which accredits institutions of higher learning. As an evaluator, he has focused on smaller colleges and universities giving him a unique understanding of Saint Martin’s.

A native of the Northwest, Heynderickx earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oregon in 1975, an M.B.A. from the University of Portland in 1983, and his Ph.D. in education administration from the University of Oregon in 1992. Heynderickx and his wife Kathleen have three children.

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Trent M. House
Trent M. House Government Relations

Trent House is a government relations professional based in Olympia, Washington. Prior to starting an independent lobbying practice, he was the lead lobbyist for the Boeing Company in Washington State.

A native of Washington, House began his career in 1994 at the Association of Washington Business. Here he became an expert on public policy issues including tax policy, workforce training, economic development and health care.

A representative list of current and past clients include: The Boeing Company, Aerospace Future’s Alliance, Pacific Medical Centers, COSTCO Wholesale, CoreLogic, Cargill, Endo Pharmaceuticals, the Washington Restaurant Association and the Association of Washington Healthcare Plans.

House received his bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University.

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Terry Jones
Market President, South Sound
U.S. Bank

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Terry Jones has been a commercial banking leader in western Washington for nearly 35 years. She has served as a senior executive at U.S. Bank since 2006, after 25 years at Bank of America. In 2012, American Banker Magazine named Jones and her U.S. Bank colleagues as the Most Powerful Women in Banking Team.

Jones serves on boards of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement of Washington, and was the past board president of Intiman Theatre. She is also an active mentor in empoWer, a professional women’s network with Davis Wright Tremaine, Moss Adams, Parker Smith and Feek, and U.S. Bank.

Jones is a graduate of Washington State University’s College of Business and Economics, with an emphasis in Marketing.

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Carolyn Kelly
Retired President and CEO, Seattle Times

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Carolyn Kelly retired in 2010 as the president and chief operating officer of The Seattle Times. She joined TheTimes as a financial analyst in 1977 and held various positions including marketing/news business director; VP/chief financial officer and senior vice president/general manager. In 2001, she was named the newspaper’s president and chief operating officer, joining a handful of women in the U.S. who have risen to an executive position at a newspaper.

Kelly serves on the boards of the YMCA of Greater Seattle, Seattle University Albers School of Business, and AAA. She is well known for her service and leadership in the community and has been honored as one of Seattle Storm’s “Women of Inspiration” and Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence. She received a Distinguished Alumni award from both Gonzaga University and Seattle University.

Kelly grew up in Walla Walla, received her BA from Gonzaga University and her MBA from Seattle University.

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Thomas W. Krise
President, Pacific Lutheran University

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Thomas Krise became the 13th president of Pacific Lutheran University on June 1st, 2012.

Prior to his appointment at PLU, Krise was Dean of the arts and sciences college of the University of the Pacific, chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Florida, faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy, a senior military fellow of the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and vice director of the National Defense University Press. Krise served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Krise earned a bachelor’s in history from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983, an M.S.A. in management from Central Michigan University in 1986, an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota in 1989, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago in 1995. He is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

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Rhona Kwiram
CPA and Shareholder, Clark Nuber

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As auditor and consultant at Clark Nuber for more than 20 years, Rhona Kwiram specializes in working exclusively with not-for-profit organizations and foundations.

In addition to ICW, she serves on the boards of Bellevue Children’s Theatre, Green Lake Foundation, Green Lake Church, Out of the Gray, and the Walla Walla University.

Kwiram received her BSBA in Accounting from Walla Walla University (summa cum laude) with a minor in Music. A skilled pianist and vocalist, her love for the arts paired with her talent for precision makes her a successful part of Clark Nuber’s audit practice.

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Laura Lawton-Forsyth
President, Lawton Printing, Inc. and File-EZ Folder, Inc.

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Laura Lawton-Forsyth is President of Lawton Printing, Inc. and File-Ez Folder, Inc., both located in Spokane, WA. She is the fourth generation to join the family business, working full-time beginning in January 1991 and becoming President in October 2001.

Lawton-Forsyth graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Graphic Communication and a concentration in Printing Management.

Her community and industry involvement include Junior League of Spokane, Greater Spokane Incorporated (formerly Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce), Saint George’s School, Pacific Printing Industries Association (PPIA), and Printing Industries of America.

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Jerry Lee
Executive Director, MG2 Foundation

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Jerry Lee became executive of the philanthropic arm of MulvannyG2 Architects in 2015, after retiring from 10 years as Chairman of the firm’s board of directors. Lee joined MulvannyG2 in 1975 as the fourth employee, made partner in 1980, and eventually became president of the firm when Doug Mulvanny retired in 1993.

Lee is also known for building community through service, often volunteering over 500 hours annually with local organizations. He serves as an advisory council board member for the local Susan G. Komen affiliate and is one of its heralded “Pink Tie Guys.” He received a Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was awarded Seattle Business magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2013.

Lee holds a BS from Portland State University and a BA in Architecture from the University of Oregon.

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Leigh Ann Lucero
Senior Attorney, Microsoft Corporation

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Leigh Ann Lucero joined Microsoft in 2008 and provides legal support for the Xbox video game business. Previously, she was Senior Counsel at Washington Mutual Bank and worked in private practice.

Leigh Ann also worked in higher education administration, she had positions in Residence Life and Student Activities at Whitman College and served as the Director of Residence Life at Gonzaga University.

She earned a B.A. from Whitman College, a M.A. from Seattle University, and her J.D. from the University of Washington. Leigh Ann currently serves on the Whitman College Board of Overseers. She and her husband live in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle with their two children.

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Daniel J. Martin
President, Seattle Pacific University

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Daniel J. Marin became the 10th president of Seattle Pacific University on July 1, 2012. Prior to leading SPU, Martin was president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.

He has held a variety of roles and positions in higher education, including executive assistant to the president, vice president for enrollment development, acting vice president of finance at MidAmerica Nazarene University, and vice president for university advancement at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California.

Martin completed his JD at the University of Kansas, School of Law, and simultaneously completed an MBA at the university’s School of Business. Upon entering the field of higher education, Martin earned two additional degrees: an EdD in Higher Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas and an EdD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania

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Thayne M. McCulloh
President, Gonzaga University

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Thayne McCulloh was elected president of Gonzaga University in July 2010 after 20 years serving the institution in several positions including vice president for administration and planning, and interim academic vice president.

McCulloh’s professional activities have involved long-standing service to regional accreditation in the Northwest, service as a member and officer on the board of directors for EdFund (a public-benefit corporation of the California Student Aid Commission), and appointment to the Spokane Human Rights Commission. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the College Board.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, McCulloh attended Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School. Following high school, he completed a three-year enlistment in the US Army. He arrived at Gonzaga University in its centennial year (1986-87) and was elected student body president in his senior year. In 1989, he was accepted to study for the Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in Experimental Social Psychology from Oxford in 1998.

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John K. McVay
President, Walla Walla University

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John K. McVay was inaugurated as the 23rd president of Walla Walla University in 2006. McVay was a professor of New Testament and associate dean at Andrews University from 1998 to 2000, and was dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2006.

He holds degrees from Southern Adventist University, Andrews University, and England’s Sheffield University.

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Ian Metz
Program Manager, Amazon.com

Ian Metz is a Manager on the Amazon Instant Video team, and works specifically on the development of X-Ray for the German market. Prior to joining Amazon, Metz was an Associate Manager in Apple’s highly competitive Store Leader Program.

He served as the Student Body President at Pacific Lutheran University his senior year, and has worked in Olympia as a Grassroots and Legislative Coordinator with TK Bentler Public Affairs.

Metz earned a BA with honors in Political Science and Global Studies, with a focus on state level politics and “Responses to International Violence and Conflict.” in 2013 and was inducted into the Pinnacle Society for leadership.

He currently lives in Seattle and enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Metz also owns a photography business, with a focus on events, people, cityscapes and street art.

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Kathleen Murray
President, Whitman College

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Kathleen Murray was inaugurated as its 14th president on July 1st, 2015. Prior to her appointment, she served as provost and dean of the faculty at Macalester College since 2008. Prior to Macalester, she was provost at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama for three years.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1979, then obtained her Master of Music in piano performance from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and her Doctor of Music in piano performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University in 1989. Over the course of nineteen years, she was a member of the piano faculty, dean of the Conservatory of Music and dean of the faculty at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

A frequent performer, she is also a clinician and adjudicator both nationally and internationally, as well as the author of numerous articles on music and music education. She is recorded on the CRI label.

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Shelly O’Quinn
Commissioner, Spokane County

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Shelly O’Quinn serves as a Spokane County Commissioner for District 2. Prior to joining the County, Shelly served as the Director of Education and Workforce Development for Greater Spokane Incorporated, the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council.

Shelly’s unique background provides a diverse array of experiences from small business development in Honduras, to running a homeless mission/outreach ministry in Florida, to non-profit management in our local community. Her interest in politics developed when she served as the founding Executive Director for the George Nethercutt Foundation, a civic engagement and leadership program for college students.

Shelly has an MBA from the Monterey Institute for International Studies in California and a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Whitworth University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two young sons, training for triathlons and reading.

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Ben Phillips
Software Engineer, Lead for New Business Engineering
Redfin

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Ben Phillips has worked as a software engineer with increasing responsibility at Redfin since 2011. His role in New Business Engineering gives him the opportunity to innovate at “a startup within a startup”

Phillips also serves as a board member for Teens in Public Service, and is a part of upcoming class of Leadership Tomorrow.

Phillips is a graduate of Stanford University, with a BS and MS in Computer Science.

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Julie Prince
Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Julie Prince’s career with Northwestern Mutual began in 1989, following five years as a commercial loan officer with a former regional commercial bank. She is a wealth management advisor, working with high net-worth individuals and business owners. She designs and monitors integrated financial plans to help her clients protect, preserve and transfer their wealth.

Prince is an active board member and secretary of the charity Change Making Change and a past board member of the Estate Planning Council of Seattle. She is past chairman of the Annual Estate Planning Seminar co-hosted by the Estate Planning Council of Seattle and the Washington State Bar Association. She has served on the Planned Giving Committees for Gonzaga University and Forrest Ridge High School, and on the Finance Committee for Eastside Catholic High School and Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Prince graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in International Business. She earned her professional designation in 1998 as a Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College.

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Rodney Proctor
President, Gladstone Enterprises

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Rodney Proctor is owner and president of Gladstone Enterprises, a company that has provided environment, health and safety (EHS) management consulting since 2007. He has over 35 years of experience in the EHS field in both private and public sectors; nearly 20 years with Weyerhaeuser Company in Federal Way, Washington.

Proctor is, and has been, actively involved in a wide variety of community and professional organizations including the Pacific Science Center, Leadership Tomorrow, the American Planning Association, and the American Society of Safety Professionals.

He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale and a master in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.

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Lyle Quasim
Trustee, University of Puget Sound

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Lyle Quasim has served the state of Washington, Pierce County and the South Puget Sound community for over forty years. His leadership positions have included secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, chief of staff for the county executive, president of Bates Technical College, and advisor to the chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma.

Quasim’s community work and activism started in his youth and continues today. He currently serves as co-chairperson of the Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective, chairperson of the Black Education Strategies Roundtable, a member of the Executive Committee of the NAACP, and a Trustee of the University of Puget Sound.

Quasim received his undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound and his graduate degree from Pacific Lutheran University.

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Laura W. Rehrmann
Retired, Group Health Community Foundation and Group Health Cooperative

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Laura Rehrmann retired as president and CEO of the Group Health Community Foundation and vice president for community responsibility for Group Health Cooperative. Rehrmann has been with Group Health since 1997, when she joined as vice president of development of the Foundation, Group Health’s philanthropic arm. In 1999, she completed the leadership phase of the Foundation’s first endowment campaign, which raised $8.7 million. She became CEO and president in 2000.

Rehrmann has worked for Meany Hall for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, Catholic Community Services of King County, and as executive director of Seattle Central Community College Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Rainier Club, the Washington Health Foundation, Leadership Tomorrow, chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as was program chair for Seattle 4 Rotary, the largest in the world.

She earned her MA in Not-for-Profit Executive Leadership from Seattle University, is a Fellow of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, and a Certified Fund Raising Executive.

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Ahmadou Seck
Alumnus, Saint Martin’s University
Programming, Pivot TV

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Ahmadou Seck works in the Original Programming department at Pivot TV which is a part of Participant Media. He recently worked at CAA in the TV Talent Department and was also part of the CAA Multicultural Leadership Committee.

Ahmadou graduated from Saint Martin’s University in Washington State with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While at Saint Martin’s, he co-founded the Black Student Union and as a junior and senior, was elected president of the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University — the first African American student elected to the position.

He is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle, and spent a year with family in Senegal before enrolling at Saint Martin’s University.

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Steven T. Seward
Attorney, Ascent Law Partners LLP

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Steven Seward specializes in business law, mergers and acquisitions. He previously practiced law at Van Ness Feldman GordonDerr and was in solo practice following an 11-year partnership in Wickwire, Greene, Crosby, Brewer & Seward, a firm he co-founded in 1989.

Before practicing law, Seward was the state budget director for the state of Idaho and also served as the senior assistant to Idaho Governor John V. Evans. He chaired the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board for two years, was a commissioner for six years on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Tax Program at the University of Washington.

Seward earned his B.A. in Economics (special honors) from the University of Texas, a J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude), and an L.L.M. (Tax) from the University of Washington.

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Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University

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Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. began serving as Seattle University’s 21st president in 1997.

Sundborg grew up in the Territory of Alaska, entered the Jesuits in 1961, and was ordained priest in Seattle in 1974. He taught theology at Seattle University from 1982-1990, was appointed rector of the Seattle University Jesuit community in 1986, and served as provincial of the Northwest Jesuits from 1990 to 1996.

Sundborg completed his doctoral studies in Spirituality at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1982.

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Beck A. Taylor
President, Whitworth University

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Beck A. Taylor was appointed in 2010 as the 18th president of Whitworth University. He came to Whitworth after serving as dean and professor of economics for the Brock School of Business at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and as associate dean for research and faculty development for the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, where he was also the W.H. Smith Professor of Economics.

Taylor earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University (cum laude) with majors in economics and finance. He went on to earn his MS and PhD in economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2002, he was appointed visiting scholar by Harvard University; he spent one year in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education pursuing research interests.

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Jim Yearby
Vice President, United Way of King County

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Jim Yearby has over 25 years management experience and has led human resource and labor relations departments in the non-profit and public sectors, including city, county and state levels. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union.

Yearby has a bachelor of arts in business administration-finance from Seattle University and a master of arts in public administration from University of Puget Sound.

Jim identifies his education at Seattle University and University of Puget Sound as changing his life.

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