2017-18 Board of Directors
Richard E. Bangert II: Emeritus, Retired, PACCAR Inc.
DeLona Lang Bell: President and Founder, CMBell Company
Allan Belton: Acting President, Pacific Lutheran University
Kevin Bouchey: President/Owner of SKD Farms, former Yakima County Commissioner
Violet A. Boyer: President/CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington
Jennifer Divine: Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
Dina Fifadra: Senior Manager, Amazon Canada Marketplace
Daniel J. Martin: President, Seattle Pacific University
Thayne M. McCulloh: President, Gonzaga University
John McVay: President, Walla Walla University
Ian Metz: Manager of Program Management, X-Ray, Amazon Video
Kathleen Murray: President, Whitman College
Shelly O’Quinn: CEO, Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Lyle Quasim: Trustee, University of Puget Sound
Laura Rehrmann: Retired President, Group Health Community Foundation
Lorrie Scott: VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Potlatch Corporation
Jamilia Sherls: Director of Health Equity & Community Benefit, MultiCare Health System, Tacoma
Andrew Sund: President, Heritage University
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.: President, Seattle University
Jim Yearby: Vice President, United Way of King County
Richard E. Bangert II
ICW Board Emeritus
Retired, PACCAR Inc.
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.
DeLona Lang Bell
President and Founder, CMBell Company
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.
Acting President, Pacific Lutheran University
Allan Belton was appointed by the Pacific Lutheran University Board of Regents to serve as the University’s Acting President as of June 1, 2017.
Prior to being appointed Acting President, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, responsible for the University’s administrative functions including Business Operations & Finance, Human Resources, Facilities & Construction Management, Information Technology, and Risk Management. Allan joined PLU in 2015 as the University’s Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining PLU, Allan enjoyed a 25-year career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served most recently as Managing Director and Chief Operations Officer for global treasury management. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Washington State University.
Allan is married to Melinda Krotz Belton, PLU Class of 1991; they live in Gig Harbor with their three children.
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President/Owner of SKD Farms, former Yakima County Commissioner
Kevin is President and owner of SKD Farms, Inc., an agriculture and commercial property entity operating in Eastern Washington.
He also recently completed two terms as a Yakima County Commissioner.
For nearly three decades, Kevin has advocated in Olympia and Washington DC on behalf of the agriculture industry and most recently for the Yakima County Board of Commissioners. From 2009 through 2016, he was the lead advocate on state and federal issues on behalf of of Yakima County regarding a broad array of public policy and economic development issues.
Kevin also currently serves on the Washington Policy Center Board of Directors.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, hiking, scuba diving, and snow sports.
Violet A. Boyer
President and CEO, Independent Colleges of Washington
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.
Senior Vice President, HR and Risk Management, Costco Wholesale
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.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Cowles
Chairman, Cowles Company
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.
President, University of Puget Sound
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.
Partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
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.
Senior Manager, Amazon Canada Maketplace
Dina C. Fifadra is a Senior manager for Amazon Canada Marketplace. Prior to joining Amazon, Fifadra managed manages sales and planning for Samsung Mobile for T-Mobile’s multiple sales channels, and 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.
Managing Member, Gaitán Group PLLC
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.
ICW Board Emeritus
Retired, Marsh Companies
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.
Senior Vice President, Edelman | Business + Social Purpose
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.
Roy F. Heynderickx
President, Saint Martin’s University
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 PhD in education administration from the University of Oregon in 1992. Heynderickx and his wife Kathleen have three children.
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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Managing Director, Community Relations, Alaska Airlines
Shaunta is Managing Director of Community Relations at Alaska Airlines. A Pacific Northwest aviation professional, she leads community relations and charitable giving in the continental United States and Hawaii, collaborating with civic leaders and organizations affecting Alaska Airlines.
Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Shaunta was the director of global aviation policy for The Boeing Company, where she worked 12 years developing strategies to shape national and international public policy to support aviation growth and business goals. Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, she worked for The Metropolitan King County Council, then served as a government relations manager for the King County Executive.
Shaunta earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Seattle University, an Executive MBA from the University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, and is a graduate of the World Public Affairs Institute. She is on the Pioneer Human Services’ Board of Directors, holds a governor-appointed position and serves as the Chair to the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and is a member of the International Aviation Women’s Association.
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President & CEO, Association of Washington Business
Kris Johnson is the president & CEO of Association of Washington Business. Johnson joined the Association of Washington Business in July 2010, first serving as the vice president, operations. He then was named president in January 2014.
In his capacity as AWB president & CEO, Kris serves on the following boards/groups of Washington Health Care Forum, Washington Research Council, Forterra Inc., ReadyNation, American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Enterprise WA, Independent Colleges of Washington, WA Business Week, Council of State Manufacturer Association, Council of State Chambers, and National Association of Manufacturers SAG Executive Committee.
Prior to joining AWB, Johnson was the president and CEO of the Saint Paul Area (MN) Chamber of Commerce. There, Johnson led initiatives resulting in state and federal funding for the Central Corridor Partnership, which brought light rail transit from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul. He led a comprehensive rebranding effort of the chamber and played a key role during the 2008 Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities. Johnson was also a member of the Twin Cities leadership team that helped secure funding for reconstruction of the I-35 W Mississippi River Bridge, which collapsed suddenly in 2007.
Before his work in Saint Paul, Johnson served as president and CEO of the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce. It was there that Johnson led a regional chamber merger, resulting in the formation of the new Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing the interests of more than 1,250 businesses from five states.
From 1997-2002, Johnson served as manager of government/public affairs at the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce where he led advocacy efforts on local ballot issues and developed a grassroots program.
Johnson is a graduate of the University of Montana-Western and the U.S. Chamber Institute program. In 2003, Johnson earned his certification as a chamber executive by the Institute for Organizational Management from the American Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Johnson was selected as a Fellow for the Ford Foundation’s focus on Regional Sustainability Development.
Johnson, his wife Katie, son Logan and daughters Ellie and Alexa, are residents of Olympia.
Market President, South Sound
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.
Retired President and CEO, The Seattle Times
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.
Shareholder, Clark Nuber
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.
Daniel J. Martin
President, Seattle Pacific University
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
Thayne M. McCulloh
President, Gonzaga University
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.
John K. McVay
President, Walla Walla University
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.
Manager of Program Management, X-Ray, Amazon Video
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.
President, Whitman College
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.
Inland Northwest Community Foundation
Shelly O’Quinn serves as the CEO of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. Prior to that role, she served as a Spokane County Commissioner for District 2. Shelly has also worked 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.
Sr. Software Developer, PushSpring
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.
Wealth Management Advisor, Northwestern Mutual, Prince Financial Services
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.
President, Gladstone Enterprises
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.
Trustee, University of Puget Sound
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.
Laura W. Rehrmann
Retired President, Group Health Community Foundation
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.
VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Potlatch Corporation
Lorrie Scott was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Potlatch Corporation in 2010. Potlatch is a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with approximately 1.4 million acres of timberland in Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota and Mississippi and wood products manufacturing facilities in Arkansas, Idaho, Michigan and Minnesota. Prior to joining Potlatch, Ms. Scott was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors.
Ms. Scott also serves on the board of the Spokane Symphony.
Ms. Scott received an A. B. with highest distinction from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Old World Archaeology from the University of Chicago and her law degree (cum laude) from Harvard Law School.
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Director of Health Equity & Community Benefit, MultiCare Health System, Tacoma
Jamilia Sherls is the Director of Health Equity & Community Benefit at the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living & Health Equity. In this role, Jamilia oversees MultiCare’s community health needs assessments, community screenings, youth sports physicals, Nurse Camp, and health equity programs. She actively participates in the Washington State Hospital Association Health Care Equity Sub-Committee and the King County Hospitals for a Healthier Community Collaborative. She also supports the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department with community health improvement planning & assessments.
Jamilia has rich experiences in chronic disease prevention & management, community partnership development, pediatric and school nursing, tobacco prevention/control, cultural competency, and addressing health disparities. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and received “40 Under 40” recognition in 2015 for professional achievement and community involvement in the Puget Sound region from the Business Examiner. Most recently, Jamilia and her colleagues received a 2016 MultiCare President’s Award for Excellence in Cultural Competence. Jamilia is also a member of the American Public Health Association.
Jamilia earned her BS in Biology from the University of Puget Sound; her MPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University; and her BS in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. She is currently pursuing her DNP in Community Systems Administration at Thomas Jefferson University. Jamilia is also a Certified Pediatric Nurse.
President, Heritage University
Before coming to Heritage in July 2017, Dr. Sund was President of St. Augustine College in Chicago from 2008-2017. Prior to that he was Dean of Workforce and Community Education at Olive Harvey College, one of the city colleges of Chicago. He occupied this position from 2004 to 2008. From 1991 through 2004, Dr. Sund worked at St. Augustine College in a variety of positions, including history instructor, academic advisor, and director of Institutional Research. Other accomplishments include co-publishing an American History textbook in Spanish and pioneering the use of multi-media in the classroom. He is the past president of the Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) and a board member of the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium and of ChileAmigo. He is also a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), governing board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), board member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation (ILLCF), and a political analyst for Univision channel 66 in Chicago. He is fluent in Spanish as well as four other languages.
Dr. Sund received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in History from Northwestern University, and a PhD in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sund is married and has three children. His wife Norma and his school age son will move to Yakima with him. His two adult children will remain in Chicago.
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
President, Seattle University
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.
Beck A. Taylor
President, Whitworth University
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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Vice President, Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes
Randy Tinseth is vice president of Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes leading the teams responsible for global go-to-market strategies and analysis in support of sales and product strategy.
In this position he has held since April 2007, Tinseth is responsible for marketing efforts across the Commercial Airplanes family of products and services – contributing to planning and product development, understanding and communicating market requirements and the market outlook.
He also hosts the Boeing blog, “Randy’s Journal,” http://boeingblogs.com/randy/, which is one of the most-read aviation blogs.
In 2006, Tinseth was the customers leader for the 747-8 program, responsible for developing marketing and in-service support strategies for the new 747-8 airplane, executing sales and working with the customer base.
Before that position, Tinseth served as director of Product and Services Marketing. He was responsible for marketing Boeing’s commercial airplanes and services to airlines, financial institutions and other constituencies globally. During this period, the Marketing team launched innovations such as the new 787 livery, the “Name Your Plane” effort, which led to the selection of the Dreamliner name, and the “newairplane.com” website.
From 1989 to 2001, Tinseth held various positions in Sales and Marketing including manager in the Airplane Economics Group, and sales director in the North America region for United Airlines, Northwest Airlines and United Parcel Services.
Tinseth joined Boeing in June 1981 as a flight test engineer.
Born in Kalispell, Mont., Tinseth holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and in 1986, he received a master’s in business administration from Seattle University.
Outside of work, Tinseth is active in the community serving on the Seattle Aquarium’s Board of Directors. He also sits on Seattle University’s Albers School of Business Board of Directors.
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VP, Wells Fargo, Spokane
Tom’s responsibilities at Wells Fargo include a variety of commercial client relationships with revenues between $35 million and $1.8 billion. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Tom held a variety of financial management positions including Commercial Lender with US Bank, Financial Manager at 3M, Chief Financial Officer at American Electronic Sign subsequent to beginning his career with Pannell Kerr Forster, CPAs. Tom also has investment management and international trade experience.
Tom earned his MBA from Gonzaga University and BA’s in Accounting and Business Management from Whitworth University. In addition, Tom has participated in other coursework that includes Six Sigma where he received Green Belt certification.
Community involvement has included leadership roles with The First Tee of the Inland Northwest, Rotary Club 21 Spokane, Washington Junior Golf Association, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Tom and his wife Trish reside in Spokane. They have two children ages 23 and 19.
Vice President, United Way of King County
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.
Jim identifies his education at Seattle University and University of Puget Sound as changing his life.