Board of Directors
The Foundation Board of Directors are dedicated to increasing private support for Whatcom Community College. They are local people involved in the community, donating their professional expertise and time to make higher education more accessible for Whatcom students.
Current Board Members
Ron Kleinknecht is a life-long Washingtonian with a passion for higher education that spans decades, having spent 43 years at WWU as Professor and Chair of Psychology, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. During his tenure as Dean at WWU he worked collaboratively with WCC faculty and staff to develop a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at WWU. He was asked by fellow board member, Lynne Masland, to join the board after his retirement from WWU. Ron has served on a number of local boards including Port of Bellingham Marina Advisory Committee, Whatcom County Mental Health Advisory Board, and Critical Junctures Institute. In his free time he enjoys birding, hiking, and orienting four grandchildren to appreciate and preserve nature. Ron is a champion of our environment; he writes on the topic of environmental awareness and action for local and online outlets and monitors local beaches for Starfish Wasting Syndrome.
Carolyn Simpson Scott, MD is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist previously with Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. Her entrepreneurship interests led her to own and operate several small businesses over the years, most recently as the founder and co-owner of Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub in Bethlehem, PA. Carolyn received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and was in practice for 25 years. Prior to LVHN, she was a staff gynecologist at Women’s Health Consultants, LLC and the co-owner of Lehigh Valley Women’s Health Care Alliance Ltd.
Before her career in medicine, Carolyn worked as the Director of the Credit Division at Robert Morris Associates. Carolyn holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Davidson College. She is a current member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologists and a former National Speaker for Myriad Genetics in its Preventive Care Division. She is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors of SATORI Chamber Music Group, is a board member of The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Pa where she serves on the Trusteeship and development committees. She formerly held board positions with the Allentown Women’s Center, Baldwin’s National Board of Advisors, the Piedmont Group of the National Association of Bank Women, and the Women’s Division of the North Carolina Bankers Association. WCC’s Simpson Intercultural Center is named after her father, W. Robert Simpson, whose generosity has had significant impact at Whatcom.
Kira Bravo has over a decade of public accounting experience and specializes in business, personal, gift/trust, and estate taxation and planning. Her business clients include those in the construction, real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, medical, and professional services industries. She has worked extensively in the Private Client Service world and has helped individual clients with income tax, estate, trust, and gift compliance and planning.
Kira graduated from WWU with a degree in Accounting and Finance in 2004 and began her career as a CPA at a national public accounting firm. Early in her career, Kira’s passion for her clients was apparent and word spread as she began working with individuals up and down the West coast. True to her small town roots (she grew up in Coupeville), she decided to focus her work on local clients and joined the Metcalf Hodges family as an owner in 2015.
Kira has been a long-time volunteer for Junior Achievement because she feels strongly about giving kids the tools they need for business and financial success. She has volunteered in classes ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade at many different schools and loves spending time with the students. In addition to being an active Board member for the Whatcom Community College Foundation, she is also the Treasurer and Vice Chair for the Whatcom Community Foundation.
Susan Sandell was born, raised, and educated in Bellingham. Susan is a proud alumna of Whatcom Community College and WWU. She opened her women’s clothing store, Sandell’s for Her, in 1982 and has been an extremely active member of our community. Though she is now retired after 33 years in the clothing business, she remains active throughout the community. Both Deane and Susan are active members of Saint Paul’s Episcopal church and support many charitable causes locally and nationwide including The Lighthouse Mission, Red Cross, Saint Paul’s church, Salvation Army, Hospice, University of Washington medical, and Whatcom Community College. Susan and her husband, Deane, both have strong ties to Whatcom. Deane’s father, Floyd Sandell, taught farm management and was the first tenured faculty member at Whatcom Community College.
Brenda-Lee Karasik currently serves on the Board of the Whatcom Community Foundation and has sat on AFP Advancement Northwest’s National Philanthropy Day selection committee for several years. Brenda has also served on the Board of Bellingham Technical College. During her professional career Dr. Karasik was a special Consultant at SDSU Research Foundation for Sponsored Research Advancement in San Diego, California.
Kathi H. Hiyane-Brown, Ed.D, became the fourth president of Whatcom Community College in 2007. Dr. Hiyane-Brown leads this comprehensive community college that serves 11,000 annually, employs more than 400 employees, and operates with an annual state budget of approximately $20 million. During her tenure, she has built vital community partnerships, inspired innovation and excellence throughout the College, and encouraged a culture of inclusiveness.
Dr. Hiyane-Brown was the President of Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, for four years prior to being appointed president at WCC. She also held administrative posts at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA; Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI; and Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA.
Born in Hawai‘i, Dr. Hiyane-Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Grinnell College; a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology, University of Iowa; and a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership, Oregon State University. Dr. Hiyane-Brown has been recognized as one of 2010’s Outstanding Women Educators by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation and was the recipient of the 2002 Leadership Award from The Association. In recognition of her commitment to staff and program development, she received NCSPOD’s College President’s Award in 2012. She also received the 2014 CEO of the Year Award from Washington Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
Wendy Bohlke was appointed to the WCC Board of Trustees in November, 2017. Wendy grew up in Prosser, Washington, earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from University of Washington in 1975 and law degree from Willamette University in December 1977. She served as senior counsel for the Washington State Attorney General from 1979-2013 and counsel to WWU from 2006-2013. As WWU's legal counsel since 1983, she managed the full range of issues that come before a general counsel of a vital university.
Her professional activities include serving on numerous committees of the Washington State Bar Association, Whatcom County LAW Advocates, Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Whatcom 4-H Council and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood.
Anne-Marie Faiola is a serial entrepreneur who lives in Bellingham with her two children and seven koi fish. She is a published author of three books, including 'Live Your Best Day Ever: Thirty-Five Strategies for Daily Success', and she is known as ‘The Soap Queen’ on YouTube where she runs a popular soap making channel. The companies she has created and bootstrapped include Bramble Berry Handcraft Provisions, BestDayEver, and Otion Soap. She currently employs over 60 people in Bellingham.
Beverly Jacobs came to Bellingham in 2003 to be closer to her two daughters. One is a family practice doctor from Dartmouth Medical and the other is a PhD clinical psychologist in Fairhaven. Between them, Beverly has five grandsons.
Beverly is from the Hawaiian islands, went to Punahou, Vanderbilt, Stanford and did graduate work at Emory University and Georgia State. She spent thirty-three years in Special Education administration for high I.Q. programs in the metropolitan school systems of Atlanta, Georgia.
Beverly has been a volunteer with the ESL program under Sophia Shang to help Whatcom Community College students speak English. At most she has had 17 students in one season. She has been on the board for the Cordata Neighborhood Association for 14 years. She is currently advocating for a library in the Cordata neighborhood and works with city planners on that endeavor.
Michael Langey was Director of Student Programs and Athletics at WCC from 2003-2009. Before coming to Whatcom Michael was a career U.S. Air Force officer. He served as squadron and base commander, and as staff officer at two major air command headquarters. Michael developed training and professional development programs, planned new facilities, and managed annual operating and major construction/renovation project budgets.
Bob MacIsaac was elected to the WCC Foundation board in September 2019. Picture and bio coming soon!
D. Andrew Moquin is a native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, attended college on the East coast, and eventually moved to the Northwest with his wife Kay in 1990. He is a graduate of Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island and also attended St. Steven’s College in Dover, Massachusetts. After college he worked in marketing, public relations, and development back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Having completed campaigns with St. John’s Military Academy, the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, he accepted the position as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Over a period of fifteen years he helped develop one of America’s top ten major symphony orchestras.
Following this, Andrew did similar work with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra which was under the direction of Antal Dorati. It was there while living in Grosse Pointe, Michigan that he changed careers and became involved in the gourmet food business, eventually opening a restaurant and catering business. After a six year period he and his wife decided to move. They sold businesses, did research, and eventually ended up in Bellingham, Washington after taking a year off and travelling around the world. Since Kay was an Interior Designer, she set up her business with Andrew’s help and he took up ownership of Il Fiasco Restaurant. They both became involved in the community and the restaurant served as a gathering place for business, civic, and social events.
Andrew was a member of the group that helped revive and restore the Mount Baker Theater in the early 90’s and also served on the Theater’s Board of Directors. He became a member of the Bellingham Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1993, Andrew was one of the founding board members of the Bellingham Festival of Music and served as the Festival’s President and Executive Director for many years. He is still intimately involved with the classical music festival as the Guest Artist Coordinator, as well as a consultant, and assists with fund raising. In 1997, he was a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award and in 2004 was recognized as a nominee for the Priscilla Sabin Award for outstanding contributions to Whatcom County’s Tourism Industry. Andrew lost his partner Kay to cancer in 1997, and is now retired yet quite active. He joined the Whatcom Community College Foundation Board of Directors in 2015 and was instrumental in starting the “Magic of Whatcom” dinner/auction. This event helped raise over $250,000 for the college during the two years it was held. He also served as a member of the college Campaign Feasibility Study Committee in 2017.
Since moving here in 1988, Phyllis Self has assumed many civic roles including chairing the task force for restoring the Mount Baker Theatre together with her husband and serving as a Whatcom Community College trustee and chairing its foundation. She is currently on numerous non-profit boards in the community. Phyllis is an accomplished pastel landscape artist, and she has received the Mayor’s Arts Award.
Jennifer Slattery was elected to the WCC Foundation board in September 2019. Picture and bio coming soon!
Robert M. Tull practiced law in Whatcom County beginning in 1975, after receiving his education at the University of Washington and Gonzaga University School of Law. Bob is active on several foundation boards. He enjoys boating and travelling with his wife, Betty.
Board Members Emeritus
Victoria Dahlgren moved to Whatcom County in 1982. She has served on the board of Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood and is still an active supporter. She has also served on the board of the Bellingham Festival of Music. Victoria likes to hike, travel, and golf and enjoys reading, theater, and movies. She is passionate about education and the idea that it should be accessible to all. So, when asked to serve on the board of WCCF, she was happy to accept and says it has been a rewarding experience.
Since retiring as communications director at Western Washington University, Dr. Lynne Masland has written a book about the history of the Bellingham YWCA, published a collection of poems, served on the boards of nonprofits and foundations, helped start the President’s Circle at Whatcom Community College Foundation, and spearheaded a campaign at Bellingham Sunrise Rotary Club to raise money for scholarships.
Her keen interest in philanthropy was ignited by a friend, Jean Rahn, who died in 2015. They had worked together at WWU, where Rahn was executive director of WWU Foundation. Lynne describes the message that Rahn communicated to potential donors as, “Let me help you do something that in your heart you’d like to be able to do.” That idea changed Lynne. She realized she didn’t have to be Bill Gates to make a difference, that a person of moderate means can have a significant impact.
Dr. Masland asks friends and family members to donate to the scholarship fund for her birthday and Christmas presents. Masland is married to artist Steve Mayo and has two daughters, a stepdaughter, and three grandsons.
Satpal Sidhu has lived in Lynden for 30 years and has worked in this community as an engineer, business executive, educator and a small business owner. Satpal and his wife, Mundir, have been married for 38 years and together have raised three sons who attended Meridian schools.
Satpal has been an active citizen in the community for past 25 years, serving on numerous community organization boards & committees, volunteering his time and skills to make our county a better place to live for all our residents.
In 2004, he and his wife started Spice Hut in Bellingham, a quality tea and spice retail business which has been voted twice as the Best Teahouse in the Pacific Northwest. Satpal serves as a county council member representing District 3, his current term ends in 2019.
John Stewart is Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking for Heritage Bank in Bellingham, having begun his banking career in 1981 in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 37 years, he has served in a variety of production and leadership roles in both commercial and international banking and treasury management.
John was born in Cincinnati, and attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a BA in German Studies and an MBA in Finance and International Business. He has served on a variety of Boards, including Campfire USA – Samish Council, Chinook Enterprises, and the Skagit Community Foundation. John is a member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham. He has lived in Bellingham for 19 years, enjoys bicycling and hiking with friends, and being inordinately proud of his son.
Stephanie Schmitt, operations manager, handles the day-to-day processes and procedures to ensure the Foundation runs smoothly. "I like meeting amazingly motivated students and hearing from them how WCC is changing their lives through faculty, classes, student clubs. I'm thankful for the privilege of being part of improving students' access to those experiences." Stephanie has worked as a technical writer and office manager before joining the Foundation.
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Jonathan Dymond, development officer, is responsible for fundraising and donor cultivation in support of College goals and priorities. Prior to coming to WCC, Jonathan worked at Western Washington University as Assistant Director of Annual Giving for 4 years. “The thing I enjoy most about my job is connecting with people whose passions align with those of the college, and are excited about making an impact.”
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Kate Imus, program specialist, manages the Foundation's scholarship program and also coordinates other special projects, including events. "As a WCC alum, I appreciate the opportunity to support our current students." Kate has worked for various health and education related nonprofits in the region.
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