Mari Acob-Nash, PhD
Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services
I am a proud graduate of Edmonds College. My degree here set the foundation for my journey into higher education, specifically, Community College Educational Leadership. With a career spanning over three decades, I have a deep commitment to Student Services and the integral role it plays in every students’ success. In my role as the Vice President of Enrollment and Students Services, I am honored to lead the areas of Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Running Start, Registrar, Admissions, Testing and Assessment, and Outreach and Recruitment. Collectively, this team is committed to student success every single day.
I am a first-generation Filipina/Canadian immigrant college student. I earned an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree from Edmonds College, a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from University of Washington, a Master’s of Education in Higher Education Administration from Western Washington University, and I received a Doctorate of Philosophy Education from Oregon State University with a concentration on Community College Leadership.
My interests and pastimes are both local and far reaching. Hula dancing, world traveling and enjoying global culinary delicacies, walking the Edmonds boardwalk and beaches, are at the top of my list. In addition, I am a big fan of Huskies and Seahawks football. They are all second, of course to my two amazing adult daughters, who were both born and raised right here in Edmonds.
Vice President for Instruction
As the chief academic officer of the college, I work with faculty, staff, and administrators to help all of our students be successful. I supervise all instructional programs and academic support services. My desire is to help people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences find and follow their dreams; that is why I have devoted my professional life to working in community colleges.
I started my own college career by earning an associate’s degree at North Lake College. I also hold a Bachelor and Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and I recently started a doctorate program in community college leadership at New Jersey City University. At Edmonds College, I have served as an instructor, interim dean for the library, and dean of humanities and social sciences. I also taught both full- and part-time at South Texas College. I have been very involved with EC’s Guided Pathways initiative, and I helped develop a Career and College Success course that was first offered in fall 2019.
Originally from Texas, I have lived in Washington for the past 20 years, so it's definitely home now! I have two sons and a 12 year old "puppy." I enjoy the outdoors – hiking, exploring, and being on or near the water. I love reading, writing, and, honestly, I believe in life long learning. It's good for the soul!
Jorge de la Torre, EdD
Vice President for Student Engagement and Support, Special Assistant to the President
I have been at Edmonds College since 2012. I am fortunate to work with Athletics, Housing, the Counseling and Wellness Center, the Center for Families, the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership, the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, the Veterans Resource Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Workforce Funding Programs, the Triton Student Resource Hub, Food Pantry, and the Edmonds College Bookstore. I am also the Student Conduct Officer as well as the Care Team chair and I oversee student compliance training and Commencement. My goal is to encourage student success, engagement, and belonging.
A first-generation college student, I earned degrees from Grossmont Junior College, San Diego State University, and the University of San Francisco. In 2019, I completed my doctorate in Education at Concordia University-Portland. My dissertation focused on College Risk Management and Duty of Care.
I am a proud dad to three daughters. My hobbies include spending time with them, going to baseball games, and playing bass guitar in bands.
Executive Director of Marketing and Public Information Officer
I am thrilled and honored to be leading a team of agile marketing professionals here at Edmonds College. I am a versatile marketing leader and a champion of strategic, creative solutions and the people who bring them to life. Prior to joining the college in September 2021, I led marketing teams in several industries including retail, hospitality and advertising. I am excited to bring my diverse experience and knowledge to the college.
I truly believe in my heart that education has the power to change lives. I look forward to telling more of the many incredible stories of our students and their success through education.
I also serve as the Public Information Officer for the college. I work closely with our safety and security team, local law enforcement and emergency response teams to help ensure the safety of our students and campus community. And yes! I am behind those Triton Alerts.
I grew up in the NY/NJ metro area and attended Pace University, NYC campus. I am a lifelong student of yoga and meditation and currently working towards a meditation certification.
Vice President for Human Resources
I have the honor of leading a team of amazing Human Resources Professionals here at Edmonds College. Together, we work to provide essential services for all realms of employee relations, which include: Benefits, Compensation, Training, Recruitment, Retention, and Risk Management. Each day we strive to provide collaboration and support to meet the strategic goals for growth and development of our college community.
I am a graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Washington State University. I’ve raised my son here in the Pacific Northwest. We are fortunate to be surrounded by a culture of creativity, innovation, and spectacular natural resources.
I welcome the opportunity to work with each of you as we explore and expand our commitment to learning. Edmonds College provides an excellent environment for individuals to access career pathways, today and in the future.
I oversee the Business Office/Finance Team; the Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment (OPRA); the Grants Office; and accreditation. More specifically, our team of dedicated employees works with the Office of the President to provide vision and leadership in the areas of resource allocations; strategic and college planning; research and assessment; grants development; and institutional effectiveness activities.
As for our team’s day-to-day work, most of our time is spent working with others at the college to more effectively serve the college's students. In addition, we help tell the story of the college to external audiences, such as the state and federal governments; people from other colleges who evaluate the college; grantors; and potential students and their families. These stories include statistics about the college and its students, evidence of the quality of programs, and comments and feedback conveyed through surveys.
On a personal note, while I am originally from Kansas City, I have strong connections to Micronesia, particularly the nation of Kiribati where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer several years ago.
Eva Smith, MSIM, CDMP
I believe that technology can provide transformational opportunities for education and am proud to lead the Information Technology and eLearning (IT&e) division at Edmonds College. This team of highly-skilled professionals supports the college's mission of teaching, learning and community by providing excellent information technology solutions and services that promote and enhance productivity and opportunities for learning. The IT&e team engages with all areas of the college, providing training and support, while also ensuring high availability and reliability of the critical computing services necessary to perform all college functions.
My career path was not traditional. I earned an associate degree from Shoreline Community College before transferring to the University of Washington to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Sociology. My first career was in student loan servicing. Seven years later, I was hired by Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and trained as a systems engineer in strategic planning consulting. After 10 years in progressive IT roles, I joined Edmonds College as a full-time instructor, and returned to UW to complete a Master of Science in Information Management.
My husband and I both grew up in Edmonds, and currently live in Bothell, Wash. with our two dogs.
Yvonne Terrell-Powell, PhD, LMHC
Vice President for Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Equity, Inclusion and Belonging consists of dedicated, experienced, and caring people who are committed to excellence and making a positive difference in the community and with students. We work together with the campus community to create an environment that supports and honors diversity, equity and inclusion for all of its members. At the college we remain committed to creating a space where students can work toward meeting their goals and maintain the necessary resources that support their personal and academic success.
I have been at the college for 6 years. I enjoy connecting with people and building positive and healthy relationships. I believe that education changes our lives and it will continue to change the lives of the next generation. I am committed to individuals having an opportunity to obtain an education that values their voice, culture and identities and allows them to perform at their best. I am passionate about my work helping to create momentum that compels us to create communities that advocate for diversity, equity and social justice. I enjoy learning, laughing, motivating and empowering others, listening to music, and spending time talking with strangers, family, and friends.