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Foundation

board of directors

Emeritus:

Ex Officio:


Executive Committee


Maria Montalvo

Foundation Board - Chair

Executive Vice President of Partnership Development Marketing Corvias Group
Executive Director Corvias Foundation

Foundation Board member since November 2015

As a member of the Corvias leadership team, Maria is known for collaborating with colleagues and client partners, inspiring them to give back and make a bigger impact. As Executive Vice President of Partnership Development Marketing, Maria oversee business development efforts and strategic marketing initiatives throughout the sales life cycle. Maria also serves as the Executive Director of Corvias Foundation, which provides funding to increase access to educational, internship, mentoring, and volunteering opportunities.

Within her local community, Maria works with veterans support groups and is a member of the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations that support everything from poverty alleviation to the environment to the arts. She holds a Masters of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of New Mexico. When she’s not at work, you can find Maria creating art, running, hiking or mountain climbing.

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Bob Terwilliger

Foundation Board - Vice Chair

Retired
Snohomish County Superior Court
Foundation Board member since November 2015

Bob has previously served as a board member for the Edmonds School District Foundation and currently serves on the Communities Vision Council for United Way of Snohomish County. He is a retired Court Administrator from the Snohomish County Superior Court with prior positions as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Chief Deputy Auditor and Elected County Auditor for Snohomish County in addition to running his own practice.

Bob received both his B.A. and M.P.A. in Political Science from S.U.N.Y Stony Brook and his J.D. Degree from the University of Puget Sound and has been a resident of South Snohomish County since 1984.

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Libby Lewis

Foundation Board - Secretary

Retired Project Manager - The Boeing Company
Foundation Board member since February 2007

Libby worked in management at Boeing for most of her 27 year career. Her work with the Boeing Employees Community Fund and Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Seattle and Wichita has given her a wide range of experiences that benefit the Foundation Board. In retirement, one of her favorite Edmonds College activities has been being Miss Libby, the Reading Lady, each week for several classrooms at the Center for Families.

A graduate of Moses Lake High School and Western Washington University, Libby lives with her husband, Dave Traugott, in Edmonds. They enjoy traveling and attending local cultural, theater and musical events.

“I like the mission statement of the Board- that it starts with the students, but also includes all of the elements critical for success.”

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Wendy Popke

Foundation Board - Treasurer

Co-Owner - Lynnwood Honda
Foundation Board member since November 2010

Wendy grew up in Skagit County and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Economics. She is the third generation of her family to work in the car business. She began working at Lynnwood Honda in 1984 and is the co-owner along with her brother. She has been active in the auto industry serving as past president of Puget Sound Auto Dealers Association and the Washington State Auto Dealers Insurance Trust. She and her husband Mike have lived in Edmonds for 18 years and are both active in the community. They have 2 children. She enjoys skiing, bike riding and boating.


“I believe everyone should have the benefit of ongoing education if they so desire. The scholarships provided by the foundation are extremely helpful to those who receive them. Being on the board is a small way to give back to our wonderful community.”

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Nicholas L. D. Echelbarger

Foundation Board - Past Chair

Vice President - The Echelbarger Co.
Managing Partner - Echelbarger Capital, Real Estate Fund I
Foundation Board member since June 2008

Nick began working in real estate investment in San Francisco in 2004 and returned to the greater Seattle area in 2007. He is the owner of Echelbarger Fund Management, the managing partner of two real estate investment funds focused on distressed commercial opportunities. He graduated from Amherst College in 2004, cum laude, with a degree in American History.

Nick and his wife, Caitlin, reside in his hometown, Woodway, and are active in numerous charitable endeavors when not chasing their one year old daughter and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

“Edmonds College is one of the most effective local resources to help people change their destiny.”

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Members

Rick Bjarnson

Managing Partner, Kingston Center, LLC
Foundation Board member since March 2014

Rick grew up in Bellingham, WA. At the age of 24 years old, Rick had the opportunity to start his own business. A lot of hard work and sacrifices led to having a successful business for 38 years. At the age of 62, Rick decided to sell his business to further concentrate on land development opportunities and is currently Managing Partner with Kingston Center, LLC.

Rick has been involved in numerous boards, fundraising, and community driven events. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, swinging the golf club, watching baseball and spending time with his always growing family.

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Sara Carter

Owner, Carter Subaru
Foundation Board Member since July 2016

A 1977 graduate of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, Washington, Sara earned a B.S. in psychology from the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1983, where she was on the honor roll and a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women. Her parents opened Carter Motors in 1960, but despite working some hours there during school, she did not plan on entering the family business. She took jobs in retail sales and as a professional equestrian before taking over the company with her brother, Wade Carter III, after her father passed away suddenly.

They rose to the challenge and today run Carter Motors, which also includes another Subaru store and a Volkswagen dealership, both in Seattle.

Named a 2009 Woman of Influence by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Sara has received numerous awards for her good works and business innovation, including a nomination for the 2015 Family Business Awards by Seattle Business magazine.

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Ken Chandler

Senior Vice President, National Accounts - Premera Blue Cross
Foundation Board member since January 2007

Ken has 20+ years of experience in the health insurance industry. He has held senior leadership positions with several large, multi-state insurance carriers, been responsible for overseeing operations with hundreds of employees, and designed and implemented processes to establish efficient and cost effective work environments. He received his bachelor of science in accounting from San Francisco State University. Ken is a certified fraud examiner and a certified internal auditor.

Ken and his wife Leslie moved to Edmonds in 2002. His hobbies include fishing, snowboarding, golf, traveling and wine collecting.

“I joined the Foundation Board because I believe this group can help strengthen the community by supporting the key aspects of the College, allowing for endless possibilities to make a lasting difference.”

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Whitney Cornell

Writer
Foundation Board member since May 2019

A longtime Edmonds College supporter, in 2017, Whitney led the Foundation in a six month-long brand strategy project that involved interviewing over 20 College and Foundation stakeholders, and synthesized the work and impact the Foundation has on individuals and in the community.

Whitney is a seasoned marketing professional, and most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in North America for a global luxury lifestyle brand. She also held various marketing roles in the commercial software and advertising businesses at Microsoft. Whitney holds an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College. In addition to volunteering for the Edmonds College Foundation, she volunteers for the United Way of Snohomish County, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and the Matt Albright Native Plant Center.

A native of the Puget Sound region, Whitney has lived in Edmonds with her husband Adam since 2002.

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Doug Fair

Foundation Board - Past Chair
Judge - Edmonds Municipal Court
Foundation Board member since May 2000

Doug is the past president of the Snohomish County Bar Association and helped to incorporate the Edmonds Police Foundation. He served as the chair of the Washington State Bar Association Bar Leaders Conference and on the Long-Range Planning Committee. Doug received his bachelor of arts in communications from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Oregon.

Doug has been in Edmonds since 1985. He and his wife, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ellen Fair, are active in their children’s school activities. Doug also enjoys hiking, skiing, sailing, golf, cribbage and contract bridge.

“My personal and professional success started with a good education. I am happy to be part of an organization that provides opportunities for others to achieve their dreams.”

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Nicole Galipeau

Full-Time Faculty, Edmonds College
Foundation Board member since September 2018

Nicole was born and raised in Shoreline, Washington where she currently resides with her husband Bill, their 15 year-old son Will, and their dog Bowie. They own and operate a small construction company, Building Innovations Northwest. Nicole loves baseball, camping, museums, playing scrabble with her best friend, baking all kinds of sweet treats, and reading any chance she gets. She graduated from Edmonds College in the early 1990's and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of Washington in 1995. She is a 3rd generation Husky... Go DAWGS! Her education was continued by completing her Masters of Adult Education from Western Washington University and immediately began teaching adult literacy in the ABE Department at Edmonds College. It wasn't long before she moved into the Bridge Department teaching beginning writing and critical reading. Since then, she had found a home in the High School Completion Department teaching U.S. history, world civilizations, civics, and contemporary world issues courses and has developed multiple courses and co-written 2 E-textbooks.

On Nicole's own time, she co-created 2 non-profit foundations. The first being a family foundation that provided grants for other 501c3s that helped women and children. The other was an educational foundation working with low-income, first generation college bound 4th, 5th, and 6th graders and their parents. She has taught at Edmonds College for 18 years and considers her co-workers her second family. One of her favorite Edmonds College Foundation memories was winning the 2002 Edmonds College Foundation Golf Tournament with her dad, husband, and colleague.

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Brian Lockett

Vice President, Certified Financial Planner - Comprehensive Wealth Management, LLC
Foundation Board member since November 2017

Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University and was a member of the Mu Kappa Tau Honor Society. As Vice President and a Certified Financial Planner for Comprehensive Wealth Management, Brian is not only responsible for monitoring and assisting with certain firm operations, but also meeting with clients to review their portfolios and advise them on a myriad of financial matters from the simple to highly complex. He has extensive experience in the areas of financial planning, 401K group plans, investment strategies, and insurance.

Brian enjoys engineering, photography, and hiking with his wife Shilo, their sons Adam and Benjamin, and their 2 dogs. He also currently serves as a trustee for Washington State University and avidly supports initiatives and coursework geared towards improving financial literacy education.

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Kirsten Paust

Vice President, Fortive Business System Office
Foundation Board member since March 2018

Kirsten was born and raised in Moses Lake, Washington and attended Whitman College, majoring in Mathematics and Economics. She worked for 3 years at Deloitte Consulting, focusing on strategy consulting in the commercial aerospace industry. Kirsten attended Harvard Business School where she was awarded the Baker Scholar and conducted research post-graduation on deploying the balanced scorecard to drive organizational performance. She then joined Danaher where she held a variety of roles leading businesses and running factories. When Fortive separated from Danaher she joined Fortive and now runs the Fortive Business System Office, which is responsible for setting the standards and deploying key processes across their companies.

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Steve Pennington

Foundation Board - Past Chair
Retired Executive Manager - The Boeing Company

Foundation Board member since January 1999

Steve is our 2002 Distinguished Alumnus. After graduating from Edmonds High School, Steve served four years in the Air Force as an airframe mechanic in Vietnam. When he returned from active duty, Steve began working at The Boeing Company while continuing his military service as a reservist. He graduated with an Associates of Arts degree from Edmonds College, and is an alumnus of Central Washington University. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Chief Master Sergeant.

He devotes his time to some of his favorite things, including riding his new BMW touring motorcycle. Steve has been married to Jean for more than 40 years. They enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren.

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Meg Rankin

Co-owner and Operator - J. Rankin Jewellers
Foundation Board member since September 2008

“I feel everyone is entitled to an education and the college, with its teachers and leaders, needs all the support we can give them.”

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John Sanchez

Branch Manager, Fairway Mortgage
Foundation Board member since March 2019

John was born in Mexico and moved to Los Angeles when he was one year old. After living in Los Angeles for 41 years, he moved to Edmonds. John has 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

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Jack Tawney

Owner - Harbor Square Athletic Club
Foundation Board member since November 2017

Jack is the co-founder and owner of Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds, and a partner in numerous Peak Health & Wellness locations across Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Jack has been in business for over 35 years, building a health and wellness company that now totals 14 locations. His portfolio of athletic clubs has grown to become a top 50 club company in the US.

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Dale Terwedo

Founder, CEO, and Senior Advisor - TFS Advisors, LLC
Foundation Board member since May 2018

Dale has run a financial advisory business for over 35 years in the Edmonds area.

Dale grew up in Southern California and moved to Washington State at the age of 16. He has lived here since, except during his military service. Dale started helping people as a business when he started his own practice at the age of 23.

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Janette Turner

Strategic Account Manager - Foundation for International Service, Inc.
Attorney - Washington State Bar
Former Writer - My Edmonds News
A Founding Board Member - Cascadia Art Museum
Art Committee Member - Swedish Hospital
Former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney - Snohomish County
Foundation Board member since June 2014

Janette discovered Edmonds College while she was working as an attorney and juggling the duties of motherhood. The family education program inspired Janette to connect her children to the Edmonds School District co-op, Maplewood PCEP. As a long-time Edmonds resident, Janette looks for ways to build bridges between the college and the community. She is honored to be on the foundation board and serve with this high-quality team.

Janette's current position at FIS helps bring global talent to the U.S., including students to the college. When not working, Janette and her husband Hank can be seen supporting Edmonds-area community events.

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Emeritus

Richard (Dick) Beresford

Lawyer, President & Principal - Beresford, Booth PLLC
Emeritus Member; Foundation Board member September 1994 - January 2008

A lawyer, Dick is the president and principal of Beresford, Booth PLLC in Edmonds. Dick received his bachelor of art in finance from the University of Washington and his law degree from Willamette University. He provides legal counsel to the Foundation pro bono and is the resident expert on the foundation property investments.

Dick has lived in Edmonds for more than thirty-five years. He and his wife Pam, a former Edmonds school-teacher, have two children and two grandchildren. They enjoy the outdoors, golfing and boating.

“My wife is a teacher and we can see how difficult it is to get an education with different family circumstances. The community has to take over when the government does not have the means.”

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Steve Ferrill

CEO - Pull A Part
Emeritus Member; Foundation Board member June 2002 - June 2008

Steve is the CEO of Lynnwood-based Pull A Part, a family business now in its third generation. Established fifty years ago, the company is one of the largest auto recycling operations in the Northwest. Steve’s business generously created a vehicle donation program for the Foundation.

A Washington native and long-time Rotary member, Steve is an alumnus of Edmonds College who served on the South County Chamber Board of Directors and the Stevens Hospital Foundation Board. Steve and his wife Donna live in Mill Creek. Steve enjoys biking, hiking, golf and visiting his children and grandchildren throughout the Edmonds area.

“I am on the board because I have a strong desire to help others succeed. I believe the quickest way to success is through education, which the college can provide with the foundation’s help. It gives me an opportunity to give back to the community that has given me and my family so much.”

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Vaughn Sherman

Consultant - Association of Community College Trustees
Foundation Board member since June 1996

Vaughn was the Council for Resource Development's 2006 Benefactor of the Year! He served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1981 until 1996, when the Foundation successfully recruited him to serve on its Board. Prior to his work with community colleges, Vaughn was a fisheries biologist and an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a BA in Zoology. As a consultant for the Association of Community College Trustees, Vaughn has made presentations and conducted retreats in most of the states supporting community college systems.

Returning to Edmonds in 1974, Vaughn became active in various community services and is currently a certified mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center. He and his wife, Janice Lind-Sherman, have eight children and nine grandchildren. In his rare spare time, Vaughn enjoys boating and digital photography.

“The guiding principle of the Foundation - helping the college prepare the community for the challenges of tomorrow ­ is what brought me to the board.”

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