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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Edmonds College is composed of six members appointed by the governor. Five of the trustees serve five-year terms, the student trustee serves a one-year term. Each member must reside within the college's district boundaries.

The Board, on behalf of the citizens of College District #23, ensures the accountability of Edmonds College through:

  • Fulfillment of the College mission within the guidelines of College philosophy by means of the financial and human resources available
  • Promotion of appropriate activities, conditions, and decisions
  • Scrupulous self-monitoring of its processes and performances
  • Assuring compliance with all applicable state and federal statutes

The Board holds a minimum of six regular meetings and four study sessions each year, normally held at the college on the second Thursday of each month, at 4:30 p.m., September through June. Exact meeting dates, times, and locations can be found on the “Meeting Schedule” page.

For additional information about the Board of Trustees, please contact the President's Office at Edmonds College, 425.640.1516.

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Board Members:

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle

Appointment term: October 2020-September 2025

Career Notes:

Director of Advanced Materials, The Boeing Company; International Past President and Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering; Past President and Board of Director of the Materials Research Society. Former: Technology Director of the Nonmetallic Materials Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate; Chief of the Structural Materials Branch; and Composites Core Technology Area lead, all in the Air Force Research Laboratory. Composites Structures Program Manager, Flight Dynamics Laboratory, Wright Laboratory. Instructor, Space Shuttle Flight Training Division, Mission Operations Directorate, NASA; co-op student, NASA's Johnson Space Center.


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington; Masters Certificate in Leadership and Executive Development, M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, all from the University of Dayton; completed the Air Force Senior Leadership Development Course and Air War College Senior Leader Course from the Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base.

David Earling

David EarlingAppointment Term: October 2020-September 2022

Career Notes:

Retired; Mayor of Edmonds, Wash, two plus terms, 2011-2019; Former owner, broker, and President of Edmonds Realty, Inc. (23 years); Member and Chair (3 years), Snohomish County Cities and Towns Board, 2011-2019; Growth Management Hearings Board, appointed by Gov. Gregoire, 2007-2011; Senior Fellow of Transportation and Governance, Cascadia Project, 2005-2007; Edmonds City Councilmember, three terms, 1992-2004; Member, Sound Transit Board of Directors (19 years); Member, Community Transit Board of Directors (20 years); Professor of Music, Shoreline Community College, 1967-1978

Current involvement includes: Member, Board of Directors, Snohomish County Public Facilities District; Member, Edmonds School District Board of Directors for Music 4Life

Community involvement includes: Member and two-term President, Edmonds Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Member and President, Edmonds MainStreets Project Board of Directors; Member and two-term President, Cascade Symphony Board of Directors; Member and President, Edmonds School District Foundation Board of Directors Member and two-term Chair, Senior Services of Snohomish County Board (Homage)


Bachelors, Music Performance, Washington State University; Undergraduate and Graduate studies, Eastern Washington University - conducting and trumpet with William Cole and Howard Deming

Adrianne Wagner - Vice Chair

Adrianne Wagner

Appointment term: October 2019-September 2023

Career Notes:

Regional Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety at The Everett Clinic, part of Optum, PNW, a nationally recognized physician group know for providing high-quality health care services while lowering the overall cost of care. The Everett Clinic operates 30 care sites throughout Snohomish and King Counties caring for more than 330,000 patients and employing about 2,400 teammates, including almost 600 specialty and primary care providers. In her role as vice president, Adrianne strives to help the clinic realize the Institute of Medicine’s goals for safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely, equitable care. She has strategic and operational oversight for clinical quality, patient safety, and patient experience.

Adrianne is a current board member and Northwest Regional Committee chair for America’s Physician Groups (APG) and past board member for Leadership Snohomish County. She is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


B.A. in Philosophy and Classical Civilizations, University of Michigan
Master of Health Services Administration, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Wally Webster II - Board Chair

Wally Webster II

Appointment term: October 2019-September 2024

Career Notes:

Retired Senior Vice President of Bank of America, where he worked for more than 30 years and led enterprise-wide project teams of Six Sigma practitioners to improve customer satisfaction, expense reductions, service, and fulfillment functions.

Community involvement includes: President of Shepherd’s Garden Senior Housing; Vice President, Board of Directors, Lynnwood Public Facilities District; Member, Chief of Police Advisory Committee; President, Pacific Northwest Bankers Association; former member, Edmonds College President’s Advisory Council and Presidential Search Committees; and board member of the Legal Foundation of Washington.


M.S., Organizational Behavior, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.; B.S., Business Administration, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash.; A.A., Business Administration, Columbia Basin Community College; A.A., Applied Science, Columbia Basin Community College

Additional Education and Training:

  • Six Sigma Methodologies – Certified Black Belt – DMAIC Improvement Process
  • Executive Management Program, University of Washington, completed May 1993
  • Pacific Coast Banking School University of Washington, completed August 1990

Carl Zapora

Carl Zapora

Appointment term: September 2016-September 2021

Career Notes:

CEO, Zapora Consulting, LLC specializing in executive coaching, search and organizational development. Clients include nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and for-profit companies. Immediate Past-President and Board Member of the Washington State Association of College Trustees. Board Member for Molina Healthcare of Washington and a member of the NAACP of Snohomish County.

Former: CEO of Public Hospital District No. 2 (PHD2) Snohomish County, responsible for the administration of the Edmonds area hospital district entity and the development of PHD2's Verdant Health Commission. Previously CEO of United Way of Snohomish County; President of United Ways of Washington; Vice President and Mid-America Regional Director for United Way America; also held executive and senior management positions at United Ways in Texas, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania; Board Chair of Leadership Snohomish County; Vice President of Marketing for a software company in Illinois; owned and managed a restaurant in Reading, Pennsylvania.


B.S. in Accounting, Albright College.