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2020 CONGRESSIONAL & LEGISLATIVE STAFF TOUR PRESENTERS

 

 FIRSTLASTTITLEAFFILIATIONSHORT BIOS
MonicaBabineSenior AssociateWSU Program for Digital InitiativesMonica Babine is a Senior Associate at Washington State University (WSU) Extension’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services where she leads the Program for Digital Initiatives. She works with business, government, non-profits, economic and community development organizations on promotion, research, technical assistance and policy to increase broadband awareness, access, and use. Monica serves on local, state, regional, and national broadband-related teams. Prior to joining WSU, Monica led a consulting firm focused on community and economic development for public, private, and non-profit organizations. She was at a major telecommunications company in Washington for fourteen years working in operator services, accounting, marketing, and public affairs.
TimBaszlerExecutive DirectorWashington Animal Disease Diagnostic LaboratoryDr. Tim Baszler is the Executive Director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the Associate Director Disease Surveillance for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. He is currently heading the COVID–19 Animal Testing and Diagnostics program as well as the WSU One Health Diagnostics Laboratory conducting human testing diagnostics.
MarkBeattieAssociate Vice Chancellor for Academic AffairsWSU EverettDr. Beattie is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University Everett. Nearly all his courses are designed using hybrid and online course delivery with experience in designing over 20 courses. He has taught and researched internationally in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Beattie has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry with 20 of those years in management positions with restaurants, hotel food and beverage operations, and managed services.
GlyndaBecker FenterAssistant Vice President for Federal Engagement & AdvocacyWSU External Affairs & Government RelationsGlynda Becker is the Assistant Vice President for Federal Engagement & Advocacy and Executive Director of Washington State University's Office of Federal Relations based in Washington, D.C. WSU’s Federal Relations Office serves as liaison between WSU and members of Congress, their staffs, and executive branch agencies.
JeremyBunchDirector of ResearchShepherd's GrainJeremy Bunch directs the R&D efforts of Shepherd’s Grain. Jeremy grew up on a grass seed farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where he managed the farm after college. After gaining valuable experience working for the Idaho Department of Agriculture for six years, he joined Shepherd’s Grain where he continues to grow in his knowledge of sustainable agricultural systems.
MikeCaulfieldDirector of Blended and Networked LearningWSU VancouverMike Caulfield is the director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project, a multi-school pilot to change the way that online media literacy is taught. Before that he was employed by Keene State College as an instructional designer, and by MIT as director of community outreach for the OpenCourseWare Consortium. He has worked in educational technology since 1997. Since 2005 he has focused his energy on understanding how online communities and open resources can make students and citizens more effective and informed, most prominently at MIT as the first director of community outreach for the OpenCourseWare Consortium, but also as a founder of a number of local and hyperlocal online communities, and in numerous instructional design projects at Keene State College and WSU.
ElizabethChiltonProvost and Executive Vice PresidentWashington State UniversityElizabeth Chilton was announced as the new provost and executive vice president of Washington State University in May 2020, starting her new role on July 15. She previously held the position of dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University. As provost and executive vice president, Chilton serves as WSU’s highest-ranking academic officer, responsible for guiding all aspects of the university’s systemwide academic mission. As such, she oversees the evolution of WSU’s core mission to prepare students for career and life success, nurture research that addresses the challenges of our times, and build partnerships that engage with and serve the people of our state.
DaveCillayChancellorWSU GlobalDr. David R. Cillay is currently the Vice President of Washington State University’s Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) and Chancellor of WSU’s Global Campus. AOI is responsible for Identifying, implementing, and sustaining new and innovative access options that expand the reach of Washington State University, support faculty and students in the use of academic technology, and ensure a high-quality educational experience for all students who access WSU through technology. Dr. Cillay oversees WSU’s Global Campus, Learn365, Professional Education, and Learning Innovations. Dr. Cillay is responsible for online and external credit program implementation at locations away from WSU’s physical campuses.
JordynCreightonDirector of Campus Student Support ServicesWSU Tri-CitiesJordyn Creighton is the Director of Campus Student Support Services at Washington State University Tri-Cities. Jordyn has lead the work on the Cougar Cupboard since it was established in 2014. She has a M.Ed in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Idaho, where she also earned a B.S. in Political Science. Jordyn currently serves as the Communications Coordinator for NASPA: Student Affairs Administers in Higher Education in Region V.
DaryllDeWaldVice President and ChancellorWSU Health Sciences SpokaneDaryll B. DeWald became the fourth chancellor of WSU Spokane in September 2017. An experienced academic leader and a successful life sciences researcher, DeWald is passionate about higher education and providing avenues for students, faculty, and staff to succeed. DeWald joined WSU in 2011 as dean of the College of Sciences and was tasked with facilitating the merger of the College of Liberal Arts with the College of Sciences to form the new WSU College of Arts and Sciences, where he was appointed as the founding dean in 2012. DeWald has since served as a leading member of the WSU team responsible for implementing University-wide retention initiatives.
BrianDixonAssistant Vice PresidentWSU Student Financial ServicesBrian is the Assistant Vice-President of Student Financial Services at Washington State University, overseeing a 6-campus system. He has been responsible for disbursing over $360 million in financial aid to 33,000 students.
GeetaDuttaAssistant Vice President for Research Advancement and PartnershipsWSU ResearchDr. Geeta Dutta is the Assistant Vice President for Research Advancement and Partnerships and leads strategic planning for WSU research, leading research advancement activities such as grant writing training, proposal development, and oversight of governance and operations of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes. She was recently selected as a Research Leader Fellow by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Research.
RussElliottDirectorWashington State Broadband OfficeRuss Elliott is the Director of the Washington State Broadband Office. Prior to his role in Washington, Russ stood up the Wyoming State Broadband Office where he developed innovative tools to quantify broadband needs for the state. Russ has 25 years of C-level leadership including 12 years building and running and eventually selling western Colorado’s largest independent ISP/CLEC. Services included fiber, copper, licensed and unlicensed wireless delivered over the very rural parts of western Colorado and northern New Mexico. Russ has sat on state boards and led regional telecommunication organizations.
SeanGreeneInterim Associate Vice President for Facilities and OperationsWSU Division of Student AffairsWhen Sean Greene arrived at Washington State University in 1999 for a graduate assistantship in University Recreation, he didn’t know he was embarking on a 21-year career at WSU that would involve leadership roles in recreation, the Compton Union Building, Dining and Housing Services. It is that varied and unique blend of professional experiences that make him an excellent fit for the interim associate vice president position, which oversees the facilities and operations of the Division of Student Affairs. Over the span of his career at WSU, Greene has been part of six major capital projects, including the Student Recreation Center (SRC), SRC Backyard, Palouse Ridge Golf Course, CUB, Chinook Student Center, and the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center.
DebraHansenCounty DirectorWSU Stevens County ExtensionDebra Hansen has over 20 years of experience as a professor and county director with Washington State University Extension, focusing on Community and Economic Development in rural Stevens County. She initiated an ARRA-funded local technology planning team in 2012 and stepped up to coordinate and manage the Stevens County/Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team (BAT) in 2015. Her skills in mobilizing action with a wide variety of agencies and partners has led to BAT success in Stevens County and she has a national reputation for this work. Debra is passionate about sharing lessons learned and best practices with others.
SandraHaynesChancellorWSU Tri-CitiesDr. Haynes became Chancellor of WSU Tri-Cities in March of 2018. She previously served as the deputy provost and vice president of academic affairs and a professor in the Department of Human Services at the Metropolitan State University of Denver and was dean of the university’s College of Professional Studies for 13 years. Chancellor Haynes is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate and master’s degree in experimental neuropsychology from Colorado State University. 
KimHolapaAssociate Vice President for External Engagement & Strategic InitiativesWSU Division of Student AffairsKim Holapa has called Washington State University home for nearly 30 years. Sharing the experience of what it is to be a Coug and the work she is doing now to make students feel at home on any WSU campus, is what makes her work as Associate Vice President for External Engagement & Strategic Initiatives so rewarding. During her time with WSU, Kim has held leadership roles in the Office of Student Financial Services the WSU Foundation, and the College of Education. Kim also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the WSU College of Education.
ChrisKeaneVice President for ResearchWSU ResearchDr. Christopher Keane is Vice President for Research and Professor of Physics at Washington State University. He has held this position since July 2014. Dr. Keane received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University, and prior to arrival at WSU held scientific and managerial positions at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS), and a recipient of the NNSA Silver Medal, the Defense Programs Award of Excellence, and the Fusion Power Associates Special Award. He is also the current Chair of the Association of Land Grant Universities Council on Research (COR).
ColleenKerrVice President and Chief Legislative OfficerWSU Office of External Affairs and Government RelationsColleen Kerr is Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Legislative Officer for Washington State University where she serves on the senior administrative team for the state’s land-grant university. Since taking the position to further WSU’s strategic plan in the area of public policy, Colleen and her team have increased engagement with constituents at the regional, state, and federal level in order to closely align the university’s government initiatives with increasing the social and economic vitality of the state and wider world. Colleen serves as an institutional leader in defining external strategic priorities and conducting outreach with multiple stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
ChadKrugerDirectorWSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center and WSU CSANRChad Kruger is the new director of the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee as of July 1 and the director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources (CSANR). He was formerly the director of both the Mount Vernon and Puyallup Research and Extension Centers. He serves on numerous committees and boards, including the Washington Food Policy Forum, Washington Department of Natural Resources Climate Resiliency Advisory Committee, Cascadia Innovation Corridor Ag Sector Committee (co-chair), and WSU’s Future Forward Campus and Locations Operations Working Group.
LauraLewisDirectorWSU Food Systems ProgramDr. Laura Lewis is Director of the WSU Food Systems Program and associate professor of Community and Economic Development in the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. She has her Ph.D. in biogeography with expertise in centers of origin for agrobiodiversity. Her current work is focused on supporting regional niche value-chain development for grains, meat, and winter vegetables through diversification of cropping systems and markets. Prior to coming to WSU, she was assistant professor of biogeography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her research focused on crop evolution in Africa and food access in the city of Baltimore. She is most interested in how agrobiodiversity is utilized on farm and within communities to support resilient agroecosystems.
Jana KayLunstadDirector of Enrollment and Campus RegistrarWSU Tri-CitiesJana Kay Lunstad has more than 20 years of experience managing people and projects related to academic advising, recruitment, communications, and admissions. She joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2005 as an academic advisor and then moved to the Chancellor’s Office. She has overseen undergraduate admissions and recruitment, worked in Academic Affairs to support faculty, and is currently the Director of Enrollment & Campus Registrar. Prior to working at WSU Tri-Cities, she worked at Utah State University in financial aid and academic advising.
FrankMetlowDirector, Planning & Economic Development DepartmentSpokane Tribe of IndiansFrank Metlow is the Planning & Economic Development Director for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. He is a member of the Tri County Economic Development District Board of Directors as well as a member of the Western Rural Development Center’s Board of Directors. He has been a member of Stevens County/Spokane Tribe Broadband Action Team from its beginning. Currently, Frank is managing the Tribe’s Telecommunications Department. They are implementing several COVID response projects and pursuing long-term broadband solutions for the reservation.
MelNetzhammerChancellorWSU VancouverMel Netzhammer has served as the second chancellor of Washington State University Vancouver since July 2012. Under Netzhammer’s leadership, WSU Vancouver developed a 2016 – 2021 strategic plan focused on research excellence, student success, growth, diversity and equity, and contributing to the betterment of the community. He is passionate about growing the number of students who successfully complete their academic degrees and expanding access to higher education—especially for the underrepresented. He values campus and community engagement and has developed a number of strategic partnerships to support economic development and grow the workforce in Southwest Washington and the greater metropolitan area.
DebbieO'DonnellDirector of Enrollment Management and Student ServicesWSU Global CampusDebbie O’Donnell is the Director of Student Affairs at WSU Global Campus. She has worked in higher education marketing, enrollment management, and student affairs for more than 20 years and has been at WSU since 2005. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration from WSU and a master’s in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University.
LeviO'LoughlinAssistant Director and University Biosafety OfficerWSU Research Safety ProgramDr. Levi O’Loughlin is the Assistant Director & university biosafety officer for the WUS Research Safety Program. He earned his PhD from the University of Idaho in 2010 in Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and received post-doctoral training in immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
GuyPalmerFounding Director & Regents Professor of Pathology & Infectious DiseasesWSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal HealthDr. Guy Palmer holds the Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair at Washington State University where he is Regents Professor of Pathology & Infectious Diseases and the Senior Director of Global Health. Dr. Palmer was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2006, is a Medical Sciences Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a founding member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, where he served as President from 2012-13. He currently chairs the National Academy of Medicine review of the National Strategy and Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, a congressionally mandated evaluation of the domestic and international strategies employed by NIH, CDC, FDA, USDA, and USAID.
CraigParksVice Provost for System Innovation and PolicyWSU Office of the ProvostCraig Parks is Vice Provost for System Innovation and Policy at WSU. His responsibilities include oversight of major university academic initiatives, advisement on state and federal higher education policy development and implementation, management of WSU’s federal accreditation, and university strategic planning. He is also a professor in the Department of Psychology with expertise in fostering interpersonal cooperation and an emphasis on the collective good. He is beginning his 28th year at WSU.
StacyPearsonVice PresidentWSU Finance and AdministrationStacy Pearson has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance and Administration for the WSU System since March 2017. In this role, she oversees finance, budgeting, treasury, real estate, capital planning and facilities, police and public safety and compliance. Recent accomplishments include leading WSU through a successful fiscal recovery process, the implementation of Workday finance and human resources to transition WSU from a 40 year old mainframe system to a modern cloud based system, hiring the University’s first Chief Compliance and Risk Officer and co-chairing the successful search for the WSU Provost and Executive Vice President.
SasiPillayVice President & Chief Information OfficerWSU Information Technology ServicesDr. Sasi Pillay serves as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Washington State University. In this role he oversees the computing infrastructure of foundational technologies and research computing, working in collaboration with his constituents. He is responsible for telecommunications, local area and wide area networking and IT Security. He led the development of roadmaps for Academic and Research Computing, Administrative and Business Computing and for Foundational Technologies. He’s improved the service delivery of the IT organization, by instituting change management, architectural review and project management. Additionally, his team is involved in improving IT Security across all of WSU campuses and has recently deployed a Security Operations Center and a Network Operations Center. At present, he is active in implementing WSU network backbone to connect all campuses together to improve systematic security and services.
PaulPitreChancellorWSU EverettPaul Pitre is Chancellor for Washington State University’s Everett campus. He became Chancellor in September 2016, after serving as Academic Dean of the campus from 2011- 2016. Dr. Pitre is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology at WSU and has previously worked in Public Affairs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and as a Program Management Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education.
ChristinePortforsVice Chancellor for Research & Graduate EducationWSU Tri-Cities and WSU VancouverDr. Portfors is Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education on the WSU Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses. She holds the Eastlick Distinguished Professorship in the School of Biological Sciences at WSU. Her research focuses on basic mechanisms of hearing and hearing loss using bats as model systems and has been funded by NSF and NIH consistently for the 20 years she has worked at WSU. Her bat colony at WSU Vancouver is one of only a few captive research colonies of bats in the United States.
MaryRezacDean and Professor of Chemical EngineeringWSU Voiland College of Engineering & ArchitectureDr. Mary Rezac is dean of Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Rezac holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Kansas State University and the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked at the Phillips Petroleum Company’s research and development division, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Kansas State University. She has served at WSU since 2017.
JohnRollProfessor and Vice Dean for ResearchWSU Elson S. Floyd College of MedicineDr. John Roll is Professor and Vice Dean for Research in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Associate Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives, WSU Health Sciences. Dr. Roll is co-lead of the WSU One Health Diagnostics Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of the WSU Program of Excellence in Addictions Research and is the Director of the WSU Translational Addiction Research Collaborative. Dr. Roll also founded the Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Center.
DerekSandisonDirectorWashington State Department of AgricultureDerek Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective June 15, 2015. As WSDA director, Derek oversees an agency responsible for animal health, plant inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and certification, weights and measures, pesticide registration and marketing the state's agricultural products regionally and globally. Derek is familiar to many in the agriculture industry from his previous role as director of the state Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River, where he oversaw numerous water supply development projects important to farmers and ranchers. He was also a principal architect of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan and has played a key role in the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Project.
KirkSchulzPresidentWashington State UniversityA nationally respected leader in higher education, President Schulz became the 11th president of WSU and a tenured professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering on June 13, 2016. He previously served seven years as president of Kansas State University, where he guided KSU to significant achievements in research, enrollment, and fundraising. President Schulz serves as the Pac-12 representative to the College Football Playoff Board of Managers. President Schulz is a member of several professional societies, including the American Institute for Chemical Engineering (AICE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He is a fellow in both the ASEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
KathleenSullivanOpen Data Literacy Consultant & Broadband LeadWashington State Library, Office of the Secretary of StateKathleen Sullivan is the open data literacy consultant and the broadband lead for the Washington State Library. She helps libraries statewide use open data for instruction, reference and strategic planning, and also serves as the part-time curator of the state’s open government data portal – all of which depends on reliable, high-speed internet access. Her professional background also includes government and business journalism, as well as school and nonprofit program development. She and her colleagues in Library Development support libraries with technology training, infrastructure and advocacy to help bring reliable broadband access to communities statewide.
DomanicThomasVice Chancellor of Student Affairs and EnrollmentWSU VancouverDomanic Thomas serves as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment at WSU Vancouver. With an extensive portfolio that spans private and public institutions, he is responsible for the holistic development of students, providing programs and services that empower them to realize their educational goals. Dr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in General Science from Oregon State University, a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona, and a Doctor of Education in Postsecondary Education from Portland State University.
LynnValenterVice Chancellor for Finance and OperationsWSU VancouverLynn is Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations at WSU Vancouver. She has responsibility for the areas of budget and accounting, capital planning and development, dining services, facilities operations, human resource services, and public safety. Lynn holds a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University and a Bachelor of Science in hotel administration from Cornell University. Valenter began her career at WSU Vancouver as the facilities and auxiliary services manager in 1997. She was promoted to director of finance and operations in 1999, became vice chancellor in 2005, and also served as Interim Chancellor overseeing campus operations from March 2010 through June 2012.