Foundation Board Members


Ex Officio:

Board of Trustees Liaison:

Executive Committee

Doug Fair

Foundation Board - 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.”


Nicholas L. D. Echelbarger

Foundation Board - Vice 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 CC is one of the most effective local resources to help people change their destiny.”


Diana Clay

Foundation Board - Treasurer
Co-owner & Managing Member - Clay Enterprises, LLC
Foundation Board member since January 1997

Diana is co-owner and managing member of Clay Enterprises, LLC, a family business involved in real estate development, investments, management and leasing, primarily in the South Snohomish County area. Diana began working in her family business in 1974 -- the same year she took classes at Edmonds Community College.

In 2011 she was appointed to serve the Board of Trustees at Edmonds Community College. She has served chair of the board of directors of Prime Pacific Bank and also as chair of the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. Diana has a passion for the culinary arts and teaches cooking classes as a hobby. She and her husband Michael enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Diana has lived in the Lynnwood area since 1955.

"Being involved with the Foundation is very rewarding because I get to see how what we do changes people's lives."


Meg Rankin

Foundation Board - Secretary
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.”


Ken Chandler

Foundation Board - Past Chair
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."



Mark Bailey

Attorney - Karr Tuttle Campbell
Foundation Board member since April 2008

A resident of Edmonds for seven years, Mark received his law degree from the University of Washington and is an attorney with Karr Tuttle Campbell. He is also currently on the board of Everett Golf and Country Club.

Mark enjoys golf, guitar and music and received his undergrad degree from Berklee College of Music.

“Education is the key to success for our community , and I want to help make Edmonds Community College a first-class facility, accessible by deserving students of modest means.”


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.


Adam Cornell

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Snohomish County
Foundation Board member since September 2014

Adam is is Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County where he prosecutes felony crimes ranging from murder to property offenses. From 2005 to 2010 he was Special Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted federal narcotics and gun crimes for Snohomish County. He has a law degree from Lewis & Clark College and a B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University.

Adam also currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Advisory Board of the Center for Children and Youth Justice. Adam is a past board member of the Child Welfare League of America and Public Interest Works. He is also the author of Oregon House Bill 2431, the Foster Child Scholarship Bill. HB 2431 became law in July of 2011 and provides a funding mechanism for college tuition scholarships to former foster children in the State of Oregon. Adam was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana, South America from 1995 and 1997 and was named The Boys and Girls Club of America’s National Youth of the Year in 1990 representing the then 1.5 million Club members, as national spokesperson.


Nicki Elsberry

Financial Advisor - Edward Jones
Foundation Board member since March 2014

Nicki moved her practice to Edmonds from Colorado in 2012. In Colorado she served on the Boards of: Aims Community College Foundation, Girl Scouts of Colorado (state board), Northern Colorado Medical Center Foundation, Leave A Legacy, CASA of Weld County, and Weld County Cancer Society. She was the founder, president and past board member of The Women's Fund of Weld County.

In addition, she's held a variety of leadership positions with her company including being one of 16 national WINGS Leaders responsible for leading teams in 5 states in recruiting women into the industry. Additionally, she's been on the Leadership Team, Growth Team, and has acted as Field Trainer, Mentor, and Financial Advisor Support Specialist.

"I'm very pleased to be on my second community college foundation board. Community Colleges, perhaps more than any other education venue, have the potential for dramatically changing students' lives for the better."


April Hogan

Vice President - Branch Relationship Manager Heritage Bank
Foundation Board member since November 2015

April Hogan is a native Washingtonian who began her banking career in 1992 as a teller with CityBank and has progressively and successfully demonstrated leadership and sales roles within CityBank, Whidbey Island Bank and Heritage Bank. She is a graduate of Mountlake Terrace High School, has attended community college, has obtained WAshington State Insurance and Investment ADvisor Licenses, and is a graduate of Leadership Snohomish County, an extensive one year program recognized for cultivating sustainable leadership. April is currently enrolled in Pacific Coast Bankers School, a premiere national graduate school of banking and continues to take a variety of educational courses through the Washington Business Association (WBA) and Professional Bank Services to stay abreast latest banking regulations, products and services.

April is active within the Snohomish Business community, being involved in the Alderwood Boys and Girls Club, Alderwood-Terrace Rotary, and The Foundation for Edmonds Public School amongst several other non-profit organizations and charities within the community.


David Jaffe

Retired Chief Executive – Swedish Edmonds
Retired CEO - Harborview Medical Center

Foundation Board member since May 2015

David has over 42 years of senior hospital executive leadership, with the past 20 years dedicated to fundraising. As Chief Executive at Swedish Edmonds from June 1, 2011 through his retirement on December 31, 2014, David was successful in securing $63M in funding to build the new 78,000 sq ft Ambulatory Care Center and was instrumental in the opening of a new state of the art Cancer Center on the Swedish Edmonds Campus.

Prior to that, David served as CEO of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he retired after 16 years in the position. He is also a retired clinical associate professor in the University of Washington’s Graduate School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prior to Harborview, David was the Chief Operating Officer at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, NY, a 615-bed Level 1 Trauma Center.

David currently serves on several boards, including the Edmonds Center for the Arts and Operation Military Family. He also served on the advisory board of Edmonds Community College Foundation’s Boots to Books and Beyond Campaign.

"I am impressed with the mission of the college, the leadership, accomplishments and its value and potential for the community."


William “Bill” J. Keppler

Foundation Board Member since November 2015

Dr. William Keppler is retired and has served as President Emeritus and Professor of Public Health Epidemiology Emeritus and Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Emeritus (CASA Emeritus). He received his PhD in Genetics and his M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in High Honors in Zoology and Chemistry from the University of Miami. He also received a certificate in Public Health Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Hygiene and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and an Honorary Doctor of Laws, Hon. L.L.D. at the National College of Natural Medicine.

Dr. Keppler has extensive military affiliations and was a recipient of the Distinguished Department of Defense Civilian Service Medal for founding two University Army ROTC Departments and Boise State University and Florida International University. He also co-chaired the EdCC Boots to Books and Beyond Campaign with Steve Pennington in 2014 and raised $1 million in a single year. As President of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Keppler obtained a non-restrictive donation from one donor of $1.3 million.


Libby Lewis

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 CC 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.”


Maria Montalvo

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.


Dean Nichols

Retired Partner - Accenture
Foundation Board member since February 2007

A graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Dean earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Fisk University in Nashville. Dean and his wife, Carla, live in Woodway where they enjoy tennis, golf, skiing and sailing. They travel extensively in the Mediterranean on their sailboat.

Dean’s volunteer experience includes the Whitman College Board of Trustees.

“I serve on the Edmonds Community College Foundation Board because I believe in the power of education in bettering peoples’ lives. I strongly support the Foundation’s focus on scholarships as a way to improve the access to higher education.”


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 Community 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.


Wendy Popke

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.” 


Ken Reid

Retired, Design Consulting and Public Administration

Foundation Board member since November 2010

Ken is a lifetime resident of Edmonds and Snohomish County, where he spent the first 30 years of his professional career with Reid Middleton, Inc., where he worked first as a Professional Land Surveyor and later as an Airport Design Specialist. He served as a Vice President of the firm before leaving the private sector for a second career in Public Administration.

In the public sector, he was Executive Director of an aviation policy agency of Washington State in Olympia, Executive Director of a municipal and community-based aviation advocacy organization in King County, and, finally, at his retirement in 2000, served as Director of Public Services for the City of Arlington, in Snohomish County, where he was responsible for the City’s functions in engineering, planning, building, utilities and transportation. Additionally, Ken served as an elected Port Commissioner for the Port of Edmonds, for 6 years. Over the last 30 years, Ken has served on the boards of over a dozen non-profit organizations at the local and regional levels.

Ken lives in Edmonds with his wife Barbara Norgaard-Reid, a retired high school principal, and enjoys travel, fly fishing, gardening and a variety of outdoor activities.

“Being from a family of career educators, I’ve long recognized public education’s vast and critical role in our culture and community, both near- and long-term. I’m committed to contributing to the Foundation’s long-standing and proven role in our community at the Community College level.”


Janette Turner

Arts Reporter - My Edmonds News
Foundation Board member since March 2014

Janette Turner is an attorney and co-founder of EPIC Group, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting and promoting the creative community using traditional and new media. Janette is also the arts reporter for My Edmonds News and a member of the Swedish Hospital Art Committee.


Bob Terwilliger

Snohomish County Superior Court

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.



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.”


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 Community 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.”


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.”