Castorena, named to her position in January 2014, is a veteran college administrator with more than two decades of experience in multiple areas within student affairs, including 15 years in a community college setting. She was previously the Dean of Student Development and Diversity Advocacy at Everett Community College, where she has worked since 1998. Prior to that, she spent eight years overseeing the financial aid office at Western Washington University and worked as a financial aid counselor at Colorado State University for two years. Castorena earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Colorado State University and a master's degree in Education from Western Washington University.
David Cordell - Vice President of International Education
Cordell has been Vice President of International Education since 2008 and has directed the college’s international programs since 1990. He implemented the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative and developed the campus Global Engagement Initiative. Cordell was Director of Instructional and Student Affairs at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies from 1981-1990. Prior professional experience includes managing the first young professional international exchange program with Poland and the Soviet Union for the National 4-H Council in Washington, D.C.; teaching management and cross-cultural studies at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT; teaching ESL and directing international student advising for the ELS (English Language Services) Center in Seattle; and serving in the Peace Corps in Punjab, India. Cordell received a master’s degree in International Administration from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.
Dr. Terry Cox, named to her position August 2015, was formerly the Dean for Business, Engineering, and IT at North Seattle College, a position she had held since 2010. Before that, she worked at Whatcom Community College for 5 years as the Workforce Education Director and adjunct business faculty. Prior to Whatcom, she spent 5 years at Centralia College serving as the Division Secretary and adjunct faculty. Cox earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from University of Washington and has a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. Martin’s College, and a transfer degree from Centralia College.
Cox believes in community colleges because of the students that we serve and because it is a place for second chances. “You walk onto a community college campus and feel that anything is possible. You provide someone an education and nobody can ever take that away from them — it is powerful,” said Cox.
In her new role, Cox will be interfacing with the community to make sure that the college is serving the needs of local community employers and businesses, working with faculty and staff to ensure students have the pathways to the jobs/careers they are interested in, looking for new workforce development/workforce program and training opportunities, and, overseeing workforce funds and related grants.
Crawford, named to his position July 2015, was formerly the Dean for Academic Services at Tacoma Community College, where he was an instructional administrator since 2003. During that time, he provided leadership for transfer and professional-technical instructional programs, the library, eLearning, academic support services, and the information systems. In addition, he has 15 years of experience working as a librarian and an instructor at the community college and in other organizations. Crawford earned his Ph.D. from the Community College Leadership Program at Oregon State University and a Master's and Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Washington.
Tonya Drake - Vice President for College Relations and Advancement
Drake, named to her position in January 2013, has worked for the University of Washington and GateWay Community College in Federal TRIO programs; for Arizona State University in scholar recruitment; for Arizona Board of Regents in state higher education policy; for Maricopa Community Colleges in student affairs administration; and for Shoreline Community College as Chief Student Affairs Officer. Drake has a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and a master’s in Education from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and an Associate of Arts from Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA.
Kevin McKay - Vice President for Finance and Operations
McKay is responsible for the college’s facilities and capital projects, information technology services, campus safety and security, and finance departments. He has been with the college since 1993, serving as its Director of Information Technology, Director of Distance Learning, and Online Programs Coordinator. Before coming to the college, he worked for eight years as a senior customer service manager for Seafirst Bank. McKay earned his master's degree in Public Administration in 2010 and bachelor’s degree in Business Management in 2007, both from the University of Phoenix. He earned an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Energy Management and Accounting at Edmonds Community College.