College Leadership

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Edmonds Community College is composed of five members appointed by the governor. Each member serves a five-year term and must reside within the college's district boundaries.

The Board, on behalf of the citizens of College District #23, ensures the accountability of Edmonds Community 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, held at the college on the second Thursday of each month, at 4:30 p.m., September through June.

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

Board Members:

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle

Dr. Tia Benson Tolle

Appointment term: December 2015-September 2020

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.

Education:

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. 


Diana Clay

Diana Clay

Appointment term: October 2011-September 2018

Career Notes:

Co-owner of Clay Enterprises, LLC, a family business involved in real estate development, investments, management, and leasing in South Snohomish County. She has worked in the business since 1972. She has served on the Edmonds Community College Foundation Board since 1997 and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Snohomish County.

Education:

She has taken classes at Edmonds Community College.


Quentin Powers – Chair

Quentin Powers

Appointment term: October 2006-September 2019

Career Notes:

Vice-President of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics, Premera Blue Cross. Former: member of the Puget Sound chapters of the Institute of Internal Auditors and Information Systems Audit and Control Association and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He volunteers with Seattle Arts and Lectures and ACT Theatres. He is a past member of the Edmonds Community College Foundation Board.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara. Certified Public Accountant.


Emily Yim

Emily Yim

Appointment term: December 2007-September 2017

Career Notes:

Executive Director of the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, a collaboration of 10 school districts and the University of Washington, whose mission is to leverage resources, talent and intellectual capital to help over a quarter million students graduate career and college ready. Emily serves as the secretary for the Association of Community College Trustees in Washington, D.C. and is also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of that national board. Emily is a member of the Washington Alliance for Geographic Literacy. Emily Yim is also a "member at large" on the TACTC Board of Directors (Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges). Former: Dept. head of the City of Lynnwood, where she served as founding Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Community Affairs; Vice President for Community and External Affairs at Washington Mutual Bank, helping to oversee and invest a $29 million annual philanthropic budget; and a former Board Member of the International District Housing Alliance in Seattle, United Way of Snohomish County, and the Community Services Advisory Council for Snohomish County.

Education:

B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, University of Washington.


Carl Zapora — Vice Chair

Carl Zapora

Appointment term: December 2013-September 2016

Career Notes:

Superintendent of Public Hospital District No. 2 (PHD2) Snohomish County, responsible for the administration of the hospital district entity, financial and capital assets, and the development and launch of the PHD2's program, the Verdant Health Commission. Currently serving as a Board Member for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce and the Edmonds Chamber Foundation, a Board Member for Molina Healthcare of Washington, a Board Member of the Snohomish County Health Leadership Coalition, and a member of the NAACP of Snohomish County. Former: President and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County; President of United Ways of Washington and served on the United Way of America's National Professional Council; Vice President and Mid-America Regional Director for United Way America; he has 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; and owned and managed a restaurant in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Education:

B.S. in Accounting, Albright College.


Omar Abdulla

Omar Abdullah

Student Trustee Appointment term: December 2015-June 2016

Career Notes:

Member of Associated Students of  Edmonds Community College Programming Board; 3.56 GPA; Sports/Class Instructor at Dale Turner YMCA; World Community Club; Building Schools for Kenya; Black Student Union; passion volunteer at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Education:

Attending Edmonds Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Washington in the fall to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.