Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of Edmonds Community College is composed of six members appointed by the governor. Five of the members serve five-year terms, but the student member only 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 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.
Dr. Tia Benson Tolle – Chair
Appointment term: December 2015-September 2020
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.
Appointment term: October 2011-September 2018
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 is a member of the Edmonds School District Foundation Board. 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.
She has taken classes at Edmonds Community College.
Appointment term: October 2006-September 2019
Retired; former Vice-President of Internal Audit, Compliance and Ethics, Premera Blue Cross. He is a 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 ACT Theatres. Former: He is a past member of the Edmonds Community College Foundation Board.
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara. Certified Public Accountant.
Emily Yim – Vice Chair
Appointment term: December 2007-October 2019
Executive Director of the Washington Alliance for Better Schools, a collaboration of Puget Sound school districts, whose mission is to leverage resources, talent, and intellectual capital to help over a quarter million students graduate career and college ready. Emily works with the Board of Directors, comprised of the Superintendents from the respective member school districts, along with industry and higher education leaders to implement collaborative efforts to develop exceptional teachers, engaged students, and empowered families across the region. She also serves as the Chair Elect for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C., providing leadership in governance and policy advocacy, which serves more than 520 governing boards and 6,500 trustees. She serves as the Chair of the ACCT Public Policy and Advocacy Committee and is the former Chair of the API and Native American Caucus. Former: She was the founding Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Community Affairs for the City of Lynnwood; Vice President for Community and External Affairs at Washington Mutual Bank, helping to oversee and invest a $29 million annual philanthropic budget; Campaign Coordinator at Microsoft; 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.
B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, University of Washington.
Appointment term: September 2016-September 2021
CEO, Zapora Consulting, LLC specializing in executive coaching, search and organizational development. Clients include nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and for-profit companies. Currently serving as the President-Elect 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.
Student Trustee Appointment term: July 2018-June 2019
Currently a work-study student employee in Edmonds CC’s Enrollment Services department; 2018 Students of Color Conference, I-CATCH, and BFET scholarships recipient; 2018 student delegate for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray; and first black woman to serve as a deaconess for the Marysville Church of the Nazarene.
Certified nutrition coach and fitness trainer; served as Activities Director of an assisted living facility from 2013-2017 and currently volunteers at the facility; former owner of an Alaska-based painting company.
Currently enrolled at Edmonds CC for an Associate of Technical Arts degree in Addiction Studies with a focus on advocacy.