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Perry England
Jeff Johnson
Greg Christiansen
Beth Thew
Creigh H. Agnew
Gary Chandler
Lee Anne Caylor
Chris Reykdal
Jan Yoshiwara
Suzi LeVine
Brian Bonlender
Chris Alejano
Cheryl Strange
Mark Mattke

 

Board Members

Board Chair (non-voting)

Perry England Email Perry England
Appointed 2015, Serves at the pleasure of the Governor

Photo: Perry England, Board ChairPerry England is the Vice President of Building Performance at MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions.

England has been actively involved in the commercial building industry since 1985. His focus at MacDonald-Miller includes helping commercial building owners identify and implement energy efficiency investments to save energy and water, and support sustainability objectives.

England is a founding member and acting Treasurer of the Seattle 2030 District, Executive Committee Member for Emerald Cities Seattle, and Board of Director and Treasurer for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council.

England and his wife, Cathy, and two children live in Bellevue.



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Representing Labor (voting members)

Jeff Johnson Email Jeff Johnson

Photo: Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson was elected President of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, in December 2010 and sworn in January, 2011. Prior to that, since joining the WSLC staff in 1986, Johnson had served as special assistant to the president, lead lobbyist, research and organizing director, and as shop steward for his staff unit, which is part of Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 8.

Johnson began his union life with Local 2190 of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO in 1979, teaching Labor Economics and Labor Studies to apprentices of IBEW Local 3 in New York City. Through the mid-1980s, Johnson taught union and community members at the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, ACTWU (which later became UNITE), the National Congress of Neighborhood Women, and the Harry Van Arsdale Center for Labor Studies, which is a division of Empire State College, SUNY. The Labor College, as the school is known, is the largest college for trade unionists in the United States.

Johnson's work at the Washington State Labor Council has focused on legislation that improves the lives of working people through increasing collective bargaining and organizing rights; economic justice and anti-poverty measures; strengthening our workers' compensation, unemployment insurance and employment standards; improving our health care system; and protecting the rights of farm workers and immigrant workers. He has represented labor on a number of committees, both internal (WSLC Diversity Committee; Workers' Comp. Labor Caucus; UI Labor Caucus; Affordable Housing and Homeless Task Force) and external (Retro Advisory Committee; SBCTC Mission Task Force; L&I Independent Medical Exam Committee; L&I Vocational Rehabilitation Committee).

Johnson earned his B.A. in Political Science from Georgetown University and his M.A. and A.B.D. in Political Economy from the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research. He is married to Rebecca Smith, a member of the UAW and an attorney with the National Employment Law Project. They live in Olympia and have four children: Danica, Luca, Anya, and Addie.

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Greg Christiansen Email Greg Christiansen

Greg Christiansen has been an ironworker for the past 34 years. In 2006, he was asked to be a full-time instructor for the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers Apprenticeship Trust program. In 2011, he accepted the position of Apprenticeship Coordinator, and oversees instruction and training for over 2280 members, apprentices, and journeymen. He is involved in outreach to prisons, schools, the military, and the community to promote apprenticeship in the trades.

He serves on the Seattle Priority Hire Advisory Committee, supporting priority hire for the underserved populations of Seattle. He serves as Chair of the Western Washington Coordinators Association, and is a member of the Ironworkers International Advisory Committee on Recruitment and Retention. He currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Ironworkers.

 

 

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Beth Thew Email Beth Thew

Photo: Beth ThewBeth Thew is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Spokane Regional Labor Council and a Vice President for the Washington State Labor Council. She also serves as Chair of the WSLC Economic Development and Transportation Committee and sits on the Spokane Worker Retraining Advisory Committee.

In addition to her union commitments, Thew is a member of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, Washington Learns Higher Education Advisory, and the Spokane Area Professional-Technical Advisory Consortium (SAP-TAC). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Spokane County United Way.



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Representing Business (voting members)

Creigh H. Agnew Email Creigh Agnew

Photo: Creigh H. AgnewCreigh H. Agnew is president of the Slade Gorton International Policy Center. Previously, she had a 21-year career with the Weyerhaeuser Company where she served as Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Contributions. She was responsible for issue management and government relations at the federal, state and local Puget Sound levels. She also served as sponsor of the Office of Corporate Contributions, the company's philanthropic organization. Over her career, she worked for the company in Washington, DC, Olympia and at corporate headquarters. Before joining Weyerhaeuser Company, Creigh was a legislative assistant, managing natural resource policy work, for Senator Slade Gorton and Congressman Norm Dicks in Washington, DC. 

Agnew holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Washington.  She also attended the senior managers in government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Currently, she is a member of the executive committee and board of directors of the Association of Washington Business, the state's chamber of commerce; and serves on the board of directors of the Multi-Service Center of South King County.  Agnew is a past chair of the Association of Washington Business, the Washington Council on International Trade and the Weyerhaeuser Company United Way Campaign.

 

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Gary Chandler Email Gary Chandler

Photo: Gary ChandlerFormer State Rep. Gary Chandler, R-Moses Lake, is the Vice President of Government Affairs at the Association of Washington Business. He is the association’s chief lobbyist and directs its legislative and regulatory programs.

As a legislator, Chandler co-chaired the House Agriculture and Ecology Committee and served on the Natural Resources and Transportation committees during the last egislative session. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1990 from Moses Lake and served in a legislative seat once occupied by his father, Glyn.

Chandler has also been a member of AWB’s Board of Directors. He owns the UPS Store in Moses Lake. He was a hay farmer, apple orchardist, former manager of the family’s farm implement dealership and Grant County Commissioner. Chandler and his wife, Deborah, live in Moses Lake.


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Lee Anne Caylor Email Lee Anne Caylor

Photo: Lee Anne CaylorLee Anne Caylor is the Chief of Staff for Microsoft Learning eXperiences, a training and skills development organization reaching millions of Microsoft customers worldwide with innovative learning products and services that help individuals and organizations maximize the use of Microsoft technologies to realize their full potential.

Caylor oversees the organizational strategy which includes the development of programs and solutions addressing workforce development needs.  The organization is responsible for ts research on a worldwide basis, working across many industry leading organizations to understand and address key issues facing skills gaps.  Caylor’s role is to orchestrate the connection of strategy across the organization, Microsoft and with industry.  In addition, she is responsible for internal skills development and acquisition, running the business and measurement of the health and success of the Microsoft Learning eXperiences group.

Caylor joined Microsoft in 1990, and has a rich background in the company, with roles spanning Sales, Marketing, Business Development and Program Strategy.  She managed the initial launch of TechNet back in 1992, sold the book “Business at the Speed of Thought” written by Bill Gates, and developed strategies for new markets and partnerships.  She has a passion for partners and customers, and has focused her career serving them in some capacity. 


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Representing State Agencies (voting members)

Chris Reykdal Email Chris Reykdal

Chris Reykdal is Washington's 16th state superintendent. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He coached both youth and adult soccer for several years, volunteered as a local city planning commissioner and served as a trustee for the College Spark Washington Foundation for six years.

His professional career has been devoted to public education. Chris has worked as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system.

 


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Jan Yoshiwara Email Marty Brown

Jan Yoshiwara is the executive director of Washington's State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Yoshiwara started at the State Board in 1984 as assistant director of student services and minority affairs. She moved up in the organization to become director of education services in 1994. Today, she leads system-wide programs and policies that prepare students for college-level work, for a career, or to transfer to a university.

Yoshiwara secures and oversees multi-million-dollar grants and supervises state-level research on community and technical college students, staff and resources. She also builds partnerships with high schools, universities, business and labor leaders, state agencies, national associations, and philanthropic organizations. She routinely advocates for community and technical colleges before the state Legislature and Congress, and within national organizations.


Yoshiwara has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California – Davis, and a master’s degree from Western Washington University.


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Suzi LeVine Email Suzi LeVine

Suzan "Suzi" LeVine is commissioner of Washington’s Employment Security Department.

She served as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from June 2014 until January 2017. During that time, she played a key role in the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent between Switzerland and the U.S. to collaborate on apprenticeship, partnering with 30 companies to bring and/or expand their Swiss style apprenticeship model into the U.S. She also secured billions of dollars in investment and hundreds of jobs into the U.S.

Since resigning her position, she has continued her focus on and passion for apprenticeship and careers by joining Governor Inslee’s Career Connect Washington Task Force, the CareerWise Colorado board, the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force, and the ETH (a Swiss university) Center on the Economics and Management of Education and Training (CEMETS) Advisory Board.

Suzi is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with aerospace applications.

 

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Participating Officials (non-voting)

Chris Alejano Email Chris Alejano

 

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Chris Alejano is the Education and Youth Policy Advisor for City of Seattle Mayor, Jenny Durkan. He works with city programs and efforts in early learning, K-12 education, and education after high school.

Alejano brings a unique background that spans the entire educational system from the local to the federal level including early learning, K-12, and postsecondary education. He spent the first six years of his career as a kindergarten teacher. For Washington state, he staffed the Early Learning and Children's Services Committee in the State House of Representatives and served as Governor Chris Gregoire's policy advisor for higher education and workforce development. At the federal level, Alejano worked in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement as a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar. He last held the position of Director of Education at TAF, where he was responsible for leading all TAF's programmatic efforts including TAF Academy, STEMbyTAF Transformation and STEM Up.

Alejano holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the same area.

 

 

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Cheryl Strange Email Pat Lashway

 

Cheryl Strange is the secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services.

Previously, she served as chief executive officer of Western State Hospital since April 2016. Prior to her leadership at Western State Hospital, Strange was the assistant director for the DSHS Mental Health Division, where she managed the state's public mental health system, including the state's three hospitals, and community outpatient mental health services.

Strange has served as vice president of the Behavioral Health Division at Pioneer Human Services, where she had executive oversight of 23 privately operated mental health programs. She also served as assistant secretary for Health Services and as deputy secretary at the state Department of Corrections.

Strange holds a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College and a master's in public administration from Seattle University.

 

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Mark Mattke Email Mark Mattke

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Mark Mattke is Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council (SAWDC).  He is responsible for the design and performance of the regional talent development system, working with a broad community partnership to ensure that the dynamic workforce needs of business are met and individuals have the skills to succeed in the 21st century economy. 

His background includes experience in the private and public sectors, having worked in business management, post secondary education, and workforce development in Washington and Idaho.

 

 

 

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Brian Bonlender Email Brian Bonlender

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Brian Bonlender was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee as Director of the Department of Commerce in January 2013. A Yakima native, Bonlender served as Inslee’s chief-of-staff and legislative director, running the Congressman’s office and acting as his primary advisor on economic issues. He worked on legislation and policy in a range of industries including agriculture, life sciences, information technology, aerospace, maritime and clean energy.

Bonlender brings nearly 20 years of public and private experience to his new post, including as a regulatory compliance consultant for industries across the state and as an advisor to a clean tech startup. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. Brian lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

 

 

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