College Governance

A five-member Board of Trustees governs Bates Technical College. Appointed by the Governor of the state of Washington, the trustees set college policies, hire the president, determine and approve the budget and award faculty tenure. Bates is honored to have trustees who involve themselves in many aspects of the college, including legislative advocacy, joint projects with other college trustees, and programs to support regional workforce and economic development. 

Board of Trustees 2015-2016 

Lillian Hunter, Chair

Appointed Oct. 2013
Hunter is the former director of West Sound Technical Skills Center and a Tacoma Public Library trustee. She previously served as principal and assistant principal in Tacoma School District, and assistant principal and career and technical education coordinator in Peninsula School District. 

Prior to entering administrative positions, Hunter was an instructor for dental assistant programs at Clover Park Technical College, Highline Community College and as an evening instructor at Bates Technical College. She was also a career and technical education teacher at Lincoln and Washington high schools, and a career and technical grants coordinator for the East Pierce County School District Consortium. Hunter  holds a master's degree in education from City University, a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College, and a K-12 Superintendent's credential from City University.

Karen Seinfeld, Vice Chair

Appointed March 2005, reappointed 2007
Seinfeld is a retired Judge of the Washington State Court of Appeals. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Puget Sound Law School, Seinfeld served as president of City Club of Tacoma, The Puget Sound Inn of Court, the Tacoma Sunrise Rotary, and the Tacoma Public Library Board. She is currently a senior fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

Seinfeld also serves as chair of the Washington News Council, vice president of the Tacoma Philharmonic, on the boards of the Tacoma Goodwill, the Washington State Courts Historical Society, and the State Office of Public Defense, and as a member of Rotary #8. Governor Gregoire first appointed Seinfeld to a partial term as a trustee in 2005 and re-appointed her to a full term in 2007.

Layne Bladow

Appointed August 2015

Bladow is a West Pierce Fire and Rescue Fire Captain. A leader in the fire service industry, Bladow is also the president of West Pierce Fire Fighter Local 1488-IAFF. He volunteers at Christ Lutheran Church, Hudtloff Middle School and Lakes High School, and raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Trustee Theresa Hosley Theresa Pan Hosley

Appointed March 2002, reappointed 2010
Theresa Pan Hosley is owner of Star Tours and president of Seasons Travel, Associate Travel, Inc. and Marco Polo Tours. She is also president of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, and a board member of the Korean Women's Association, Communities in Schools, Pike Place Market Foundation and the World Affairs Council, Tacoma branch. 

Previously, Pan Hosley was a trustee for Annie Wright School, a principal for the Tacoma Chinese Language School, and a member of the Fuzhou and Taichun sister cities steering committees. Governor Locke appointed Pan Hosley as a trustee in March 2002 and Governor Gregoire re-appointed her in 2010.

 Trustee Calvin PearsonCalvin Pearson

Appointed June 2006, reappointed 2011 
Pearson is a Commercial Banking Officer and Vice President at Columbia Bank. Active in the Tacoma-Pierce County community, he is a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective; Tacoma Urban League; Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber; Group Health Leadership Advisory Group, and more.

Pearson serves on the board for the Economic Development Corporation for Tacoma Pierce County. He is also a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a past board member of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, South Sound Outreach Services and Communities in Schools.