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 2016-2017 

Trustee Karen Seinfeld

Karen Seinfeld, Chair

Appointed March 2005, reappointed 2007 and 2012
Retired Judge, Division II, State Court of Appeals. Former: Chief Judge, State Court of Appeals; Pierce Co. Superior Court Judge; first woman Commissioner for Division II; first Counsel to then-newly formed Pierce County Council. BA, Stanford University; JD, University of Puget Sound Law School. Current: Washington Office of Public Defense Advisory Board; Rotarian, Tacoma #8; Sr. Fellow, American Leadership Forum; President, Tacoma Garden Club.Former: Goodwill Board; KBTC Association; State Board for Judicial Admin.; Board President, Tacoma Public Library; Founding member & President, Tacoma City Club; Pres., Puget Sound Inn of Court.


Layne Bladow, Vice Chair

Appointed August 2015
Lakewood resident Layne Bladow is a Fire Captain at West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the president of West Pierce Fire Fighter Local 1488-IAFF, a member of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, and served as a delegate to the International Association of Firefighters convention. He is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and is a graduate of Bates' Fire Service program.

Christina Blocker

Appointed October 2016 
Blocker most recently served as the program coordinator of the basic food program at Sound Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with resources, like accessing public benefits and emergency assistance, free tax preparation, credit repair, housing, counseling and mortgage/loan modification. As the program coordinator, she assisted families in accessing essential resources across Pierce and Kitsap counties, built partnerships with several organizations, and created an internship program to provide students in surrounding areas an opportunity to engage in outreach work. Prior to that post, she worked as a management aide for MDC Making a Difference in Community, a non-profit that provides services to homeless and low-income families. Blocker also served as vice chair of the Pierce County Young Democrats and currently serves as a board member for the Hilltop Action Coalition. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Blocker holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.


Lillian Hunter

Appointed Oct. 2013
Office of the Supt. of Public Instruction, ALE Program Mgr., Digital Learning Dept. Dental Asst. Cert., Clover Park Voc. Tech. Inst.; BA, Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College; M.Ed., Ed. Leadership Admin. Credential, City Univ.; Post-Grad. Cert., Exec. Educ. Leadership, Doc. Program, City Univ. Current: Trustee/Pres., Tacoma Public Library; Mbr., KBTC Association, Former Bd. Mbr.: William H. Factory Small Business Incubator; Bates TC Found.; Exploratory Adv. Board, Bio-Tech Program, Bates TC; Tacoma Art Museum; Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Former: Fundraising Chair, Tacoma Citizens for Schools; Chair/Host, Annual Campaign Kick-off, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra; Promoter/Chair, Tortured Artists Film Festival; Adv. Bd. Mbr., Dental Programs, Clover Park TC; Co-Chair, Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial.


Cathy Pearsall-Stipek

Appointed November 2015
Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee (Election Center); President National Association of County Recorders; Election Manager for Pierce County (1993-1997); President, Tacoma South Rotary; Member, National Association of County Recorders; Member, International Association of Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; Served on Election Summit, Carnegie Corporation; Served on the Johnson Foundation/Wingspread Conference