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 

Trustee Lillian HunterLillian Hunter, Chair

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.

Trustee Karen SeinfeldKaren Seinfeld, Vice 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

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.

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

 Trustee Calvin PearsonCalvin Pearson

Appointed June 2006, reappointed 2011 
Vice Pres., Columbia Bank. BA, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln; completed Academic-Year-Abroad program, Univ. of Madrid Complutense, Spain; graduate, Tacoma-Pierce Co. CoC 2005 Leadership Program. Current: Member, TACTC Fin. & Budget Comm.; Board of Dir., Eco. Dev. Corp. of Pierce Co.; Tacoma-Pierce Co. Black Collective; Tacoma Urban League; GHC Pierce County Leadership Adv. Group. Former: Exec. Board Member: Greater Tacoma Community Foun-dation. Named 2005 Business Examiner "40 under 40." American Leadership Forum Class XIII-Sr. Fellow.