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bruce williams
As Campus Director for University of Phoenix' Washington Campus, Bruce supports, guides, and inspires individuals to navigate and achieve their life goals through adult higher education pathways. As the senior leader for University of Phoenix in Washington, Bruce is active on a number of levels in the community and serves on a variety of boards. Bruce supports the community with involvement in diversity and inclusion, military re-careering, and health care councils or boards. He currently serves on the board for KD Hall Foundation, and for Hire America’s Heroes. Bruce also contributes and participates in the Pacific NW Diversity Council, the Council for Military Educators of WA State, the Washington State Military Transition Council, as well as the Pierce County Workforce-Central Health Care Council. He lives in Sammamish, Washington. Bruce and his wife, Laurie, have two teenage boys. In Bruce’s spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports and recreation, reading, and volunteering. His two boys participate in competitive swimming where Bruce volunteers as a certified USA Swimming official.
jasmine trass
Jasmine is a stress analyst engineer in the Boeing Test and Evaluation Flight Test group in Seattle. While at Boeing, she’s had the opportunity to work on the 767, 747, 737, 787, and the 777 airplanes. In addition, she’s participated in a structures rotation program and upon completing it, started a new rotation program for her own organization.

Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from San Francisco State University, a certificate in Modern Aircraft Analysis from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing a MS at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She serves as both Vice President of Boeing Black Employee Association and on the board of the BT&E Diversity and Inclusion Council. In her free time, Jasmine is dedicated to helping increase the number of underserved students in STEM related fields by volunteering with local schools and school STEM programs, such as MESA. Her passion for helping people is rooted in the help she received to become a black female engineer.
monica alexander
Monica began her career with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) in 1996 as a Trooper Cadet. She was commissioned as a WSP Trooper on May 1, 1998. Monica spent many years as a line trooper and sergeant working on the South Seattle freeway. Currently Monica serves as the Captain of Government and Media Relations, where she is the legislative liaison for the WSP. On November 20, 2017 Governor Jay Inslee appointed Monica to the Board of Trustees for the Evergreen State College.

During Monica’s career, she received numerous honors and awards including the Educational Excellence Award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. In 2003, Monica was inducted into the Tacoma African American History Museum for her service to the community and her work with the WSP. In addition to her duties as a trooper, Monica was the traffic reporter for KOMO-TV for six years.

Monica is the first and only African American female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain in the history of the WSP.
david hall
David E. Hall, III is the Director of Business and Professional Programs at Bellevue College Continuing Education. David has a strong background in Human Capital with an extensive specialty in human resources management, contract negotiation and business, including having served in the United States Air Force. David’s military background afforded him exposure that is valuable and unique. As the 2009 Airmen of the Year, David was introduced to opportunities that others were not. His hard work, strategic leadership, and communication skills helped him stand out from his peers. As a result, David has been sought after to assist multiple companies in their employee recruitment process, contract negotiation and his creativity to solve problems.
Tennille Jeffries Simmons
Tennille serves as the Assistant Superintendent of System and School Improvement at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). System and School Improvement provides oversight and support for Washington public schools identified for additional support through required state and federal accountability systems. System and School Improvement supports focus on graduation and post-graduation success through academic, social/emotional and career programming, including: school counseling, student engagement (attendance/behavioral health), safety, dropout prevention, reengagement, and dual credit. Prior to OSPI, Tennille served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for Spokane Public Schools (SPS) for six years. SPS is the second largest school district in Washington. Tennille has served on the National Policy Makers Council for Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Education Research (CALDER) and as president for the Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA).
Joy Egbejimba
Armed with class and attention to detail, handbag designer Joy Egbejimba, is a savvy fashion professional. While attending college, Joy worked as a model and quickly realized she had a passion for the fashion industry and that life had prepared her for the journey to NUCIANO, a luxury value, but “indie-priced” line of high quality leather handbags and crystal clutches. Born with the natural flair to, as she says, “put things well-together”, Joy took the scenic route by first studying Industrial Chemistry – to learn the science of design but graduating with a degree in accounting – to learn the business of design. She also earned her graduate degree in executive MBA from Albers School of Business at Seattle University.

Joy has background in Aerospace, Telecommunication, Healthcare, Government accounting and the energy sector. Joy has worked for some of the greatest companies here in the Pacific Northwest. She is also a member of the advisory board to the College of Accountancy at Bellevue Community College. Joy now resides in Renton, Washington with her husband and two boys.
former board members emoree martin
Emoree Martin is a Traffic Reporter who handles the morning drive for eight radio stations in the Seattle. Those stations include; 106.1 KISS FM, Sports Radio 950 KJR AM and KIRO 97.3 FM. Ms. Martin is also an on-call weekend News Editor and Anchor for KIRO radio.


She attended Bellevue College and started her journey in radio in 2009, as an intern for the Department of Public Affairs for what is now Iheart Media Seattle. In 2012 she excepted a job as the Public Affairs Coordinator for the cluster of stations and hosted its weekly 30 minute community affairs show. Guests of the program included Author of Initiative 502 Allison Holcomb, Former Seahawks Head Coach Mike Holmgren and a verity of government and nonprofit agencies.


In October of 2014, Ms. Martin started working for the Total Traffic and Weather Network, anchoring and producing traffic in both the Seattle and Portland markets. In addition to her role as a broad member for the K.D. Hall Foundation and the chair of its media committee, Ms. Martin sits on the Steering Committee for another local nonprofit, El Cento de la Raza and their $40 million affordable housing project Plaza Roberto Maestas. In her free time, Emoree works on perfecting her golf swing and enjoys time with friends and family.

ashley walls
Ashley is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a major in Journalism and a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies. This summer, she is interning with Nordstrom corporate headquarters doing internal public relations. While at UW, she wrote for several campus newspapers, was involved in a variety of student organizations, volunteered for local charities, studied abroad in the South Pacific and participated in civil rights pilgrimages to the American South. She's interned with a variety of media outlets, including KING 5, the National Association of Black Journalists, MSLGROUP, the Northwest Collegiate Summer League and Crosscut. She’s a Redmond, WA native and enjoys playing sports and getting outdoors anytime she can. Both of her parents served in the United States Air Force for a combined 50 years, and have been incredibly influential and supportive throughout her life. Ultimately, she hopes to become a community relations director for a professional sports team, establishing partnerships between teams and nonprofit organizations, as well as assisting players to create and manage their own charities and foundations.
charlotte foster
In memory of Charlotte Foster 2/24/1953 - 6/7/2017
Thank you for your service.


Charlotte Foster, RN, BSN, MHA was the Regional Director for Group Health’s South Sound Medical Centers in Olympia and Puyallup, Washington. She was the former Chief Nurse Executive for Swedish Medical Group (SMG) in Seattle. Her nursing background includes med/surg, Neurosurgery trauma and ICU, ambulatory clinic care, and nursing administration. Charlotte was also a licensed Medical Technologist for many years prior to becoming a nurse.

In 2003, Char acquired an associate nursing degree. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and a Master’s in Health Administration. In 2014, Charlotte graduated from the University of Washington’s Healthcare Regulatory and Compliance certificate program.

Charlotte had a deep passion for community service and volunteerism. She also served as a Washington State Nursing Commissioner. She was first appointed to the Nursing Commission by Christine Gregoire for a four year appointment in 2011. She was then re-appointment by Governor Jay Inslee, and on March 11th, 2016, Charlotte was voted Chair of the Washington State Nursing Commission, unanimously by her Nursing Commission peers.

She served on several additional prominent Boards including her local Auburn King County YMCA, KD Hall Foundation, and Therapeutic Health Service, the region’s largest mental health and drug addiction service. She supported various non-profit health care programs throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound region. She was a Notary Public, a well-respected public speaker, and has been the recipient of a host of awards and acknowledgements. She was most commonly known by the underserved community as, “The People’s Nurse”.

Her accomplishments also included being the Founder and President of The Chrissy Foster Foundation. This non-profit organization was created to honor Chrissy Foster, Charlotte’s daughter who passed away suddenly in 2014 from Ketoacidosis, a complication of Diabetes. The foundation provides Diabetes education and resources for the underserved and unaware. This foundation has been a significant benefit to her surrounding community, meeting the needs of many around Diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management.

Developing relationships with healthcare and educational institutions was important to Charlotte. She continued to work with nurse leaders and health care executives to develop resources and pathways to wellness in our communities and across the country. She has been a committed advocate for the homeless, and underserved throughout her life. She has taken her message to the stage locally and nationally. A memorable national speaking event was in October, 2015 at the Press Club in Washington, DC. Charlotte spoke passionately about the need for additional mental health services and resources for the homeless. Her local efforts are demonstrated in her annual participation in the King County Free Clinic where nearly 5,000 people receive medical, vision, and dental care. These and many other accomplishments truly demonstrate the dedication that Charlotte had toward service for those in need.

Char coined a phase that states her philosophy on life. It says:

"It is my belief that we are all an exquisite part of the universe designed to serve a purpose. That purpose is to serve each other so that we don’t cease to exist."
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