WSU Vancouver Advisory Council

Members of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council are appointed by the chancellor of WSU Vancouver. They represent all sectors of the community, help support the university’s mission and help create the partnerships that drive the success of WSU Vancouver. Council members are strictly advisory. They are not part of the formal governance of the university.

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Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey
President,
Lower Columbia College

As president of Lower Columbia College, Chris Bailey has overseen the final construction and grand opening of the college's new Health & Science Building and remodeling of the Gym & Fitness Center. Lower Columbia College was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College in 2013/14. Bailey serves on the boards of Workforce Southwest Washington and the Kelso/Longview Chamber of Commerce. He earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker
President, Columbia River Economic Development Council

Jennifer Baker is president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. She joined CREDC in 2019 after serving as the deputy district director for the Portland office of the U.S. Small Business Administration where she was recognized for her outstanding performance. She has served on the advisory board for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs and the Women’s Business Center at Mercy Corps Northwest. Her previous work in multiple business and trade fields included four years as an international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and modern languages from Pacific University and a Master of Arts in international policy, trade and development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2019.

Graciela Gomez Cowger

Graciela Gomez Cowger
CEO,
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Graciela Gomez Cowger is chief executive officer of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Portland’s second largest law firm. She is the firm’s first CEO, and one of a handful of Latinas to lead a law firm in the United States. She has practiced as an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years, helping individuals and companies protect innovations in technology and healthcare. Before joining Schwabe, she served as managing partner at StoFoCo LLP, a firm she started with two other partners. Before becoming a lawyer, she was a design and manufacturing engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co. in San Diego. Cowger earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from San Diego State University—California State University and a doctorate in patent law from the University of Washington.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2018.

Aaron Dawson

Aaron Dawson
President, Director of Tax,
Opsahl Dawson

Aaron Dawson is president and director of tax at Opsahl Dawson. His firm has been nationally recognized as one of the top 100 best accounting firms to work for and a Best in Business award winner from the Vancouver Business Journal. He received the Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished and Under 40 honor in 2014. He serves on the advisory board of WSU Vancouver’s Carson College of Business and the board of the Vancouver Boys and Girls Club. Dawson is a graduate of Western Washington University.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016.

Lindsay Fisher

Lindsay Fisher
Vice President,
Evergreen Memorial Gardens

Advisory Council Chair

Lindsay Fisher is vice president of Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver. She is a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Clark County and received the Vancouver Business Journal’s Accomplished and Under 40 honor that same year. Fisher has received the Paul Harris award from the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County. She serves on the board of the Association of Washington Business and the Trauma Intervention Program Advisory Council. Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and hospitality business management from WSU.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2015. Advisory Council Chair in 2018.

Brent Grening

Brent Grening
CEO,
Port of Ridgefield

Brent Grening is the chief executive officer of the Port of Ridgefield. Working closely with the port’s three-member board of elected commissioners, Grening has helped focus port investments on projects that demonstrate a positive ROI, leverage greater economic opportunity, and benefit the people and environment of the Ridgefield community. The port received the Washington State Port of the Year award in 2014. Grening is a board member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council. He earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2009.

Eric Holmes

Eric Holmes
City Manager,
City of Vancouver

Eric Holmes is the city manager of the City of Vancouver. He has worked at all levels of government, including 20 years in public administration. He is an executive board member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and member of the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree in planning, public policy and management from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis & Clark College.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2008.

Steve Horenstein

Steve Horenstein
Attorney,
Horenstein Law Group

Steve Horenstein is founder and managing member of Horenstein Law Group. Since 1995, he has been a committed supporter of WSU Vancouver, and his tremendous dedication was recognized in 2018 with the Chancellor’s Award for Service. He serves on the executive committee of the Historic Trust and chairs the Public Affairs Committee and Investor Relations Committee of CREDC. Horenstein is a graduate of the Lewis & Clark Law School.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 1995. Advisory Council Chair in 2004 – 2018.

Kevin Lycklama

Kevin Lycklama
President and CEO,
Riverview BanCorp, Inc.

Kevin Lycklama is president and chief executive officer of Riverview BanCorp, Inc. Previously, he was the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Oregon Society of CPAs and the Financial Managers Society. Lycklama earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from WSU Vancouver and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2018.

Mark Mantei

Mark Mantei
CEO,
The Vancouver Clinic

Mark Mantei, chief executive officer of The Vancouver Clinic has more than 30 years of public health service experience. He serves on the board of directors of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA), which includes more than 400 medical groups nationwide whose physicians care for one in three Americans. Mantei earned a master’s degree in healthcare administration management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting and finance from the University of Michigan.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2019.

Julianna Marler

Julianna Marler
CEO,
Port of Vancouver, USA

Julianna Marler, CEO of the Port of Vancouver USA, is the first female CEO in the port’s 105-year history and one of just a handful of female port CEOs in the United States. Previously, she served as the port’s chief financial officer. Before joining the port, she worked as procurement services manager for the City of Vancouver for nine years. Marler received the 2018 Women of Achievement Iris Award from Clark College and serves on the boards of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Greater Portland Inc. Marler earned a degree in business administration from WSU.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016.

Tim Merlino

Tim Merlino
Superintendent,
Educational Service District 112

Tim Merlino became the superintendent and chief executive officer of Educational Service District 112 after serving as chief financial officer for 28 years. Since his appointment, ESD 112 has evolved into a $70 million-plus enterprise, with significant growth in early learning, school construction, STEM initiatives and innovative student support programs. Merlino serves on the board of the state’s THRIVE Washington, is vice chair of the Washington School Information Processing Cooperative, and co-chairs the Southwest Washington STEM Network. He is a WSU graduate.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014.

Julie Olson

Julie Olson
Clark County Council

Julie Olson, vice chairperson of the Clark County Council, served as the Ridgefield School Board president for eight years and in private industry specializing in scientific sales management and marketing for 28 years. She is a board member of Friends for the Elder Justice Center. At the University of Idaho, she earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2019.

Ann Rivers

Ann Rivers
18th Legislative District Senator,
Washington State Legislature

Ann Rivers is the 18th District senator for the Washington State Legislature. She currently serves on several state committees including Health Care, Ways and Means and Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education. She is active in the community as a member of the Greater Clark County Rotary and publicity chairwoman for West Clark County Relay for Life. Rivers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Michigan University as well as a secondary education certificate from Lewis-Clark State College.

Appointed to Advisory Council as ex-officio in 2014.

Lisa Schauer

Lisa Keohokalole Schauer
President,
PointNorth Consulting

Board of Regents, WSU

Lisa Keohokalole Schauer, is president of PointNorth Consulting. She is passionate about inspiring leaders and empowering teams to achieve their business goals. A tireless community advocate, she serves as board chair for The Children’s Center and is co-founder and board chair of the H-RoC nonpartisan political action committee. Her numerous awards and recognitions include the Iris Award from Clark College and the Women of Influence Award from Portland Business Journal. Schauer earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and learning from George Washington University, and bachelor’s degrees in public relations and political science from Gonzaga University.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016.

Jeff Snell

Jeff Snell
Superintendent,
Camas School District

Jeff Snell, superintendent of the Camas School District, has more than 20 years of experience in education as a coach, math teacher, associate principal, principal, and deputy superintendent. He has been involved in leadership at the state, regional, and national level related to evaluation, professional growth, and technology. Snell received his bachelor of science in mathematics education from Boston University and his master of arts in educational leadership, and doctor of education from Washington State University.

Appointed to Advisory Council as ex-officio in 2019.

Mike Worthy

Michael C. Worthy
President and CEO, WW Payment Systems

Board of Regents, WSU

Mike Worthy was appointed to the Board of Regents in October 2006. He is co-founder, president and CEO of WW Payment Systems, Inc., a financial services company in Vancouver, Wash., focused on the commercial trucking industry. Until his appointment as a regent, Worthy served on the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and was chair of the board's fiscal committee. He is a Platinum Life Member and past president of the WSU Alumni Association. He was awarded the WSU Alumni Achievement Award in 2002 and the WSU Foundation's Outstanding Service Award in 1996. Worthy received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from WSU.

Appointed to Advisory Council as ex-officio in 2007.

Mei Wu

Mei Wu
Co-Founder and VP of Corporate Development, Speak Technologies

Oregon Venture Fund Ambassador

Mei Wu, co-founder and vice president of corporate development at Speak Technologies, is a seasoned executive in the software industry. She is an advisor to start-ups and entrepreneurial ecosystems, an ambassador for the Oregon Venture Fund, and an advocate for partnerships between businesses and higher education in Southwest Washington. She serves on the board of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and volunteers for the Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program (MAP) for the Carson College of Business at WSU Vancouver. Wu earned an MBA from WSU.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016.

Sharon Wylie

Sharon Wylie
49th Legislative District Representative,
Washington State Legislature

Sharon Wylie is the 49th District legislative representative for the Washington State Legislature, a position she has held for four terms. Her successes for Clark County included obtaining funding for the Clark County Center for Community Health, the new crime lab, and the Salmon Creek Interchange. She has served as president of the Council for the Homeless, and as board member of Affordable Community Environments.  Sharon earned a BA in political science from UC Riverside.

Appointed to Advisory Council as ex-officio in 2014.