The governance of Community College District No. 21, Whatcom Community College, is vested in a five-person board of trustees. The trustees are appointed by the governor and serve five-year terms and/or until their successors are appointed, and must reside within the College's district boundaries. The Board's duties include setting the College's strategic direction, establishing policy for the College, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget and hiring the College President.

The Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees generally holds its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., unless changed by vote of the Board. Meetings are open to the public. At its annual June meeting, the Board elects a chairperson and vice-chairperson from the membership of the Board, and they serve for a term of one year.

Left to right, pictured above: Barbara Rofkar; Tim Douglas, chair; Sue Cole; Steve Adelstein; former Trustee Chuck Robinson; and President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. New photo of current Board of Trustees coming soon.

 

Steve Adelstein, Chair

Appointed in October 2006; reappointed 2011; Board Chair July 2011- June 2012; Vice Chair July 2010-June 2011

Career Profile

Partner, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka, Attorney at Law

Education Profile
J.D. Gonzaga University; B.A., Political Science
Western Washington University, Cum Laude

Community and Professional Affiliations
Current President and member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham, Board Chair for the Board of Directors for the St. Luke's Foundation; former Director and Past President, Whatcom Volunteer Center; former Director Mt. Baker Theater; former Delegate for City of Bellingham, Downtown Development Association; Co-chair Mt. Baker Theater Campaign; former Chair, Citizen's Advisory Committee for School Bond and Levy, Bellingham School District #501; former Director, Western Foundation, Western Washington University; former Director and Past President, Interfaith Coalition; former Director, Law Advocates, Whatcom County; former Director, Red Cross; former Director, Visiting Nurse Home Health Care; former Director and Past President, Congregation Beth Israel; former Director, YMCA.

 

Barbara Rofkar, Vice Chair

Appointed in November 2004; reappointed 2007 and 2012; Board Chair, July 2012-June 2013; Board Vice Chair, July 2011-June 2012; Board Chair July 2008-June 2009; Vice Chair 2006-June 2008

Career Profile
Counselor and mediator with Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and private practice for 22 years; part-time faculty at WWU

Education Profile
MA and BA, Cultural Anthropology, Western Washington University, Minor: Psychology; 
Registered Nursing Program-Flower Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

Community and Professional Affiliations
Founding board member of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center; Chair, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force; American Red Cross. Past board activities: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Whatcom County; Governor's Executive Task Force on Support Enforcement; Whatcom County Nuclear Arms Freeze; Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department; Whatcom Mental Health Board.

 

Sue Cole

Appointed in October 2005; reappointed October 2009; Board Chair July 2013-June 2014; Board Chair July 2009-June 2010; Vice Chair July 2012-June 2013 and July 2008-June 2009

Career Profile
Brand marketing and communications consultant; formerly Public Affairs Director, The Markets; News Media Representative, Puget Sound Energy; Director, Bellingham Downtown Association; Publisher/Editor, The Ocean Star; Community Affairs Specialist, St. Luke's Hospital

Education Profile
BA in Journalism and Political Science, Western Washington University; Certificate, Online and Print Editing

Community and Professional Affiliations
Former chair, Bellingham Board of Adjustment; Board of Director on following Boards: Chuckanut Health Foundation, Interfaith Coalition, Bellingham Public Library, YWCA, and United Way; Vice chair, member Bellingham Public School Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, and RSVP; Honorary Member, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

 

Tim Douglas

Appointed in October 2008; reappointed October 2013; Board Vice Chair July 2013-June 2014; Board Chair July 2014-June 2015

Career Profile
Retired. Mayor of Bellingham, WA, Nov. 2006-Nov. 2007 and 1984-1996; Country Director, Russia for United States Peace Corps, 2000-2003; Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, 1997-1999; Western Washington University Dean of Students and other administrative posts, 1967-1983.

Education Profile
M.S. Indiana University-Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology 1968
B.A. Washington State University-Foreign Languages (Russian and Spanish) 1965

Community and Professional Affiliations
Past President of TACTC (Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges) 2012-13; Past Board Chair, Board Member and Past President, North American Institute (NAMI) Headquartered in Santa Fe; served on trinational panel for North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation; 4 terms on Executive Board of Association of Washington Cities; Puget Sound Water Quality Authority Board; Kulshan Community Land Trust Board; Bellingham Maritime Museum Board; and past President Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities.


John Pedlow

Appointed in December 2015

Career Profile
Retired CEO and board of director of Broadcast Electronics, Inc.; former vice president of Alpha Technologies North American Operations; former founding member of the America’s Cup 95 Organization; former president & CEO of Power West, Inc.; former vice president of Square D Corporation Power Protection System Div.

Education Profile

Bachelor of Science, Widener University, Chester Pennsylvania
Post-graduate work in Law and Business Administration

Community and Professional Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Bellingham Angel Group, Whatcom Community College Foundation, Mount Baker Theatre, The Rotary Club of Bellingham; former board member of  The Arc of Whatcom County, WQUB FM (NPR Affiliate of Quincy University; founding member of Bellingham Innovation and BIG Idea Lab (an incubator for local entrepreneurs).