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Board Member Biographies

(In Alphabetical Order)

Michael Bisesi, Director
Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management
Seattle University, Seattle
 
Mr. Bisesi is currently the director for the Center for Nonprofit and Social Enterprise Management
at Seattle University. Previously, Mr. Bisesi served as Managing Director of Program Services at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, as Senior Vice President at the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and as Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Houston.
 
Mr. Bisesi has held an array of community leadership positions on numerous public and nonprofit boards and commissions. He currently serves on the board of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County and on the board of Executive Alliance. Mr. Bisesi holds a BS from the University of Texas, MS from Indiana University, and EdD from the University of Houston.
 
 
R. Lee Cheatham, Ph.D., Executive Director
Washington Technology Center, Seattle
 
Dr. Cheatham's professional background includes founding a start-up software company and holding senior management positions with prestigious engineering and research organizations, including 17 years with Battelle-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
 
Dr. Cheatham's experience has been centered on building market-driven interactions under a variety of commercial, government, and university sponsorships. In each of his assignments, he Cheatham has focused on the impact of innovation and collaboration. He continues this mission in his leadership of WTC.
 
Dr. Cheatham received a bachelor of science from Oregon State University and Master of Science from Washington State University. He also received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.
Lee Cheatham

 
Jon Clemens, President and CEO
Sharp Technology Ventures Camas
 
Dr. Clemens is president and CEO of Sharp Technology Ventures, an organization created to commercialize innovations and technologies developed at Sharp Laboratories of America.
Clemens retired as president and CEO of Sharp Laboratories of America in 2003. He has over 30 years' experience in electronics research, with a focus on multimedia technologies. Prior positions include president at two small companies and senior vice president of science and technology at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International.
 
He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Washington State University of Vancouver and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science of Portland State University.  He is also a member of the Business Development Committee for Portland State University. Dr. Clemens received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at MIT.
  
Jon Clemens
 
 
Michael Cockrill, CTO and VP of Product Development
Mixxer, Seattle
 
Michael Cockrill has more than  two decades of experience in developing technical strategies for e-commerce. Prior to joining Mixxer, Mr. Cockrill held CTO positions with Vantage Point Mobile and Qpass. Additionally, he has been actively involved in startup community, serving as a director and advisor for several small companies in Seattle and the Bay Area.
 
 Prior to Qpass, Cockrill spent nine years at Microsoft where he led product management on MSN's original e-commerce efforts. Michael holds a double B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of Puget Sound.
Hal Dengerink, Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver
and Special Assistant to the President, Washington State University, Vancouver
 
Chancellor Dengerink serves as the chief administrative officer for WSU Vancouver providing overall leadership and guiding campus growth.  With his additional appointment to the President, Dr. Dengerink examines and recommends policy strategies and structural changes to the evolving WSU multi-campus university system.  Prior to joining WSU Vancouver in 1989, Chancellor Dengerink previously served as associate dean of the then named WSU College of Sciences and Arts and as director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program, both in Pullman. He joined the WSU psychology faculty in 1969. 
 
Dr. Dengerink is active in the Vancouver community, serving currently on the Board of Trustees of Southwest Washington Hospitals and Clark United Providers, the Board of Directors of Columbia River Economic Development Council, the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Commemorative Committee and as Co-Chair on the Columbia River Crossing Task Force. 
 
Chancellor Dengerink holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Kent State University, all in psychology. 
Dennis Dyck, Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences, Vice Chancellor and Associate Vice Provost of Research
Washington State University, Pullman 
 
Dr. Dyck supports the growth of research at WSU Spokane through faculty mentoring and expanding institutional research partnerships with the Spokane medical and business community and other academic institutions. Dr. Dyck is a board member of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research and Chairs the Inland Northwest chapter. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator on grants from NIH and has numerous publications both in basic neuroscience and in clinical investigations.
 
Jon Eliassen CEO
Spokane Area EDC, Spokane
 
Mr. Eliassen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council and former Chief Financial Officer for Avista Corporation. He joined the EDC in 2003, having retired from Avista after a 33-year career.
 
Mr. Eliassen was a founding Board member of the Northwest Energy Technology Collaborative (NWETC) and a Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Board member. Eliassen currently serves on the Boards of Itron Corp. and Red Lion Hotels and is a member of NVA Holdings and Terrapin Capital Group LLC. 
Jon Eliassen
 
 
Roger Gulrajani, Director
Smart Personal Objects Technology Group, Microsoft, Redmond
 
Mr. Gulrajani is the product unit manager for the DirectBand Product Group in Microsoft’s Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) team. A 15-year software industry veteran, Gulrajani has held a number of senior management positions with Aldus, MediaLink and RealNetworks. He is a graduate of the University of Washington.
 
 
 
Robin Halliday, VP Network Services
DIS Corporation, Bellingham 
 
Ms. Halliday has over 25 years of senior management experience in small technology companies. Currently, she manages customer support, operations and product development for DIS Corporation, the leading provider of business systems to agricultural and construction equipment companies in North America. From 2001 to 2006, she was CEO of Rivetek, a network services subsidiary of DIS. 
 
She was founding president and still serves on the steering committee of TAG (Technology Alliance Group), a trade organization for technology companies in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties and the NW chapter of WSA. Halliday serves on a number of other education and technology focused boards including Junior Achievement, Skagit Valley College and Western Washington University.  She is also President of the Bellingham Whatcom County Public Facilities District.
 
Ms. Halliday is a graduate of the University of Washington and has a post-graduate degree from Western Washington University. 
Robin Halliday
 
 
Paul Hutton, President and Co-Founder
Thought Engineering LLC., Issaquah 
 
Mr. Hutton is President and Co-Founder of Thought Engineering, an executive consulting firm, assisting successful off-shore high tech companies expand their business markets into the U.S., Europe and Asia. He is also a Senior Partner with Cognition Partners (Venture Consulting) and COO of IQ Enterprises (Web-Based Technologies). 
 
Hutton has led engineering development at Weyerhaeuser and Nordstrom and has held executive positions in both marketing and IT at Reliance Insurance and Associates Corporation of America. Having just completed six years on the Washington State Board for Technical and Community Colleges, Hutton currently Chairs the Advisory Board to the NSF's National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies and is a member of the AeA Higher Education Task Force.
 
Johannes Koch, Independent Consultant
Seattle
 
Dr. Koch is an Independent Consultant for early-stage medical device and biotechnology companies. He also has a part-time gastroenterology practice at Northwest Hospital and a clinical appointment at the University of Washington.
 
After graduating from Tulane Medical School, Dr. Koch completed his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at the University of California, San Francisco and served on the faculty of UCSF from 1992-2000 with research interests in Gastrointestinal Manifestations of AIDS and the clinical applications of endoscopic ultrasound.
 
Dr. Koch was a partner in the local venture capital firm Integra Ventures until 2003.
 
 
Janet Liang, Executive VP
Columbia Region, Group Health Cooperative, Seattle 
 
Janet Liang joined Group Health in 1992 and has held several management positions in the care delivery system. She is currenlty executive vice president at Group Health Cooperative with accountability for care delivery in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. 
 
Ms. Liang has over 14 years of progressive leadership in the Washington state healthcare industry including direct experience in the application of new technology. She is a graduate of the Seattle Leadership Tomorrow Program (Class of 2005) and an active participant in community-based agencies including serving on the boards of the Asian Counseling & Referral Services, the Washington State Hospital Association and KPS Health Plans.
 
 Ms. Liang holds a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from Boston University.  
 
Arlan Norman, Dean, College of Sciences and Technology
Western Washington University, Bellingham 
 
Dr. Norman is the Founding Dean of Western’s College of Sciences and Technology. He came to Western from the University of Colorado, where he was Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry.  Dr. Norman joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1966 and was chemistry department chair from 1980 to 1983. 
 
In Colorado Dr. Norman participated in activities of the Colorado Advanced Technology Institute, and served on the Board and as Chair of the Board of the $700M University of Colorado Federal Credit Union.  He is currently leading a Western Washington University group working to establish a technology development and innovation consortium in the Bellingham area.
 
Norman received his Ph.D degree from Indiana University and did postdoctoral work at the University of California at Berkeley prior to moving to Colorado. 
 
Kim Pearman-Gillman, Vice President, Marketing
Itron Corp., Spokane 
 
Kim Pearman-Gillman was named Vice President of Marketing for Itron in October 2005 and has responsibility for all strategic marketing, marketing communications, market intelligence, regulatory support, corporate strategic alliance partners, customer relationship management and employee communications.
 
Before joining Itron, Pearman-Gillman was Sr. Vice President of Avista Development, a subsidiary of Avista Corporation, where she led economic development for the company. She served as the City of Spokane ’s first Economic Development Advisor as a loaned executive from Avista and established this key role and department in the city.
 
Prior to Avista, Pearman-Gillman was with Berkshire Corporation in high tech sales, marketing, and product development, pharmaceutical sales with Lederle Laboratories, and consumer products sales with the Pillsbury Corporation. 
 
Pearman-Gillman has a BA in English from the University of Houston.
Kim Pearman-Gillman 
 
James Petersen, Vice Provost, Research,
Washington State University, Pullman 
 
A Battelle Distinguished Professor in Bioprocessing, Dr. Petersen’s research interests include bioremediation of contaminated aqueous systems, modeling of biological processing operations and on-line optimization of biological processes.
Linden Rhoads
Seattle Ventures, Seattle 
 
Ms. Rhoads co-founded several technology companies including AdRelevance, Singing Fish.com and InfoAccess. She is currently director of Seattle Ventures, which assists technical companies in their early stages of development.
 
 
Katherine James Schuitemaker
CEO, The Resonance Group

Seattle
 
Ms. Schuitemaker is founder and CEO of The Resonance Group, a business and marketing strategy consultancy. She has 20 years of experience working within and consulting with technology companies, including Aldus and Adobe Systems, PhotoDisc/Getty Images, GreaterGood.com, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Tektronix, and more.
 
Ms. Schuitemaker  is a board member and former chairperson of WSA, as well as an appointee to the Washington State Economic Development Commission.
Katherine James Schuitemaker
 
 
Heidi Schumann, President and CEO
Fluency Group Inc., Seattle
Ms. Schuman is currently president and CEO of Fluency Group Inc. a company that offers Web-based English language assessment and consulting services to multinational corporations.
 
Ms. Schumann has developed and managed high-profile international education projects involving local, national, and foreign governments, as well as the private sector and the media.
 
 
James Severson, Vice Provost, Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer 
University of Washington, Seattle
 
As Vice Provost, Dr. Severson has responsibility for UW TechTransfer, the unit of the University that seeks to commercialize discoveries made from research conducted at the UW.  Prior to joining the UW, he was the President of the Cornell Research Foundation where he was responsible for technology transfer from Cornell’s Ithaca campus and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City. 
 
Dr. Severson is a Past President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), and was awarded its highest honor, the Bayh-Dole award.  He received a B.S. in zoology and a Ph.D. in physiology from Iowa State University, and did postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California.  He also held a faculty appointment in the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
 
 
John Titus, President and CEO, Aero Controls, Auburn
 
Mr. Titus is the founder and president of Aero Controls, Inc., a company thats repairs, overhauls and sells aircraft components. The company currently has facilities in Auburn and Shelton, Washington and Miami, Florida.  
 
Mr. Titus is involved in many civic activities including the South Seattle Community College Aviation Advisory Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of Green River Community College Foundation and Mermaid Days Inn Hotel (Cochin, India).  Titus is the current Chairman of Fokana Foundation, a charitable organization established by people of Indian origin.
In September 1998, Mr. Titus received the “Living Asian Pioneer” award from the Chinese Post and Asian Weekly. 
 
Mr. Titus hold a degree in Aeronautical Technology.   
 
Katherine R. Tuttle, M.D., F.A.C.P., Medical and Scientific Director, Providence Medical Research Center, Spokane
 
Dr. Tuttle is currently the Medical and Scientific Director for Providence Medical Research Center in Spokane. Previously she served as Director of Research for the Heart Institute of Spokane.
 
Dr. Tuttle is co-chair of the National Kidney Foundation, Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative Workgroup for Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, and a member of the Healthcare Provider Workgroup for the National Diabetes Education Program. She is also co-chair of the Institutional Review Board in Spokane, which oversees protection of human research subjects.
 
Tuttle is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty award. She also holds academic appointments at Washington State University and Eastern Washington University and serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Sciences at WSU. She recently completed a term as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.
 
Tuttle holds fellowships in the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American Society of Nephrology (FASN). Tuttle received her BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and her MD from Northwestern University Medical School.
Katherine Tuttle
 
 
Larry Williams, Assistant Director, Economic Development Division
 Washington State Dept. of Community Trade & Economic Development, Olympia
Mr. Williams joined the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED) in 2001.  As the Assistant Director, now of the combined Trade and Economic Development division, his core responsibilities include the overall development, implementation and management of Washington State’s international trade, tourism, inbound investment and business development strategies.  Prior to his work at CTED, Mr. Williams served as the Director of Operations with the International Trade Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. 
 
Mr. Williams serves on the board of directors of the Washington Council on International Trade, Trade Development Alliance, Washington State China Relations Council, Japan America Society, International Business Advisory Council at the UW and other trade and development-related organizations.  He holds bachelors degrees from North Carolina State University in Latin American Studies and in Spanish Language and Literature, with a focus in international affairs.  He is fluent in Spanish and has studied and worked in many different regions of Latin America and Spain.
Kim Zentz, Executive Director
SIRTI, Spokane
 
Ms. Zentz has an extensive background of executive management positions in both public and private entities, including high-tech start-ups.  Most recently she served as CEO of the Spokane Transit Authority and prior to that President and COO of Avista Labs (now ReliOn), a start-up company focused on hydrogen fuel cell products.  
 
Ms. Zentz serves on the Boards of Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, Spokane County United Way, WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, and Connect Northwest. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho and a Masters of Engineering Management from Washington State University.