Board of Trustees
A board of trustees, appointed by the governor of the state of Washington for five-year terms, governs Everett Community College. The board meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center. The meetings are open to the public.
The Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 19. in the Henry M. Jackson Conference Center's Senate Room. See the agenda here.
Bob Bolerjack of Lake Stevens was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in October 2012. He is a public relations and media liasion for the Snohomish County PUD, working on internal and external communications and developing and executing conservation marketing strategies. Prior to the PUD, he worked for The Daily Herald in Everett for 25 years - the last 10 as editorial page editor. During his years at The Herald, he also served as news editor and sports editor. Before joining The Herald in 1987, he worked as a news editor at The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., and as an assistant news editor at The Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism (with a minor in Political Science) at Western Washington University, and an Associate in Arts degree at Bellevue College.
Gigi Burke of Everett was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in January 2010. She is a local businesswoman with 20 years of business leadership experience. She previously was an owner and vice president of Crown Distributing from 1989 to 2007. Burke has also served as a Washington State Regional Transportation Commissioner, and was a member of the Washington Beer and Wine Wholesaler’s Association (President 2003-2005), Snohomish County Executive Advisory Board, City of Everett Charter Review Committee, and Mountain Pacific Bank Board of Trustees. She’s a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County Board of Trustees, Greater Everett Community Foundation Board, Providence Regional Medical Center General Children’s Association Guild, and the South Everett/Mukilteo Rotary. She previously served as the Everett Public Schools Foundation President (1999-2001) and was a member of the YMCA Board of Trustees. She is the recipient of the University of Puget Sound’s National Alumni Association’s Lifetime Alumni Achievement award, Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award, and the Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award.
Dr. Betty Cobbs of Everett was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in March 2009. Dr. Cobbs is the Director of Human Resources for Everett Public Schools, focusing on K-12 teacher development and recruitment. She has worked in Everett Public Schools for more than 30 years, spending the first nine years of her career as a classroom teacher before moving into administration and serving as a school principal for 25 years. She has a bachelor's degree in education and master's degree in administration from Western Washington University and a doctorate from the University of Washington in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Cobbs is a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Everett and a member of the board of directors for Volunteers of America Western Washington. In 1993, she was named "Woman of the Year" by the Business & Professional Women, Inc. of Snohomish County. She has also served as a member of boards for the Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett Parks and Recreation, Northwest Regional Educational Lab, Everett Performing Arts Theater, Everett Youth Symphony, Luther Child Center, and PTA.
Janet Kusler of Snohomish was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in November 2011. Kusler, who owns Kusler’s Pharmacy in Snohomish, has more than 15 years of business leadership experience. She also is a longtime education supporter, serving as board member for the Snohomish Education Foundation and the group’s current vice president of fund development. Kusler, who graduated from Washington State University’s College of Pharmacy in 1980, is a member of the National Community Pharmacists Association, International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists and is a member and past board member of the Washington State Pharmacy Association. She also currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for WSU’s College of Pharmacy and teaches a WSU class in pharmacy ownership. She has been awarded the Innovative Pharmacist of the Year from Washington State Pharmacy Association, Regional Pharmacy of the Year from McKesson and Pharmacist of the Month from Professional Compounding Centers of America.
James Shipman was appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire in September 2005. Shipman, of Snohomish, received his associate’s degree from Everett Community College in 1994 and is a former EvCC Associated Student Body president. After graduating from EvCC, Shipman attended the University of Washington, and then earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane. He is a partner at the law office of Podrasky & Shipman in Everett. Shipman has served as the Chair of the Regulatory Committee of the Snohomish County Citizens Cabinet since 2003 and also sits on the Snohomish County Priorities of Government Committee.