Campus Advisory Council

Members of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Council are appointed by the president of WSU and 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.

Steve Horenstein Steve Horenstein
Horenstein Law Group

Advisory Council Chair

Steve Horenstein, Advisory Council chair, is an attorney for Horenstein Law Group. His practice focuses on identifying and achieving successful client outcomes by leveraging expertise and working in close  partnership with his clients. Horenstein is a graduate of the Lewis and Clark law School in Portland, Oregon.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 1995

Chris Bailey Chris Bailey
Lower Columbia College

Chris Bailey is president of Lower Columbia College, one of the top community colleges in the nation. At LCC, he has overseen the final construction and grand opening of the college's new Health & Science Building and remodeling of the Gym & Fitness Center. The technology-enabled Health & Science building, which received a federal grant for critically needed equipment, is designed to provide STEM education. Bailey received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014

Robert Bernardi Robert Bernardi
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corp.

Robert (Rob) Bernardi has been president and COO of Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corporation for 14 years. He has spent 33 years in the semiconductor industry, with experience at Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor and Sharp Microelectronics, as well as Kokusai. In addition, he has chaired the Southwest Washington High Technology and Community Council for 6 years. Bernardi was an officer in the U. S. Army Infantry, serving in the active military for five years and in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve for more than 15 years. He received an MBA from Pacific Lutheran University and a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016

Mike Bomar Mike Bomar
Columbia River Economic Development Council

Mike Bomer has served as president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) since December 2013. Before joining CREDC, he was executive director of the Southwest Washington Contractors Association and spent six years in governmental affairs with the Building Industry Association of Clark County. Bomer currently serves on several professional and nonprofit organization boards, including the Washington Economic Development Association Board, Greater Portland Inc. Executive Committee, Clark County Skills Center Advisory Council, Washington Investment Board and the Visit Vancouver USA Tourism Board. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Washington State University Vancouver and a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Washington.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014

Aaron Dawson Aaron Dawson
Shareholder, President, Director of Tax,
Opsahl Dawson

Aaron Dawson is shareholder, president and director of tax at Opsahl-Dawson, a CPA firm with offices in Vancouver and Longview, Wash. He prides himself in having moved the firm to the next generation by bringing vision, technology and paperless practices to the company. Dawson is a graduate of Western Washington University.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016

Lindsay Fisher Lindsay Fisher
Vice President,
Evergreen Memorial Gardens

Lindsay Fisher is vice president of Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, where she has worked since February 2006. She serves on the Foundation Board of the Rotary Club of Greater Clark County and is vice president of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation Board. She previously served on the board of the Washington Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association and remains an active member. She is also a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Clark County. Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and hospitality business management from Washington State University.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2015

Brent Grening Brent Grening
Executive Director,
Port of Ridgefield

Brent Grening is the executive director of the Port of Ridgefield, where he oversees a growing portfolio of commercial and industrial properties. 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. He earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2009

Bryce Helgerson Bryce Helgerson
Chief Administrative Officer,
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

Bryce Helgerson has served since January 2014 as president of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, a 220-bed community-based hospital with a full range of general and specialty services. Previously, he was chief administrative officer of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and was vice president of hospital operations for Legacy Health and Emanuel Medical Center/Randall Children's Hospital, overseeing construction of the new children's hospital. Helgerson holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and a certificate in Lean Healthcare from the University of Michigan School of Engineering.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016

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 15 years of experience in public administration. Holmes is an executive board member of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and member of the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Committee. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Lewis & Clark College.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2008

Bob Knight

Bob Knight
Clark College

Robert Knight the president of Clark College. Under his leadership, Clark College is the second-largest single-campus provider of for-credit classes in Washington's community and technical college system, serving up to 14,000 students each quarter. Knight is active in the Southwest Washington community, serving as a member of the Greater Portland, Inc., board and STEM Network Governance Council of Educational Service District 112. He was recently named Clark County's 2016 First Citizen, and also received the 2016 Lamplighter Award from the Jewish Business Network of Clark County. Knight earned an MBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

Reappointed to Advisory Council in 2012

Alicia Lowe Alicia "Lisa" Lowe
Attorney at Law
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Lisa Lowe is an attorney at law for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Lowe has worked with the Port of Vancouver for more than 24 years, serving as its general counsel for more than 12 years. She provides general counsel services for other ports on an as-needed basis, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating real estate transaction documents; advising on the Washington ‎Public Records Act and Public Meetings Act; managing litigation and other legal work; and offering day-to-day general legal recommendations. She earned a doctorate in law from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014

Julianna Marler Julianna Marler
Port of Vancouver, USA

Julianna Marler is interim CEO and chief financial and administrative officer at the Port of Vancouver USA. She has been with the Port of Vancouver since September 2008 and was appointed CFAO in 2014. Her duties include strategic planning and developing port business policies; overall operations and budget responsibility for administration, contracts, IT and finance; and ensuring that all activities are performed in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and laws. Marler earned her degree in business administration from Washington State University.

Appointed Advisory Council in 2016

Tim Merlino Tim Merlino
Educational Service District 112

Tim Merlino is the superintendent and chief executive officer of Educational Service District 112. Previously he served as Chief Financial Officer for 28 years. Since his appointment, ESD 112 has evolved into a $60 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, an influential nonprofit early learning organization; is vice chair of the Washington School Information Processing Cooperative; and is a board member of the Southwest Washington STEM Network. Merlino served on the statewide committee that developed the new Basic Education Funding formula.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2014

Ann Rivers

Ann Rivers
18th District Senator,
Washington State Legislature

Ann Rivers is the 18th District senator for the Washington State Legislature and also served one term as a state representative. She is active within the community as a member of the North Clark County Community Food Bank, member of numerous boards, former survivor chairwoman for West Clark County Relay for Life, and more. 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 Schauer
Senior Vice President and COO Business Services,
MacKay Sposito

Lisa Schauer is the COO and senior vice president at MacKay Sposito, providing strategic leadership for the accounting, operations, information technology, human resources and administration groups. She also leads change initiatives company-wide. A tireless community advocate, Schauer serves as board chair for The Children’s Center and is founder and board chair of the H-RoC nonpartisan political action committee. She is a former director of the Clark College Foundation.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016

Steven Webb

Steven Webb
Vancouver School District

Steven Webb is the superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools. In 2016, Education Week named him Washington State Superintendent of the Year and a “Leader to Learn From.” Webb has held leadership and advisory roles for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and professional organizations and was recently elected president of the Washington Association of School Administrators. He speaks at state, regional and national conferences and publishes in professional journals. His leadership includes regular classroom visits to 37 school sites and periodic stints working in the jobs of the district’s 3,300 employees. Webb received his doctoral degree from Seattle University.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2009

Mike Worthy Mike Worthy
Board of Regents,
Washington State University

Mike Worthy is co-founder, president and CEO of WW Payment Systems, Inc., a financial services company focused on the commercial trucking industry. He is a member of the Board of Regents for Washington State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. He also graduated from the University of Washington’s Pacific Coast Banking School.

Appointed to Advisory Council as ex-officio in 2007

Mei Wu

Mei Wu
Managing Director,
SmartRG Inc.

Ambassador for the Oregon Angel Fund

Mei Wu is managing director at SmartRG, Inc., a seasoned executive in the software industry, an advisor to start-ups, ambassador for the Oregon Angel Fund and an investor in several other venture capital funds. She is an advocate for partnerships between businesses and higher education in Southwest Washington. Wu serves on the Entrepreneurship Committee for 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. She earned an MBA from WSU.

Appointed to Advisory Council in 2016

Sharon Wylie Sharon Wylie
49th District Legislative Representative,
Washington State Legislature

Sharon Wylie is the 49th District legislative representative for the Washington State Legislature, a position she has held for three terms. She serves as vice chair on the House Commerce & Gaming Committee and holds seats on both the Finance and the Technology & Economic Development committees. She also serves on the Joint Select Task Force on Nuclear Energy, an eight-member legislative task force studying the generation of nuclear energy in the region. Wylie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.

Appointed as ex-officio in 2014