WSU Vancouver 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.

Lisa Schauer Lisa Schauer
President,
PointNorth Consulting

Advisory Council Chair

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 Advisory Council Chair 2018

Max Ault Max Ault
Interim President,
Columbia River Economic Development Council
Max Ault is interim president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and serves as the primary contact for local businesses seeking assistance with startup, growth or retention. In addition, he holds a position as special assistant to the Office of the Chancellor at Washington State University Vancouver. Previously, he was operations manager for the Cascade Forest Conservancy. He also serves on the WSU Vancouver Carson College of Business advisory board, Creative Media and Digital Culture advisory board and the Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation board. Ault earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from WSU Vancouver.

 
Appointed to Advisory Council in 2018

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

Robert Bernardi Robert Bernardi
President and Chief Operating Officer,
Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corp.
Robert (Rob) Bernardi is president and COO of Kokusai Semiconductor Equipment Corporation. He 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 chairs the Southwest Washington High Technology Council. Bernardi earned 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

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 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
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

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

Bryce Helgerson Bryce Helgerson
President,
Legacy Health
Currently president of Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Bryce Helgerson previously served as chief administrative officer of Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center and as vice president of hospital operations for Legacy Health and Emanuel Medical Center/Randall Children's Hospital, where he oversaw construction of the new children's hospital. Helgerson earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College, a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine, 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 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 2004–2018

Bob Knight Bob Knight
President,
Clark College
Under the leadership of President Robert (Bob) Knight, Clark College has become 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. In 2016, he was named Clark County's First Citizen, and he is a recipient of the Lamplighter Award from the Jewish Business Network of Clark County. Knight is a board member of Greater Portland, Inc. and the STEM Network Governance Council of Educational Service District 112. He earned an MBA from Golden Gate University.

 
Appointed to Advisory Council in 2012

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 2018

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.

 
AppointedAppointed 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

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

John Steach John Steach
Superintendent,
Evergreen School District
John Steach joined the Evergreen School District in 2014 as its deputy superintendent, becoming superintendent in August 2017. He has shifted southwest Washington’s largest school district to a relationship-driven learning environment and led the conversion to a full instructional technology model creating a personalized education experience. Before entering the field of education, he worked in both the nuclear and chemical industries. While serving on the Richland, Washington School District board, his passion for education eclipsed his interest in engineering. He joined the district as an administrator, later becoming the superintendent of the Canby, Oregon School District before arriving at Evergreen. He serves on the Clark County Schools Advisory Council, Chamber Policy Advisory Committee, CREDC, Juvenile Justice Council, as well as the South West Washington STEM Network. Steach earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, MBA, and an Ed.D. in education leadership from WSU.

 
Appointed to Advisory Council in 2018

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
Managing Director,
SmartRG Inc.

Oregon Angel Fund Ambassador

Mei Wu, managing director at SmartRG, Inc., is a seasoned executive in the software industry. She is an advisor to start-ups, an ambassador for the Oregon Angel 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