Dr. Amy Morrison is Lake Washington Institute of Technology's ninth president. She joined LWTech in July of 2013.
As a first generation college graduate and passionate advocate for workforce education, Dr. Morrison has committed her career to advocating for college students and community and technical colleges.
Prior to coming to LWTech, Dr. Morrison served for nearly ten years in vice presidential roles including advancement as well as campus operations at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. There she was instrumental in advocating for students on the state and federal level as well as ensuring that students had state-of-the art facilities in which to complete their education, including the construction of a 55,000-square-foot Allied Health Building. Morrison also served as adjunct faculty.
Dr. Morrison began her community and technical college career at Bates Technical College where she was responsible for legislative advocacy as well as leading the Bates Technical College Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students with scholarships and emergency resources.
Prior to her community and technical college career, Morrison served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Congressman Norm Dicks with responsibility for higher education and workforce outreach.
She received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in December 2013 as part of the National Community College Leadership Cohort. Her dissertation focused on the importance of student completion (earning a credential such as a degree or certificate) for students pursuing a workforce or technical degree. She received her Masters of Public Administration at The Evergreen State College and her undergraduate degree at Mills College.
Dr. Morrison serves on the Boards of One Redmond and Seattle Goodwill, and is a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). She lives in Kirkland with her son William.
Executive Cabinet is comprised of senior leadership that represents each area of the college, including Administrative Services, Communications and Marketing, the LWTech Foundation, Research and Grants, Instruction, Human Resources, and Student Services. Members of the Executive Cabinet work directly with the college president, providing strategic direction and input.
Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Suzanne Ames served as a Dean of Instruction, Associate Vice President of Instruction, and Interim Vice President of Instruction at LWTech prior to being appointed Vice President of Instruction. Her career in the state’s community and technical college system includes Director of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness at Skagit Valley College, Vice President of Advancement, and Executive Director of the Foundation at Pierce College, Director of Communications at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Director of Marketing and Communications at Cascadia College. She has taught Business Management courses and serves as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Dr. Ames has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, an MBA in Marketing from City University, and B.A. in Communications and Political Science from the University of Washington. She earned Certificates of Completion from Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) in 2016 and the League of Innovation Executive Leadership Institute in 2017.
Director of Research and Grant Development
Cathy Copeland serves as the Director of Research and Grants. Copeland leads all institutional research activities, grant development work (including serving as the lead grant writer on campus) in addition to supporting the college's planning and accreditation efforts. She previously worked at the University of Washington, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. She earned a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Washington in addition to a BS in Biology and BA in French and Francophone studies at Santa Clara University.
Vice President of Student Services
Dr. Ruby Hayden has served LWTech since 2002 in several positions including Career Specialist for Advising and College Transfer, Coordinator for Advising and Retention, Director for Student Development and Retention, and Dean of Students. She has also served as an Academic Advisor at Whatcom Community College, and in Residence Life positions at Western Washington University, and Humboldt State University. She has college level teaching experience at four different institutions, serves as an accreditation evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and has authored or co-authored several academic and professional publications and presentations.
Dr. Hayden has a Ph.D. in Education Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington, a M.Ed. in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University, and a B.A. in English and Spanish from Humboldt State University. She earned a Certificate of Completion from Washington Executive Leadership Academy (WELA) in 2010.
Special Assistant to the President
Andrea Olson serves as Special Assistant to the President where she manages strategic initiatives and provides professional coaching support to the college’s internal leadership development program. Prior to joining the LWTech team, she served as the Vice President for Economic Development at Clover Park Technical College and had careers in law, real estate, economic development, and entrepreneurship. She earned her juris doctorate from the Seattle University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound. Most recently, she obtained her coaching certification from New Ventures West.
Executive Director of Human Resources
Meena Park has served LWTech since 2014. She was appointed Executive Director of Human Resources in 2017. Prior to joining the community and technical college system, she served in HR roles in the health care, government, and casino/hotel industries. As Executive Director of Human Resources, she oversees human resources, payroll, and serves as the Title IX Coordinator and Ethics Officer. Park holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration/Personnel Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Director of Communications & Marketing
Leslie Shattuck has spent more than 25 years working in advertising, marketing, communications, and PR. She's placed hundreds of editorial stories in online, and broadcast media, as well as created successful advertising and marketing campaigns. She has managed a high-level media events, including a national press conference in the White House, and she was the media director for Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s five-day visit to Seattle to launch the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. She has supervised award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns and community partnerships. Shattuck has extensive experience in higher education. She worked with City University of Seattle in various capacities for more than seven years.
Shattuck has volunteered for Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club) for more than 15 years, and is a former board member of the Western and Central Washington Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Shattuck currently serves on the advisory board for the Everett Animal Shelter. She's also a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Concepts where she speaks about PR writing and strategy. Shattuck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a Specialization in Broadcast Journalism from Central Washington University.
Executive Director, LWTech Foundation
As Executive Director of the LWTech Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Elisabeth Sorensen oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation, manages donor relations, and works with a dedicated board of directors comprised over 20 business and community leaders and philanthropists.
Sorensen has held a variety of leadership positions in fund development, strategic communications, event production and management and community and government affairs throughout her career. Her experience includes an appointment by Governor Gary Locke to lead fundraising, planning and operations for the 2004 National Governors Association in Seattle and a five-year stint producing the BAM ArtsFair, the largest, award-winning arts and crafts festival in the Northwest with an audience of 300,000. Additionally, Sorensen has directed community relations activities for Governor Gary Locke and U.S. Senator Patty Murray, served as senior corporate and major gift director with Habitat for Humanity Seattle, and worked as an account executive at Waggener Edstrom.
Sorensen is a member of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and past board member of the Central Washington University Alumni Association.
She earned an Executive Masters of Public Administration from University of Washington and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and Psychology from Central Washington University. She also attended the University of Plymouth in Plymouth, England, UK, a yearlong study abroad program.
Vice President of Administrative Services
William Thomas has more than 38 years of experience working in the community and technical colleges in the state of Washington. He served as the Assistant to the Dean of Instruction at Highline Community College from 1978 to 1985. In 1988, he began working as a Budget Program Specialist at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and continued his work there until 1991 when he was appointed Director of Finance for Bates Technical College. While employed at Bates, he was promoted to Vice President, Administrative Services in 2001 and continued serving in this capacity until 2007. Thomas came to Lake Washington Institute of Technology in the fall of 2007 as the Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Vice President, Administrative Services, one year later. As Vice President, he oversees financial and budget services, facilities including capital projects, campus public safety, information technology, purchasing, contract administration, and risk management.
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Washington State University and is a past President of the Business Affairs Commission.
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