Board Members

Pierce College's policy-making body is a five-member board of trustees appointed by the governor to five-year terms. Members are citizens living within the college's service area.

Brett Willis, Chair

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Brett Willis appointed October 2013 and reappointed to a second term in October 2018. He has an AA in Chemistry from Green River Community College, a BA in Chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, did post-graduate work in Accounting at the University of Washington, and is a Pacific Coast Banking School Graduate. Brett serves as a senior vice president and team leader at Heritage Bank of Washington in downtown Tacoma. Brett is active in civic organizations, a member of Greater Tacoma Foundation, and is active at the Tacoma Art Museum. Brett and his wife Constance Picha live in Puyallup and have two adult children and their spouses, two grandchildren, and their dachshund Tucker. 

Kristin Ray, Vice Chair

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Kristin Ray joined the board in 2019. As a military spouse and educator for 21 years, Ray has taught in six states, including six years with Department of Defense schools. Throughout her career, Ray has served as an administrator, educator, speaker, consultant, team leader and liaison, working to create positive learning environments, teaching and empowering other educators and inspiring the next generation to succeed. She has served as the Senior Advisor for the 1st Special Forces Group Family Programs on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Ray currently serves as the Early Learning Coordinator for the Bethel School District. 

Therese Ngo Pasquier

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Therese Pasquier

Therese Ngo Pasquier was appointed October 2020. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Health Administration from Governors State University. She currently serves as the CEO of Sound Family Medicine. Therese is active in several civic organizations, as the founder of the Puyallup Parks Foundation and former chair of the Pierce County Emergency Food Network. She and her husband Steve are long-time Puyallup residents and have two sons.

Steve Smith

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Mr. Steve Smith appointed September 2012 and reappointed to a second term in September 2017. He has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Guidance and Counseling both from Pacific Lutheran University. He currently serves as the executive director of the Black Education Strategy Roundtable. He is Senior Fellow Class Xlll in the American Leadership Forum. He serves on many community boards such as the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8,Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective, University Place Planning Commission, and he is a member of Franciscan Foundation, Tacoma Community House and MESA Board of Directors. Steve resides in University Place and has three sons.

Amadeo Tiam

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Amadeo joined the board in 2010 and reappointed to a second term in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Arts in classic philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas Manila, Philippines, and his Master of Arts in guidance and counseling from Pacific Lutheran University. Before retiring, he served as the executive director of the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency, a consortium of five federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments that provide planning, grant administration and health, educational, and social services. He serves on Tiam-Tumaliuan Foundation domiciled in the Philippines. Amadeo and his wife Susan reside in Puyallup and have two adult children.

Chancellor and Presidents

Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D. is the chancellor and CEO of Pierce College District 11.

Julie A. White, Ph.D. is the president of Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.

Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D. is the president of Pierce College Puyallup.