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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board member brett willis

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. 

Steve Smith, Vice Chair

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board member steve smith

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.

Lisa Boyd

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Lisa Boyd

Lisa Boyd was appointed March 2022. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Fayetteville State University in Elementary Education, a Masters of Administration from Central Washington University, and Executive Leadership Superintendent Certification from Seattle Pacific University. She currently serves as the lead administrator at Oakbrook Elementary School. Lisa is active in several civic organizations, including Lakewood Engagement Leadership Team (CELT), American Association of School Administrators and Caring for Kids. Lisa resides in Steilacoom with her husband David and has two adult sons and a daughter.

Clemencia Castro-Woolery

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Clemencia Castro-Woolery

Clemencia Castro-Woolery joined the board in 2021. She worked as an Emmy Award-winning news reporter and producer for KIRO TV for several years before attending law school, and is a founding partner of Ledger Square Law, where she serves as a business attorney with substantial experience in employment law, business transactions and banking law. Castro-Woolery has served on many boards in the past, including the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, YWCA, Tacoma Art Museum, Asia Pacific Cultural Center and more. She resides in Lakewood, with her husband of 33 years, and has three children.

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.

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.

Matthew A. Campbell, Ed.D is the Interim President of Pierce College Puyallup.