Council Members

The nine-member Council consists of five citizens (including a current student) and one representative from each of the state’s four major educational sectors:

1. Independent, nonprofit higher education institutions, appointed by the Independent Colleges of Washington.
2. Four-year institutions of higher education, appointed by the Council of Presidents.
3. Community and technical colleges, selected by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
4. K-12 institutions, selected by the Superintendent of Public Instructions, in consultation with the State Board of Education and the Department of Early Learning.

Agency staff led by Executive Director Gene Sharratt support the work of the Council, performing assigned functions and managing student financial aid programs.

Dr. Gil Mendoza

Affiliation: K-12 Representative

Dr. Mendoza is the Deputy Superintendent of K–12 Education at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), where he has supervising responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Student Information, Career and College Readiness, District and School Improvement, Special Programs and Federal Accountability, and Student Support. Dr. Mendoza: 

  • Represents the Superintendent in K–12 outreach efforts.
  • Coordinates agency responses to inquiries about K–12 issues.
  • Supervises administrators who have direct responsibility for K–12 operations.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Mendoza was the Assistant Superintendent of the Special Programs & Federal Accountability Division at OSPI.

Prior to OSPI he was Superintendent of the Sumner School District from 2007–11. Before that he spent 13 years in administration with the Tacoma School District, one of Washington State’s largest, urban districts, where he grew up. He has held a variety of positions in public education, at both the Pre-k–12 and college levels, as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator. He has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions in state professional organizations, including appointed assignments by two different governors to the Council on Vocational Education and the Professional Educator Standards Board.

He graduated from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, received his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credentials in both basic and special education from Gonzaga University, a Master’s in Education degree from the University of Washington, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.

Dr. Mendoza served as a commissioned officer and captain in the United States Army, worked in the computer software services industry for once presidential candidate Ross Perot, and also with the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Term Expires:  To be determined by Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction









Marty Brown

Affiliation: Community and Technical Colleges

Marty Brown is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, which administers Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. The State Board sets policy, allocates state operating and capital funds to the colleges, strategically plans the two-year college mission, and approves educational programs.

Brown has 34 years of experience in policy development and budgeting for the Legislature and Governor’s office. Prior to joining the State Board in September 2012, he served as director of the Office of Financial Management (OFM) under Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Brown began his state career in 1978 as a Senate committee staff member and later became Senate Democratic Caucus attorney, Senate Democratic staff director, and secretary of the Senate. In 1997, Brown was named director of legislative affairs for incoming Gov. Gary Locke and later became Gov. Locke’s deputy chief of staff and OFM director. Upon taking office in 2005, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Brown as her director of legislative affairs. She then appointed him as OFM director in 2010, the position he held before moving to the State Board.

Brown graduated from the University of Iowa in 1974 and the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1979.

Term Expires: To be determined by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges









Jeff Charbonneau

Affiliation: Citizen Member

Jeff Charbonneau teaches chemistry, physics, engineering, and robotics at Zillah High School. After being named Washington’s Teacher of the Year in 2013, he was selected National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President Barack Obama recognized him for his innovating teaching approach and success during a ceremony at the White House.

Charbonneau is a National Board Certified teacher whose goal is to overturn the stigma among some students that his course subjects are “hard” science classes. He attempts to make science education accessible through efforts such as the Zillah High School Robot Challenge, in which student teams from across the state compete to construct and operate robots.

An adjunct faculty member at Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University, Charbonneau has created a series of college-level science and engineering course offerings that allow Zillah students to earn college credit before graduation.

Before beginning his teaching career in Zillah, Charbonneau earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and was a member of the William O. Douglas Honors College at Central Washington University. He also holds a Master of Education from Central.










Maud Daudon

Council Chair

Affiliation: Citizen Member

Maud Daudon is president and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she has been an active member for more than 20 years. She also chairs the board of trustees of the Bullitt Foundation. 

Prior to assuming her role at the Chamber, Daudon was president and CEO of Seattle-Northwest Securities Corp. From 1998 to 2001, she served as deputy mayor and chief of staff for the City of Seattle and previously spent six years as chief financial officer for the Port of Seattle.

Daudon served on Governor Jay Inslee’s transition team and was a member of the Higher Education Funding Task Force under Governor Chris Gregoire.

She holds a Master of Public and Private Management with emphasis on financial and economic development from the Yale School of Organization and Management, and she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College.









Paul Francis

Affiliation: Council of Presidents

Since 2013 Paul Francis has served as executive director of the Council of Presidents (COP), a voluntary association based in Olympia that represents Washington’s six public baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities. Paul leads COP in:

  • Advocating for public baccalaureate education with policy makers, state and community leaders, and others.
  • Fostering sector-wide coordination and collaboration by facilitating discussions with a number of inter-institutional groups.
  • Working in partnership with COP’s many educational partners to improve student access and success.

Prior to joining the Council of Presidents, Francis worked for the Washington State House Democratic Caucus for five years on higher education policy and general government fiscal issues. 

Born in Australia, Francis grew up in Tucson, Arizona. A first-generation college student, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona (U of A) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. For the next few years he reviewed and assessed applications for admission, coordinated various programs for admitted students, and travelled the country to meet with prospective students and their families as an admissions counselor in the Minority Student Recruitment unit of the University of Arizona's Office of Admissions and New Student Enrollment. He then returned to school, earning a Masters in Public Administration from the U of A.

Term expires: To be determined by Council of Presidents









Eric Pattison

Affiliation: Student Member

Eric Pattison is entering his sophomore year at Bellevue College as a chemical engineering student. He plans to work toward a doctorate in the field, and hopes to specialize in elastomeric adhesive systems.

In the summer of 2013, Eric became a full-time campaign volunteer supporting Peter Steinbrueck for Seattle’s mayor. Through heavy involvement with campaign leadership and advocates, Eric was inspired to explore public representation opportunities around the community.

Lately, table tennis has become increasingly significant to Eric. In July he competed in his second US Open held in Las Vegas, taking first place in the Wheelchair Open division for a second time. Most recently in August, Eric was invited to represent Team USA in the Toronto Para Pan American Games.









Raymond W. Lawton


Affiliation: Independent Colleges of Washington

Raymond W. Lawton is a former board member of Independent Colleges of Washington and served as a board member and chairman of the Whitworth University Foundation, as well as a member and secretary of the Whitworth University Board of Trustees.

Lawton served on the higher education committee of Washington Learns, a 2005-06 initiative by the Governor to restructure Washington’s educational system for the future.

Lawton is a former owner of Lawton Printing Inc. and vice president of File-EZ Folder Inc., both of Spokane.  He founded and co-owns Rumpeltes & Lawton, LLC, a consulting business focused on preparing owners to exit their businesses successfully.

Lawton graduated from South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in printing management. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star.

Term Expires:  To be determined by Independent Colleges of Washington









Karen Lee

Vice Chair

Affiliation: Citizen Member

Karen Lee is the chief executive officer of Pioneer Human Services, a nationally recognized organization that is the only provider of integrated treatment, housing and employment services in Washington State. With over 55 facilities, Pioneer focuses on serving people overcoming the challenges of chemical dependency and criminal histories. The organization’s broad range of programs help people who are re-entering their communities from prison or jail recover from addiction and mental health issues, secure housing and overcome employment barriers.

Pioneer is also a unique social enterprise that operates several lines of business to include full-service precision sheet metal fabrication and machine shop manufacturing, food service, and construction and labor services divisions. The enterprises provide training and job opportunities for clients and generate revenue to help sustain the social mission.

In December 2010, Lee was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Western Washington University. She also served five years as a commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. From 1997 to 2005, Lee held a variety of positions at Puget Sound Energy and was an associate attorney at a Seattle law firm.

Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in Russian studies. She holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.









Dr. Susana Reyes

Affiliation: Citizen Member

Dr. Susana Reyes is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Special Programs for the Mead School District north of Spokane. She previously served as an assistant superintendent in the Pullman School District, providing leadership and oversight for district-wide instruction, curriculum development, and assessment. She also administered the district’s state and federal programs, including Special Education, Title I/LAP, Title II, Title III, ELL and Highly Capable as well as student health services. 

Her work experience includes serving as an elementary principal, assistant principal and elementary teacher in the Wapato School District. She has extensive experience working in rural school districts and serving students from unique populations, including English Language Learners and Special Education.

Dr. Reyes is a first-generation college graduate who earned her bachelor of arts, master of education and doctor of education from Washington State University. She also holds the principal's credential and superintendent's credential, both from WSU.