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 education 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 Instruction in consultation with the State Board of Education and the Department of Early Learning.

Agency staff support the work of the Council, performing assigned functions and managing student financial aid programs.


Chris Reykdal

Start Date: June 2019
End Date: To be determined by Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Affiliation: K-12 Representative

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies, a geology minor, and a teaching certificate. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. In his role as the State Superintendent, Chris also serves on the State Board of Education, Workforce Training and Education Board, and the State Board of Natural Resources.

Chris leads a team at OSPI that is working hard to open multiple pathways to high school graduation including expanded technical education opportunities. Additionally, OSPI has transformed the state’s accountability system through critical policy and budget changes.

 

 

 

 

 


Jan Yoshiwara

Start Date: July 2017
End Date: To be determined by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Affiliation: Community and Technical Colleges

Jan Yoshiwara is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, an agency 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. 

Jan assumed the role of executive director in July 2017 after serving as deputy executive director for the State Board’s Education Division. The division consists of instruction, student services, eLearning, policy research, and performance accountability. Yoshiwara also worked with senior staff at colleges, universities, higher education and K-12 agencies, the Office of the Governor, federal and state law makers, and state business and labor partners to advance education goals and policies. She continues to uphold and advance these relationships as executive director.

Yoshiwara has had a long career at the State Board. She started with the agency in 1984 and worked as associate director of planning and information services and associate director for student services and minority affairs. Yoshiwara earned a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of California, Davis and Master of Education in student personnel administration for higher education from Western Washington University.


 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Charbonneau

Start Date: May 2013
End Date: TBD
Affiliation: Citizen Member

Jeff Charbonneau works at all levels in the education spectrum. He teaches chemistry, physics, and robotics at Zillah High School. Every course is offered as a College in the High School course through Central Washington University or Eastern Washington University. In addition, Charbonneau spends part of his day as an Assistant Principal at both Hilton Elementary and Zillah Intermediate schools. Charbonneau has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at CWU in the Continuing Education Department. 

After being named Washington’s Teacher of the Year in 2013, he was selected as the 2013 U.S. National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. President Barack Obama recognized him for his innovative teaching approach and success during a ceremony at the White House.

Charbonneau is an internationally recognized teacher leader and education advocate. He has presented at more than 400 conferences across the globe focusing on STEM education, teacher preparation programs, teacher leadership initiatives, and dual credit programs, among others. 

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 CWU.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Vincent 

Picture of Jeff VincentStart Date: 2019
End Date: TBD
Affiliation: Citizen Member
Role: Council Chair

Since 2001, Jeff Vincent has served as the CEO & President of Laird Norton Company, a 164-year-old, seventh-generation family business based in Seattle, Washington. During this period, he has helped transform the company into an entity that focuses on three key areas: real estate, wealth management, and direct investments in companies that fit within the philosophy of creating shared value. Prior to LNC, Vincent held positions at Duchossois Industries, another family-owned business.  

Jeff believes “being of service to others” is a key component of his leadership style. His community involvement over the past two decades has been extensive and entirely focused on ensuring that all children in Washington have a chance to succeed. Jeff was a founding member of the Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation, and its first chairman. He was a board member of Zion Prep Academy for more than five years. He served on the Washington State Board of Education, the last four years as Chairman. He is the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Washington Roundtable and currently serves as Chair of Partnership for Learning. Moreover, Jeff is currently a mentor to a seventh-grade student at McKnight Middle School and is also working with the principal of Lakeridge Elementary School in Renton on building a robust parent involvement program. 

Jeff was born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa.  He spent seventeen years in Chicago where he met his wife, Georgia. Jeff and Georgia are the proud parents of two young adults, Jessica and Steven.  He holds a BSBA from Drake University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as Chair of the J.M. Huber Corporation, a sixth-generation family enterprise, and is a director on the board of Kinship Trust Company in Chicago.

 

Paul Francis

Start Date: 2013
End Date: To be determined by the Council of Presidents
Affiliation: Council of Presidents
Role: Council Secretary

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

  • Fostering sector-wide coordination and collaboration by facilitating discussions with a number of inter-institutional groups, including presidents, provosts, legislative directors, and others.
  • Advocating for public baccalaureate education with policy makers, state and community leaders, and others.
  • 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 at 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. He also worked as a senior admissions counselor at the University of Washington’s Office of Admissions, where he managed the campus tour guide program.
 

 

 

 

Karen Lee

Picture of Council Vice Chair Karen LeeStart Date: 2013
End Date:TBD
Affiliation: Citizen Member
Role: Council Vice Chair

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant

Start Date: TBD
End Date: TBD
Affiliation: Citizen Member

 

Dr. Terri Standish-Kuon

Start Date: 2018
End Date: To be determined by the Independent Colleges of Washington
Affiliation: Independent Colleges of Washington

Terri Standish-Kuon, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of the Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW). For more than 60 years, ICW has promoted educational opportunity. Its ten member colleges and universities and 38-member Board are dedicated to helping Washington achieve its postsecondary attainment goals and to raising awareness about the essential role that private, not-for-profit, liberal arts-based colleges and universities play in the overall quality and diversity of the higher education ecosystem. Through policy engagement, programs, and fundraising partnerships, ICW works to promote equity, ensuring that students—including new-majority, first-generation, returning adults, low-income, and underrepresented youth—can choose their ideal education environment and graduate prepared to contribute their talents to the state, the nation, and the world.

Before joining ICW, Dr. Standish-Kuon was vice president, public affairs for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York, where she led a team focused on research, policy analysis, government relations and communications. From 2002 to 2014, as the CICU’s vice president of communications and administration, Standish-Kuon focused on federal issues, designed and executed grass-roots advocacy strategies, directed internal and external communications, and managed operations. Standish-Kuon recently completed a term on the board of the State-National Information Network, an affiliate of the National Association of Independent College and University State Executives. 

Dr. Standish-Kuon has served on several boards, taught, published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at numerous conferences. She holds a doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, master’s degrees from the University at Albany and from The Sage Colleges, and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

 

 

 

 

Payton Swinford

Start Date: July 2019
End Date: July 2020
Affiliation: Governor-appointed Student Member 

Payton Swinford was raised in Port Orchard with his 2 older siblings and younger sister. He is a proud graduate of South Kitsap High School and Olympic Community College. Currently, Payton is a senior at Central Washington University studying History & Social Studies Teaching and Secondary Education with a minor in Political Science. Payton comes from a background in political organizing; including work to fight for local school funding in South Kitsap, LGBTQ advocacy, and working to elect progressive political candidates.

Payton broke a trend in his family when he became a college student and now, he would like to remove barriers for families who have not historically had access to higher education. After college, Payton would like to be an educator and help more students live up to their full potential.