Charlie Brown (Chair)
Charlie is a retired Chemical Process Engineer from BP Cherry Point Refinery. He began his career with General Atomic Company in San Diego, and then moved back to his home town of Spokane to work for Kaiser Aluminum. Next, he worked at Radian Corporation in Austin, Texas, and Seattle, Washington, and then moved to Bellingham to work for VECO Pacific. Charlie earned his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1973 and MSE in Engineering (Environmental) from the University of Washington in 1982. He taught Air Pollution Control and a few introductory engineering courses at Gonzaga University and Air Pollution at WWU. He is a past Chair of the Puget Sound Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a past Director of the Environmental Division of the AIChE. Charlie lives with his wife Susan in Bellingham. His activities include sea kayaking, weight lifting and fencing.
Michelle Judson (Vice Chair)
Michelle Judson began her 32-year career as an International Exploration & Production geologist and executive as an operations geologist on the North Slope of Alaska in 1981. Over her tenure she worked around the globe and was instrumental to the success of a number of projects across the full upstream value chain, from exploration through production. In January 2010, Michelle was appointed to position of Vice President of Resource Appraisal and a member of BP’s Exploration Function Leadership Team. She brings a deep understanding of the energy business, and an expertise in asset appraisal and technology strategy development. Michelle’s technical skills are complimented by her collaborative nature. One of her greatest joys is motivating people to reach out beyond what they thought was possible and embrace challenge in pursuit of an idea. Since retiring in 2014 she has been an advocate for the value of in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education leading to high demand living wage jobs for students at the state and local level. She currently serves as Director of the Skagit STEM Network, that supports a range of Career Connected Learning experiences that move young adults toward lifelong learning and work. She also co-teaches a class through the Institute of Energy Studies called ‘Energy from the Earth’ that helps students understand today’s energy landscape and engage in a fact based discussion on paths to a sustainable energy future. Michelle has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Geology.
Michael Anderson, Parent
Mike is retired from a career in which he did many different things. He began his technical career with IBM as a work-study student while earning a BSEE at Cornell. Upon graduation, he took a full time position in the IBM labs. A year later he returned to Cornell for graduate study in solid state electronics. After returning to IBM he transferred to the marketing division where he helped sell the large mainframe computers of that time. While working at IBM he earned an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in statistics and finance. Subsequently he drilled for oil, was an independent data processing consultant, worked for a firm that developed technical training materials and was an instructor for a firm that taught presentation, selling and negotiating skills. Both of his children, Erich Anderson ’09 and Stacy Anderson ’13 are graduates of Western.
Robin Halliday (Psychology, 1976)
Robin is a quality-driven, performance-oriented senior executive with over 25 years of technical and managerial leadership and a proven track record of successfully growing products, businesses, and people. Robin retired after a 25 year career in the technology industry (software and network services), primarily as an executive, managing development and operations projects and people as a Vice President for DIS Corporation, and as a CEO for spinoff Rivetek, inc. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Robin earned her B.S. from the University of Washington and her M.S. from Western Washington University. She has a passion for education and STEM initiatives, as well as mentoring startup company entrepreneurs. She taught PMP preparation and a Crash course in project management (PM) for WWU for more than eight years through the Extended Education program. She also co-taught Lean startup and entrepreneurship. She currently serves on WWU advisory groups for CSE Computer Science and the IDEA Center. She is a Rotarian and a local angel investor and mentor. She has been a longstanding leader of TAG, the Technology Alliance Group for northwest Washington, a regional technology trade association. She also serves on the board of CORD, the Center for Occupational Research and Development, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading change in education.
Peter Hallson (Biology, 1958)
In 1958, Peter graduated from Western Washington University with a BA degree in biology. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Program for Senior Executives.
Peter joined Nalco in 1961 as a district representative in the company’s water treatment chemicals division. He was promoted to area manager in 1967 and to district manager in 1969. He was named regional manager of the pulp and paper chemicals group in 1971. Peter transferred back to the water treatment chemicals division as regional manager in 1974. In 1977, he transferred to WATERGY as regional sales manager and in 1982 he became sales manager for the whole division. Peter then transferred to Nalco’s international division in 1988 when he became the vice president of operations for Nalco Europe and in 1992 he was named division’s vice president, sales training. In 1996, he was promoted to president of Nalco’s Diversey Water Technologies Division.
Upon retiring in 1997, Peter moved on to become an avid bicyclist, crossing Iowa six times, and more recently touring the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife Judith moved from Chicago to Edmonds in 2000 to enjoy their retirement and further explore the region by bike. Peter and Judith have been long time members of the Presidents Club. Peter has been awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted into the WWU 1893 Society, awarded the 2011 College of Sciences and Technology Distinguished Alumnus of the year, and is a lifetime member of the WWU Foundation’s President’s Society
Lisa Hammond (Chemistry, 1987)
Lisa Hammond began her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist synthesizing new drug candidates for NeoRx Corporation in Seattle. She now works on the other side of the discovery pathway as a clinical program project manager for Eli Lilly and Company, based in Indianapolis, IN. Working for 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry has enabled her to live in various parts of the country and travel extensively. She is fortunate to have returned to Bellingham, where her story began, with her family at the beginning of 2015 while maintaining her position at Lilly. She is excited by the opportunity to support Western Washington University as this is where she obtained her B.S. in Chemistry. She holds two U.S. patents.
Ronald Heimark (Biology, 1970)
Ronald Heimark is professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona and is also the Chair for Surgical Research. His research laboratory has made several fundamental discoveries in understanding the mechanisms of metastasis in prostate and pancreatic cancer. After graduation from Western, Ron went to University of California at Davis and received his PhD in Biochemistry. He returned to Washington to gain experience as a Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in the departments of Biochemistry and Pathology. Ron was a member of the group of initial researchers along with senior leadership to establish the biotechnology company ICOS Corporation in Bothell Washington. This group went on to develop Cialis® as their major product, and had a number of other discoveries in the pipeline. Over his 23 years at the University of Arizona, he has been a faculty member of three interdepartmental graduate programs: The Cancer Biology Program; Physiological Sciences Program and the Biomedical Engineering Program. During this time, Ron has been involved in the training of numerous undergraduate, graduate and medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows, who are now clinicians and researchers across the US. He has published nearly 90 manuscripts and book chapters. In addition, he holds one patent on glaucoma therapeutics and is working on a second one for detection of lethal prostate cancer. He was encouraged by a WWU Biology Department faculty member to apply to graduate school. This is part of his motivation to support STEM education at Western Washington University.
Hannah Higgins (Manufacturing Engineering, 2010)
Hannah is a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at the Boeing Company. She is located at the Composite Wing Center in Everett, WA. Hannah's team is responsible for fabrication of the 777X wing spars, which are some of the world's largest one-piece carbon fiber parts. In addition to managing her team, Hannah specializes in development and implementation of advanced fiber placement (AFP) technology and automated inspection systems. The 777X is set to take its first test flight in early 2019, with customer deliveries beginning in 2020. Hannah earned her degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western and was the student representative on the Board of Trustees for the 2008-2009 term. In 2016, she received an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering from New York University. She lives in Edmonds with her husband Dan (WWU Class of '07) and Persian cat Izzy. For fun she enjoys traveling both near and far, and performing with Steel Magic Northwest, a local steel drum band.
Bill Hurley (Parent)
Bill Hurley is chairman of The Glosten Associates, Inc., a Seattle-based consulting firm of naval architects, marine engineers and ocean engineers serving clients worldwide. He is also President of PelaStar, LLC, a renewable energy development and delivery company. Hurley joined The Glosten Associates in 1977 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He has served the marine industry for 37 years, specializing in commercial vessel design and construction.
Mike Hutchinson (Geology, 1997 and 2004)
Mike is the CEO at GeoEngineers, Inc. a national engineering and science firm and lives in Tacoma, WA. He graduated from WWU in 2004 with his Master of Science in geology and went on to work for the Washington State Department of Transportation before joining GeoEngineers more than a decade ago. He moved through the ranks at the firm working on notable projects including the investigation of a Superfund site outside of Tumwater, WA and numerous transportation corridor projects before taking over as CEO in 2015. As CEO, he is focusing on increasing personal mastery, curiosity and grit in the firm’s employees. He has also dedicated his time to supporting Tacoma’s non-profit associations Downtown on the Go as a past Board president and as a current Board member on the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. When he is not working or supporting his community, he races in the local Cyclocross Series and spends time playing music and fly fishing with his wife Jennifer and border collie Adams.
Rick Kaiser received a BS in biological oceanography (1977) and an MSE in mechanical engineering/fluid dynamics (1982) from the University of Washington. He has taught oceanography at the University of Washington, intertidal marine ecology at the Whatcom Community College, AP computer programming at Sehome High School, and sub-tidal marine biology for SCUBA divers in Washington and Canada. He worked as a test engineer at Rocket Research Company in Redmond, Washington then moved to Bellingham where he worked as a mechanical engineer in the oil and gas industry for the Anvil Corporation. He formed his own company and worked for 18 years in the oil fields of northern Alaska as a mechanical engineer and an automation engineer/database analyst on contract to ARCO, ConocoPhillips, and BP. Rick currently works at AIS Software in Bellingham as a project manager for software applications used by major oil refineries. He is a past board member of the Bellingham Bay Aquarium, past president of the Northwest Washington Engineers Club and was on the board of the Mount Baker Theatre. His passions include Scuba diving, ragtime piano, mountain climbing and writing. Rick lives with his wife Ann in Bellingham.
Ron Knowlton entered the plastics industry as a “Technical Engineer” at Grant and Roth Plastics, working for Merrill, Ivy and Rod Roth in Hillsboro, Oregon. After 10 years at Grant and Roth Plastics and then another 10 years at Quality Plastics as a Senior Accounts Manager, he changed roles and worked 5 years as a Senior Supplier quality engineer at InFocus Corporation. The InFocus opportunity included responsibilities for injection molding, Magnesium casting, thixo-molding and other commodities and the business travel included assessments of factories all over North America and Asia. Then syncing back up with Rod Roth for the past 14 years at R&D Plastics as VP Business Development. R&D Plastics is pleased to host and sponsor an annual tour of Portland factories each year for 40-45 Engineering Students and provides three scholarships offered each year to students in the Plastics Engineering program in the names of Merrill, Ivy and Rod Roth.
Aaron Moss (Biochemistry, 2000)
Aaron spent the majority of his career in biotech as a translational pharmacokineticist, working at Seattle Genetics, Abbvie, and Alpine Immune Sciences. Most recently he has joined Certara and is Director of Translational and Clinical Pharmacology Strategic Consulting. Aaron's recent research has focused on Immuno-oncology, CAR T-cell and auto-immune-related therapeutic modalities, where he has led the development of pre-clinical to clinical translational programs. For the past 5 years he has shared his expertise with PhD candidates as an Affiliate Instructor in the School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutics, at the University of Washington. In his spare time Aaron is a mountain ultra-marathoner and is a member of Snohomish County Search and Rescue.
Arlan Norman (Emeritus Dean and Professor)
Emeritus Dean and Professor Arlan Norman is the Founding Dean of Western’s College of Science and Technology. Prior to moving to WWU in 2003 he was Associate Dean of Natural Sciences, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and a faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his B.S. degree from the University of North Dakota, his Ph.D. degree from Indiana University and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California at Berkeley. He is an inorganic chemist, with teaching and research interests in areas of inorganic chemistry. He authored several book chapters, more than 100 journal articles, edited a book series on topics in inorganic chemistry and co-authored a general chemistry textbook. Norman’s administrative experience has included faculty and staff recruitment and development, curriculum innovation and assessment, initiation of student and faculty diversity programs and external funding and Foundation work. Norman is a Distinguished Alum of the University of North Dakota, a University of Colorado Van Ek Awardee Mentor and the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, where he served on several national-level review committees including the Advisory Board of the Petroleum Research Fund. Arlan is a Rotarian and chairs the Board of the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention. He and his wife Diane have two children and five grandsons.
Nate Rodriguez (Industrial Technology, 1994)
Nathan graduated from the Vehicle Research Institute in 1994 and started Quala Inc. in 1998. Quala Inc. is a consulting firm that specializes in confidential product development and prototyping consulting. Nathan was a model maker/machinist in the Korry Electronics model shop and then a contracted CNC prototype machinist in Microsoft’s Hardware Design group for 12 years (employed by Quala Inc.) before transitioning into consulting, staffing and recruiting in the product development industry. He sold Quala Inc. in 2017 and now heads up the model shop for the Google Hardware team, helping them develop their new Pixel phones, laptops, and Nest devices. During his time studying under Dr. Seal in the VRI, Nathan worked on the Viking XX solar car project as an electronics technician and driver while at the VRI, Formula SAE and worked at Lakewood as a sailing instructor while a member of the WWU Varsity Sailing team at Lakewood under the direction of Jeff Davis.
Rod Roth was born with a plastic spoon in his mouth, since his father, Merrill Roth, had started in the plastics business in 1928. In 1946, Merrill Roth started Grant and Roth Plastics, and Rod worked there many summers while he was in school. Rod graduated from the University of Oregon with a MA degree in Political Science. He spent four years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer, including one year in Thailand. After leaving active duty in the Air Force, Rod and his wife, Lea, moved back to Hillsboro, Oregon, and Rod went to work for Grant and Roth Plastics full time. His interest in politics led him to run for political office. In 1972 he was elected Washington County Commissioner and he served one term. While at Grant and Roth Plastics, Rod began organizing and teaching seminars on plastic part design and injection molding. Similar seminars are now offered monthly at Rod’s new company R&D Plastics, founded after his family sold Grant and Roth Plastics. R&D Plastics was conceived by Rod Roth in the summer of 1995 when he saw a niche for a medium-sized, high-quality molder with low overhead, which would allow more aggressive pricing. R&D Plastics sponsors and organizes an annual tour of plastics molders, mold-makers and end users for the plastics engineering students at Western. Up to 40 students and faculty participate each year. The purpose is to support the WWU program by exposing students to actual production situations. The company also conducts a summer intern program for one of the plastics engineering students from WWU. Rod also serves on the WWU’s Plastics’ Program Advisory Committee, which helped get the program accredited in 2003. On occasion, Rod presents the R&D Plastics’ Design Seminar to the plastics engineering and design students at WWU, talking about design for manufacturability. Rod’s dad was an early supporter of Western’s new Plastics Engineering Technology Program in the 1970s and the family has generously supported the Ivy Roth Memorial Scholarship Endowment and the Merrill Roth Scholarship which provide financial aid to students studying in this program.
Ingrid Sarapuu (Parent)
Ingrid is a retired corporate finance executive. Her career consisted of financings of large equipment (such as commercial airplanes, ships and power plants), financings of leveraged buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions and being EVP/CFO of a finance company owned by an international bank. Major employers included Continental Illinois, Beatrice Foods, Citicorp, Deutsche Bank and Boeing. Ingrid came to Washington to be VP Strategy for Boeing Capital. After leaving the corporate world, Ingrid worked as an expert witness in a large corporate tax trial. She has formerly been trustee for a number of not-for-profits, including the Harvard Clubs (Chicago, St. Louis and Seattle), National Lekotek, Dance St. Louis and ACT Theatre. Both children, Erich B. Anderson, ’09 and Stacy A. Anderson, ’13, are Western Washington University graduates.
Paul Van Metre (Industrial Technology, 1996)
Paul Van Metre graduated from the vehicle research Institute at WWU in 1996. In 1997 he founded Pro CNC, a manufacturing and engineering company, with several other Western alums. Paul and his partners grew Pro CNC for 17 years in Bellingham until selling it in 2014. Paul was voted young alumnus of the year in 2011.
Paul currently is President of DFM Partners, a manufacturing consulting business and is also VP of Sales & Marketing at Adion Systems, a software company he founded with his partners from Pro CNC. Adion develops web-based ERP/MES software for medium sized manufacturing companies. He is an expert Design For Manufacturability and teaches classes in DFM around the world.
Paul has been a longtime supporter of the VRI and the engineering technology department at WWU. He lives in Bellingham with his wife Kara ('97) and two sons.
David Veith (Computer Science, 1983)
Dave Veith retired from Amazon in 2017 after an exciting 35-year computer science career. As one of the early Principal Solutions Architects at Amazon Web Services, Dave worked with the largest corporations in the world, the most exciting new startups, and many others to build cloud computing solutions throughout the world and in space.
Dave began his career with AT&T at Pacific Northwest Bell and continued post-AT&T divestiture to lead computing architecture at US West Communications, Qwest Communications, and CenturyLink before joining Amazon in 2012. Throughout his career, he has inspired and motivated teams with his dedication to excellence, technical acumen, and strong leadership and mentoring skills.
Randy Weaver (Parent & Engineering Technology, 1990 )
Randy is a currently a 737 Electrical Systems Engineering manager at the Boeing Company located in Renton, WA. He has experience in parts fabrication, LEAN manufacturing as well as Production Engineering and Supplier Program Management. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western. He completed his MBA from City University in 1996. He has been on the Western Manufacturing Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee. He was member Western Washington’s Viking XX solar car team. Randy enjoys building and flying radio control model airplanes as well as snowboarding and water skiing with his family and friends. He is former Radio Control Blimp pilot for the Seattle Super Sonics and Seattle Thunderbirds hockey team. Randy’s wife Erin who is also Western Alum is a school teacher at Eastside Catholic they have two adult daughters Sara and Michaela and his son Ben who currently attends Western working towards a Supply Chain Management degree.