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Foundation Board of Directors & Staff Members

Bob Gregory

Board President

Bob Gregory"Lower Columbia College provides a post high school opportunity for a variety of student learning needs from GED, technical trades, to a transfer degree to a university. LCC is key to the personal growth and sustainability of our community." --Bob Gregory.

Career Profile: City Manager, City of Longview.

Education Profile: B.S., Oregon Institute of Technology.

Jennifer Isaacson

Vice President

Jennifer IsaacsonVolunteer Chair for St. Rose Gala Auction, Co-Chair for St. Rose Capital Campaign, President of Longview Junior Service League

Career Profile: Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director

Education Profile: B.S., Physical Education, Washington State University.


Alex Nelson


Alex Nelson"LCC provides more than just higher education. Local businesses reap the benefits of a well educated workforce, but equally important, LCC supports local area culture through arts and sciences programs. The college is a hub of cultural activity, which is extremely important to our community. To have such a valuable asset is an immeasurable benefit to businesses and to Cowlitz County residents. It is very important, as citizens and business owners, to support LCC every way we can." --Alex Nelson.

Career Profile: Founder, Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer, Accelevant, Inc.

Education Profile: Lower Columbia College, B.S., Concordia University

Max Anderson


Max Anderson"Lower Columbia College is one of our community's most important resources. It represents a very practical and cost-effective solution for individuals with a wide range of needs. Whether you're a student looking for transfer credits or a worker looking for training, LCC can help you progress towards you goals." --Max Anderson.

Career Profile: Partner, Anderson & Anderson Investment Advisory Firm.

Education Profile: Lower Columbia College, B.A., University of Washington, J.D., University of Puget Sound.

Chris Bailey


Chris BaileyChristopher Bailey became president of Lower Columbia College in 2011. He came to LCC from Centralia College, where he was Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs. Bailey has taught business and law courses at Centralia since 1989. Before joining the college full time, he was president and general manager for Martin Sand and Gravel Co. in south Thurston County and also worked previously as an attorney.

Career Profile: President, Lower Columbia College

Education Profile: B.S., Business Administration, Western Washington University, J.D., University of Washington.

Kristi Barber


Kristi Barber"Lower Columbia College is an important asset and resource for our community." --Kristi Barber.

Career Profile: Mortgage Consultant, Wells Fargo Mortgage

Education Profile: Lower Columbia College, B.S., Linfield College.


Linda Davis


Linda Davis

Linda brings extensive expertise in finance to the LCC Foundation Board. She served as a board member and treasurer for United Way of Cowlitz County for 12 years and is a board member and finance committee chair for Columbia Adventist Academy in Battle Ground. Davis and husband Scott, also a CPA/shareholder in Davis & Associates, have two daughters, both in graduate school at WSU Pullman.

Career Profile: Shareholder with Davis & Associates CPAs, former tax specialist with Price Waterhouse.

Education Profile: B.S., Accounting, Loma Linda University; M.S., Business Taxation, University of Southern California.

Rich Gushman


Rich Gushman

Rich joined the LCC Foundation to pursue his interest in helping to "improve our community through increasing educational opportunities." His community involvement has included serving on the City of Kelso Planning Commission from 1995 through 2010, as a member and board member of Longview Early Edition Rotary Club since February 2013, as a board member of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council since 2012, and on the Finance and Pastoral Councils of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Career Profile: President, Gibbs & Olson, Inc., Registered Professional Engineer in Washington, 25+ years experience in planning, design and construction management of public infrastructure.

Education Profile: Kelso High School; Lower Columbia College; B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University.

Jim Hendrickson


Jim HendricksonCareer Profile: Owner, Kalama Chevron.





 Peter Rybar


Peter Rybar

Career Profile: Sales Manager, Columbia Autogroup.

Education Profile: B.A., University of Puget Sound.



Heather Snyder


Heather Snyder

"Lower Columbia College is an innovative institution, continually growing and changing to better suit the needs of the Lower Columbia region. LCC and Fibre Federal have a history of partnering with one another, and I am excited to take that partnership to the next level." -- Heather Snyder

Heather brings over 20 years of professional experience in marketing and communications to the Foundation Board.

She has worked with credit unions in the Lower Columbia region and Spokane as well as managing her own marketing and communications agency serving that industry nationwide. Snyder served as an Executive Committee Member with the Lower Columbia CAP Foundation Board. She has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Mt. Solo Middle School and Robert Gray Elementary and with Cowlitz County diversity marches.

Career Profile: Graphics and Communications Specialist, Fibre Federal Credit Union.

Education Profile: B.S., Organizational and Mass Communications, Eastern Washington University.

Debbie Sweet


Debbie Sweet

Owner of SweetSpot Frozen Yogurt and president of DCK Wallace, Inc., Debbie is a successful entrepreneur with expertise in nearly all facets of business including operations, strategic marketing and event coordination, product development and client relations. Her company designs and develops board games and toys with sales to major retailers.

The Longview resident is a board member with the Lower Columbia CAP Foundation and a board member with the Red Hat Thrift Store.

Jeff Tack


Jeff Tack"Lower Columbia College is something our community should be very proud of. Their commitment to academic excellence and the wide range of programs offered is second to none. As a community, we should realize how fortunate we are." --Jeff Tack.

Career Profile: Optometrist, Longview Eye & Vision.

Education Profile: Lower Columbia College, B.S., Pacific University, Doctor of Optometry.


Steve Vincent

Trustee Liaison

Steve Vincent

Career Profile: Co-Founder, Director, Columbia Analytical Services.

Education Profile: R. A. Long High School, Lower Columbia College, B.S., University of Washington.



Timothy Welch


Timothy Welch

Career Profile: Board of Directors, Stellar J Corporation; President/Founder, Welch Family Foundation; former President and Chairman at CAP Foundation.

Education Profile: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, University of Veracruz, Jalapa, Mexico.



Rick Winsman


Rick Winsman

Skilled political consultant with experience in consensus building; strategic facilitation; issues, campaign and organizational management. Extensive experience in organizational advocacy building and development.

Career Profile: Principal, Pegasus Group.

Education Profile: WACE Academy, University of Maryland College Park, Iowa State University.



Foundation Staff

Erin Brown

Executive Director of Foundation and College Development

Erin Brown

Erin Brown arrived at the Lower Columbia College Foundation at a critical time in 2012 when the College was launching new initiatives for Student Success, Athletic Excellence, Innovation, International Student Programs and a University Center, all while facing the realities of reduced state funding.

Since 2000, Erin worked for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in communications, administration and as a legislative liaison, with experience in student services, board development and strategic planning. She also has financial experience in budget development and oversight, grants and state non-profit associations.

Education Profile: B.A., The Evergreen College; MBA, Western Governors University.

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Sheila Burgin

Assistant Director of Foundation

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Rich Dolan

Fiscal Analyst

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