The governance of Community College District No. 21, Whatcom Community College, is vested in a five-person board of trustees. The trustees are appointed by the governor and serve five-year terms and/or until their successors are appointed, and must reside within the College's district boundaries. The Board's duties include setting the College's strategic direction, establishing policy for the College, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget and hiring the College President.

The Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees generally holds its meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m., unless changed by vote of the Board. Meetings are open to the public. At its annual June meeting, the Board elects a chairperson and vice-chairperson from the membership of the Board, and they serve for a term of one year.

 

Tim Douglas, Chair

Appointed in October 2008; reappointed October 2013; Board Vice Chair July 2013-June 2014; July 2016-2017; Board Chair July 2014-June 2015

Career Profile
Retired. Mayor of Bellingham, WA, Nov. 2006-Nov. 2007 and 1984-1996; Country Director, Russia for United States Peace Corps, 2000-2003; Director, Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, 1997-1999; Western Washington University Dean of Students and other administrative posts, 1967-1983.

Education Profile
M.S. Indiana University-Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology 1968
B.A. Washington State University-Foreign Languages (Russian and Spanish) 1965

Community and Professional Affiliations
Past President of TACTC (Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges) 2012-13; Past Board Chair, Board Member and Past President, North American Institute (NAMI) Headquartered in Santa Fe; served on trinational panel for North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation; 4 terms on Executive Board of Association of Washington Cities; Puget Sound Water Quality Authority Board; Kulshan Community Land Trust Board; Bellingham Maritime Museum Board; and past President Whatcom Coalition for Healthy Communities.


 

John Pedlow, Vice Chair

Appointed in December 2015

Career Profile
Retired CEO and board of director of Broadcast Electronics, Inc.; former vice president of Alpha Technologies North American Operations; former founding member of the America’s Cup 95 Organization; former president & CEO of Power West, Inc.; former vice president of Square D Corporation Power Protection System Div.

Education Profile

B.S., Widener University, Chester Pennsylvania
Post-graduate work in Law and Business Administration

Community and Professional Affiliations
Member, Board of Directors, Bellingham Angel Group, Whatcom Community College Foundation, Mount Baker Theatre, The Rotary Club of Bellingham; former board member of The Arc of Whatcom County, WQUB FM (NPR Affiliate of Quincy University; founding member of Bellingham Innovation and BIG Idea Lab (an incubator for local entrepreneurs).

 

Steve Adelstein

Appointed in October 2006; reappointed 2017; Board Chair July 2011- June 2012; July 2015- June 2016; Vice Chair July 2010-June 2011

Career Profile

Partner, Adelstein, Sharpe & Serka, Attorney at Law

Education Profile
J.D. Gonzaga University; B.A., Political Science
Western Washington University, Cum Laude

Community and Professional Affiliations
Current President and member of the Rotary Club of Bellingham, Board Chair for the Board of Directors for the St. Luke's Foundation; former Director and Past President, Whatcom Volunteer Center; former Director Mt. Baker Theater; former Delegate for City of Bellingham, Downtown Development Association; Co-chair Mt. Baker Theater Campaign; former Chair, Citizen's Advisory Committee for School Bond and Levy, Bellingham School District #501; former Director, Western Foundation, Western Washington University; former Director and Past President, Interfaith Coalition; former Director, Law Advocates, Whatcom County; former Director, Red Cross; former Director, Visiting Nurse Home Health Care; former Director and Past President, Congregation Beth Israel; former Director, YMCA.

 

Wendy Bohlke

Appointed in November 2017
 
Career Profile
Retired. Former Senior Counsel, Washington State Assistant Attorney General, 1979-2013; counsel to Western Washington University and Bellingham Education Team Leader, 2006-2013, counsel to Skagit Valley College 1983-1995, and Whatcom Community College; Section Chief, Bellingham Regional Office of Attorney General, 1984 – 2006.  Served under Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Rob McKenna, Christine O. Gregoire, Kenneth Eikenberry, and Slade Gordon; former member of the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, 1978-1979.

Education Profile
J.D. Willamette University College of Law, December 1977
B.A, Political Science, University of Washington, 1975

Community and Professional Affiliations
Served as board member for National Association of College and University Attorneys, Whatcom County LAW Advocates, Law Fund of Washington, Mt. Baker Theater, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Whatcom 4-H Council and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood. Former member of Washington Women Lawyers, Whatcom Women Lawyers; served on various committees of Washington State Bar Association. Leader of Fairhaven Clovers 4-H Group.  Member of Bellingham Ukulele Group, Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra, and Community Ukulele Players. 

 

Rebecca Johnson

Appointed in November 2017

Career Profile
President, Health Center Solutions, Inc., 2013 – present; Consultant, Community Link Consulting, 2009-2013; Development Director, Interfaith Community Health Center, 2002-2009; HIV Prevention Outreach Coordinator, Whatcom County Health Department, 1995-2002; Outreach Coordinator, Womencare Shelter, 1986-2002.

Education Profile
M.A. Nonprofit Leadership, Seattle University 
Graduate Certificate Public Health, University of Washington
B.A Humanities, Washington State University

Community and Professional Affiliations
Current member of Western Washington University Human Services Advisory Board; current co-president of the League of Women Voters Bellingham/Whatcom County; former board member Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access, Pipeline Safety Trust, Evergreen ADIS Foundation, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood, Northwest Youth Services, and Bellingham/Whatcom Commission against Domestic Violence; former Care Committee Chair and member of Region 3 HIV/AIDS Planning Council; former member of City of Bellingham Fire Medic One Task Force, Whatcom County Housing Advisory Council, North Counties HIV/AIDS Consortium, Whatcom County pandemic Influenza Task Force, and Whatcom Coalition for the Homeless steering and legislative committees; former advisory board member of Whatcom Dispute Resolution Health Choices for Girls and Whatcom Community College Turning Point.