Board of Directors

Bellevue College's T building.

Who Are the Foundation’s Directors?

Our Board of Directors plays a vital role in guiding the Foundation. As a whole, the board contributes to the Foundation’s strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability. Each member is also a wonderful ambassador and advocate for Bellevue College and its students. 

Our directors come from many sectors of the Bellevue community. They bring a wealth of professional experience in the fields of law, healthcare, real estate and construction, banking and finances, fundraising, and administration.



Lisa Brock, Overlake Hospital Medical Center (retired)


Chelle Chase, SEIU 775 Benefits Group (retired)  

Past President

Dana Grey, BECU

Vice President, Development Chair

Tom Nielsen, Bellevue College (retired)  

Vice President, Governance Chair

Chelle Chase, SEIU 775 Benefits Group (retired)  

Vice President, Scholarships and Programs Chair

Leslie Heizer Newquist, Bellevue College (retired) 

Vice President, Finance & Treasurer

Zahra Hirani, Zones


Maria Villa-Wigfall, Boeing

Member at Large

Jim Chesemore, Parker, Smith & Feek


Andrew Baumann, Tutta Bella
Angie Graves, Kaiser Permanente
Blanka Kopacz, PACCAR Parts
Ciarelle “CJ” Jiménez Molloy, Bellevue College  
Cima Malek-Aslani, Schacht Aslani Architects (retired) 
Eric Vonderscheer, Build Group, Inc.
Grace Yu, Realogics Sotheby’s
Saghar Amini, Habitat for Humanity
Shairose Gulamani, Vovito Cafés
Serena Carlson, Perkins Coie, LLP

Ex Officio

Rebecca Chawgo, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Bellevue College Foundation
Melissa Johnson, Executive Director, Bellevue College Foundation
David May, President, Bellevue College

Members Emeritus

Peter Adler, PeaceHealth
Bob Alexander, Alaska National
Lynn Bain, Key Private Bank and McDonald Financial Group
Drucilla Briggs, Community Volunteer
Allen Courter, Honda Auto Center of Bellevue
Courtney Courter, Honda Auto Center of Bellevue
Robert Cunnison, Community Volunteer
C.W. “Pat” Duffy, Community Volunteer
Dorothy Graham, Consultant/Community Volunteer
Berthe Habib, Community Volunteer
Cyrus Habib, Perkins Coie LLP
Toni Hoffman, Community Volunteer
Peter Horvitz, Horvitz Newspapers, Inc.
Mike Humphries, Waldron & Company
Michael Kalian, Seattle Home Show, Inc.
Barrie MacDonald, Community Volunteer
Rob McKenna, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
Neil McReynolds, McReynolds Associates, Inc.
Robin Nelson, Community Volunteer
Dan Olson, Bank of America
Dennis Shay, Brown and Shay Partners
Catherine Springman, Catherine Springman Inc.
Paul Swegle, Kinsel Law Offices
Frank Young, FNY Associates
Roger Mauldin, Boeing (retired)
Stan Rosen, Rosen Harbottle Commercial Real Estate

Interested in Joining our Board?

Learn more about how our dedicated board members raise funds in support of Bellevue College, serve as ambassadors for the college throughout the community, and much more.

Last Updated July 17, 2024