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The Bellevue College Board of Trustees is composed of six members, appointed by the governor. Five of the members serve a five-year term and the student member serves a one-year term. All members must reside within the college’s district boundaries.

The Board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy for the college, and approving budgets. Meetings are usually held on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m., approximately every four weeks during the academic year and are open to the public. For additional information about the Board of Trustees, please contact the President’s Office at Bellevue College, (425) 564-2302 or email boardoftrustees @ bellevuecollege.edu.

Members of the Board of Trustees

Richard Leigh

Chair

Richard Leigh, Trustee

Richard Leigh was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in January 2018 by Gov. Jay Inslee.  He was re-appointed in 2020 and his five-year term of office continues through September 2025.

Mr. Leigh acts as general counsel for SEIU 775 Benefits Group, a non-profit healthcare entity, overseeing board governance, compliance, litigation and risk management. His legal experience encompasses private practice and in-house counsel. He served several years as the general counsel for Vulcan Inc. Mr. Leigh has served as general counsel for organizations in the fields of technology (Motricity, Inc.); biotechnology (Cell Therapeutics, Inc.); and professional sports and entertainment (Seattle Seahawks).  He is a board member for the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum and has served on the boards of several other nonprofits including the Casey Family Programs Foundation, the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Education profile: B.A., Brown University, M.A., The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, J.D., Columbia University School of Law.

Merisa Heu-Weller

Vice Chair

Merisa Heu-Weller

Merisa Heu-Weller was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in November 2013 by Gov. Jay Inslee. She was re-appointed in 2018 and her five-year term of office continues through 2023.

Ms. Heu-Weller works at Microsoft as Chief of Staff for the Technology and Corporate Responsibility group and leads its Justice Reform Initiative.  She joined Microsoft in 2013 as in-house counsel for the HR Legal team focusing on employment law counseling and public policy. Previously, she served as an employment and labor lawyer with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, and was a law clerk at the Washington State Supreme Court to the Honorable Mary Fairhurst. Ms. Heu-Weller served on the Board of Directors for Friends of Youth, an organization providing social services to youth and their families. She has also volunteered with Rainier Scholars, an educational pipeline program, and helped launch The Learning Seed, a non-profit foundation providing scholarships for high school and college students.

Education profile: B.A., Stanford University; J.D., University of Washington.

Rich Fukutaki

Richard Fukutaki

Rich Fukutaki was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in August 2015 by Gov. Jay Inslee. He was re-appointed in 2019 and his five-year term of office continues through September 2024.

Mr. Fukutaki is the managing director of Sun Break Group, LLC, a consulting practice focusing on startup and early stage company business plans and go to market strategies. He is the managing partner of Encomedia, a public display entertainment company developing tv programs, apps, live events, online portals, and social media strategies.  Previously, he served as Vice President/General Manager at Wizards of the Coast. As an active member of the community, Fukutaki serves as a mentor/judge for International School, Bellevue Senior Projects; a service day volunteer at Jubilee Reach Center; and a small group leader at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.  He serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee for ACCT, chairs the Awards Committee for ACT, and is a member of the Finance Committee for ACT.

Education profile: A.A., Pasadena City College; A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.B.A., University of Southern California.

Greg Dietzel

Trustee, Greg Dietzel

Greg Dietzel was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in May 2017 by Gov. Jay Inslee. His term of office continues through September 2022.

Mr. Dietzel was the Senior State Executive for IBM until his retirement, responsible for all operations and employees in the State of Washington. He serves on the Board of the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT).  He is the co-chair for the ACT Legislative Committee and a member of the Education and DEI Committees.  He currently serves on the Board of 501 Commons, which helps over 1,000 Washington non-profits achieve their missions. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America.

Education profile:  B.S., New Mexico State University.

Sascha West

Trustee, Sascha West

Sascha West was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in October 2021 by Gov. Jay Inslee. His term of office continues to June 30, 2022.

Mr. West is a current Bellevue College student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems & Technology with a concentration in Cybersecurity. He has been actively involved in finding ways to increase retention as a Peer Educator through developing and providing resources that encourage, motivate, and empower students to achieve their goals. Mr. West is also a networking and computer science tutor that is passionate about student learning and helping students achieve success within their studies. He is an ardent supporter of diversity, pluralism and multi-cultural inclusion and advances pluralism and global awareness as a lead of the Japanese Culture Exchange Club where he helped put together the 2021 virtual Japan Week attended by the Consul-General of Japan in Seattle and a worldwide audience.