The Bellevue College Board of Trustees is composed of six members, appointed by the governor. Each member serves a five-year term 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, and approving budgets. Meetings are usually held on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., approximately every six 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.
Members of the Board of Trustees
Merisa Heu-Weller was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in November 2013 by Gov. Jay Inslee. Her five-year term of office continues through November 2018.
Ms. Heu-Weller is an attorney for Microsoft, specializing in global employment 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.
Richard Fukutaki was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in August of 2015 by Gov. Jay Inslee. His five-year term of office continues through September of 2019.
Mr. Fukutaki is the managing director of Sun Break Group, LLC, which is a consulting practice focusing on startup and early stage company business plans and got to market strategies. Previously, he served as Vice President/General Manager at Wizards of the Coast. As an active member of the community, Fukutaki serves on the board for Bellevue Girls Lacrosse Club, is a service day volunteer at Jubilee Reach Center, and leads Sunday school classes at Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Education profile: A.B., University of California, Berkeley; M.B.A., University of Southern California.
Lisa Chin was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees by Gov. Christine Gregoire. She was re-appointed in 2016 and her five-year term of office continues through September 2021.
Dr. Chin is the president/CEO for Boys & Girls Clubs of King County (BGCKC), headquartered in Seattle. Prior to joining BGCKC in August 2016, Lisa was founder and executive director of Year Up Puget Sound, a job training and internship program that helps low-income young adults with education and career opportunities. She has also served as the executive director of Jubilee Women’s Center in Seattle, a provider of transitional housing for homeless women. In addition, Lisa is a partner in Social Venture Partners, having served as Board Chair in 2008-09.
Education profile: B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Greg Dietzel was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees in May of 2017 by Gov. Jay Inslee. His term of office continues through September of 2022.
Mr. Dietzel served as the Senior State Executive for IBM until his recent retirement, responsible for all operations and employees in the State of Washington. 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 the King County Information Technology Strategic Advisory Council. Mr. Dietzel is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Boy Scouts of America.
Education profile: B.S., New Mexico State University.
Richard Leigh was appointed to the BC Board of Trustees in February 2018 by Gov. Jay Inslee. His two-year term continues through September of 2020.
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.
Michael Cha was appointed to the Bellevue College Board of Trustees as the student trustee by Gov. Jay Inslee in July of 2017 for a one-year term. Mr. Cha has been an active student at Bellevue College since 2015, founding several clubs, participating in campus events, and serving in student government. Michael graduated from International High School in Bellevue, Washington in 2014. He brings a thoughtful and informed student perspective to the Board of Trustees.