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College of Arts and Humanities

Advisory Board

We are grateful to our Advisory Board members for the assistance they provide with fundraising, promotion of the college, and tailoring our curriculum for today's workplace.


Scott Battishill

Scott brings more than 15 years of award-winning experience to his post as head of Public Relations for DDB Worldwide Communications. Scott started his career as a television journalist before entering the world of agency public relations. He joined The Boeing Company in the mid-90s where he served as the international communications manager for Boeing's commercial airline presence in Europe and the Middle East. From there, Scott joined Intel and led the PR efforts for its e-commerce initiatives. Scott joined DDB in 2001 and proposed the formation of the Food Group shortly after. DDB PR's Food Group has since worked with some of the nation's most well known brands and launched complete start-up brands that have become household names. Scott leads a seasoned group of PR professionals including members that have won multiple Emmy awards for documentary production as well as Silver Anvils, the nation's highest PR honor for shaping public opinion.

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Lori Bohn

Lori graduated from Central Washington University in 1988 with a BA in History. In 2003, she received an MA in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. Since graduating from CWU, she has worked as a Montessori tutor, four-plant manufacturing scheduler, cellular network analyst, State of Washington Family Law Facilitator, and for the last 11 years, a Boeing IT employee. Currently, Lori works with Dassault Systemes managing enhancement requirements for Boeing. She is also is the project manager, on the Boeing side, for WorkPlace--a jointly-owned project with Dassault Systemes located in Montreal, Canada. She lives with her husband Dave, daughter Dari (Kentwood Conk), Buddy (Fox Terrier), and Herman The Hamster in Kent, WA.


Kirk Dietrich

Kirk graduated from Central Washington University in 1975 with a BA in Art and followed with graduate studies with a concentration on graphic design. Kirk is the President and Creative Director of Blind Renaissance Design in Wenatchee. With more than 30 years of experience in both the fine art and marketing fields, Kirk brings a wealth of options to his clients and staff. Kirk instructed Art for K-12 classes for the Eastmont School District in his early career. He also taught painting, photo processes, and printmaking at Wenatchee Valley College, where he helped found the school's Graphic Design program. Kirk has collaborated with and provided creative direction to the Blind Rensaissance design team since the company's birth in 1972.

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Mollie Edson

Mollie graduated from Central Washington University in 1976 with a BA in Political Science and received her a Masters degree in Pacific Northwest History in 2000. Mollie was formerly Ellensburg mayor and previously worked in the Continuing Education department at CWU. She recently renovated a historic building in downtown Ellensburg and currently owns and operates the 420 LOFT Art Gallery on the second floor of the building.

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Jes Erickson

Jes earned her BA with honors from CWU in 2003 with a double major of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Law and Justice. After living and working in Poland and Utah for a handful of years, she returned to the Northwest to attend Seattle University School of Law. Since obtaining her J.D. in 2010, she has worked in a small firm in Seattle, focusing her plaintiffs’ practice in the area of complex litigation, representing, among others, victims of childhood sexual abuse against entities such as the Catholic Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the State of Washington, and the Boy Scouts of America. When away from the office, Jes can usually be found with either her nose in a book or wandering in the mountains.

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Les Fitzpatrick

Les is founder and owner of Rocket Pictures, a Seattle script-to-screen corporate and entertainment media production company. Graduating with a BA in journalism in 1980, Les began his career as a photographer and editor with Phoenix Productions, one of the first independent Pacific Northwest video production companies. In 1984 became a renowned on-line editor with Seattle Post, a top on-line post production firm located in the waterfront district. After being named partner in the late 80s, Les pioneered the use of non-linear editorial. By the turn of the century, he purchased the company outright, returned to his photographic roots and converted his business model from post production to a full complement of production services acting as writer, director, photographer and editor. Today he resides in a Japanese farm house with his wife Rebecca and two dogs, Rocket and Maggie.

Chris Harding

Chris Harding graduated from Central Washington University in 2005, where he received a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing.  For the past eight years, Chris has been working as a Narrative Designer and Producer in the interactive entertainment field.  Chris is currently working at Microsoft Game Studios' Turn 10 on Forza Motorsport 5, and has over five published titles in various genres.  When  Chris isn't working or writing, he's playing the latest games or taking his car to the track.

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Carol Hassen

Carol graduated from Central Washington University in 1984 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Carol is the former Director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley Community College and is also a painter, writer, and educator. In 2001, she received the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Washington. Her BFA is from Oregon State University. She is involved in the arts on all levels, has received many artistic and professional awards, and has published educational materials and books. In addition to teaching many courses on visual arts topics, she has published a weaving textbook, has written curriculum materials for the ARTSVAN touring program of Allied Arts, and has co-authored a teaching manual for painting, drawing and design. Her own works of art have received many awards and are included in numerous private collections.

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Russ Hepler

Russ graduated from Central Washington University in 1968 with a BA in art and in 1969 with his MA in art. Russ is the President and Owner of HG Designs in Wenatchee, Washington. Russ in active in the Wenatchee community and has taught courses at the Wenatchee Valley Community College.

Rick Jewett

Rick graduated from CWU in 1980 with a BA in Public Relations.  Rick’s career passion is television; his love of television started as a story-telling, Photojournalist.  Rick has won local Emmy awards for his work on stories like the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles in 1992.  Rick has worked for television stations around the country like;  KRTV in Great Falls, Montana, KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, KING TV in Seattle and KOMO TV in Seattle.  
Rick is currently a Multi-Media Sales Executive at KOMO Television where he helps companies tell their business story using the power of television.  
Rick’s favorite passions away from the office are his family and horse racing.  

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Fred Kohout

Fred graduated from Central Washington State University in 1981 with a BA in Broadcast Journalism.  His career has included stops in the
Radio, Television, Defense and Technology industries.  He is currently Vice President of World Wide Channel Marketing at EMC.  Fred has been
at the forefront of some of the most exciting innovations and paradigm shifts in the Technology industry from the emergence of  3D Graphics
and Visualization, to Client-Server computing, Java, RFID and now Cloud and Big Data.  He has served in senior roles in both privately and publicly held technology companies over the last 25 years
including; Senior Vice President and CMO UC4, CMO Tagsys,  Vice President Server Product Marketing Sun Microsystems and Vice President
Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Sun Microsystems. Fred has lived abroad for more than 17 years with assignments in Greece, Turkey, Switzerland and business travel to more than 40 other countries.  He currently resides in Redmond, Washington with his wife Kathy, a 1982 CWU graduate, and his son, Karsten.

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Duane Larue

Duane LaRue, who joined Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as a Senior Director – Investments in April 2009, brings almost 17 years in the financial services industry to his practice. His goal as a Financial Advisor is to provide his clients with new opportunities as well as ongoing education regarding research into specific investments as well as how market conditions could affect his clients’ long-term investment goals. He has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Central Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, he spent three years at the University of Notre Dame Law School, earning his Juris Doctor. In 1990-1991, Duane was fortunate to participate in the Notre Dame London Law Program. During this year in London, he gained a broad range of experience in international and business law. He then returned to Washington to begin his career as a Financial Advisor at Kidder, Peabody and Co. Subsequently, he worked at Smith Barney for almost 15 years before moving to Oppenheimer, where he is proud to draw on the resources of a national investment boutique with a tradition of integrity, hard work and personal service that is more than 120 years old.

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Alan Page

Alan earned his BA in Music Theory and Composition from CWU in 1988 and his Masters in Music in 1993. Currently a Principal Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) on the Xbox team at Microsoft, Alan spends his time designing and implementing test infrastructure and tests; and coaching and mentoring testers and test managers across the Xbox organization. Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer, and Office Lync. Notably, Alan served for two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. He writes about software testing on his blog (, was the lead author on How We Test Software at Microsoft (Microsoft Press, 2008), and contributed  chapters to Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly Press, 2009) and Experiences of Test Automation (Addison-Wesley, 2012).


Otto Pijpker

Otto Pijpker brings more than 15 years of press & analyst relations and communications experience to the Board of Advisors. He is the Director of Communications, Office of the CIO at Microsoft Corp. After a stint as a sports editor in the Netherlands, Mr. Pijpker has held a number of technology and consumer PR and AR positions in various industries, including healthcare insurance, email software, microprocessor technology and consumer products. Mr. Pijpker has worked at several startup companies, public relations agency Waggener Edstrom and Intel Corporation. Currently, he serves as Director of Communications for the Office of the CIO at Microsoft Corporation and resides in Issaquah, Washington with his wife Gina and two sons. Mr. Pijpker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Central Washington University, where he graduated in 1993 and also received Honorable Mention All-American honors in basketball. A native of the Netherlands and fluent in three languages, Mr. Pijpker also attended the School for Journalism in Kampen (HICO) in The Netherlands for three years. In his spare time Mr. Pijpker enjoys running, golf and basketball, bus is also an avid movie fan, especially independent films. He has served on the Board of Advisors of Indieshares LLC and has worked to support PR efforts for several independent film projects produced by Dreamscape LLC.

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Deborah J. Ross-San Soucie

Debi earned her BA in History from CWU in 1997 and is currently finishing her master in public administration. She works for Pierce County Public Works and Utilities as an Administrative Program Manager with an emphasis on strategic workforce planning and employee development. She has won awards from the National Association of County Information Officers, a Savvy Award from the City-County Communication and Marketing Association, and has three times received Pierce County’s Standing Ovation Award for Innovation. She was the 2008 CAH Outstanding Alum for History. Debi is a Washington native, born and raised in Tacoma. She and her husband, Michael (also a CWU grad), sponsor a scholarship at CWU for students who are active in campus activities and service learning. She has two school age children.

Leslie Donovan Shore

Leslie Shore is a 1982 graduate of Central Washington University, CWU, in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Psychology. While at CWU, Leslie anchored the campus TV news show, managed the radio station, wrote for the newspaper and served on the faculty awards committee as student body drama judge. An award winning journalist, Leslie spent nearly two decades as a TV news anchor, reporter and producer in Washington State. One series that garnered professional honors featured Washoe and her family at the CWU Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute. Later, Leslie published a century-old community newspaper for five years in the Puget Sound. Pursuing her love of story and film, Leslie has written several features, one of which was under consideration by USA Films and Home Box Office, HBO. A passionate advocate for the arts and humanities, Leslie served as Arts Commissioner for Pierce County and founded a writing scholarship in her great-grandmother’s name at her high school alma mater. In 2005, Leslie’s shadowbox essay on birth loss was featured at the annual Arts Walk, Olympia Arts Council. Currently, she is a graduate student in Mythological Studies at the Pacifica Graduate Institute finishing up a Ph.D. Married, Leslie is the proud mother of two.

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David Shoup

As an actor, David Shoup has played everything from Captain Hook to the Sheriff of Nottingham. But his role as a Speaker with Freedom Personal Development is his most rewarding. David's programs—infused with humor, enthusiasm, and motivation—inspire others to maximize their potential and achieve their goals. David has traveled the world as a first class motivator. His experience includes working with the U.S. troops in Iraq as the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Coordinator. There, he created and oversaw numerous programs designed to boost the troops' spirits.

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Randy Stepon

Randy graduated from Central Washington University in 1981 with a B.A. in Graphic Design and a B.S. (minor) in Engineering Graphics. He is currently the Photography Program Manager/Brand Identity Manager, for Hewlett-Packard, in Worldwide Marketing, Imaging and Printing Group Headquarters. Randy acts as the HP IPG Lead Creative Director/Staff Photographer/Brand Manager. In addition to shooting and publishing photos, he leads teams and manages budgets, projects and agencies, plus develops and implements image/brand asset strategies and tools. He joined Hewlett-Packard in 1982, growing and evolving in Design, Photography, Marketing, Product and Program Management. Randy is based in the northwest, yet works on national and international assignments, with cross-functional, regional and in-country marketing teams. His projects have allowed him to shoot and art direct a variety of subjects, in many locations and situations. In addition to his HP career, Randy also volunteers with a ranch/wilderness land trust, local schools and the community -- providing photo, art, labor and business support. He also occasionally works as a freelance photographer and designer (mostly pro bono), often in conjunction with his art partner/wife (Linda, CWU Graphic Design class of 1982). They have three sons and one daughter.


Robert Tovar

Robert Tovar offers more than 20 years experience in leadership, management, and interpersonal development training and consulting. He has served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Seattle Mayor Norman Rice and has worked as an internal organizational development consultant for local utilities and community organizations. He is the Program Manager for Strategic and Organizational Development for the Wastewater Treatment Division of King County as well as serving as a consultant to organizations seeking organizational improvements.
Robert professional experience includes radio and television broadcast writing, conflict resolution, personal and organizational development. He is trained in a variety of group facilitation and training methods and is certified as an Interest Based Bargaining Facilitator, Cultural & Interpersonal Development trainer and Interpersonal Color Style Communications Trainer. Robert has a degree in Political Science and in Broadcast Journalism.
Robert is also a member of the Leadership Tomorrow - Curriculum Committee and is a founding member of the Gender Odyssey Trans Parent Support Network at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
Robert continues to attend courses in organizational development, organizational change and performance management at the Cascade Center for Public Service and Leadership and aggressively applies what he learns in the services he provides. Robert’s passion is to improve workplace relationships among co-workers and clients.

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Heather Young

Heather graduated from of Central Washington University in 1994 with a BA in History and is also a graduate of the CWU Douglas Honors College. Heather is a stockholder in the firm of Tuell & Young, P.S., a general litigation firm in Tacoma, Washington. Since her graduation in 1997, from Seattle University School of Law, Heather has been in private practice in Pierce County, Washington. Heather’s emphasis is in Family Law matters. She has been and is active in local and state bar associations. Heather is also a member of the Junior League of Tacoma. When not practicing law, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken, (also a CWU alum) and their son, Ian.