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Photo of Randy BeehlerRandy Beehler 

Communications and Public Affairs Director, City of Yakima

About: Randy was born and raised in Yakima, graduating from A.C. Davis High School in 1983.  After briefly attending Pacific Lutheran University on a wrestling scholarship, Randy came home and worked various jobs for a couple of years, including as a radio announcer, before returning to school at Yakima Valley Community College (now Yakima Valley College). After graduating from YVCC, Randy became a proud Central Washington University Wildcat and pursued a Mass Communications degree.  In 1989, Randy was named the recipient of the Judge Charles Horowitz Merit Award (school of communications student of the year) and graduated summa cum laude from Central.

Randy’s career has included work as a local television news reporter, a news director for two local radio stations, the municipal producer for the City of Yakima, and the telecommunications manager for the City of Yakima.  Randy currently serves as the City of Yakima’s Communications & Public Affairs Director overseeing and directing the City’s internal and external communications efforts, coordinating policy discussions among senior City staff and elected officials, and serving as the City’s liaison to other local governments, the state legislature, governor’s office, and state agencies, and Congress and federal agencies. Randy has a strong commitment to community service.  He has coached multiple youth sports teams, served as a wrestling, soccer, karate (Randy holds a 1st degree black belt in Classical Okinawan Karate-Do) referee, emceed multiple local fundraising events and arts performances, been a board member for several non-profit and municipal government organizations, and provided pro bono communications consulting services for a wide variety of groups locally and regionally.

Randy and his wife Susan were married in 1989.  They live in Yakima with their two loving dogs, Reo and Sophie.  Their son, Chris, an executive for Sazerac (a distilled spirits company), and his wife Luisa, a logistics coordinator for a transportation company, live in Los Angeles.  Their daughter, Hannah, a theatrical stage manager and founder of a local immersive theatre company, lives in Chicago.

David Wain CoonDavid Wain Coon, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President of the College of Marin

About: David Wain Coon, Ed.D. became College of Marin’s 10th Superintendent/President in December 2010.  Throughout his 30-year career in higher education, Dr. Coon has been recognized for his leadership locally, regionally, and nationally.  He came to Marin following five successful years as President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose where he championed a richly diverse student body and was recognized for being an inclusive and collaborative leader.  Prior to Evergreen Valley College, Dr. Coon held several high-level administrative positions at various colleges in Washington State. 
During his tenure at College of Marin, Dr. Coon has successfully presided over two facilities modernization programs in excess of $515 million, tackled a long history of acrimonious labor relations with a willingness to listen to all constituent groups and energized partnership opportunities with Marin County schools and nonprofits.  Dr. Coon has had the unprecedented opportunity to hire a majority of full-time faculty across many disciplines at the College of Marin.

With a continued focus on social justice, Dr. Coon serves as co-chair to the Marin Promise Partnership with a focus on closing equity gaps in Marin County.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Coon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from Central Washington University in 1986, a Master of Education degree in Student Personnel Administration from Western Washington University in 1990 and a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Organization Development from Seattle University in 2001. 
In 2007, Dr. Coon received the Special Achievement Award from the CWU Alumni Association and in 2016 he received the Excellence in Education Award from the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. 

TED KING

Paramount Studios Parks and Resorts

About: A creative leader of design and production teams focused on development, production and installation of live entertainment, multi-media, rides and attractions for the Themed Entertainment Industry worldwide, Ted King began his career as a performer, writer and producer for the Walt Disney Company. It was during this time at Disney where Ted developed a love and passion for story telling through the platform of multi-media, music and soundtrack content.

In a distinguished career spanning 35 years, Ted has brought that passion to every facet of themed entertainment in the creative development and production of attractions such as "The Starquest Adventure" for Samsung, Taejon Korea Asian Expo, "King Kong," "The Ghostbusters Show," "The Funtastick World of Hanna Barbera" for Universal Studios, Florida, "Jurassic Park, The Ride" for Universal Studios Hollywood and "Caesar's Magical Empire," a spectacular themed dining and entertainment attraction at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Working in Japan with the Sanrio Company, Ted oversaw show development, media and soundtrack production for two large scale theme park projects, “Sanrio Puroland” and “Harmonyland”.

Ted produced music, soundtrack and multi media content for Paramount Pictures “Star Trek the Experience,” Las Vegas, “The Race for Atlantis” (IMAX first 3-D motion base simulator experience) and “Asteroid Adventure”, (IMAX first hi-definition ride film) at Phantasialand, Germany. In addition, Ted supervised creative development and production on “Hershey’s Really Big 3D Movie” for Hershey Chocolate World and “The Mask” special effects show for Warner’s Movie World in Madrid, Spain.

Ted composed and produced songs and underscore for the $50 million “EFX” show at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas and also conceived, co-wrote and directed “Mistify,” SeaWorld Orlando’s multimillion-dollar fountain and fireworks spectacular, one of the most successful live entertainment offerings in the park’s history. Ted also developed and produced music and multi-media content for the $200 million Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and Dollywood Park’s award winning “Mystery Mine” themed roller coaster. Ted lead design and production teams in the development, production and installation of multi-media show packages for “Festive Walk” at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore and oversaw creative development on shows and attractions for the Studio City Casino Resort, in Macau.

Most recently Ted served as Executive Media Producer supervising all Music and Soundtrack production for the billion-dollar Warner Bros. World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi. Ted is currently working with Paramount Studios Parks and Resorts leading creative development of show and attraction content for projects in South Korea and the PRC.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ted is a proud 1977 graduate of Central Washington University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education.   In 1996, Ted was honored with the College of Arts and Humanities “Distinguished Alumni Award”.

Sharon MiracleSharon Miracle

Yakima Valley Community Foundation - Pasco, WA

About: Sharon is the President and CEO of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, she was the director of Corporate Communications for Tree Top, a large agricultural cooperative with more than 1,000 employees along the west coast.
Sharon’s early career roles include director of development for Heritage College prior to its university status and executive director of the Yakima Community Cancer Program. Her career path led her to Wyoming, where for nearly a decade she held dual roles as a healthcare and a foundation executive. She was vice president of Development and Planning at Wyoming Medical Center and executive director of its foundation. Sharon moved on to a much larger health system in Colorado where she directed communications and marketing and was deeply involved in leadership development and the establishment of a new hospital for Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs.
After returning to her home state of Washington in 2007, Sharon re-assimilated into the Yakima community where she served as the chair of the board of directors for the Yakima Valley Museum and for Yakima Valley Tourism. She is currently on the Yakima YMCA Board of Directors and is an active Rotarian. ,br/> Sharon holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing Management from Central Washington University and completed extensive graduate work, most recently at Gonzaga University in communication and leadership.

Nancy RemakNancy Remak

Seattle, WA

About: Nancy Remak considers herself a "professional volunteer" because she has spent most of her days volunteering in the community. Remak worked with seniors at a retirement home (since 1999) and is a lunch buddy at the local elementary school (since 1999). Nancy also serves on the community advisory board at EvergreenHealth (since 1990) as well as participate in events at this Kirkland hospital. She is on two advisory boards at the University of Washington (History Department since 2007) and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance (since 2013). She is honored to be joining Central Washington University’s College of Arts and Humanities Advisory Board. Her husband, Ben, is a CWU grad, both feel very connected to the University.
Remak received by BA and MPA degrees from the UW. Since she majored in History and Political Science, she greatly values a liberal arts education. Nancy tries whenever possible to encourage students to recognize the skills gained from a liberal arts education including communication skills and critical thinking.
Mentoring students, as well as establishing scholarships, has been so rewarding to both her husband and Nancy. They have one daughter who is 26 years old. She has a degree in Journalism and works for a public relations firm working with non-profits (a great example of someone who has thrived with a liberal arts degree).

 

Derek Sandison 

 

Washington State Department of Agriculture - Director

About: Derek was appointed Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Governor Jay Inslee in 2015 and confirmed by the Washington State Senate in the same year.  He manages a staff of approximately 1,000 employees with an annual operating budget of about $110 million.  In his capacity, Derek supports the state’s agricultural industry, the second largest sector of the state’s economy.  The department is responsible for the safety of processed foods, the inspection of commodities, protection against plant and animal pests and diseases, management of pesticides and fertilizers, and promotion of sound international trade policies. 

Prior to his current role, Derek served as the first Director of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River (OCR), the state entity created to implement the 2006 Columbia River Water Supply Management Act.  Under Director Sandison’s leadership, OCR developed nearly 400,000 acre-feet of additional water supply for farms, municipalities, and fish in Central and Eastern Washington.  He initiated and Odessa Ground Water Replacement Project to address the decline of ground water in the Washington portion of the Columbia Basin and was the principal architect of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.

In addition, Derek served as Director of the Department of Ecology’s Central Region covering seven east-slope cascades counties.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice-President of Adolfson Associates, Inc., and environmental consulting firm.

Derek received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Central Washington State College in 1974 and a Master’s of Science degree in Resource Management from CWU in 1993.   He is a lifetime member of the CWU alumni association and is a member of the CWU Foundation’s Crimson C.  Derek also serves on the board of directors for the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Waters.

Freda ZimmermanFreda Zimmerman

Eagle Stategies, LLC - Spokane, WA

About: Freda J. Zimmerman joined New York Life in 1980 as an agent. She became a Registered Representative in 1983 for NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC; and an Investment Adviser Representative with Eagle Strategies LLC, a Registered Investment Adviser in 2001, offering advisory services in the state of Washington. From 1983 onward, she has operated Freda J Zimmerman & Associates, designing and implementing employee benefit plans for small businesses (under 100 employees), retirement plans, and insurance solutions to protect businesses and families.
Freda received the Chartered Life Underwriter® designation in 1989; the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation in 1997 (The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania). Freda finished her Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) at Central Washington University as a nontraditional student in March 1990. "I almost graduated in June 1980, but lacked a few credits. When I found out I could graduate under the original catalog - but only if I enrolled immediately! I rushed to sign up for the remaining credits! Those were the days of evening and weekend classes - no internet classes yet. It was a thrill "to walk" - to wear the cap and gown and receive my diploma in front of my family!".
Now nearing retirement, Freda's interests include her family (husband, children and stepchildren, and grandchildren); movies with good dialogue, especially British films; music (Spokane Symphony); reading (history, nonfiction set in different times and places), travel and family history research.
Freda and her husband Ted Griffin moved to Spokane, Washington in 2012 after living in Puget Sound country most of their lives. They find the clean air, lack of traffic and four seasons to be bracing -- but enjoy southern California during the coldest part winter.

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