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Board of Trustees

Gladys Gillis

A seasoned and motivated leader, Gladys Gillis has built a multi-million-dollar passenger transportation enterprise across Washington state. The Starline Collection includes Starline Luxury Coaches in Seattle, Wheatland Express in Pullman, and A&A Motorcoach in Yakima, Tri-Cities, and Wenatchee. Gillis is continuing to expand the Starline Collection.

The Puget Sound Business Journal recognized Gillis as a “Women of Influence” in 2016 and named Starline Collection one of Washington’s “Top Women-Owned Businesses” in 2014. Starline Collection earned Seattle Business Magazine’s “Washington Green 50 Award” in 2011 and, in the same year, the “Environmental Excellence Award” of the Association of Washington Business.

Gillis is a member of the board of the Greater Seattle Business Association and of the Central Washington University Foundation. She is the chair of the board of directors of the United Motorcoach Association in Washington, D.C.  She was selected to represent the motorcoach industry on the National Advisory Council on Tourism and Transportation Infrastructure in Washington, D.C., where she is helping to create the future of passenger transportation.  Gillis is a former member and chair of the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

Gillis, who holds a BS in Industrial Technology from CWU, began her career at Boeing Commercial Airplane Company. She held various leadership positions in engineering, quality assurance, and manufacturing, dealing with lean manufacturing, process engineering, and business process development.

She will serve a six-year term that ends in September 2024.

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