Meet the team
WSSDA's In-District Workshops and Retreats are led by WSSDA staff and consultants. The latter are a group of trainers who offer impressive credentials and extensive experience to guide and support school directors in their governance role. Each consultant has been selected for expertise in areas of service most often sought by school boards and districts. They can help boards tackle and resolve issues unique to each district’s environment and culture. Areas of expertise include teambuilding and leadership development, strategic planning, board-superintendent relations, vision setting, community engagement, group facilitation, conflict resolution and problem solving.
Colleen Miller, Director, Leadership Development Services
Colleen has served as WSSDA’s Director of Leadership Development since November 2013. Her first two years with WSSDA was as a training specialist and Assistant Director of Leadership Development. She began her career serving public education as an elementary physical education teacher for 18 years and transitioned to school administration as a building principal and assistant principal at the elementary and middle school levels. During her 20 years with the Beaverton School District in Oregon, the school district experienced dramatic demographic changes within its community and Colleen was a key leader for equity in her schools and the district. Today, she continues her passionate commitment to equity in education in her role supporting WSSDA’s Equity and Access initiative, creating partnerships that provide professional development on a state, regional and local levels. She is committed to create opportunities where adults work together with the goal of every child succeeding through public education. Colleen has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Lewis and Clark College and post graduate studies at the University of Oregon.
Tricia Lubach, Training Specialist
Tricia Lubach joined WSSDA's staff in 2014, but she was a WSSDA member for many years before that. She has served on the Quincy School District Board of Directors since 2005, with multiple stints as board chair, vice-chair and legislative representative. As an active WSSDA member, she served on the Legislative Committee and graduated with the Leadership WSSDA class of 2013. Based in central Washington, Tricia enjoys providing support and professional development to boards on both sides of the Cascades. A WSU graduate with a degree in Business Marketing, she spent more than 20 years as a communications consultant with experience in public relations, market research and analysis, writing and media relations. This confluence of communications expertise and boardsmanship experience gives her the knowledge and drive to help others reach their potential as educational leaders.
Eastern and Central Washington Consultants
Scott Dolquist is a founder and co-director of an educational consulting firm partnering with schools and organizations to implement research-based programs with a high impact on student achievement. He began his career as a middle school teacher and, after completing a master’s degree in educational administration, served as a middle school principal for thirteen years. Scott then worked with a national school reform organization based in New York City, first as an instructional coach and regional director, then as National Director of Program Design and Professional Development. In this capacity, he led the design and delivery of professional development for a network of over 100 schools throughout the country, partnered with school boards and superintendents to open new schools, and co-developed tools to capture implementation and outcome data.
Lorri Edwards is co-director of an educational consultant firm that partners with organizations seeking to impact student learning through effective implementation of research-based initiatives. Lorri has Teaching and Educational Administration degrees and many years of experience in adult education as an instructional coach, university program director and adjunct faculty. She also has extensive experience as an elementary school teacher in both public and private school settings. Lorri has served on several boards and advisory committees with a special interest in continuous quality improvement. Her tenure as a school director on the Kettle Falls School Board since 2009 adds to her rich background of experiences.
Cindy McMullen is a recycled school director, having served on the Central Valley School Board in Spokane from 1987-2011, then serving four years on the State Board of Education, and being re-elected to the Central Valley Board in 2015. She has been active in WSSDA, graduating from Leadership WSSDA in 1998, being elected to the Legislative Committee, serving on WSSDA’s Board of Directors and finally elected President in 2006. She was a WSSDA Cadre member from 2003-2011 and has presented numerous trainings and conference sessions over the years.
Cindy is an attorney who specializes in municipal law serving small cities, towns and special purpose districts over her 35+ years of practice. In 2005, she was the President of the Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys. Cindy brings a great deal of knowledge and experience from her extensive background in education and law to support school directors. She is well-versed in boardsmanship, school law, superintendent evaluation, board self-assessment, conflict resolution and board protocols.
Western Washington Consultants
Martha N. Bryan
Martha Bryan is a management consultant, author, speaker, and seminar leader who works nationally and internationally regarding the development of human potential and personal excellence. With an education background in teaching, she has taught at both high school and college levels and has held leadership positions in both government and private industry.
She has 24 years of experience working with Washington state school boards, school administrators and other school staff. Her work with boards involves clarifying roles and responsibilities and defining vision, structure, advocacy and accountability. Topics include leadership, strategic planning, open meetings, evaluation, communication, teamwork and customer service. She has worked with both large and small districts in Washington State -- ranging in size from Seattle School District to Summit Valley School District. Her focus is always around how boards can work with and through each other, staff members, students, parents, and others in the community to provide good service and to enjoy the process.
Mike Maryanski brings a wealth of knowledge to the Leadership Consultants team, including 44 years of experience in a variety of education roles. For 23 of those years, he served as a superintendent. In addition, he has experience as an adjunct professor, a presenter at state and national conferences and a staff development trainer in multiple school settings and districts. Based in Ravensdale, he currently sits on two non-profit boards. Mike’s strengths include a deep belief in the need for collaboration and the capacity to support individual and team growth through reflective conversations, shared aspirations and an understanding of complexity.
Una McAlinden is a catalyst for consensus-based, action-oriented visioning and planning. Una served ten years as Executive Director of ArtsEd Washington, a statewide non-profit. Taking a systems approach, she developed programs that supported school leaders and engaged the community with local education systems. Having created a nationally recognized principals’ leadership program, she is regularly called on to present about systems-change and community engagement at both state and national level. A former attorney, Una brings innate abilities to guide groups through focused conversations, trusting their collective wisdom in solving the challenges they face with creative, feasible and sustainable strategies.
Chuck Namit is in his sixth term as a board member of the North Thurston Public Schools. He has trained boards in strategic thinking/planning, change, implementing continuous improvement in schools, and community engagement. Chuck received the NSBA's 2006 Shannon Award for excellence and innovation in school board training. He was trained by John Carver in Policy Governance ® at his Advanced Academy. Chuck has a trademark for the Values Governance ® model that changes the traditional board governance and provides greater efficiency, effectiveness, and coherence in school district governance.
Carolynn Perkins brings thirty years of experience as a principal, teacher, director, Early Childhood MERIT trainer and school board director. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, she has also served as a consultant to schools in California. Carolynn has served on the Bremerton School District Board of Directors since 2009. She has extensive experience as a facilitator/trainer in a variety of topics relating to instruction, leadership, community collaboration and strategic planning. Her consulting strengths include problem solving, team building, communications, data analysis, facilitation, listening and effective boardsmanship experience.
Harriette Thurber Rasmussen, Ed.D., has spent the last two decades coaching educational leaders and their systems toward greater capacity. She is a member of the consultant cohort piloting an integration of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Harvard Business School, and the Kennedy School of Government for educational leaders. Her practice is strongly influenced by frameworks and perspective from each institution and embodies cutting edge research around student learning, organizational effectiveness, and the socio-political aspects of executive leadership. Dr. Rasmussen’s practice bridges independent and public school systems and excels in facilitation and leadership coaching. She specializes in team development and building capacity to address leadership challenges for which there is no easy answer.
Patty is an experienced school board member, serving the Kelso School Board since 2002. Her leadership roles within that capacity include board chair, committee work, superintendent hiring, passing a levy and negotiations. Patty’s service as a leadership consultant since 2007 has focused on essential board skills for new and veteran directors including operating principles, board goals, board and superintendent evaluations, agenda setting, finance, roles and responsibilities and board standards. A formal education in engineering precedes her work in public education with service at local, regional, state and national levels. She’s served on WSSDA’s Legislative Committee, Board Standards Task Force, Trust Lands Task Force and chaired the Federal Relations Network. She currently serves on the boards of WSSDA and Education Northwest.