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About the BTC Foundation

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Who we are and what we do

Bellingham Technical College Foundation was established in 1987 as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. We began with just a handful of board members, dedicated to student success. Since then, the foundation has helped thousands of students achieve their career goals through education. Since hiring our first staff members in 1997, the Foundation has played an increasing role in supporting BTC’s pursuit of larger organizational goals.

Our Mission

The Bellingham Technical College Foundation changes lives by expanding access to quality education.


Please visit the following pages to learn more.


    News & Events

    See what’s happening at BTC, find information about Foundation events, register to attend or sponsor an upcoming event


    Board & Leadership

    a listing of the people who govern the work of the Foundation and the college


    Staff & Contacts

    meet the Foundation staff, see who can answer your questions, and how to find us on campus

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Board Members

We achieve our mission with the help and guidance of our Foundation Board of Directors, College Leadership, and appointed Trustees.


    Board Officers
  • President
    • Russ Whidbee - Waddell & Reed Financial Services
  • Vice President
    • Max Legg - CPA and Partner, Moss Adams
  • Secretary
    • Charles Lauckhardt - CEO Tuckerman Group (retired)
  • Treasurer
    • Matt Rose - Kirkland Analytics
  • Member at Large
    • David Blair - Owner, Dunham Cellars
  • Members
  • Pamela Brady - Director of Government and Public Affairs, BP
  • Jeff Callender - Dir. Of Communication & Public Affairs, Phillips 66
  • Peggy Hinton - Owner, Strider Company
  • Sharon Isenhart - Owner, Tiger Construction
  • Steve Kimberley - Galbraith & Kimberley Pediatric Dentistry (retired)
  • Jeff Kochman - President, Barkley Company
  • John Macpherson - Board Chairman, Anvil Corporation
  • Paul Meeks - Director of Institutional Investing, Saturna Capital
  • Gary Nelson - President, Yukon River Gold, LLC
  • Judy Smith - St. Joseph’s Hospital (retired)
  • Shannon Terrell - National Sales Manager, Brooks Manufacturing
  • Bob Warshawer - Black Rock Cable (retired)
  • Dennis Williams - Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC


    College Leadership
  • Patricia McKeown – President
  • Linda Fossen – Vice President, Student Services
  • Chad Stiteler – Vice President, Administrative Services
  • Frank Powers – Vice President, Instruction
  • Marni Saling Mayer – Director of Marketing & Communications
    Board of Trustees
  • Debbie Ahl
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Kelly Espinoza
  • Jim Groves
  • Lisa Woo

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Foundation Staff

Contact the Foundation staff Weekdays 7:30 am -4:00 pm

Dean Fulton, Executive Director
Dean Fulton

Executive Director

  • Ask Dean about:
  • Fisheries
  • Major Gifts
  • Press/Media
  • Appearances

Peter Donovan, Development Director
Peter Donovan

Development Director

  • Ask Peter about:
  • Equipment Needs
  • Scholarship Gifts
  • Industry Partnerships
  • Legacy Giving

Valerie Frank, Foundation Coordinator
Valerie Frank

Foundation Coordinator

  • Ask Val about:
  • Events
  • Scholarships
  • Special Projects
  • Website
  • Administration

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Foundation Office Location

3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Morse Center (MC), Rooms 201 – 203
Bellingham, WA 98225

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More documents & links

Contact Valerie at (360) 752-8684 or vfrank@btc.edu if you can’t find what you need.