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Born in Seattle, Washington. Attended Seattle Public Schools (Franklin High). Married with three sons. Enjoys travel, reading fiction and philosophy, hiking, painting and writing. Twenty plus years experience in directing children's choirs/drama.


1990 Ph.D. Educational Psychology/Counseling, University of Washington.
Specialization: Counseling Psychology
Cognates: Cognitive Psychology; Developmental Psychology
Dissertation: Counselor Cognitive Processing During Hypothesis Formation
1982 M.A. Counseling. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
Thesis: Group Counseling for College Students Whose Parents are Experiencing Divorce
1974 B.A. English/Speech, Secondary Education. Seattle Pacific University
1974 Washington State Teaching Certificate (Secondary)

Other Training

  • Emergency Management Institute: FEMA IS-00700 October, 2007.
  • Management and Leadership in Education: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Summer 2004.
  • Development for Deans: CASE Conference, February 2003.
  • Strategic Planning and Budgeting: Western Association of College and University Business Officers Professional Development Program, April 1997.


1991 Gordon C. Lee Dissertation of the Year in the College of Education, University of Washington
1991 Phi Delta Kappa, Outstanding Dissertation Award