College Governance

A five-member Board of Trustees governs Bates Technical College. Appointed by the Governor of the state of Washington, the trustees set college policies, hire the president, determine and approve the budget and award faculty tenure. Bates is honored to have trustees who involve themselves in many aspects of the college, including legislative advocacy, joint projects with other college trustees, and programs to support regional workforce and economic development.

Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Cathy Pearsall-Stipek, Chair
Appointed November 2015
Joint Election Officials Liaison Committee (Election Center); President National Association of County Recorders; Election Manager for Pierce County (1993-1997); President, Tacoma South Rotary; Member, National Association of County Recorders; Member, International Association of Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; Served on Election Summit, Carnegie Corporation; Served on the Johnson Foundation/Wingspread Conference


Christina Blocker, Vice Chair
Appointed October 2016 
Blocker most recently served as the program coordinator of the basic food program at Sound Outreach, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with resources, like accessing public benefits and emergency assistance, free tax preparation, credit repair, housing, counseling and mortgage/loan modification. As the program coordinator, she assisted families in accessing essential resources across Pierce and Kitsap counties, built partnerships with several organizations, and created an internship program to provide students in surrounding areas an opportunity to engage in outreach work. Prior to that post, she worked as a management aide for MDC Making a Difference in Community, a non-profit that provides services to homeless and low-income families. Blocker also served as vice chair of the Pierce County Young Democrats and currently serves as a board member for the Hilltop Action Coalition. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Blocker holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala.


Anthony (Tony) Anderson
Appointed December 2017 
Anderson is a former U.S. Marine who brings more than 30 years of community service to the board. Following Anderson’s military service, he worked for the Washington state Department of Agriculture. Anderson is currently the President of the Order Sons of Italy in America, Northwest region, has been active in the Tacoma Sister City Program, and is a part of the Sister Cities International Honorary Board. He is the past president of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, and served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.


Layne Bladow
Appointed August 2015
Lakewood resident Bladow is a Fire Captain at West Pierce Fire and Rescue, the president of West Pierce Fire Fighter Local 1488-IAFF, a member of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, and served as a delegate to the International Association of Firefighters convention. He is an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, raises funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and is a graduate of Bates’ Fire Service program.


Heather Moss
Appointed February 2018
Moss currently serves as the Deputy Secretary of Operations and Infrastructure for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).  Previously, Moss served as both the Director and Deputy Director of the Department of Early Learning (DEL).  Prior to joining DEL, Moss was Deputy Director at Child Care Aware of Washington for four years, where she helped lead the successful statewide roll-out of Early Achievers, Washington’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Moss is in her 18th year of state service in Washington, with her earlier experience including nine years as a research and senior analyst with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee and five years as both a budget analyst and policy analyst for the Office of Financial Management. Moss hods a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana. She lives in Tacoma with her husband, Scott, and their lab, Zed; their identical twin sons, Dylan and Dustin, are pursuing their own adventures as young adults.