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 2021-2022

Florence Chang, Chair

Appointed August 2019
Chang is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of MultiCare Health System. She oversees operations at six adult hospitals and one children’s hospital in two markets statewide. Previously, she served as chief information officer and senior vice president of clinical support services. Before joining MultiCare in 2006, Chang worked as a senior vice president and partner at Dearborn Advisors. She received her Bachelor of Science in medical technology at California State University and her MBA from Pepperdine University.

Layne Bladlow   Layne Bladow, Vice Chair

Appointed August 2015
Lakewood resident Layne 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.

Christina Blocker   Christina Blocker

Appointed October 2016
As managing partner of Archway Consulting Group, Christina Blocker specializes in diversity and inclusion strategy, talent development, and change management for high-growth organizations. She combines an extensive marketing and communications background from the political sector with expertise in organizational behavior and data analytics from her studies in psychology to build cultural infrastructure that supports, amplifies, and sustains impact. Christina proudly serves as a Trustee at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Washington. Appointed by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in 2016, she is the first African-American female appointed to serve since the college’s founding. Christina is also President of the national African American Caucus of Community College Trustees. She is the mother of two amazing little boys and the proud wife of Tacoma City Councilmember Keith Blocker.


Heather Moss   Heather Moss

Appointed February 2018
Moss is the Director of Human Services for Pierce County. Previously, she served as the Department of Early Learning Director. Prior to joining the Department of Early Learning as the deputy director in 2014, Moss was the deputy director at Child Care Aware of Washington. Her previous experience in Washington state government includes serving nine years as a research analyst with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, and another five years as both a budget and policy analyst for the Office of Financial Management. She has also worked as an adjunct faculty member of The Evergreen State College. Moss holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montana.



Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.