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 2019-2020

Christina Blocker Christina Blocker, 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.

Heather Moss Heather Moss, Vice Chair

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.

Florence Chang

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

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.