Gov. Inslee appoints Cathy Pearsall-Stipek to Bates Technical College board

Posted: November 17, 2015

Former Pierce County Auditor and legislator to serve on college’s Board of Trustees

TACOMA, Wash. – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed former Pierce County Auditor Cathy Pearsall-Stipek to serve on the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees.

Until her retirement this year, Pearsall-Stipek was the president of Votes Count, Inc., a consulting and training business. She has nearly 40 years in public service, representing the 29th district in the state legislature from 1977-1979; as a Tacoma School Board member from 1983-1989, where she oversaw the activities of school district-operated Bates; as a Pierce County councilmember from 1989 to 1993; and as Pierce County Auditor from 1993 to 2002. She was most recently elected to the county’s Charter Review Commission. Pearsall-Stipek attended the University of Washington’s School of Education and School of Business Administration. An alumnus of Bates, she earned a certificate in Registered Parliamentarian in 1962.

“Cathy’s extensive and diverse experience in our community adds a valuable perspective to our Board, and we are honored to welcome her as our newest trustee,” said Bates President Dr. Ron Langrell.

Pearsall-Stipek, whose term ends Sept. 30, 2020, joins trustees Layne Bladow, Lillian Hunter, Calvin Pearson and Karen Seinfeld.

Gov. Inslee appoints a five-member board of trustees composed of community representatives to govern Bates Technical College. The board’s role is to develop and oversee college policy in accordance with state law.

For more information about the college’s Board of Trustees, go to

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.


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