Regional Governance Board

The Regional Governance Board was established in Spring 2020 to provide oversight and guidance to the entire Career Connect Southwest system. The main purpose of the Governance is to uphold the intent of Career Connect Washington under House Bill 2158, and to advocate regionally for the network as the single point of contact for career connected learning in the region.

SW WA Career Connected Learning Network Structure

SW WA Governance Board

Pacific County Direct Service

The Columbia River STEM Network Leadership Board

Executive Leadership from Business, Education, Governments

Clark County CCL Board

Executive Leadership from Business, Education, Governments

Clark County CCL Steering Committee

Frontline staff from businesses, Education, Government Intermediaries

The Gorge CCL Advisory

Executive Leadership from Business, Education, Governments; Frontline staff from businesses, Education, Government Intermediaries

Regional Work Groups

Awareness/Exploration/Preparation/Launch/Higher Ed/Data
*Meet monthly to scale programs, develop best practices and share data

Current Board Executives

The Governance Board is a cross-sector, multi-regional group of Executives who serve a two-year term.

Co-Chair

Tim Merlino, ESD112 Superintendent

Co-Chair

 Ben Bagherpour, SEH-America Vice President Support Services and Government Affairs

Officer (Gorge)

Jerry Lewis, Superintendent White Salmon Schools

Officer (Gorge)

Vacant

Officer (North)

Chris Bailey, President of Lower Columbia College

Officer (North)

Eddie Martin, Human Resources Director, NORPAC

Officer (North)

Eric Nerison, Superintendent Kalama Schools

Officer (Regional)

Kevin Perkey, Workforce Southwest Washington CEO

Officer (Regional)

Mel Netzhammer, Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor

Governance Board Meeting Minutes

April 2020

June 2020