Superintendent of Public Instruction , OSPI
Bio: Chris Reykdal, the youngest of eight children, was born and raised in Snohomish. He graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He coached both youth and adult soccer for several years, volunteered as a local city planning commissioner and served as a trustee for the College Spark Washington Foundation for six years.
His professional career has been devoted to public education. Chris has worked as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and education policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system.
In November 2016, Chris was elected as Washington’s 16th state superintendent. His goals are to build broad coalitions that will close the opportunity gaps for some students, expand technical education opportunities and decrease our reliance on standardized tests that label our students.
Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.
President, Washington Business Alliance
Bio: Colleen is President of the Port of Port Angeles. She previously served as the Port’s Director of Business Development. After challenging the status quo, she ran for office, and won to become the first female Commissioner in the Port's 91-year history.
At the Port, Colleen has spearheaded the Composite Recycling Technology Center, which has received tens of millions in private and public funding to create jobs in rural Washington. In June 2015, at the request of Senator Maria Cantwell, Colleen testified before the US Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources about the composite program and it's beneficial economic, educational, and environmental impacts.
Prior to her work at the Port, Colleen led a successful commercial real estate practice. She is a decorated combat veteran who served 10 years in the US Army as a helicopter and fixed wing pilot and as a military intelligence officer. Colleen has a BS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology. See more on Linkedin.
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CEO | Founder, Precision Exams
Bio: Mr. Barton’s career has been dedicated to the education market, with a focus on Career and Technical Education, standards development, and high-stakes examinations. With Precision Exams, and throughout his career, he has always found success by treating each customer as a valued partner in a straight-forward, honest, and mutually beneficial approach.
Prior to founding Precision Exams, Mr. Barton was the CEO and co-owner of ProCert Labs, an education standards and curriculum alignment and validation organization. While there, Mr. Barton ran a project that gathered and mapped all 50 state standards together for Kindergarten through 12th grade Math, Sciences, Language Arts, and Health curriculums.
Mr. Barton has worked as a senior director with Certiport, Inc., where he directed client-related activities for sponsoring organizations such as Adobe, Autodesk, Intuit, and Microsoft; drove world-wide Authorized Courseware programs working with major publishers; and directed North American Sales. He has also worked as Executive Director of Kids Voting Utah; Business Development Consultant for Genesis Laboratories; and as a testing and education marketing consultant.
Edson Barton enjoys camping with his wonderful wife and four children in Utah’s beautiful high mountains, scenic red rock valleys, and amazing desert landscapes.
Director of Policy and Programs, Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board
Bio: Eric Wolf is Director of Policy and Programs at the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating
Board, the state agency responsible for setting strategic policy for Washington’s workforce.
development and career and technical education programs. Eric is coordinating statewide
implementation of the recently enacted federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and advises
the Governor’s appointees to the Workforce Board on state and federal policy issues in workforce
development and career-connected learning. Eric received a BA from the University of Florida, a JD from
Seattle University School of Law, and was a nonpartisan policy counsel to the members of the
Washington State Senate’s Committees on Early Learning and K-12 Education, Higher Education and
Workforce Development, and Trade and Economic Development before joining the Workforce Board.
Executive Director, Washington State PTA
Bio: Kathryn joined the US Navy after graduating from high school as an Enlisted Sailor (E1), completed a four-year degree at night while working on active duty full-time, promoted to E6, and after five years, applied for and received a Naval Officer Commission, was in command four times, lived in Europe, Southeast Asia, and multiple places within the U.S. and retired from active duty as a Navy Captain (2009). She was the Chief of Staff for Command, Fleet Air Mediterranean (stationed in Italy) and Navy Region Europe, and Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes, Chicago, IL and Chief of Staff, Navy Region Midwest (stationed in Chicago, IL). She held numerous operational, administrative, and command positions throughout her career. Additionally she has two Master’s degrees and doctoral work completed. After retirement, Kathryn was a Senior Account Executive (fundraising) for a large non-profit, an Executive Director for a military veteran’s non-profit organization, and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Washington State Parent Teacher Association. Kathryn is a Past Chairman of the Washington State Governor’s Veterans Advisory Committee, and sits on numerous boards, councils, coalitions, and serves in numerous Board of Director’s positions in Washington State. In the past year, she has been awarded the Continental Who’s Who Recognition of Excellence Award and Membership, and the Washington Society of Association Executives (WSAE) Innovation Award for 2016.
Legislative Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
Bio: Nova Gattman is the Legislative Director at the state's Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. She has been with the Board since 2012. Nova is the Staff Lead for Washington’s National Governors Association Policy Academy on Work-Based Learning. She also serves as the Staff Coordinator to the state’s Health Workforce Council. Nova previously worked for the Washington State Senate for nine years as an Executive Legislative Assistant.
Nova has a Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management degree from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science and Canadian American Studies from Western Washington University.
In her free time, Nova enjoys road trips, reading, volleyball, microbrews, and good (decaf) coffee.
Supervisor Enrollment Reporting, School Apportionment and Financial Services
Bio: Becky joined the School Apportionment and Financial Services team in July 2009. Prior to coming to OSPI, she was the Purchasing/Accounting Supervisor for the Peninsula School District. When not at work, Becky is busy with her son and daughter and working on her many quilting projects. To contact Becky M, please call (360) 725-6306.
Director of Apprenticeship Readiness & K-12 Programs, AJAC
Bio: Kristi has over 15 years experience in program design and strategic planning in workforce development initiatives to meet the needs of business. One of the initiatives she was responsible for as a partner of AJAC was the creation and implementation of the Manufacturing Academy. This program has successfully graduated over 400 entry level skilled workers that provide a pipeline for local employers. Previously she has coordinated the largest career day in Washington for high school students, with an emphasis on careers in apprenticeship. Kristi is resourceful in helping the manufacturing industry to identify workforce needs and provide solutions. She has served on various advisory boards for K-12 as well as Higher Education and received recognition as Advisor of the Year from Bethel School District in 2010. She is an alum of Corban University and continued her studies in Organizational Leadership at Chapman University. Kristi is passionate about apprenticeship and creating a robust pipeline that will result in career growth and a well-trained workforce.
Shannon Matson, MPA
Deputy Director , AJAC
Bio: Shannon comes to AJAC with 15 years of project management experience spanning direct service educational programming, resource development, organizational management, business intelligence, internal/external program evaluation, and public policy research. Shannon is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington and an Institute of Education Sciences Research Fellow through the US Department of Education. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Washington earned in 2002. Prior to joining AJAC, Shannon notably served as Director of Evergreen Evaluation Services, Continuing Education Specialist at the University of Washington, Program Director at Washington Business Week, Evaluation Specialist at Solid Ground (Formerly the Fremont Public Association), and Research Assistant at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy. Shannon’s professional and research interests include workforce development, higher education policy, labor economics, and regional economic development. Shannon was promoted from Business Planning and Learning Manager to Deputy Director in December 2014.
Director of School Apportionment & Financial Services , School Apprortionment & Financial Services
Bio: T.J. joined the SAFS division of OSPI in September of 2009, and was named Director in November of 2012. Before joining OSPI he spent 7 years in the banking industry, most recently as a business banker with a local Tacoma bank. He grew up in a military family, and thus has lived in six different states and two different countries. He is a graduate of Stadium High in Tacoma, and Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. T.J. lives in Tacoma with his wife, Sarah, and their two boys, Ethan and Isaac. While not at work, he enjoys golf, cycling, and watching college athletics. He can be reached at (360) 725-6301.
Teacher of the Year
Bio: Camille grew up on a farm where she learned two lessons: you must “work with the soil you’ve got,” and with support and consideration, you can “bloom where you are planted.” Majoring in Spanish, studying abroad in Mexico and Spain, and pursuing an MA in Teaching the Gifted and Talented, Camille came home to Quincy to cultivate all farm kids with a unique perspective on language and roots.
Part of that relationship that Camille has with her hometown includes her “passion to be a positive impact.” Serving on the 2014 Levy Steering Committee and promoting the $108 million-dollar bond campaign, Camille organized community-home meetings for young couples as well as the farmers who would bear a large amount of the bond’s tax burden. With their support, the bond passed at 64%. Camille is also involved with Habitat for Humanity, through which her students have both seen life-changing events and benefited first-hand through supplies donated for her enrichment units from the Habitat Store. She is planning a service-learning project through Habitat in the future.
At Pioneer Elementary, Camille serves as a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Enrichment Teacher, providing opportunities for ALL students. Her approach is inspiring, says her principal. “Students in her Enrichment and Highly Capable Program come from poverty, ELL, and Special Ed backgrounds, and her ability to bring out the best in ALL students is an absolute pleasure to watch.” For example, Camille facilitated Pioneer’s first international collaborative project, which involved over 40 schools in 7 countries to create a “Big Friendly Monster” for display in each participating school. She also led a team to “Destination Imagination,” a student-led, creative problem-solving competition.
Giving her students challenging tasks and having high expectations, Camille communicates with them in a way that reinforces their progress and helps them develop “confidence within their struggle.” She often hears students say, “I’m being gritty!” and thereby knows she’s on the right track. “If every kid leaves Pioneer knowing what a civil engineer, a sculptor, or a chemist is, and if a few aspire to those careers in the future, I will have done my job well.” Camille hopes that every student leaves Pioneer with understanding, excitement, and STEAM!
Pathway Supervisor, OSPI
Director, Career and Technical Education , OSPI
Program Supervisor, Grants and Innovative Programs, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
CTE Certification Specialist, OSPI
Business and Marketing Program Supervisor, Office of Superindentendt of Public Instruction
Pathway Supervisor, OSPI
Regional Manager - Pacific Northwest, TEALSK12
Program Sup: Ag Sciences, OSPI
Technology Education Instructor, Bainbridge Island School District
Executive Director, Washington Association of Career & Technical Education
Software Engineer, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Highline Public Schools