Randy has served as the Executive Director for the Washington State Board of Education since 2018. Previously he had served as the Director of Academic Affairs and Policy at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). His work focused on the intersections of secondary and postsecondary education to improve student transitions and raise educational attainment. Prior to his work at the Council (HECB), Randy worked in student services, admissions, and financial aid at the University of Washington Bothell. Randy received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2003.
Mark Bergeson joined SBE in 2019. Previously he served as an Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy at the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB). His work focused on equity, grant administration, and degree program approval. Prior to that, he provided accounting services for nonprofit organizations serving people with disabilities.
Stephanie Liden Davidsmeyer is a Communications professional with eight years experience in nonprofit, corporate, and government outreach and media relations. She comes most recently from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, but worked for the Department of Early Learning, and for two years, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Stephanie has an MA in Composition and Rhetoric and her BA in Communications from the University of North Dakota where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She’s passionate about brand integrity, new media, storytelling, and of course, education. She’s originally from Minnesota (go Vikes!) but has been a proud Washingtonian for six years.
J. Lee Schultz
J. Lee Schultz was most recently the Associate Director of External Affairs for the Washington Student Achievement Council. She has experience working with stakeholders, advocates, and has served as legislative liaison. Prior, J. Lee worked in the Student Financial Assistance division on conditional scholarship and loan repayment programs supporting workforce shortage needs. She also worked for the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) where she focused on removing barriers to the teaching profession and diversifying the educator workforce to better reflect and serve the student population. Prior to joining state government, J. Lee had a ten-year career in evaluation research, working at non-profit and university-based research centers.
Linda Drake joined SBE in 2012. For over 10 years she worked at Pierce County Careers Connection as a project manager and as director. She led projects and initiatives supporting college-readiness and the successful transition of high school students to post-secondary education and careers, including the Career and Technical Education Dual Credit program for Pierce County. Linda holds a master’s degree in geology and geophysics from Yale University and has experience in environmental consulting and in teaching university-level geology and oceanography.
Alissa joined SBE in 2017. Her work focuses on supporting the state’s mastery-based learning efforts and ensuring each and every student is prepared for their next steps after high school. Prior to joining the SBE, she worked for several Texas nonprofits. Alissa holds her B.S. degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas and her Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School at the University of Washington. Alissa enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son.
Andrew joined SBE in 2013. He moved to Olympia from Nevada where he taught middle school math and science and later worked in the Department of Education’s Assessment and Accountability division while earning his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Then and now, Andrew plays a key role in a variety of projects and research connected to education reporting, accountability, and educational equity.
Parker joined SBE in 2013 and has worked for the State of Washington for over 14 years. He works as basic education manager and holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Public Policy. His work consists of basic education compliance, private school approval, rules coordination, student voice, and business item coordination. Parker has worked for SBE as as policy analyst, data analyst, operations and data coordinator, and other roles. Before that, he was a registration specialist at South Puget Sound Community College, advertising manager of a college student newspaper, and many years for the elections division of the Office of Secretary of State during initiatives and referenda. He enjoys exploring the world on foot, boat, car, plane, or train.
Tamara joined SBE in 2012. Tamara attended Washington State University and earned an Associates of Arts Degree from South Puget Sound Community College. Tamara has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since 1999 and enjoys volunteering for local charities. Tamara enjoys kayaking, traveling, golfing and is frequently found on the sidelines of her son's various sports activities, cheering the loudest.
Nicole joined SBE in 2020 to manage the private schools application and oversight process. She comes to us from higher education, where she has extensive history managing a performance venue at a liberal arts college. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Puget Sound and is pursuing a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.
Seema Bahl joined SBE in 2021 to support the advancement of Mastery-Based Learning in Washington State. Prior to this, she served as an Associate Education Ombuds at the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds and worked with families, educators, schools, and community groups across Washington State to advance educational equity and support student learning. Seema also has several years of experience in higher education as a lecturer at Bellevue College and the University of Washington, teaching courses on disability, race, and gender. Seema has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from New School University. Seema enjoys international travel, singing, and parenting.