Randy joined SBE in 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. At WSAC, Randy also led the development, in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders and partner agencies, of the state’s first ongoing comprehensive assessment of state and regional student, economic, and community needs for postsecondary education. 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. His research and policy work have been focused on issues of equity and human capital development. Randy is also an affiliate faculty member at University of Washington Bothell supporting the students in the legislative intern program.
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.
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 and has experience in environmental consulting and in teaching university-level geology and oceanography.
Alissa joined SBE in 2017 as communications manager. Prior, she worked in communications positions in several Texas nonprofits, as an event planner, and as a campaign manager. 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, hiking, traveling and being a proud Navy wife.
Stephanie Liden Davidsmeyer is a Communications professional with seven 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, OSPI. 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 nearly five 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. Her work focused on the educational success of historically underrepresented students throughout the education pipeline.
J. Lee is a Minnesota native, and lived in North Carolina and California before falling in love with Washington State. Her hobbies include hiking, running, and playing with her 5-year-old daughter and 17-year-old dog.
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.