Clark College Leadership
Clark College President
Dr. Karin Edwards, President
Dr. Karin Edwards is an experienced leader in higher education who began her 36 year long career as an Admissions Counselor and has served for the past six years as president of Portland Community College's Cascade Campus. In that role, her respsonsiblities included supervising the advanced manufacturing programs at PCC's Swan Island Trades Center as well as PCC's Maritime Welding Training Center which trains welding students and has MOA's with Vigor Industrial.
Her community services includes serving on the Board of Directors of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives and on the advisory board of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, as well as being an active member of the Partners in Diversity Leadership Council and the Oregon Presidents Council of the Oregon Community College Association.
Dr. Edwards earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology and her master's degree in Higher Education Administration at State University of New York at Albany, and her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Clark College Executive Cabinet
William Belden, Vice President of Student Affairs
William Belden joined Clark College as Vice President of Student Affairs in August 2010 after serving for 15 years at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. While at Green River, Belden worked in various capacities with the most recent being Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management. He has spent 20 years working in community colleges, 12 of those years in college administration.
Throughout his career he has committed himself to "maintaining meaningful contacts and interactions with students" and believes "all members of the college community benefit from understanding the personal strengths, challenges, and dreams of our students."
He began his higher education career as a student leader at Eastern Washington University, where he served as president of the student government association. Belden served as a counselor and instructor at Northern Marianas College, in Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI), from 1990–1993. A majority of his time was devoted to working with federally funded TRIO programs geared toward providing academic assistance to low-income, first-generation college students.
His statewide credits include service as the past president of the Washington Council for High School-College Relations and 10 years on their board of directors. He serves on the Washington State Student Services Commission (WSSSC) and as their liaison to the Transfer Policy Group, Technology Committee, and Financial Aid Council.
Belden received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University, a master's degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University, and a certificate in career development from University of Washington.
As Vice President, Belden believes his role is to help build and support strong institutional partnerships between student affairs, instruction, and administration to support success for all students. "I am very excited to join the leadership team at Clark College," he said. "This college has a long history of providing exceptional educational programs, student services, and lifelong learning opportunities to the community."
Shanda Haluapo, Associate Vice President of Planning and Effectiveness
As Clark College's Associate Vice President of Planning and Effectiveness, Shanda Haluapo is responsible for Institutional Research, Grants Development, College Strategic Planning, Institutional Effectiveness, and serves as both the Accreditation and Legislative Liaison for the college.
Before serving at Clark College, Haluapo was the Director of Institutional Research at Spokane Falls Community College. She brings expertise and experience to Clark College in institutional research and effectiveness evaluation, strategic planning, accreditation, environmental scanning, and educational outcomes assessment.
Haluapo is past president of the Washington Association of Research and Planning (WARP). She led one of the eight state-wide workgroups to produce the Final Environmental Scanning Trend Document for the Washington State Workforce Education Council. She was a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Student Achievement Framework for Assessment and Action committee, the Mission Study Technical Group, and the Go Forward Project. She currently serves on the SBCTC steering committee for the "Lift and Shift" project.
Haluapo’s career began in research, planning, grants development, and legislative affairs in public health at the Spokane Regional Health District. She says she was drawn to work in public health because “I became increasingly conscious of the importance of higher education to health, quality of life, values of diversity, and economic viability. This stimulated my interest in the community college system as it provides open access to educational opportunities, especially among our most vulnerable populations.”
Shanda Haluapo has been an adjunct instructor for business statistics. She has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Washington.
Haluapo says she is impressed by Clark's focus on student success. She noted, “Before I came to Clark College, the staff, faculty, and administrators all told me that Clark is a great place to work because everyone works together to ensure the student experience is successful. I have seen that every day since I arrived. At Clark College, it's all about the student learning.”
Dr. Sachi Horback, Vice President of Instruction
Dr. Sachi Horback was appointed Vice President of Instruction at Clark College in July 2018. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Horback served as the District Dean for Business and Social Sciences at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education both as a tenured faculty member in psychology and as an administrator, with experience in outcomes assessment, eLearning, and professional development.
During her educational career, Dr. Horback has demonstrated a commitment to improving student success and providing equitable opportunities for students. In her role at Pierce College, she led focused, collaborative endeavors to grow and strengthen both transfer and professional-technical programs, utilizing expertise and knowledge within the college community and with industry partners.
As an administrator and licensed psychologist, Dr. Horback has given presentations and has facilitated regional and national trainings related to equity within organizational leadership, systems thinking, assessment, and pathways. Her most recent innovation has been to spearhead the Cross-Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship Program, a successful statewide program that continues to support faculty. For her leadership, she was given the Bernice Joseph Award by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), given annually for the best academic-leadership resource developed for the WICHE Academic Leaders Toolkit.
Kelly Love, Chief Communications Officer
Kelly Love joined Clark College in March 2019. She has a wide range of communications experience. Before coming to Clark College, she worked as a public relations specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Cancer Institute for three years. Before that, she served five years as CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Love also served as U.S. Representative Brian Baird’s District Director from 2005 to 2010. She began her career as a broadcast news reporter at KGW-TV in Portland.
A longtime resident of Vancouver, Love is an alumna of Clark College. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University Vancouver. She currently serves on the boards of Columbia Credit Union, and Pink Lemonade Project. Additionally, she has served on the boards of The Children's Center, the Association of Washington Business, Southwest Washington Workforce Development, Leadership Clark County, Cascadia Tech Academy and the Council for the Homeless of Clark County Washington.
Valerie Moreno, Chief Information Officer
Valerie Moreno is Clark College's first full-time Chief Information Officer and brings more than 30 years of IT leadership to the college. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Network and Communication Management from DeVry University as well as several professional certifications, including certificates in Incident Command, Project Management, and ITIL.
Prior to Clark, Moreno was the Director of Information Technology at Portland Community College. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing PCC’s network engineering, server administration, private cloud services, information security, NOC, data center, and voice teams supporting more than 87,000 faculty, staff, and students. She was responsible for daily operational oversight as well as for helping to create information-security policies and providing strategic direction for the college.
Moreno’s other previous work experience includes Northwestern University in Chicago, AT&T, and QWEST Communications, among others. In the community, Moreno serves on the board of directors for Centro Cultural, a nonprofit serving the Latino community of Portland. She also has served on the board of several Chicago-based organizations, including Chicago Women in Trades and Girls in the Game, a nonprofit sports and leadership program. She was named Mentor of the Year by the Youth Job Center of the nonprofit Women Invested in Learning and Livelihoods (WILL).
Rashida Willard, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Rashida Willard is the Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Clark College. Throughout her career, she has been able to develop and oversee initiatives that help promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
With twenty years’ experience in risk mitigation, she consistently brings an equity framework to her management and leadership style as well as her daily interactions. In 2011, as a part of the founding DEI team at The Standard, she identified and launched programs for new employees of color, developed strategies to retain qualified employees and worked to create an effective networking channel strategically aligned to The Standard’s diversity and inclusion goals. These efforts included: equity consultation with all levels of the organization, events, training, awareness and communication around diversity, equity and inclusion.
At Clark College, Rashida is committed to creating culturally engaging spaces for systemically non-dominant employees and students, as well as encouraging development for all people across the learning continuum. In the community, she is a strong advocate for historically underserved populations.
Rashida was a participant and graduate of Social Justice Leadership Institute for the Washington State Community College System for 2017-2018 and was nominated as a Real Hero for the Learn Here Project in 2018. She is also a part of the Vancouver Police Chief’s Diversity Advisory Team.
Rashida holds a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an Associate in Organizational Dynamics. She is currently attending Concordia University, pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Professional Leadership, Inquiry and Transformation. Her current research explores how the campus racial climate affects students of color attending predominantly white institutions and their persistence and completion rates. This research will be used to examine and identify strategies to close the equity gap among students of color in higher education.
Bob Williamson, Vice President of Administrative Services
Bob Williamson brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to his role as vice president of Administrative Services at Clark College.
Previous to coming to Clark, Williamson served as administrative services manager and was promoted to deputy director of Clark County Public Health. At Public Health, Williamson oversaw all administrative functions including budget development, financial reporting and forecasting, human resources, labor relations, facilities, information services, and grants and contract management. As deputy director, he managed the health assessment, evaluation and outreach units and served on the department’s leadership team.
His management experience also includes four years as Executive Director of Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (Vancouver) and six years as director of the City of Vancouver’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
Bob Williamson graduated from Fort Steilacoom Community College in Tacoma with an Associate of Arts degree. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science at Western Washington University.
He has been a member of the Washington State Association of Head Start and ECEAP, served as chair of the Clark County Community Network, and has been active with the National Head Start Association and the Public Health Executive Leadership Forum.
Williamson said he’s proud to serve the community in his role at Clark College. “I had the fortune of working with Clark College as a partner in my previous work experience in the county,” he said. “It is exciting to now be part of an institution that plays such an important role in the vitality and livability of our community.”
Kevin Witte, Vice President of Economic & Community Development
Kevin Witte, a corporate leader in strategic planning and marketing, is the Vice President of Economic & Community Development at Clark College.
Witte came to Clark from Hewlett-Packard, where he served as director of the Worldwide Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) Go-To-Market (GTM) Talent & Development organization. In that role, he led a global team that developed the talents of the 6,800 employees who delivered $24 billion in revenue annually. At Hewlett-Packard, Witte also moved to Europe to start and manage the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Consumer Sales Development Center.
Before joining Hewlett-Packard, Witte was a product development and marketing leader for companies across the Pacific Northwest. He served as director of marketing for Pope & Talbot, Inc., which manufactured infant diapers, tissue products, softwood lumber, and market pulp in the U.S. and Canada. Witte worked in business development and marketing at Kimberly-Clark, was a trade marketing manager for Tree Top and held a director position with Curtis Burns.
Witte earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in anthropology at the University of Washington. He continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he received a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).
A resident of Vancouver for over 25 years, Witte is active in the community and currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Bridgeview Housing Board of Directors and as the Treasurer on the Executive Board of Trustees of the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health.
Witte said, “Living in Clark County, I have a deep appreciation for the role that Clark College plays in our region. I am very excited about Clark College Economic & Community Development and being a part of the ‘Penguin Nation.’ There are so many opportunities for positive impact in the community through both personal enrichment programs and programs focused on generating business growth. I’m especially interested in building new initiatives around advanced manufacturing and artificial intelligence.”
Clark College Economic & Community Development is the region's premier provider of classes, seminars, certificate programs, and training opportunities, serving the residents and businesses in the Southwest Washington and Greater Portland metropolitan area. The department is dedicated to providing a variety of lifelong learning, personal enrichment, and professional development training for individuals re-entering the job world, moving up the corporate ladder, or simply interested in acquiring a new skill.