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Members of the Board of Trustees

Meet the members on our Board of Trustees.

Allyson Brooks

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Photo of Trustee Allyson Brooks

Expiration of term: September 30, 2026

Dr. Allyson Brooks is the currently the Director of the WA Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Officer. She has served in this role under three Governors. Previously, Dr. Brooks was an archaeologist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation where she balanced protecting historic properties with the delivery of transportation projects. Prior to going to Minnesota she was the staff archaeologist for the South Dakota Historic Preservation Office. Dr. Brooks has been part of archaeological investigations across the United States from Alaska to South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, Maine and Connecticut. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of Nevada, a MPA from the University of Washington, a Certificate in environmental regulation from the University of Washington, an M Sc. in industrial and historical archaeology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, a BA from McGill University in Montreal Canada, and a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Dr. Brooks has been President of the League of Women Voters of Thurston County, on the board of the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center and is currently President of the Board of Temple Beth Hatfiloh. She has taught historic and environmental law for the National Preservation Institute around the United States to federal employees, tribal staff and environmental consultants.

She likes to go running, hiking, take walks with her three geriatric rescue dogs, ride horses in Wyoming, and hang out with her two adult daughters (when they have the time).

Shane Everbeck

Expiration of term: June 30, 2023

Shane is a senior at The Evergreen State College. They are a long time Washington State resident with a commitment to community service. They have worked for organizations including Amnesty International and Tacoma Clinic Defense. Shane is a member of the American Society for Cybernetics, International Organization for Systems Sciences, Project Management Institute and American Society for Quality. 

Shane’s academic focuses are on project management, managerial cybernetics, systems theory, organization science and political economy. They have written and given public lectures on on the political economy of the European Union, military cybernetics, labor activism, and cybernetics. 

When Shane is not studying or writing, they enjoy amateur mycology, fishing, and intaglio printmaking. 

Karen Fraser, Chair

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Karen Fraser

Expiration of term: September 30, 2027

Karen Fraser is a life-long Washingtonian and Puget Sound-area resident.  She was born in Seattle, graduating from Roosevelt High School.  She earned two degrees from the University of Washington—a BA in Sociology (with departmental honors) and a Master of Public Administration from the Graduate School of Public Affairs (now renamed the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance).

Karen has lived in the state capital area for more than 50 years.  She recently retired from a public service career that included serving in the state Senate for 24 years, holding several key leadership positions and receiving wide-ranging recognition for her service.  Prior to this, Karen was elected State Representative, Thurston County Commissioner, President of the Washington State Association of Counties, and Lacey Mayor and City Council Member. She worked as a staff member for the Legislature and several state agencies.

She has been involved in a variety of ways with Evergreen since it was founded, serving as adjunct faculty in the MPA program for many years. As a legislator, she engaged with many of Evergreen’s legislative issues.

Karen has been active for many years in a wide variety of civic affairs, political activities, and outdoor recreation pursuits.

Fred Goldberg

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Trustee Fred Goldberg

Expiration of term: September 30, 2026

Fred Goldberg was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Jay Inslee March 20, 2013. A philanthropist, Army veteran, banker and entrepreneur, Fred helped found Saltchuk Resources, a global logistics company, currently the largest private company in Washington State.  Recently retired from active management of the company, Fred continues to serve on the Saltchuk board.  As a banker, Fred saw the evolution of the Thurston County State Bank into Puget Sound National Bank and then into Key Bank, serving in various leadership roles throughout the decades.  He currently serves on the board of Columbia Bank.

Fred has deep roots in Olympia, where he operated his family's third-generation furniture business, volunteered at the Washington State Capital Museum and helped the Panorama City retirement community regain financial stability in the 1990s.  His leadership commitment to community, education and global health issues is manifest in his extensive service to organizations such as the Civil Service Commission of Olympia, Providence Saint Peter Foundation, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, The Evergreen State College Foundation and the University of Washington Alumni association.

As a mentor, he has worked with students at UW's Graduate School of Business and officials at the Gates Foundation.  In addition to his service at Evergreen, Fred currently serves on the boards of Panorama City and the Initiative for Global Development, which focuses on relieving poverty in Africa by co-coordinating investment by world funds.

Read Fred’s Academic Statement.

Miguel Pérez-Gibson, Vice-Chair

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Miguel Pérez-Gibson

Expiration of term: September 30, 2025

Miguel Pérez-Gibson arrived in Washington State from California when he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. Miguel has had a long and varied career in Washington State Government. Starting as a field forester and ultimately Deputy Supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources, and most recently as the Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Jay Inslee. Miguel spent five years working in Washington's State House of Representatives Democratic Caucus as part of the Speaker of the House Leadership Team. He specialized in Natural Resources, Labor, and Energy policies.

Miguel spent time as an independent lobbyist and advocate for Tribes, Environmental Groups, and Latino Community advocates. He participated in developing landmark State Legislation, including creating Carbon Emission Reduction Goals, Puget Sound Partnership, Indian Child Welfare Act, and the Dream Act.

He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has a private counseling practice in Olympia. As well, Miguel is active as a musician and singer.

He has roots in Evergreen. He graduated in the class of 1989 and was selected by his classmates as the class speaker. He is proud that his youngest daughter is also an Evergreen Graduate.

Miguel's education also includes an Associate of Sciences Degree in Forest Technology from Peninsula College and a Master's in Community and Counseling Psychology from Saint Martin's University.

As well as his counseling and music work, he is the State Forest Policy Advisor for the Washington State Environmental Council. He recently served on the Board of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and currently sings in the Capital City Chorus.

Among his life's adventures were his stint working for the New Zealand Forestry Department and studying flamenco guitar in Spain.

Kristopher Peters

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Photo of Kris Peters Chairman of the Squaxin Island Tribe 2020

Expiration of term: September 30, 2027

Kristopher Peters, is the Chairman of the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington State.

Before his appointment as the Tribal Chair, Kris worked for three years as the Tribal Administrator at Squaxin, and has nearly 20 years of experience working in public safety and social work in Indian country. He has also worked as an adjunct professor at the Evergreen State College in Indigenous Studies.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on Federal Indian Law and Tribal Governance and a Master of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College.

Ed Zuckerman, Secretary

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Ed Zuckerman

Expiration of term: September 30, 2024

Ed Zuckerman moved from the East Coast 1973 to attend Evergreen and has never left. He has made Seattle his home since 1979, working and raising a family there.

Ed has Greener blood in his core. He is a 1977 graduate with a BA degree, his father served on the faculty for 10 years until his untimely passing in 1987, his sister served as an adjunct professor in the 80’s, his ex-wife Mary Bond graduated from Evergreen in 1982, and his son Ira recently graduated with a BS degree in June of 2018.

Professionally, Ed has worked in the environmental advocacy and political space since he graduated from Evergreen and for the past 25 Years, Ed has served as a leader in the Conservation Voter Movement. Since 2007 he has served as a Senior Vice-President at the League of Conservation Voters, and prior to that he was the Executive Director of the Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues and Washington Conservation Voters respectively. During his quarter century career with the League, Ed has been instrumental in building the local affiliate network of Conservation Voters throughout the United States which has grown from a handful in 1994 to over 30 today. Ed’s programs have become a national model for building local and state grassroots operations into political powerhouses for environmental and conservation advocacy.

Ed continues to live in Seattle. He is an avid bicyclist, both as a commuter and for recreation, including an extended ride down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico and from the top to bottom of New Zealand. He also volunteers a week each year to coach X-Country skiing in Arctic villages in Alaska.

Ed serves on multiple boards, including NatureBridge – Olympic, a proud partner of Evergreen. Ed has two grown children, Ellie and Ira, who are both living and working in Oregon.

Position 1

Expiration of term: TBD

Check back to learn more about the Governor's appointment for position 1.

Representatives to the Board of Trustees

Clarissa Dirks, Faculty Representative

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Photo of Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees Clarissa Dirks

Dr. Clarissa Dirks is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College. She graduated with a B.S. in Microbiology from Arizona State University, and earned a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Washington. She was a postdoctoral researcher in virology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and an adjunct faculty member in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Washington. She came to Evergreen in 2006 and is currently serving a two-year term as the Faculty Lead for Assessment and Evaluation before returning to teaching.

As a microbiologist, Dr. Dirks currently investigates the distribution and biodiversity of Tardigrada. As a biology education researcher, she examines undergraduates’ acquisition and mastery of science competencies. She has implemented ongoing programs to improve retention of underrepresented students in science, co-authored several papers and books in STEM assessment and evaluation, and serves as an education consultant for federal agencies. In addition to her research, she provides professional development opportunities for faculty and postdocs by serving as a co-chair of the National Academies Scientific Teaching Alliance Executive Committee and leading the Pacific Northwest Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching. As a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences, she helped develop and implement Educational Institutes for Teaching Responsible Conduct of Science for faculty in 15 different countries. As a consultant for NIH, NSF, USDA and VA, she implemented and evaluated the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education Academies. Dr. Dirks served as a member of the Editorial Board of CBE-Life Science Education and cofounded the Society for Biology Education Research. She has received awards for the Integration of Art and Science, and was named a National Academies Education Fellow and Mentor in the Life Sciences.

Clarissa spends her free time outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking and walking with friends (furry ones too). She enjoys exploring new places and has done research on six continents.

Susan Keefe, Staff Representative 

Susan Keefe is in her 21st year at the college. Starting out in a part-time position in Building Services, she quickly moved into a full-time position in Space Planning as the Seminar II Building Manager. Eight years ago, after working in the key shop and scheduling furniture installs, she moved into her current role of Space Planning Manager, adding Surplus Officer to her duties in 2019. 

Susan's family includes her husband, five adult children and two cats. Two of her sons are Evergreen Graduates! 

Trygve Vandal, Geoduck Student Union (GSU) Representative

While pursuing a degree in marketing management at Bellevue College, Trygve spent four years working within student affairs and IT operations and multiple student leadership positions. After graduating, Trygve took a job at Microsoft in digital marketing. However, Trygve found a passion for higher education and subsequently transferred to Evergreen to pursue an education and graduate studies that lends itself to a public sector career. During Trygve's time at Evergreen, Trygve has enjoyed the opportunity to serve in numerous student governance roles, including the Services and Activities board and the Geoduck Student Union.