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WSU Everett and the WSU Carson College of Business invite students, alumni, community members, and all interested individuals to hear from influential business women as they discuss their leadership philosophies, the best opportunities for jobs and advancement, and their experiences working in business arenas where women have been historically underrepresented.

Women finding support and being supported while scaling the ladder at some of the country’s fastest-growing companies will be the focus of this professional panel discussion, 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1, via Zoom. Register for this free event to receive the Zoom link.

Presenters include:

  • Noel N. Schulz, Ph.D., Washington State University’s First Lady, Edmund O. Schweitzer III Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, WSU Pullman
  • Heather Redman, venture capitalist, cofounder & managing partner at Flying Fish Partners, and member of the WSU Board of Regents
  • Nona Larson, director of Engineering, PACCAR Parts
  • Jessica Parsons, senior manager – 737 Production Engineering Interiors & Systems, The Boeing Company
  • Lynne K. Varner, associate vice chancellor at WSU Everett, will moderate the panel hosted by WSU Everett and the WSU Carson College of Business

For more information, contact Lynne K. Varner, associate vice chancellor, WSU Everett


Everett Public Library, City of Everett, Everett Public Schools, Everett Community College and WSU Everett to host community-wide reading event on February 22.

EVERETT, Wash.  – Feb. 4, 2021 – The Everett Public Library, City of Everett, Everett Public Schools, Everett Community College and Washington State University Everett invite community members of all ages to join us in the inaugural city-wide reading program called One Everett One Book. “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi has been selected as the 2021 One Book pick. The authors will speak in a live, virtual event on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at

One Everett One Book is a new initiative to engage community through conversation. Everyone is encouraged to read “Stamped” and join in a conversation around race and social justice. “This is an important opportunity for us to come together as a community to read, reflect and learn from each other,” said City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. “Together we can explore how inequalities are impacting our community and nation, and begin working on actions we can take locally to address them.”

Community members are invited to join the virtual program with authors Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. Reynolds and Kendi will be joined in conversation by Dr. Daria J. Willis, President of Everett Community College. To register for the program, visit the event page at

“One Everett One Book is an opportunity to engage in ongoing dialogue about the history of racism in our country, region and city,” said Everett Community College President Daria J. Willis. “Learning from our history and from each other creates the possibilities for meaningful change and authentic equity. I look forward to our community being able to spend time with this text and the authors.”

The sponsoring organizations for this program are proud to collaborate on an inclusive, community-wide event. “When we engage in shared learning experiences like One Everett One Book, we become the change we want to see,” said Lynne K. Varner, Associate Vice Chancellor at WSU Everett.

Everett Public Schools plans to engage students of all ages with this program. “’Stamped’ is a great book to read. I highly recommend it as we engage in equitable outcomes for our students,” said Dr. Ian B. Saltzman, superintendent of Everett Public Schools.

For more information on this event and a full list of programs, visit: Print and digital copies of “Stamped” are available to borrow from the Everett Public Library.

About the book:

“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi explores the legacy of racism throughout the entire history of the United States of America. “Stamped” is written in a style that is widely accessible to young adult and adult readers with a range of reading skills and time to commit to reading.

About the authors:

Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner, and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. His many books include “When I Was the Greatest,” “The Boy in the Black Suit,” “All American Boys” (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), “As Brave as You,” “For Every One,” the “Track” series, “Look Both Ways” and “Long Way Down,” which received a Newbery Honor, a Printz Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor.

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at “The Atlantic” and a CBS News correspondent. He is the author of many books including “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and three #1 New York Times bestsellers, “How to Be an Antiracist;” “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You,” co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and “Antiracist Baby,” illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff to Chancellor Pitre

WSU Everett, 207
Twitter @lkvarner


Lynne K. Varner is Associate Vice Chancellor for Washington State University Everett and Chief of Staff leading campus-wide initiatives to increase enrollment and public-private partnerships in the north Puget Sound.

Ms. Varner joined Washington State University in 2014 after more than two decades as an award-winning multimedia journalist at media companies that include United Press International, The Washington Post and The Seattle Times. During her career, she was twice nominated for journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, for groundbreaking stories on race relations and public education. She is a John S. Knight Fellow, an academic fellowship awarded by Stanford University to support media industry leaders with collaborative mindsets.

An East Coast native, Ms. Varner is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

She is a former trustee of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and current chair of the Board of Directors of Cascade Public Media, a non-profit operating PBS member station KCTS 9, digital news site, Crosscut and creative animation services company, Piranha Partners.

Lynne is the co-author of a collection of moving essays and photographs, “Stories that Cover Us: Meditations and Fiber Art by the Pacific Northwest African American Quilters.”

She believes that to whom much is given, much is required.

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

WSU Everett, 224
Twitter @WSU_Mark


Dr. Beattie is Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Scholarly Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University Everett. Nearly all his courses are designed using hybrid and online course delivery with experience in designing over 20 courses. He has taught and researched internationally in Switzerland, Malawi, Tanzania, and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Beattie has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry with 20 of those years in management positions with restaurants, hotel food and beverage operations, and managed services.


  • PhD (Gonzaga University)
  • MBA (Gonzaga University)
  • BA (Washington State University)
  • Other (Yakima Valley College)

Research Interests 

  • Hospitality
    Human Resources

Book Chapters

Beattie, M. A., Link Wyer, S. (2019). Change management and leadership in the fourth industrial revolution. In K. Tajeddini, V. Ratten, T. Merkle (Eds.), Tourism, hospitality and digital transformation: Strategic management aspects (ch. 3). (pp. 25-46). London: Routledge.

Beattie, M. (2011). Accessible, appropriate, and effective education: The case of NetTel@Africa. In E. Brown & P. Gibbons (Eds.), Ethnicity and race: Creating educational opportunities around the globe (pp. 221-240). Charlotte, North Carolina: Information Age Publishing.

Beattie, M., Gau, J. (2007). Workplace Violence in Hotels. In D. Rutherford & M. O’Fallon (Eds.), Hotel management and operations (4th ed., pp. 227-230). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Refereed Journal Articles

Beattie, M. A., Umbreit, W. T., Murray, J. C. (in press). Ivar’s tipping point. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases.

Li, P., Chen, M.-H., Zao, Y., Beattie, M. A. (2018). Factors affecting inn operators’ willingness to pay resource protection fees: A case of Erhai Lake in China. Sustainability.

Journal Articles

Chinta, R., Beattie, M., Brands, K., Wheeler, S. (2012). Lessons from the Field: Teaching a Completely Online “Global Business” Course to African Refugees in Northern Kenya and Malawi. Jesuit Higher Education, 1(1), 144-147.

Beattie, M. (2004). A Terezin Afternoon. Journal of Scholarship and Opinion.


Beattie, M. (2012). Educating for Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates for Responsible Political Engagement. In L. N. Tousova & A. Popa (Eds.), AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy (2nd ed., vol. 2). New York, New York: SUNY Press.

Beattie, M. (2009). The role of education in economic development:  Study of NetTel@Africa in Tanzania. Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University.

Beattie, M., Beattie, F. (2007). Akeelah and the Bee. International Journal of Servant-Leadership. Akeelah and the Bee. International Journal of Servant-Leadership. (3rd ed.). Spokane, Washington: Gonzaga University

Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Everett Campus

WSU Everett

The Washington State University Elson S Floyd College of Medicine is a community-based medical school created to fill critical health care gaps across the state. Our future physicians are training to develop the knowledge and skills needed to deliver high quality care to communities most in need. My education and lived experience, medical training, clinical practice, leadership knowledge and collaboration have led me to serve as Associate Dean for Clinical Education-Everett campus.

I am the product of an immigrant family, an inner-city childhood and public education. I completed Master of Science (Microbiology) and Doctor of Medicine degrees at the University of Washington and internal medicine training at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Georgia’s public hospital. There we cared for the sickest of the sick, the best and the brightest, the poorest of the poor.

My clinical career includes private practice in Decatur, Georgia, managed care medicine at Group Health Cooperative, a shared private practice in Seattle with Rayburn Lewis, MD and multi-specialty group practice at Minor & James Medical.

My leadership career includes service in the early 1980’s as President of the Board of the Carolyn Downs Community Health Services Center, the only currently operating community clinic founded by the Black Panther Party. I served as President and Associate Medical Director of Managed Care for Minor & James Medical, President of the Providence-Seattle Medical Center medical staff, Chief of Staff of Swedish Medical Center, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer of Swedish Health Services. I have served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Hospital Association, American Hospital Association and the Institute for Diversity and Health Equity.

I currently served as a trustee for Seattle University. During 2017, I served as physician surveyor for The Joint Commission, and in 2020, I served as Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Health Care Quality.

Program Director for Integrated Strategic Communication & Scholarly Associate Professor

WSU Everett, 411


Brett Atwood is a website editor, content strategist and former print and online journalist whose writings have appeared in Billboard, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications.

Atwood has held managing editor positions at leading Internet sites, and RealNetworks. In 2001, Atwood’s career shifted to include academia. He is currently the director of the Integrated Strategic Communication at Everett (ISC) program and an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. He holds an M.A. degree in communication from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.


During his five-year stint as new media editor at Billboard and a co-founding editor of, he was among the first reporters to document the development of Internet-based digital downloading and streaming media technologies. His expertise in this area has resulted in numerous analyst and commentator appearances at several national print and TV outlets, including Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CBS Evening News, USA Today and Wall Street Journal. During his time at Billboard, Atwood interviewed many major music acts including David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Shania Twain, Tupac Shakur, and Bjork. He also co-produced the Billboard Music Video Conference & Awards for several years and helped procure notable speakers and panelists, including Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Mark Cuban, Todd Rundgren, and members of the Barenaked Ladies.


At, he managed and developed editorial content for several of the e-commerce site’s operations, including the debut of the Computer & Video Games, Electronics and Toys stores. At RealNetworks, he managed content development for various music properties at the streaming media company, including MusicNet, and RealGuide Music. In addition, he co-founded Internet music service Rolling Stone Radio with Rolling Stone magazine. At Linden Lab, he worked on editorial and content strategy for multiple products including the Internet-based 3D digital world Second Life and the registered money services business Tilia. He also helped coordinate several large-scale events and content initiatives in the virtual world, including premiere screenings of Adult Swim’s “The Shivering Truth,” the Second Life Book Club, and numerous product placement partnerships connecting the physical and virtual worlds.


Atwood is an associate professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, where he teaches courses in digital content production, reporting and social media persuasion.

In 2006, he was the recipient of a U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State. This grant enabled Atwood to travel to Minsk, Belarus to conduct workshops on Internet content development among independent journalists. Under the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, the government has all but suffocated traditional distribution outlets for independent journalists due to its intolerance of dissenting viewpoints.

In 2008, he received a grant from the McCormick Foundation to conduct a Virtual Journalism Summit featuring workshops and presentations about reporting within 3D spaces. The effort comes as a result of the growing popularity and influence of virtual reality worlds, where there are many real stories unfolding within the “metaverse” and its newly created 3D spaces. For example, real-world news organizations, such as CNN and Sky News, once held “in-world” virtual news bureaus that aimed to document and report on the virtual economy and activities within Second Life.

In 2010, he worked with the McCormick Foundation again to create the Murrow Center 3D Newsroom. This virtual world project features 3D “citizen journalism” training kiosks and a multimedia exhibit dedicated to famed broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow.

In 2011, he was a co-recipient of a U.S. Department of State grant for the Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on New Media in Journalism (SUSI).

In 2014, he relocated to Everett, Washington to launch the Integrated Strategic Communication program at the new WSU Everett campus.

Research Interests 

Social media, virtual reality (VR), online culture and communities

Program Coordinator for Electrical Engineering & Assistant Professor

WSU Everett, 425


Dr. Jacob Murray graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from WSU in 2010 and 2014, respectively. Today, Dr. Murray works as Assistant Professor (Career Track) and Program Coordinator for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Everett. Dr. Murray’s research interests include sustainable computing, wireless network-on-chip architectures, dynamic thermal management, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, and interdisciplinary course design. Dr. Murray has 18 publications and conference proceedings and has been the IEEE Seattle Section Education Society Chair since 2017.


Jacob Murray’s website


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Washington State University 2014

Research Interests

  • Green Computing
  • Networks-on-Chip
  • Sustainable Many-Core Architectures


Program Coordinator for Mechanical Engineering & Scholarly Professor

WSU Everett, 422


  • Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 2003
  • M.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 1997
  • B.S. in Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 1994

Professional Preparation

  • Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico, 2019
  • Engineering Faculty Member, Everett Community College (EvCC), WA, 2009 – 2012
  • Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Saint Martin’s University, 2010 – 2011
  • Research Associate, Lab Manager, and Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of
    California, Riverside, CA, 2004 – 2008

Research Interests

  • Engineering education
  • Aircraft and vehicle related engineering design
  • Dynamic failure and fracture of materials and structures

Research Areas

Design & Sustainability

Recognition and Honors

  • WSU President’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2017)
  • WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture Reid Miller Excellence in Teaching Award (2016)

Selected Publications

Y. Liang, X. Bi, and J. Wang, “Numerical Simulation of Laser-induced Thin Film Delamination”, Thin Solid Films, 516(6), 971-981 (2008)

X. Bi, Z. Li, P.H. Geubelle, and J. Lambros, “Dynamic Fiber Debonding and Frictional Push-out in Model Composite Systems: Numerical Simulations”. Mechanics of Materials, 34, 1547-1564 (2002)

Z. Li, X. Bi, J. Lambros, and P.H. Geubelle, “Dynamic Fiber Debonding and Firctional Push-out in Model Composite Systems: Experimental Observations”. Experimental Mechanics, 42(4), 417-425 (2002)

J. Wang, X. Bi, P. Zhou, and X. Wu, “Displacement Measurement for Large-sized Object by Fourier Transformed Profilometry Project Grating Method”, Journal of Experimental Mechanics, 13(3), 349-356 (1998)

Director of Student Services

WSU Everett
Twitter @anna_wsu


I have been in Higher Education for 7 years, starting my work as an Academic Advisor and moving into Student Affairs just over a year ago. At WSU Everett, I oversee Student Success and Involvement, which includes Career Services, Student CARE Network, International Students, Student Success Initiatives, Community Standards, and much more! My favorite part of working in higher education is the students!

I enjoy seeing them through their educational journey, graduate, and be successful in their chosen fields! I hold a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Studies from Eastern Washington University, and a Masters of Education, Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and reading!

Clerkship Coordinator

WSU Everett, 222


Bachelor of Science, Business – Healthcare Management; 8+ years of administrative experience with 5+ years specific to healthcare; 4+ years in clinical work as a Certified Nursing Assistant; 5+ years of advocacy work in mental health by involvement in suicide awareness/prevention.