Dean’s Advisory Council

The College of Education Dean’s Advisory Council consists of alumni and friends who represent the education community and advise and support the Dean regarding the College’s strategic plan. This group also communicates directly with the Dean about the needs of students, families, teachers, administrators, organizations and companies in this region, nationally, and internationally. 

Council members foster closer ties between the SU College of Education and organizations and individuals who care about the future of education. The Council offers strategic advice to the Dean with a focus on building awareness, meeting community needs, and attracting resources to the College. The Dean's Advisory Council meets quarterly to advise our Dean on planning, marketing and fundraising. 

We are grateful for the contributions of our advisors:

  • Maureen Benoliel, Community Volunteer, 2005 (recently retired from the Board of Trustees)
  • Margie Borgert, Community Volunteer, 2006
  • Suzie Burke, Owner, Fremont Dock Company, 2009
  • Mark Hofer, Certified Educational Planner, 2016
  • Justyna Plichta King, Assistant Superintendent, Seattle Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools, 2018
  • Bernadette Merikle, Executive Director, Community Center for Education Results, 2016
  • Stacie Craves Moore, Psychologist, Private Practice, 2014
  • Jenifer Fitterer Schultz, Psychologist, Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic, 2019
  • Kayley Runstad Swan, Learning Specialist, Hamlin Robinson School Learning Center, 2018
  • Renee Willette, Assistant Principal, Rainier Beach High School, 2016

Honorary Members

  • Chris Clements, Senior Technical Program Manager, Security PMO, Dropbox, 2005
  • Melore Nielsen, SU Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, 2014


  • Cynthia Dillard, Dean
  • Carolyn Burroughs, Executive Coordinator
  • Meghan McNeil, Director of Marketing
  • Peggy Fine, Director of Development