Board Ends Statements
Board Goals (adopted September 9, 2021)
E-1 Student Success
Big Bend Community College provides the entire district with access to learning opportunities, assists students in completion of their educational and workforce development goals, develops skills for continued learning, and maintains high academic standards.
E-2 Community Engagement
Big Bend Community College supports economic development by nurturing community and industry partnerships to enhance access and service to our district.
Big Bend Community College acts as a responsible steward of resources by promoting accountability, sustainability, ethics, and prudent resource management to provide quality and affordable resources to our district.
E-4 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Big Bend Community College fosters inclusiveness for students, employees, and visitors by maintaining a safe learning environment promoting cultural inclusiveness and respect by embracing diversity, access, opportunity, and equity.
Be our community’s first choice to dream, learn, and succeed.
Serve as a Bridge
Stand as a Leader
Support for Success
Honor our Role as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
Advocate for Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity
Embrace our Workplace Norms
Board Chair, Gary Chandler
Appointed January 2022. Gary Chandler is the Vice President of Strategic Affairs for the Association of Washington Businesses (AWB). He previously served as AWB’s Vice President of Government Affairs for 20 years before moving into his current role in October of 2021. He serves on the AWB Board of Directors and has served on the Big Bend Foundation Board since 2008. Chandler served as a legislator (1990-2002) and co-chaired the House of Agriculture and Ecology Committee and served on the Natural Resources and Transportation committees. He was elected to the legislature from Moses Lake and served in the seat occupied by his father, Glyn. He was a hay farmer, apple orchardist, former manager of the family’s farm implement dealership and also served as a Grant County Commissioner. Chandler is a proud Big Bend graduate and owns the UPS store in Moses Lake where he lives with his wife Deborah.
Board Vice Chair, Amy Parris
Appointed September 2021, Amy Parris is the Director of School to Career, AVID District Director, and oversees the Health and Wellness programs in the Othello School District. She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from Heritage University and served on the 2019-20 Presidential Search Committee. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Anna Franz, J.D.
Appointed March 2012 and reappointed October 2015. Partner; Kenison Franz. Associate’s Degree, Big Bend Community College; BA with distinction, Economics, University of Washington; J.D., University of Washington. Current: Member, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys; Secretary, Lind Gun Club; Certified Hunter Education Instructor, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Resident of Moses Lake, WA.
Appointed October 2014 and reappointed September 2019. A Moses Lake resident since 1993, Ms. Richards is a 2009 BBCC alumna. Regional Manager at Horizon Credit Union, a board member and past president of the Grant County Economic Development Council, a former trustee of the Board of Directors for the Washington Credit Union League Foundation, a former president and member of the Board of Directors for the Central Washington Chapter of Credit Unions, and a former chair of the BBCC Business Information Management Department Advisory Board. Resident of Moses Lake, WA.
Appointed in 2022, Bethany Martinez is originally from Olympia, WA. As a student teacher, her placement took her away from Western Washington to Mattawa where she now lives, and has taught every grade from kinder-12th grade in various roles over the past 18 years. An advocate for multilingual learners and their families, she is now the Director of Multilingual & Multicultural Services at Wahluke School District. Bethany also serves on OSPI’s Dual Language Steering Committee and is active in many other committees across the state. Outside of education, she is busy raising her three children, helping coach youth sports, and is secretary of the sports non-profit Wahluke United.