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Legal power and responsibility for the operation of Lower Community College rests with the board of trustees. The board of trustees establishes and reviews college policies and oversees the general management of the college.

The board is composed of five trustees, who are appointed by the governor of Washington State with the consent of the Senate. The board of trustees acts as a unit. As such, it represents the public interest and functions to ensure the basic fiscal integrity of the college.

Board members can serve up to two, five-year terms (the actual length of service may vary depending on several factors, such as when members depart before their term is up, gubernatorial election cycles, etc.).

Board of Trustee Meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month in the Heritage Room in the LCC Administration Building, or as otherwise noted on the calendar.

Board of Trustees Members


Alice Dietz

Alice Dietz


Appointed October 2018

Public Relations Manager at Cowlitz PUD; former Director of Programs at Cowlitz Economic Development Council.

  • Attended Lower Columbia College
  • BA, Public Administration with an emphasis in Community Development, The Evergreen State College

 Mike Karnofski

Mike Karnofski

Vice Chair

Appointed June 2020

Kelso City Council member; former manager at Weyerhaeuser.

  • BS, Chemistry, University of Washington
  • MS, Forest Resources, University of Washington
  • MBA, University of Portland

Liz Cattin. Member

Liz Cattin


Appointed March 2021

Director of Community Health, PeaceHealth Columbia Network.

  • BS, Nutrition and Food Management, Oregon State University
  • MS, Foods and Nutrition, University of Utah
  • MBA, Health Management, Western Governor's University

George Raiter, Member

George Raiter


Appointed December 2013

Retired Cowlitz County Commissioner; former manager at Weyerhaeuser and Reynolds Aluminum.

  • BS, Chemistry, California State U
  • Post-grad MBA studies, U of Oregon

Board of Trustees

To confirm a meeting, obtain an agenda, or make accomodation for a disability please contact:

  Bryanna Smith, Executive Assistant

  (360) 442-2100

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