Human Services Program Advisory Committee


The Human Services Program Advisory Committee will serve the students, staff and faculty of the Western Washington University Human Services Program by:

  1. providing feedback regarding trends, needs and policy changes at local, state, and national levels;
  2. acting as an advocate for the program; and
  3. providing feedback on the current curriculum and proposed curriculum changes in the future.

The Human Services Program Advisory Committee will act in an advisory capacity to the faculty, staff, and students to support its vision, mission and goals.


Elizabeth Boland

Beth is associate professor and chair of the Department of Human Services and Rehabilitation and director of the graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling, located at Western’s outreach site at Everett Community College. Beth received a doctorate in rehabilitation psychology from University of Wisconsin- Madison, and her scholarly interests focus on return to work for people with significant disabilities and rehabilitation counseling education.

Jarid Corbitt

Jarid has extensive experience working with returning combat veterans and serves as VA certifying official and academic advisor for veterans at Whatcom Community College. He also works with low-income parents as an instructor in the WorkFirst program at WCC. Jarid earned a masters degree in student affairs administration and a BA degree in human services, both from Western.

Gwen Delp

Gwen is currently the community service office administrator for both the Everett and Sky Valley offices at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). While at DSHS she has worked as a social worker, program manager, supervisor of line level staff, and administrator. Gwen earned a BA in human services from Western.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca is a consultant with Community Link Consulting, specializing in program development, federal grant writing, and board governance training. She also provides interim executive leadership for rural and community health centers. Rebecca currently serves on the board of the Pipeline Safety Trust, Bellingham Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence, Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access, and is an active member of the Whatcom County Housing Advisory Commission. She earned a masters degree in nonprofit leadership from Seattle University, a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Washington, and a BA from Washington State University.

Sharon Kirkpatrick

Sharon is retired from the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau. She is currently a member of the Washington State Women Veterans Advisory Committee, a business owner and facilitator, and a part-time instructor for Western and the WorkFirst Program at Olympic College. Additionally, Sharon served 24 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve and volunteered for over 20 years with organizations specializing in women’s employment issues, community resources, and women/families in transition. Sharon earned a masters degree in human development from Pacific Oaks College, with a specialty in educational leadership.

Susan McPhee

Susan has worked in higher education since 1999 and currently serves as coordinator of Access and Disability Services at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom. Additionally, she is serving a term as president of the Disability Support Services Council (DSSC; 2010-11) Susan earned a masters degree in student development administration from Seattle University and a BA degree from Western in human services.
Trula Nicholas Trula is associate professor in the human services program.

Kathy Ramsay

For fifteen years Kathy has worked for DSHS/Childrens Administration, serving in a variety of capacities that include case manager, social worker, supervisor, and area administrator. She is currently permanency manager for Region 3. Additionally, Kathy serves on the board of the Whatcom Family Community Network and the Snohomish County Parent Advisory Board. She received a masters degree in counseling from Seattle University.

Cal Scheidegger

Cal is a full-time faculty member at Northwest Indian College- Lummi Nation. He has extensive experience with direct care in the areas of chemical dependency, mental health, and family support services. Cal received a masters degree in human development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. He holds national certification as a master addiction counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and state certified chemical dependency counselor.
John Korsmo John is an associate professor, and the Academic Program Director in the human services program.
Eric Shew Eric works as a writer, designer, and strategic planner. Shew Design, Eric’s Bellingham-based firm, has completed a wide variety of projects for businesses, nonprofit organizations, and political campaigns.
Russell Whidbee  



Minutes Academic Term Academic Year
11/7/14 Fall 2014-2015
6/7/13 Spring 2012-2013
12/7/12 Fall 2012-2013
6/4/10 Spring 2009-2010
10/23/09 Fall 2009-2010
5/15/09 Spring 2008-2009