Wenatchee Valley College Trustees attend Association of College Trustees conference in Yakima

Wenatchee Valley College Trustees Paula Arno Martinez and Wilma Cartagena, along with President Dr. Faimous Harrison, attended the Association of College Trustees conference on May 2 and 3 in Yakima, Wash.  

Arno Martinez is the vice chair of the WVC Board of Trustees, and Cartagena is the legislative liaison.  

“Attending the conference in Yakima afforded us, as trustees, the invaluable opportunity to connect with our peers while receiving leadership education and reinforcement on the vital responsibilities of effective governance at our institutions,” Cartagena said. 

Arno Martinez added, "ACT conferences are invaluable because they provide opportunities for us to connect with trustees from other community and technical colleges and help us become more effective leaders at our own institutions.” 

Washington state’s 30 community and technical colleges are governed by governor-appointed boards of trustees, and the ACT provides conferences and other opportunities for the trustees to develop leadership and advocacy skills on behalf of students and colleges. 

At the ACT conference, trustees, state board members, and college presidents can create connections, share ideas, and celebrate progress. At the May conference, attendees also convened to discuss their 2024-25 budget and election of board and committee members. 


Wenatchee Valley College is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in employment and student enrollment. All programs are free from discrimination and harassment against any person because of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, age, parental status or families with children, marital status, religion, genetic information, honorably discharged veteran or military status or any other prohibited basis per RCW 49.60.030, 040 and other federal and state laws and regulations, or participation in the complaint process. 

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and Title IX compliance for both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses: 

To report discrimination or harassment: Title IX Coordinator, Mish ee twie, 1321A, (509) 682-6716, title9@wvc.edu. 

To request disability accommodations: Student Access Manager, Wenatchi Hall 2131, (509) 682-6854, TTY/TTD: dial 711, sas@wvc.edu.