Kristin Ang is an attorney in Pierce County. She received her business degree from the University of Puget Sound, with a piano performance scholarship.
She graduated from Cornell Law
School, and studied international business and law in Hong Kong and mainland China. Kristin is an advocate for sustainable development and human rights. She can be found at community events, festivals and concerts. Kristin welcomes chats with members about City Club, as well as community development, projects and issues.
Lorne is a geotechnical engineer with BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. Lorne grew up in Tacoma and moved back with his wife and three kids after he
transitioned from school into
engineering consulting in 2014. After three long years of commuting to Seattle to work for one of the state's top geotechnical firms, Lorne opened an office for his company in Tacoma in 2018. Lorne loves living in the City of Destiny and joined the City Club because of his belief in the importance of a nonpartisan forum for civic discussion, education, and engagement.
As soon as Deb arrived in Tacoma thirty years ago, she knew she was home. Originally from downstate New York, they settled in Tacoma after eduction in
Massachusetts, San Diego, and
Toronto, and work in Southern
California. Deb is a retired primary care physician. Her adolescent ambition was to become a city planner; a circuitous route involving Peace Corps service led her to health care practice at Group Health and at the VA. She joined City Club after retirement in 2013. There is a clear connection between civic education and health. Healthy lives need healthy communities; civic education is a corollary of health education.
In addition to serving as City Club secretary, she volunteers with free clinics, Habitat for Humanity, Washington Trails Association, Grand Cinima, Read2Me, and Puget Sound Revels. She loves hiking, skiing, gardening, travel, running and wine. She is the proud parent of an adult son and daughter and a doting grandma.
Kit Burns is an Architect and has practiced in Tacoma since 1975. He is a graduate of Bellarmine Prep and Washington State University in Architecture. He has worked on projects in Tacoma
such at the Pearl Street YMCA and the downtown YMCA. For the past 30 years he has focused on educational facilities including Olympia High School, Kentlake, and Auburn Mountainview. He is involved in local issues including the support of Tacoma's Click! Network. He has been an active supporter of Big Brothers and he is an Eagle Scout.
William (Kit) Burns
Bill Ryberg is Vice President for College Advancement at Tacoma Community College and serves as the director of the TCC Foundation. A native of the Puget Sound area, Bill joined TCC in 2011 with credentials
leading non-profits in senior leadership roles.
As director of the TCC Foundation, Bill works with a committed board of directors who have increased fundraising and community awareness in support of TCC students. Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University and a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University. Bill and his wife Evelyn live in Gig Harbor.
Joy Stanford, known lovingly as "Ms. Joy" by students in her community, is a mother, housing and health care advocate, and substitute teacher in the South Sound region where she has lived for over twenty years. She is a fierce activist for
Women, children, education, homelessness, equity, and diversity.
Prior to becoming a substitute teacher, Joy spent 14 years working with local seniors and underserved populations to gain access to Medicare, Medicaid, and other critical community resources.
She is a 2009 graduate of University of Phoenix, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a 2019 Christine Gregoire cohort Emerge graduate and Vice-Chair of the Emerge Washington Board of Directors, Washington Paramount Duty board member, Gig Harbor League of Women Voters member, Peninsula School District Equity and Diversity member, Peninsula School District Community Truancy Board member, and a City Club of Tacoma board member.
Joy currently works for Shared Housing Services as a Community Outreach Specialist, helping Pierce county residents avoid housing instability and she is a co-founder and co-chair of the Gig Harbor-Key Peninsula Homeless Coalition.
Mark Lindquist is a nationally-acclaimed author. His books have been bestsellers, including the locally-set novel, “The King of Methlehem.” A fourth-generation Washingtonian on both the Evans
and Lindquist sides of his family,
Mark is part of a long and honorable tradition of public service. Mark is very proud of his community service including:
Chair, 2012-13 United Way Campaign
Board of Directors, Tacoma Community College Foundation
Senior Fellow, American Leadership Forum
Member, Rotary 8
Reading tutor at McCarver elementary school
He and his wife Chelsea, a Tacoma native, live in Tacoma near Stadium High School, where Mark’s grandmother, Katherine Reese, graduated in 1926.
Their daughter Sloane will turn eight this summer. Sloane, like her parents, enjoys reading, hiking, and sports.
President Lin Zhou, Ph. D
Since her hire at Bates as the dean of continuing education, apprenticeship and child studies in 2013, Dr. Lin Zhou served as dean of instruction and executive dean before becoming the vice
president of institutional effectiveness and student success in 2016. Previously, she held the positions of associate dean of extended learning, and director of branch campus and continuing education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Dr. Zhou holds a Ph.D. in education, with an emphasis in community college leadership, from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in business administration from City University in Seattle, an Associate Degree in computer science and networking technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and an Associate Degree in accounting from Renmin University of China. In 2017, Dr. Zhou participated in the Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, administered by the university’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Zhou is the college’s first female president, and the first female Chinese immigrant to serve as president at a public two-year college in Washington state.